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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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July 2: Picture of the Day

July 02, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Deer have so far been ridiculously lacking from this Picture of the Day thing.

I mean we live in Illinois. Deer are everywhere. Seems logical that pictures should be flowing.

As I’ve been learning, getting pictures of those deer is not a casual thing. Driving along and hoping to snap a picture just isn’t working—at least not in the mornings when I do most of my photo work.

As a result, my respect for Jim Mordacq of Springfield has grown markedly in the past three months. He’s the guy who provides cool deer pictures for PSO on a regular basis. Before long, I’m hoping he’ll be willing to start a deer picture blog. That would be very popular. But I digress.

This evening, after losing a bad game at Kickapoo, 21-18, I needed therapy. So middle son Vic and I drove through Jubilee College State Park with the sole purpose of getting close enough to a deer to take a usable picture. For most of the way through the park the only options were prairie. And believe me, the Jubilee prairie is looking very nice these days. Years of corn and beans have been replaced by gray-headed coneflower, purple coneflower and many other prairie plants. It really looks nice.

But that wasn’t what we were after. So we went to Thousand Dollar Road. There’s always some critter in range on Thousand Dollar. Sure enough, before the turn onto U.S. 150 this doe provided a picture.

Once baseball season ends, I’m planning to shift my photo drives to the evenings in hopes of getting more whitetail pictures. And if anybody else has advice on taking deer pictures, let me know.



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