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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

Illinois hunting and fishing

Big typical buck still walking

March 22, 2010 at 02:21 PM

Seeing a buck like this in the backyard after hunting season would make any deer hunter smile.

After snapping a picture of this big 10-pointer, you can understand why Illini Bluffs Principal Joe Stoner is already eager for the fall. Writes Stoner, “My son has been scouting this deer for two years and several hunters in the area who have seen it up close believe it to be a 190” plus. Looking for sheds but no luck yet, he survived deer season though! Can’t wait to see him next year.”

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Asian carp also impacting the South

March 22, 2010 at 10:23 AM

While most of the recent talk about Asian carp has focused on the Great Lakes, there are plenty of lakes and rivers in other areas that have also been impacted by the invasive species.

Proof of that is being seen in Tennessee. Writes Anne Paine in a March 21 article in The Tennessean:

“They already know the fish are swimming in growing numbers deeper into the state through locks and dams on the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers.

“One of Peach’s colleagues has hauled in as much as 5,000 pounds of silver carp in a day from the northern portion of Kentucky Lake. The lake, which runs from Kentucky to Pickwick Dam south of Savannah, Tenn., is part of the Tennessee River.”

Click here to read the rest of Paine’s interesting article.


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