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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 perfect morel?

May 12, 2009 at 09:25 AM

Dan Pollard raised an interesting point in a recent e-mail he sent regarding Illinois hunting and fishingthe 8-inch morel found by his son, Charlie Pollard, on May 9 in Woodford County.

Wrote Pollard, “It may not be the biggest mushroom ever found but it is about the best looking big mushroom I have ever seen.”

Why is that interesting? Because in my experience, big morels are often pretty ugly, bent-over things with dark parts. This one is big but beautiful, which is an unusual combination.

What is not unusual is the use of a beer can (below) to help measure the morel. Hmmm. Do you think there’s a connection between morels and beer?

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