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Jeff Lampe
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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1 in 3 will get you a goose

November 02, 2009 at 09:14 PM

I’ve got a few theories and one is that if you go goose hunting in a decent spot three times, you will have at least one chance to kill a Canada goose.

At least that’s been true in my hunting career. So that’s what I told seventh-grader Andrew Jordan of Elmwood (pictured below) Sunday night when we spent an evening hunting with his 1 1/2-year-old Lab Sophie. Unfortunately, he and his pup came on the wrong night. We never saw a bird close Sunday. Not even many tweety birds. But the dog was well-behaved on her first hunting trip and she showed no sign of being gun shy (we shot a few times just to check).

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I would have liked to see if Sophie will retrieve, but that wasn’t in the cards. But since that was my second goose hunting trip, I had high hopes for this morning. True to form, The Farmer and I wound up bagging two big honkers. A group of five came in long past the decoys and we managed to scratch down two. One of the birds had a well-worn band, my first in several years. Actually, there’s no guarantee who shot the bird. Had Andrew been along, I would have given it to him. But The Farmer? Nah.

Even so, it was fun to see his dog Indy work on the water. And fun to see one of my many theories actually be proven correct.

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