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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 11-12-09

November 12, 2009 at 01:47 AM

Lots to hunt, lots to do. Help.

FROM Joe Oyer of Morton

“I just want to congratulate Moraine State Park on their limits of horsepower of outboard motors. It is 10 hp or larger motors are held to no wake speed. This is on a small lake of 158 acres. Doing this would bring a lot more people being able to fish a nice small lake. My fishing partner is from Clinton. He had heard about Davis Lake. We had a very good day (recently) with a 60 hp motor.”

FROM Doug Franks of Peoria.

“On my way to the Brimfield Railroad Prairie Preserve (recently), I noticed a car parked at the entrance to the wet bottom prairie near Savage Road where we collected seed recently and I saw a person walk out into the prairie carrying a bag. Someone collecting seed, I thought. Well, it is a state park and there’s nothing illegal about collecting seed there (as far as I know). However, I was curious, so I turned back, parked alongside, and walked along the horse trail towards a woman now carrying a couple of bags. I reasoned that she might not have heard of the Prairie Dawgs and who knows, might be interested in becoming one (long shots are my specialty). I introduced myself and asked whether she was collecting seed.

“At this point I realized she was not, as her poly bags contained small brightly colored packages. She explained that she taught a class in Forensic Science and that she was hiding body parts to test the knowledge and skill of her class in finding them. I did not ask what kind of body parts, or the species from which they came. A different kind of geo-caching to be sure!
Don’t be perturbed if you kick up unfound body parts next time we work in this prairie.”

FROM Walt Winget of Peoria.

“I enjoyed your article on Jared Allen and Tim Wells. I understand that Tim has shot a number of very large deer with a bow and is very skillful. Having said that, I also agree with your comments about high fence big game animal ‘shooting’; it is not hunting. I am sure Tim has killed many more elk than I and his Alberta elk is truly impressive. But I have killed six elk and I well remember how truly tough the hunting was. Unless you are on one of the very expensive private but free range elk ranches such as Vermejo Park, [I was not], you can hunt for ten days and get only one shot, and if you are truly trophy hunting, not infrequently, no shot at all, even with a gun. It is the fact that the animal can go anywhere he wishes and can put miles between you and him if your stalk is not skillful that makes elk hunting the great sport that it is. “


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