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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 1-28-10

January 28, 2010 at 06:07 AM

It’s time to draw up a new offense for the biddy ball team. Help.

FROM Don Higgins:

“I just received the e-mail below concerning the debate amongst the Republican candidates for Illinois governor. I am suggesting that each of us send questions about what each candidate proposes to do about the issue of Illinois non-resident deer hunters. Below is my exact question. Feel free to copy it or use it as a guideline for your own question. There is no way that all of our questions will get asked but hopefully at least one of them will and we can get the candidates to realize that this is an issue that is important to us and get their response on the record. This is our chance to address a situation that has gotten worse and affects us all. Send this to all the Illinois hunters on your list and lets flood them with this question

“Many Illinois deer hunters are outraged at the situation in Illinois where huge numbers of deer hunting permits are sold to non-resident deer hunters. This massive influx of out-of-state hunters has a number of negative impacts for Illinois sportsmen and outdoor enthusiast. Most states with a quality deer herd have a reasonable limit on non-resident deer hunters and most of those limits are a fraction of what is allowed in Illinois. Past Illinois politics have sold one of Illinois natural resources away from its own citizens. Can we count on you as governor to set back the limit of non-resident deer hunters to reasonable levels in line with other neighboring states?”

FROM Bob Burns of Dunlap:

“I have hunted deer in central Illinois for 30 years plus. I will never forget the 2009 firearm season. I was bitten by a deer tick and infected with Lyme disease. I thought it would be a good time of the year to remind folks going afield for various reasons that Lyme disease is real and it is in our area. We forget as time goes on about the different hazards when we go into the woods for outdoor activities. I thought I would send this information to you so you could print it and remind folks that this can happen and they should take precautions when going on outdoor activities. I was diagnosed about 1and 1/2 weeks after being bitten. I was lucky that I sought medical attention when I did. I have researched this disease since the bite and it is not pretty if it is untreated.”

FROM Joe Pozzi of Burr Ridge:

“Great fishing on the St. Joe River for Steelhead and Salmon. This was the second time I’ve fished with Capt. Gary DeRosa ( a soft spoken guide on the river.  I plan to return. He has all the comforts of home on his enclosed, heated, and very comfortable boat. He knows the river like the back of his hand.”

FROM Bert Stelly of Louisiana:

“The blades aren’t the problem (with Rage broadheads), it’s keeping the blades locked while in the quiver or stalking with the arrow on the string. If you rub it in the grass or any slight touch by foreign object, they will unlock and it’s not always noticeable before you shoot. That’s the problem. I quit using them for that reason. I have killed lots of animals with the rage head, but just got tired watching to see if they are locked. Fix that locking system and I will go back to shooting the Rage.”



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