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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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Quail hiding in, yes, standing corn

November 23, 2009 at 04:10 PM

With standing corn being blamed for just about every woe in the hunting world, I figured it was time to heap this onto the pile.

All my quail are in the corn. Actually, not all of them. This morning the dog and I spent a few hours walking through grassy spots in an effort to get in shape for an upcoming upland game trip.

I had no expectations of bird encounters, even though I’ve spotted quail in both locations several times this year.

Anyway, on the second farm the dog finally got real birdy along a grassy strip of foxtail and weeds. He pointed, then wagged and moved. Pointed, then wagged and moved.

I knew the quail were running. Problem was, they ran much faster than me. By the time I got within good eyeball range, the bird were flushing into a standing corn field across the road. At that point, the dog and I headed home, happy for the exercise.

But if there was a silver lining to the experience, it was this: A combine was working that field even as we hunted.

There is real hope, I think, for some decent upland hunting in mid-December when the bulk of the crops are out.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself.


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