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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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A fine time in the timber

October 08, 2009 at 04:00 PM

Last night was the definition of why I decided to start bowhunting.

For years I’ve heard hunters tell me why they love to bowhunt. One of the things that resonated most with me was those who said they enjoyed the chance to savor early fall weather in the woods. Gun season doesn’t often offer that option. By then it’s usually cold, sometimes snow, and the leaves are gone and the woods are not as alive.

So last night was, for me, completely enjoyable. I can say that even though I never saw a deer. Instead, I sat in a tree stand for almost four hours watching, admiring, listening and enjoying. Understand, I want to see deer. Given many more deer-free nights like last night and I might even start grumbling.

But for one evening, just being out there was enough. And if it wasn’t for bowhunting, I would have found something else to do. Slowly but surely, I’m starting to understand the attraction of bowhunting. Put a deer in close proximity and I’m afraid I might even get hooked.

Oh yeah, spending last night hunting was great for another reason. It meant I could stay inside today and avoid the cold and rain.


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