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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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Finally some luck of the draw

September 23, 2009 at 02:38 PM

After striking out in the lottery for a free upland game hunting permit, I did much better in the raffle for duck hunting permits.

While my first choice of opening day at the Spring Lake Bottoms Unit didn’t materialize, I did draw a blind for Nov. 10. That’s traditionally a good week for duck hunting in Illinois and Spring Lake Bottoms is one of my favorite spots.

Anyway, check your mailbox today to see if you too got lucky.

As for those upland permits, Dale Bowman reported today that the odds were not good. He said that out of 3,029 applicants, 873 (28.8 percent) were issued permits and the other 2,156 grumbling upland hunters were rejected. Last year 865 permits were issued and there were 1,955 rejections.

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