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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

Wet and cold opener

April 13, 2009 at 05:23 AM

It has been raining hard since at least 3:40 a.m. when the oldest woke me for the second time. Maybe he’s excited about today’s turkey opener for the North Zone first season. I am not. After a careful review of the weather forecast, which calls for rain all day today and then better weather the rest of this week, my five-day first season just became a four-day first season. Now the plan is to work hard today, get ahead on stuff and then hunt like heck the next few days.

Is this the definition of being a fair-weather hunter? Yes. Is it wimpy? Maybe. But I just can’t see sitting in the mud and rain all morning when there’s better weather to come. By working today, I should be able to hunt hard the rest of the week. At least that’s my rationale.

I look forward to the many e-mails from turkey hunters who shoot birds today despite the rain.

NOTABLE: Eric Doubet of Elmwood is proof that crappie are still biting. Doubet caught a reported 40 fish last Friday that were all between 12-14 inches out of a deeper, murkier Peoria County strip-mine lake.


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