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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 4-10-08

April 10, 2008 at 07:10 AM

I’m gearing up for another weekly fishing report. Can you help me while Stan Morris and I make 80 calls to bait shops, guides and other sources?

FROM Tim Hilt:

“As a new bowhunter and having restricted access to hunting ground I am writing you today about something I found this weekend. While shed hunting at a local state park, I came across upwards of 20, treestands left unattended, unlocked and unmarked. The site regulations clearly state that all stands are to be out by Jan 31, and more specifically that they are to have the owner’s name, address, and phone number marked on it.

“State ground is crowded enough as it is during hunting season. Now, I am trying to be smart, scouting for good locations now while shed hunting and some lazy hunter has left his stand in the location I have picked as well. So, what should a guy do? Technically the stands have been left there past the time allowed, with no name marked ...  public domain?  It’s not really ethical but ... Should I notify the site managers? Last time I talked to one of them, they just spoke of how the budget didn’t allow for much of anything. Call conservation police and see what they say? If they say they’re mine if I pull them out, I want someone backing me.

“I try to be ethical and courteous when I hunt, but times like this just make me disappointed in the sportsman and women around me.”

FROM T. J. Justus of Green Valley:

“Today while at work I got a strange phone call from my wife Corey. She said that a loud noise had awakened her, and called me a couple hours later because it got more continuous. She said it sounded like geese. Living in the country and being an avid waterfowl hunter, I found this amusing. I stayed on the phone while she investigated. When she walked on to the deck she gasped “Oh my god, there are two geese on the roof.”

“I could hear them making all kinds of noise and listened in disbelief. She ran inside and grabbed her camera to get a quick shot. No sooner did she take the picture, that the basset hound caught eye of them. A couple of howls and away the flew to a near by pond. I am sending a picture.”

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