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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 Wednesday 10-14-09

October 14, 2009 at 03:47 PM

Well, this is supposed to run on Open Blog Thursday, but let’s make an exception here.

FROM “Sittin’ this One Out” of East Peoria:

“I’m a life long Illinois resident (minus 6 years off serving in the USMC) and I have been bow hunting for about 18 years or so. This past Sept. 2, I tore my left rotator cuff while bench pressing. Yup, right before bow season!! Saw my doctor, got an MRI, and am scheduled to see a surgeon this Friday. So, I started to look into using a crossbow so as not to miss an entire season. Step one: check the law. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that crossbows are only allowed for persons age 62 or older, or those with a permanent disability. Surely this must be a misprint, I thought. No way would the fine state of Illinois (read Peoples Republic of Illinois) deny a man an entire season due to circumstances beyond his control, right?

“Step two: call the IDNR office to confirm. The answer I got, in an obviously agitated tone, was basically “take a hike, Mac, no dice.” As a hunter who astutely follows all game laws, I guess I’ll have to sit this one out. The fact that I am going to follow this law doesn’t mean I like or agree with it. It’s absolutely stupid!! No way the state can issue a one season pass to use a crossbow, with a doctor/surgeon’s note, of course? I realize that it’s too late to salvage a season for me, but who do I need to contact (nag) to ensure this doesn’t happen to the next guy? Oh, and what the heck is this state’s big hang up with crossbows anyway?”




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