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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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May 11: Picture of the Day

May 11, 2010 at 03:21 PM

Today was supposed to offer a chance to catch up and prepare.

The catching up part had to do with almost a week of being gone. Stuff piles up. Literally. Recycling. E-mails. Photos to post. There’s just lots to do.

The preparation part had to do with this evenings 6:30 p.m. talk at Eureka Library and with a planned fishing trip Wednesday to Prairie Lake at Jim Edgar-Panther Creek. Prairie Lake is shaping up to be one of the better bass lakes around and I’m working on a story on the site.

So naturally, faced with a full slate, I went turkey hunting. Hey, there are only two days left after today in the Illinois season and I still don’t have a bird. But I’m starting to think this year will end without a gobbler.

Why?

Well while walking and calling in the wind today, I came across this tree, covered with some sort of shelf fungus.

The tree seemed to be asking the same question as my wife, “Y are you turkey hunting?”

I had no good answer for her or for the tree. And still no turkey. But at least I got a picture.

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