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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

Open Blog Thursday

February 12, 2009 at 06:33 AM

I’m still reeling from a weekend spent at sports shows. My mouth is sore from talking so much about Prairie State Outdoors and my carpal tunnel is acting up after all that driving. I sense a worker’s comp case coming. Until then, please help me…

FROM Richard Schmutzler:

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is currently looking into options for managing the skyrocketing deer herd on FPD lands. Please take the time and call or e-mail them to let them know we Will County tax payers propose managing the land naturally without the use of costly and dangerous sniper hunting/culling programs. We propose that the FPD considers a managed bow hunting program to control the deer population naturally. Forest Preserve District Office, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet IL 60433, 815-727-8700 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. week days).

FROM Bjorn Hansen of Mississauga, Ontario:

I read the reply on Jan. 12 09 from Mike Gasparovich and can’t help but give my opinion. Mike, if the hunting laws in your area allow the shooting of a black bear and you disagree then make haste and go to your local or state authorities and present your case. Please do not send black bear hunters to Canada. We have all we need and in some areas it is legal. I guess it would be OK to shoot the self same black bear you are concerned about should it go north and cross the 49th or more southerly parts of our border. I think you owe Canadians an appology if you think we are less aware of animal rights, hunting privileges and the local laws. The thought of “go to Canada” and break their laws is irresponsible.

FROM Ben Dzurisin of Princeton:

I did not get a chance to read your story on big geese, but a friend that I hunt with did.He was with me this duck season at Princeton Game and Fish Club when a group of geese flew over and I shot one. When I got him home I put it on the scale and it was 16.2 pounds. That was the biggest one that I have ever shot.



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