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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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No triple crown, just a wet dove

September 08, 2009 at 06:16 PM

The Farmer and I headed out this morning with high hopes for a Triple Crown of September hunting: dove, teal and Canada goose.

We wound up with one wet dove. So much for my theory that the teal had arrived in central Illinois. Actually, I still think the little dive-bombing ducks are in the area. Just not where we were this morning.

For that matter, the doves were not there either. Several sunflower fields in the area were mowed recently (after opening day) and seemed to be holding more of the birds.

The capper on the day was a near-miss on a flock of 26 honkers that arrived in the decoys a little too early. Oh well. There’s always another day. And who knows? Maybe a Triple Crown?


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