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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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Why I want to bag a collared dove

September 04, 2009 at 10:47 AM

At first, I was kind of excited about the two Eurasian collared doves that hang around our house.

They are beautiful birds. Big, light-colored and really sharp-looking in flight.

And when they tried nesting in our maple tree, I really rooted for them to succeed. Turns out their failure may have been a good thing for my deck.

Because mom and dad dove spend a fair amount of time roosting in the maple tree right above my deck. And just about every morning, they leave a pile of dropping on the deck. Since these are bigger birds, they make bigger droppings. Most days, I just clean up the mess.

But the other day, while walking out to go dove hunting, I found some irony in the fact that they had pooped all over one of the kids’ toys (above).

And when The Farmer missed a shot at two collared doves in a field east of town, I had to curse the luck. Were those the same birds? Probably not. But at this point, I wouldn’t mind them relocating to another roost—or winding up on somebody’s grill.


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