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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 28, 2008 at 04:07 AM

There are weeds to mow and dove fields to prepare before Monday arrives. Help me fill this space, won’t you?

FROM Joe Egli of South Pekin:

Chris Miller from Carlock just called me about horse trading lead shot for snagging hooks. He told me he caught a 43-pound Asian carp 2 weeks ago!
I went again last nite and all I can find is 2 at a time fish that are about ONE foot long! What has happened to the big carp?
Chris tries to tell me these things breed in June and August and they missed this because the dam was not up - know anything about this? You have any idea what makes them gang up below the dam?

FROM Roger Woodcock of Farmington:

One of my best memories and now a standing family funny story was of my big idea to improve my goose hunting west of Farmington. It was years ago and goose hunting was just starting to gain momentum in the area. Probably around 1990. I had one of the first ideas of motion in the decoys and thought that if my little girl who was seven at the time would put on black leggings and shoes and strap a goose shell decoy onto her back and walk around in the decoys in front of my blind, the geese would pour into my spread. Funny thing, that is the only time in thirty years of being married to a wonderful, understanding wife that I was threatened with bodily harm. Oh well, I guess even the most tolerant of hunters wives do have their limits.


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