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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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Reminder: Be careful gun hunting

November 16, 2008 at 08:47 PM

Here are two Associated Press stories from other states already enjoying gun hunting season for deer. Both stories serve as timely reminders to be careful this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the first segment of the Illinois gun season.

Minn. deer hunter’s slug cracks distant window

SOUTH HAVEN, Minn. (AP)—A Minnesota deer hunter learned an important lesson: remember how far your shotgun slug can carry.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said 39-year-old Brent Lang of Redwood Falls and a friend were hunting Saturday when Lang fired upward out of a hollow at a running doe.

Officials say the slug missed and traveled three-fourths of a mile before grazing a window at the home of David and Theresa Weis. She was in the family room and he was on the roof installing Christmas lights, and neither was injured when the outer pane of the window broke.

Both hunters were released after being told to check their surroundings completely when hunting. Lang will pay for the window damages.

Hunter shot and killed in Adirondacks

KEENE, N.Y. (AP)—State Police say a 35-year-old hunter was mistaken for a deer by another member of his hunting party, shot in the head and died.

Leo J. Hickey, of Elizabethtown, was shot Saturday in Keene. Police say he was shot by Michael M. Smith, 45, of Lake Placid, who was taken into custody because he is wanted in New Hampshire on felony drug charges.

The Essex County District Attorney’s office said he would be extradited, and charges related to the shooting were pending.


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