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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

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September 18, 2008 at 06:15 AM

Teal season is not over yet and there are still a few of the fast-flying birds in the area. That means I went hunting this morning. That means I need your help to fill this space.


I found a dead buck on my property. I have no idea how long its been there, but it was rather strange. The complete skeleton except for a leg was present. Ribs, spine, pelvis, lower jaw boneetc. There was no flesh, but a small patch of hide I assume the size of a sheet of paper clinging to the skull. I found it near a small creek that had only on few inches of water in it. There was a small amount of brain material in the skull, which I guessed i should have saved, but did not. I found it probably 1-2 miles from the nearest road. I just bought this place in the spring, so I have no idea how long it was there.

What I thought was unique was the rack. First the tines were clearly broken off irregularly, but the rack appeared to perhaps be in velvet when the deer died as it is very porous and water keeps leaking from it. It appears it would have been a good buck because the bladed brow tine is over 6 inches long and it appears to have had another 2 inches or more if it would have not been broke. You will also see a club like appearance to the end of the left main beam.

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My wife and I are in total agreement with you about cutting grass next to our roadways, local and interstate included. What a waste of time and money, and what a destruction of beauty and natural habitat.


I am writing to inform you of a rather rare sighting. My family and I frequently drive through the Deer Creek-Mackinaw area looking for deer. Specifically we were driving on American Legion Road just past the Legion when we saw a doe and her FOUR fawns (about two weeks ago). We have been back several times and have not seen her and her fawns again. We thought we would let you know as we thought it to be a fun fact and something a bit noteworthy I am aware that multiple births are not a bit rare in deer but this is the first we have seen quadruplets. Several years ago in the same location we did see triplet fawns but this was a real treat.


I’m writing to let you know of a youth day that the Clinton Lake Waterfowler’s Association (CLWA) is putting on in conjunction with the Illinois Prairie (Bloomington, IL) Chapter of Delta Waterfowl. The event will take place on Sunday Oct. 12 from 2-6 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resource’s Region 3 office on Clinton Lake. There will be several seminars or stations for the children to learn about waterfowl hunting including decoys, dogs and duck/goose calling. Youth admission is free, $10 for adults and a chaperone is required. Recommended ages are 8-16. Register by Oct. 1 by calling Gene Everett at (217) 784-8512.



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