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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

Just stay home to turkey hunt

April 16, 2008 at 01:42 PM

Another day, another day without a turkey. They gobbled plenty early this morning, but never showed their ugly heads. Then the wind gusted so hard I decided it was time to catch up on work and get into the office.

Then, while flipping through recent e-mails, I came across these pictures from Chris Gillette, who lives in a subdivision near Chillicothe off Cedar Hills Drive (not far from where I was hunting, really).

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Wrote Gillette:

“These turkeys got a little confused yesterday with the

Illinois Outdoorsstorm and ended in my backyard. They were there for quite some time ... before I decided I needed to get these close-up pictures. I actually got to within 15 feet of the group before they thought that was close enough. I am located off Cedar Hills Drive in a subdivision, so this was quite a shock. There were 19 all together with 6 gobblers. I have never seen one in my numerous hunting adventures in the field. Guess I’ll just start looking for them off the porch now.”


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