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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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Obama trying to soothe anglers

April 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Earlier this year, a variety of articles and e-mails circulated claiming President Obama was planning to ban recreational fishing in marine and Great Lakes waters.

Those false rumors, based on new strict catch limits and spread in part by an ESPN article that was later corrected, zipped through the Internet with amazing speed and reach.

Now Obama’s administration is attempting to reach out to anglers. According to a New York Times article:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the main federal agency overseeing ocean and fisheries policy, has rolled out a series of new initiatives in the past month aimed at raising the profile of recreational fishing within the agency and calming some of the hostile waters between fishermen and the administration. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco created a new post for a high-level national policy adviser for recreational fishing, reorganized regional offices to put greater emphasis on sportfishing and created a new advisory panel on the issue.

Click here to read an in-depth story on the subject.

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April 21: Picture of the Day

April 21, 2010 at 07:48 AM

Driving along today and listening for turkeys (which I heard gobbling and saw strutting) I saw something unexpected up in a tree.

Was it a new hornet nest that I had somehow missed the past few hundred times past that tree?

Nope. A barred owl was perched in plain sight well after sunrise, most likely trying to dry off in the sun on this misty, moisty morning.

After a few pictures, I tried to back closer to the owl with no luck. Off it flew.

Click here for a bit more information on barred owls in Illinois.

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