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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

Geese all over Fulton County

January 11, 2008 at 11:01 PM

I spent this morning hunting geese in Fulton County at a pit owned by Steve O’Neill of Pekin. We wound up with three Canada geese but must have seen thousands of birds overall. And I was amazed at how many specklebellies and snow geese we saw, in addition to decent numbers of Canadian honkers. Unfortunately, most of those thousands were at about the same altitude as this flock.

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Even so, a good time was had by all. And there was a big group on hand: Jim Olt of Pekin, Eric Schenck of Canton, Jim King of Pawnee, Kurt Tisdale of Morton, the Farmer and me. All of us were glad to take an invite from O’Neill, for the goose hunting but also for the excellent breakfast Steve cooks. You’ll be able to see a video of the morning early next week. Here’s a shot of O’Neill and his black lab Hope on a retrieve.

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Driving home later in the afternoon we saw birds everywhere in Fulton County and kept seeing birds around Elmwood in Peoria County. Seeing all these birds drives home the point that this really has been a goose season to remember here in central Illinois. And can you believe there are still 20 days left? Man, there are going to be some goose-related divorces this year.

After goose hunting, we let my little setter Hawk run a ditch that has produced several quail this year and that also broke my sunglasses. Anyway, I bragged to The Farmer that Hawk would point the birds within 6 minutes. He did. But funny thing was, there were now more birds in the covey than there were the last time we hunted. Evidently the birds must have joined forces with another covey. Oh well, since they were in the North Zone and safe from our guns (since the season went out earlier this week), I can be sure at least a few quail should be around for next fall.


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