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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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Open Blog Thursday 4-16-09

April 16, 2009 at 03:08 AM

Wait, do we really have to do a fishing report during turkey season? Yep. Help.

FROM Bill Boeschen:

We hunt the doe season in January only to fill the freezer if not already full. Weather will determine if we hunt or not even if we still need meat. The odds of having nice weather in January are very slim. Plus you have the potential of killing that 120-140 class that you pass on multiple times now that his horns may have dropped. If you want does killed, you need other methods then what you are planning. Even if only one nice buck per county has horns that have dropped, being shot in January is not the right answer. I wish the state would get back to managing the deer herd according to their stats and not from pressure, permit income, or payoffs. Deer numbers are down in many area. Yes we know that is music to your ears. Where your problem areas of overpopulated deer numbers, address the problem there. Do not mess up the whole state deer herd when trying to fix problem in small areas. Please show us the numbers that support your decisions vs. what someone has randomly come up to calm the outside pressure.

FROM Jason Juchems of East Peoria:

I am Jason Juchems, the current Past President of the Central Illinois Herpetological Society ( I have organized a “Call In” on April 20 to an individuals local Representative and to the 13 Sponsors of HR 669 in opposition to the passage of this legislation. This started as a local event and has turned nation and I am looking to spread the word. HR 669, better known as “Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act,” is an effort to stop invasive species. It will create a list of speices that can be kept as pets and transported. The main opposition to this law is that infringes on state right’s as animals that may become invasive in Hawaii or Florida will not survive Illinois winter.

How does this affect you? Well knowing you are an outdoors writer I thought you would be interested in knowing this bill would effect the “Big Game Ranches.” Those who purchase exotic species for hunting will no longer be able to do so unless those species are on the approved list. The NRA ILA is aware of what this bill can do. I am a teacher and the animals I have in my classroom are also subject to this law. So I will no longer be able to provide students with an up close look at native and exotic species kept in the classroom.


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