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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

December 04, 2008 at 02:16 AM

If ever I needed help filling the space, it’s today what with second firearm season opening and all. So take over for me while I shiver in a tree somewhere in Peoria County.

FROM Jeff Idleman of Carlock (aka Springer):

“Here are the results from a one ditch hunt last Saturday (Nov. 29, 2008) near Lexington. Perpetrators are Springer, Larry Seiben and David DeHaan. Libby and Lil the springer duo provided necessary dog power. We hunted the ditch in the opposite direction it had been hunted before and hit 8-10 pheasants in the last 80 yards before the cover quit at a hard road. We lost one rooster that flew across the road into a herd of cows after sustaining some fuselage damage. Surprising result for this late in the season on ground that had been hunted several times before. We were done in under an hour.”

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FROM Doug Bradley of Highland:

“The first shotgun deer season was a pretty frustrating one for me. I hunt 2.5 hours from home with friends and family near Meredosia and just before leaving on Thursday night I discovered my permits were missing. My wife and I searched frantically for them for about 6 hours. After finally realizing that they either didn’t arrive or were thrown away, we gave up. I checked the IDNR website and saw that replacing lost permits required 5-7 days. I figured I would leave early Friday morning and drive to the IDNR building and throw myself at the mercy of whoever I found. I called on the way to Springfield and someone called me back at 7:30 A.M. and told me that the process of replacing permits takes about 3 minutes at the IDNR office. I was more elated than if I had just shot a deer. Wow!  I was back in the game. My wife cried when I called to tell her the good news.

“I was hunting later that same afternoon with friends and was then frustrated by not seeing any deer. No deer again on Saturday, or on Sunday morning. Early Sunday afternoon my hunting companions and I decided to carry out a deer drive on a small patch of ground before we headed to our stands for the late afternoon. I was assigned a shooting position on the corner of the property and was quickly approached by a white pig. It had a docked tail and was pretty clean. I took it to be an escapee from some nearby farm. I determined that since it appeared to be somewhat tame and well-taken care of that I shouldn’t shoot it.

“My mistake was sharing my story with my hunting companions. I have taken nothing but grief from my buddies about my decision. They feel strongly that I should have shot the pig. Even the property owner has chastised me for not taking it off his property. I assume that if I had shot it, I would still be ridiculed as the guy who shot the pig while deer hunting. Next weekend I’m hoping to fill the freezer with venison and pork.”



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