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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

Second season ends with a shiver

December 07, 2008 at 09:57 PM

“Dad, this Mr. Heater is my best friend.”

So said the oldest boy tonight as he sat, warming himself around the portable Mr. Heater while we waited for deer that never appeared.

I couldn’t argue.

What I do wonder is what makes deer move?

Opening day of this second season dawned cold and ended cold and windy. I figured for sure the deer would move to the fields that night. But they didn’t—at least not in the corner of Peoria County where I was hunting.

Yet on Saturday night, which was cold and windy, the deer were wandering all over the same area. At least that’s what my buddy Flathead told me. He shot an older, gnarly 10-pointer Saturday night. His dad shot a nice-looking 8-pointer and a doe.

Tonight? The oldest boy and I saw nothing. Flathead saw nothing. And the second season came to an end for me with one missed doe and no other close encounters.

I can only hope muzzleloader season goes better. Just in case it doesn’t, I’m going to buy some more propane for Mr. Heater.

NOTABLE: After all this sitting around and not shooting I’ve got the itch to go quail hunting (which will probably involve more time spent not shooting). So Monday morning is Quail Quest 2008. As Imentioned before, I’m still pining to shoot a limit of wild birds. Will Monday be the day? Probably not, but Hawk and I are going to give it a go. We’ve got five or six spots to hit. Maybe we can scratch eight birds out of them, since they have not yielded a single bobwhite yet this season.


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