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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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So hungry I could eat a possum

May 03, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Well old Flathead slowed down long enough to whip out his camera today. Nice to have him back, though his subject matter this time around leaves a little to be desired.

“I had to turn around and go back for this shot. You know you are hungry when you will eat the butt end of an opossum on the edge of route 24 with cars whizzing by at 70 miles per hour!”

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Mega muskie at Banner Marsh

April 07, 2010 at 03:41 PM

Flathead is back with a Picture of the Week.

Actually, he submitted two pictures of the same big female muskie out of Wheel Lake at Banner Marsh. She measured 48.5 inches and weighed 30 pounds.

Biologists are trap-netting at Banner this week so it will be interesting to see what else comes in from the nets.

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A brown booby and brown pelican

January 12, 2010 at 08:59 AM

Well, our buddy Flathead and his family spent some time on St. John’s in the U.S. Virgin Islands in December, which sounds pretty good right about now.

In between relaxing and eating, Flathead took some time to go fishing. True to form, he caught a brown pelican with his first cast. The bird (pictured above) survived the incident. Writes Flathead: “The pelican had the same idea I did. The yellow jack were busting the surface after bait fish and the silver shad rap did the trick. So I caught the pelican, took out the hook and unwrapped the line, and we both went back to fishing a little slower!”

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He also snapped a picture of a brown booby on the beach. You can see that picture below.

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What did you think you were going to see? This is a family Web site.

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Bass still fat, plentiful at Emiquon

November 27, 2009 at 06:07 AM

In late October the Department of Natural Resources did population surveys of bass at the Emiquon Preserve near Havana. As expected, they found plenty of bass. Plenty of fat bass like the one held above by biologist Ken Russell, which is our latest entry in Flathead’s Picture of the Week.

They aren’t the only ones who have surveyed the lake with success. Trivoli bass angler Ron Boyer says fishing bass been fantastic this fall—better even than the 100-fish-per-angler days of the summer.

Makes you wonder what next spring will be like out there, doesn’t it?

Ponder that as you admire this wide shot of Emiquon.

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A nice Peoria County 10-pointer

November 09, 2009 at 06:24 AM

Well, Flathead is shifting from fish to deer for his photo selection. Makes sense, since he’s spending more time in the timber than in a boat of late.

Here’s a shot of his buddy Frank Baxter of Chillicothe with a nice Peoria County 10-pointer shot on Nov. 1.

It’s always nice when Frank gets a buck before Flathead. Kind of puts the pressure square on the shoulders of camera-toting Flathead. It will be interesting to see which 10-pointer he comes up with this year. Or will it be the big double-beamed monster? Hmm. Time will tell.

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