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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 geese sat tight tonight

December 16, 2008 at 10:05 PM

I never would have guessed the highlight of today’s Canada goose hunt near Victoria and just north of Snakeden Hollow SFWA was going to be an appearance by this mouse. Well, this mouse and his entire family, who were displaced once we moved around some items inside the pit we were hunting. For a few minutes the little rascals went wild.

Wish I could say the same about the geese. Today was supposed to be a goose-killing day. Snow. Low skies. Cold. But instead of flying, the birds sat tight. We saw three geese all afternoon. Hunters I talked to around Canton Lake and Yates City said the same thing. The geese sat this afternoon. That means Wednesday morning could be a great time to hit your goose pit.

Wish I had a chance to go back to Cabin Fever, where we hunted today, or some other spot. I’ll have more about our Cabin Fever hunt soon.


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