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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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The deer are in the beans

August 03, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Driving home the other day, a thought occurred to me after seeing yet another group of deer in a bean field.

I’ve heard it said and read it written many a time that “the deer are really taking to the bean fields right now.” And there’s no denying that’s true.

But here’s my thought. If the deer were “really taking to the corn” right now we’d never know it. Even this year, when the corn has been slow to mature, the stalks hide anything that enters those fields.

So are the deer really taking to the bean fields? Or are those only the deer we can see?

Just some random thoughts to go with the above picture of a doe I snapped Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in a bean field off Dogtown Lane in Peoria County.


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