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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 little deer hunting perspective

September 12, 2008 at 09:20 AM

Times are bad. Things in Springfield could hardly be worse. Special funds are being swept. Money that was paid out for a purpose is being misused by a governor who will then take credit for being a visionary.

But things could be worse. We are headed into deer season soon and for all the problems we face, we are still blessed with one of the finest deer herds in the world. I mention this in light of a story today out of Maine regarding their upcoming deer season. Read this and then feel a little better about our own situation here in Illinois.

Deer prospects down in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP)—It could be a frustrating fall for Maine deer hunters.

The state game department’s deer biologist, Lee Kantar, says last year’s harsh winter and heavy snowfall took a heavy toll on fawns. As a result, he says this fall’s deer harvest is expected to decline by about 6,000—or about 18 percent—from last season.

The deer population outlook is reflected in the number of any-deer permits being issued for this season: a little over 50,000, compared to more than 66,000 issued last fall.

Kantar said he expects about 24,000 deer to be taken this year, compared to just under 30,000 last season.

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