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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.

Illinois Outdoors


A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

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Buck antlers in velvet

May 08, 2010 at 09:52 AM

Duane Hopp submitted this cool picture of a Johnson County buck with antlers starting to grow in a scenic southern Illinois setting. Wish we had more rocks like these in Illinois.

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Big bass chokes on bluegill

May 08, 2010 at 09:13 AM

Remember what mom always said about eyes being bigger than your stomach? Well this bass learned you can also have problems when your eyes are bigger than your throat.

Nick Joesting and Gary Rinaldi submitted this picture of a 22-inch, 5-pound, 6-ounce bass he found floating dead with a 9.5-inch bluegill stuck in its craw. The bluegill was actually still alive and weighed three-quarters of a pound.

I have personally seen two bass dead with bluegill stuck in their throats. But this is the best photo documentation I’ve seen.
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Sangamon Co. three-legged doe

April 30, 2010 at 01:26 PM

The three-legged deer pictured above was submitted by Keith Dunlap, who first saw the deer while turkey hunting and then got the photo off his trail-camera.

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Wolf? Dog? You make the call

April 06, 2010 at 08:52 AM

Paula Guttilla submitted these photos of a canine that was lingering in her front yard on Sept. 19, 2009.

Guttilla lives near Utica near the Illinois River and said she saw this canine several times during a three-week period from August through September.

Was she seeing a wolf? Or a dog? Or maybe a hybrid?

Whatever this is, my first reaction is not to say wolf, that’s for sure. In one picture the snout looks more like that of a bear. What do you think?

Click here to check out a Web site that offers sighting tips for canines. Wisconsin wolf specialist Adrian Wydeven suggested this site to Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times to help differentiate wolves, dogs, coyotes and wolf-dog hybrids.

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Wolf or coyote? You make the call

March 24, 2010 at 09:58 PM

Austin Fiddes sends in this picture of a big canine snapped recently by a trail camera on the outskirts of Hanna City. Writes Fiddes, “Recently, I was out checking my trail cameras for the first time in awhile and as I looked through the pictures I came across this picture of a wolf (which looks to have mange). To my knowledge this is the first confirmed sighting of a wolf this far south in Illinois.”

The mange part I tend to agree with. That critter has a nasty case of something.

But I’m not so sure about the wolf part. What do you readers think?

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