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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 9-24-09

September 24, 2009 at 04:25 AM

This is our final week for lots of fishing calls. But I’m willing to bet this will not be the last time I call on you, the readers of PrairieStateOutdoors.com, for help.

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FROM Dan Cahill of Chicago (pictured above):

“I wanted to pass along a thank you for pushing Emiquon Preserve. My friend and I finally made the 200 mile drive from Chicago and had the best bass fishing day of our lives. We counted 200 fish between the two of us. Equal numbers on the North and South side of the lake. There was a maximum of 12 other vehicles in the lot and it was like being out there alone. I’m now determined to return as much as I can this season for one of the monster broods in there. I wrote a quick report with pictures at this link (click here).”

FROM Cherlyn A. Harness:

“Why is it that we always see all the guys with bucks (machoism out of control)  we need to be culling out the does around the Illinois area.  Where we used to see two or three crossing the road, I am now seeing 10 to 15. Not to seem mean but We need to clear out more does, they are the baby makers.”

FROM Keith Pierce of Springfield:

“At 7:15 p.m (Wednesday) a good friend and mentor of mine passed away at Memorial hospital from complications of a stroke incurred on Friday. The man’s name was Don Cranfill of Hillsboro Illinois. For pheasant and quail hunters, field trial competitors and dog breeders the man needed no introduction. Their wasn’t anything Don didn’t know about training great bird dogs. He taught me more in ten minutes than others had in ten months. He had an unbelievable way with puppies. I’ve watched him take a pup out for the first time and have them pointing feathers and birds in minutes. He got me started in Illinois Pheasants Forever. It was something to watch this old guy put on a hunt at his Cranfill Hunting Preserve in Hillsboro. I’ve seen him with minimal help run 75 to 100 hunters through his place in a day and you always got fried quail, biscuits and gravy at the end of your hunt. He had my wife Kathy and I down to his place Sept 4th for quail and B&G to celebrate both our birthdays. It was the last time I would see him before he went to the hospital. I’ll cherish that day forever. The bird hunting world has lost a Great man.”

 

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