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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

April 24, 2008 at 07:46 AM

I’ve been laid low for a few days. Can you folks help me with the heavy lifting until I recover?

FROM Chris McCloud, Department of Natural Resources publicist in Springfield:

“I’ve been receiving some calls about rumors that IDNR does not have the money to mail out deer applications this year. This is not true. Just to let you all know, IDNR mailed out over 170,000 deer applications over the last few weeks. Those folks that haven’t received them by now should start seeing them any day.”

FROM George Barger:

“Has anyone thought of the idea of raising price for turkey permits to $45 for an all-season permit and $15 for a single season? I hunt out of town and it sure would help me out. Just an idea, let me know what you think.”

FROM Kelly Sears of Macomb, a former softball coach:

“Since I’m not coaching this spring I’ve got more time to be in the timber. Shot a 27-pounder (April 14). Had a short beard, 9 1/2 inches, and 1 1/4 spurs. Then the mushrooms should be coming out. I should have quit coaching in the spring a long time ago. Nothing like turkey hunting in the morn and mushrooming in the afternoon.”

FROM Bob Bluett, state furbearer biologist, regarding a question posted in an earlier entry from Lee Wilder about a coyote leaping into the air several times.

“My opinion is that Mr. Wilder probably interrupted it while it was trying to pin something to the ground (like a mouse or vole). Not aware of that particular behavior being associated with anything else.”





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