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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

August 14, 2008 at 05:32 AM

I’m still busy licking my lips and writing a column about a recent turtle-eating festival. So take over while I savor that fried flavor.

FROM Dave Johnson:

The root of the problem with the deer population is outfitting. Large tracts of land are being reserved for hunters that only shoot bucks. The obvious solution is to end Pay to Play in Illinois. Since Illinois government is “following the money” the solution will be a huge die off of deer caused by some obscure natural disease. Then, we can start over again.

FROM Craig Landes of Batavia:

I’ve been trying to find information about the condition of lakes in and around DuPage county, here in northern Illinois. In the past, four years ago and more, we’d do a lot of shore fishing in places like Herrick lake, Pratt Woods, Blackwell, and so forth Three years ago, the drought knocked down the water levels severely, but since then, the lakes seem to be in horrible condition. Last year (2007), most of the lakes we visited were so overgrown with weeds, they were unfishable.

Now this year, we’re finding never-ending weeds, right to the surface, clogging the water for at least 20 feet out. The increase in mud turtles, large carp, and even beaver (Pratt) makes fishing not only difficult, but actually unenjoyable.

Do you guys know what’s happening? Someone mentioned a trend toward “natural” lake maintenance, but there’s a difference between a clean and healthy natural lake, and an abandonned like, isn’t there? I’d thought the money from fishing licenses was supposed to help keep the lakes clean and to stock fish. Of course this is Illinois, so money and legitimate use of that money are usually a contradiction in terms.

FROM Brad Weedman:

In response to your article on the DNR’s options about the deer seasons. Has the DNR considered opening the season as they normally do, the Friday before Thanksgiving, and leaving it open until it’s normal close, the first Sunday in December? This would make the season 17 days long. It would give hunters more options to get out and hunt during the week. There would be less pressure on the deer, and less hunters forced into the woods for a short 7 day season should equal safer hunting. The DNR wouldn’t have to issue more permits, but if it chooses to it could issue 2 antlerless permits instead of the 1 it does at the present time. Just my thoughts.

                                                                      Brad Weedman


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