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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

The morning dove hunt

September 01, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Well, dove season didn’t start with much of a bang for The Farmer and me.

We shot a few times. Missed a few times. And I wound up bringing a few doves home for lunch. As I type this, the breasts are marinating and I’m getting hungry.

After lunch it’s off to an afternoon hunt that I’m hoping is more productive. Even so, it was fun to get out today and hear shooting in the distance.

Word is there was some decent action around Elmwood, where we hunted this morning. John Young and his son Nick and Scot and Matt Jehle managed to down four Canada geese in a picked oat field. And nearby dove fields offered some banging. But overall, things seemed a bit slow.

Hunting was average at Banner Marsh. A crowd of 126 hunters showed up to hunt 51 stakes and 86 hunters were expected to shoot 300 or so doves. We’ll have final totals for some areas sites Tuesday morning. For now, though, it’s time to eat and then hopefully go shoot.


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