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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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Open Blog Thursday

February 14, 2008 at 07:21 AM

Yikes. I just saw that today is Valentine’s Day. Better get something for the wife and quick. Can you folks take over this space for me?

FROM Jeff Strode of Canton:

“I saw your article in the Sunday paper (2-10-08). You mentioned something about pass shooting at flocks of geese flying over your pit. That won’t endear you to many of us dyed-in-the-wool, traditional waterfowlers. Most of the guys in my hunting circles still won’t even shoot birds on the water and if they do flock shoot at passing birds, they sure wouldn’t admit to it in the newspaper.

There has always been that tension between the local hunters and the visitors to the area, and the guys who are guilty of “sky blastin” tend to make things worse. Too many birds are injured and it makes it more difficult to get birds to decoy to a spread if you pass shoot.

On a related note – I’ve seen bald eagles working on three separate goose carcasses this season within a 4 mile radius of Canton. Likely an indication of how many wounded geese there are in the area, which may be the typical result of birds injured through the normal hunting process, or it could be birds that have been hit by a pellet or two from pass shooters.”

FROM Jim Tanner of Peoria:

“First. I have no quarrel with hunting or fishing. I’ve done my share of both in the past. However, I’ve had something on my mind for many years that I’d let you and others ponder. Every hunter, especially deer hunters, wants that big buck with the huge rack atop his head. If all were successful in this endeavor every year, what effect would this have on their gene pool? Nature’s way is to let the strongest survive. If we continue to harvest the best of these, it seems to me there would be a dilution of the quality of the survivors. I believe that brief statement says it all.

While it’s easy to ask questions like those, I know there are no easy answers if any exist at all. I’m sure any regulations eliminating this thirst for the biggest and best would only serve to eliminate hunting from the hearts of most of those who now enjoy it. That isn’t my intention at all.

The only things that come to my mind are rediculous things like catch and release as in fishing which would require dart guns that let them live after pictures are taken, etc. Or limiting kills to does which would help reduce the population somewhat. I realize neither of these would be acceptable to 99 percent of hunters.

That’s about all that can be said on the subject. Just something to think about.”

FROM Doug Mating:

“I want to thank you for running the notice on our wild game dinner so many times. We had over 500 people attend at Expo and the winner of the Drenalin came running up after his name was drawn. I heard many positive comments about the evening and we hope to do it again next year. We are looking at having the Duck Commander there. So, keep Feb 7, 2009 open.”

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