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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 Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Bunny is done, how ‘bout a gobbler

April 12, 2009 at 08:36 PM

Well, we survived the Easter Bunny. Barely. During the morning Easter egg hunt the youngest planted his head into the gate hinge and now has a black and blue forehead, nose and ear. Try explaining that one to DCFS.

And I nearly bruised his two older brothers this evening. We were supposed to be quietly listening for turkeys. That was pretty impossible what with the wind, anyway, but at least I wanted to try. Well, the two boys didn’t get the concept and wrestled or yacked nearly the entire time. So we never heard a gobbler. But at least now I won’t be worried about drawing a first-season tag and not being able to bring the boys along. They belong in school.

The forecast for Monday morning is not good. Wind. Rain. A high of 42 degrees. All in all it does not sound promising. But I’m ready to shiver and hear nothing if that’s what opening day brings me. At the very least it will be nice to nap in peace after a long week of vacation.


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