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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 winning, but war not over

December 08, 2009 at 01:26 PM

Go figure geese. This morning The Farmer and I figured we had a sure thing in my duck blind. With storms, ice and nasty weather on the way they had to fly this morning. Better yet, we figured they would fly early.

Wrong. At least not over us.

Birds finally got up around 8:45 a.m. and headed south. But the nearby birds did not budge. So we headed home empty-handed.

But the storm is still coming. The birds still have to fly. So in few minutes, I’m headed out with Eric Doubet in hopes of rewriting this story with a happier ending.

UPDATE: The geese won both battles today. We stood out in the rain for a few hours, got soaked and saw a few flocks head back into a nearby lake. Maybe they were feeding in the fields all day. Whatever the case, I am going to take a day off from goose hunting. Maybe.



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