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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

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Duck blind before and after

October 28, 2009 at 06:26 PM

It has been a long few weeks. Lots of building, cutting, painting and then more cutting.

But it’s been a good few weeks. Fun. And with help from The Farmer, Rick Miller, Gordon Inskeep and my son Victor (shown below cutting cattails) we’ve gone from a duck blind that stood out like a sore thumb (above) to one that blends in better.

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The blind now has a boat hide and to make it blend in even better, we brushed the entire slope behind it so that it would not look so naked.

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Now we will be able to do this. I hope.

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Sun-Times Buck of the Week

October 28, 2009 at 06:47 AM

Deer season is nearly one month old and my buddy at the Chicago Sun-Times, the one who always accuses me of giving up my fishing report too early, has finally posted a Buck of the Week. Thank goodness. And it’s a good one, too, as you can see in the above picture.

The 11-pointer with a 20-inch spread was shot by bowhunter Scott Lowery of Oak Lawn in Cook County, according to Sun-Times scribe Dale Bowman.

Click here to read more about this buck and to check in on his usually lively Web log. Who knows, he may even jab back after getting this left to the kisser.

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A seagull with jewelry

October 28, 2009 at 06:18 AM

It’s a good thing Flathead carries his camera with him. You never know what he’s going to encounter. Weird fish. Freaky spiders. And even seagulls wearing odd forms of jewelry.

This one is from Sept. 13 on the Illinois River near Chillicothe. And give credit to Flathead’s son, Briar, for correctly identifying the bird as being tagged. Writes Flathead, “Briar said it was an animal tag right away!  I did not think so until I saw the leg band in the photos.”

So where did the band come from?

Local naturalist Michelle Simone writes, “It might be a bird from one of the nesting colonies along Lake Michigan. USDA-WS has been marking gulls in various colonies along the lake for several years. One of their marked birds was sighted on Anderson Lake a few years ago.”

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