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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

Gobblers 2, Me 0

April 15, 2008 at 03:41 PM

This is starting to remind me of 2007, the year I hunted seven days without getting a shot at a turkey.

Today at least we heard several gobblers. And we even had one in range. Yep. The mature bird was headed right to Super Gobbler and to Turkey Pete’s pop-up hen (the one I bought at the Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic after being in a booth next to Turkey Pete for two days. He’s a good salesman.) Things looked so good I put down the jerk string to the pop-up hen. I got the gun ready, and then the bird made a left turn. Unbeknownst to me, he was following a hen. Unfortunately, I was fairly wide open once he went that way and the bird was watching me as he hot-stepped after henny penny. 

No problem there, my buddy Flathead was set up nearby and had his gun at the ready. So instead of me swinging wildly (and missing, let’s be honest here) I waited for him to shoot. And him being the nice guy he is, he waited for me to shoot. Yep. The gobbler walked on past without either of us shooting.

Let the second guessing rage on. I should have kept the jerk string going and maybe the gobbler would have ran up to the decoys (something I’ve never seen yet but really want to witness sometime when I am set up on a decoy). I should have shot. Flathead should have shot. Ahhhhh. Oh well.

Flathead left after that and I did not hear another gobbler all afternoon. Then again, as windy as it was, the birds would needed to have been pecking me for them to be heard.

So it’s back at it in the morning. Hey, at least it’s getting warmer out there.


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