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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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Grizzly attacks bow hunter

September 14, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Here’s an Associated Press story from Montana to ponder as you gear up for our opening day of bow season.

Grizzly attacks Montana bowhunter

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife officials say a grizzly bear attacked a bow hunter in the southern Gravelly Mountains near Ennis over the weekend.

Sam Sheppard, a game warden with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said the Sunday morning attack left Matt Menge of Bozeman with a broken right forearm and large cuts to the head. The warden described the attack as fast and sudden.

“This is just something that has the potential to happen when people archery hunt in those areas with a resident grizzly bear population,” he told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “You’re stealthing along, cammo-ed up, being extremely quiet and you just bump into them.”

Sheppard said Menge was hunting near the west fork of the Madison River south of Ennis. The man, who had driven up to the area with a friend, was traveling back to his truck alone when the attack happened and couldn’t reach for his bear spray in time.

Sheppard said no management action is planned for t he bear.

“It’s bears doing what bears do when they are surprised and archery hunters doing what archery hunters do,” he said.

 

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