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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

Wild things 8-31-08

August 31, 2008 at 04:57 PM


State-best average doves per hunter last year at Edward Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area near Lincoln.

Deer public meetings

The Department of Natural Resources has set open public meetings to seek input on possible deer management changes. DNR staff and members of a deer population control task force will be on hand to answer questions and discuss proposals. Meetings are from 4-7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Tuesday — Peru Eagles Lodge
  • Wednesday — Rockford Public Library
  • Thursday — Scripps Park Community Building, Rushville
  • Sept. 9 — Olney City Park Building
  • Sept. 10 — World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta
  • Sept. 11 — Bethany Fire Station.

Call (217) 785-2511 to learn more.

Goose opener

Local Canada geese are fair game Monday morning for a new, liberal early goose season. The daily limit in the Central and North zones is now five honkers. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Last year 12,788 hunters in the early season shot 16,207 honkers. Since the first September season in 1998 the top harvest was 26,021 in 2001. That mark could fall this year with the more liberal limit and an overall decent goose hatch.

You speak “One of my best memories and now a standing family funny story was of my big idea to improve goose hunting west of Farmington. It was years ago and goose hunting was just starting to gain momentum in the area. “I had one of the first ideas of motion in the decoys. I thought that if my little girl, who was 7 at the time, would put on black leggings and shoes, strap a goose shell decoy onto her back and walk around in the decoys in front of my blind, the geese would pour into my spread. “Funny thing, that is the only time in 30 years of being married to a wonderful, understanding wife that I was threatened with bodily harm. Oh well, I guess even the most tolerant of hunters wives do have their limits.” — Roger Woodcock, Farmington

Did you know?

As part of its routine tasks, staff at Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park must perform regular maintenance on 104 culverts and drainage pipes along the canal. The task is stipulated in convenants signed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers transferred title of the canal.

Who will do that maintenance if Hennepin Canal closes, as Gov. Blagojevich’s office has proposed? Hennepin is one of 11 parks slated for closure on Nov. 1 when 39 DNR staffers are also slated to be laid off.

Kudos corner

Peoria Bassmasters won the Illinois Bass Federation’s Region 2 tournament for the third straight year. Peoria had 82.85 pounds last weekend on Pool 13 of the Mississippi River to top the Tri-County Anglers (76.01 pounds) and Mackinaw Valley (65.75).

Team members include Mike Reed of Pekin (who topped all anglers with 19.94 pounds), Darin Reed of Bartonville, Jimmy Hoelzel of Pekin, Alex Mottsinger of Bartonville, Jerry Langenhahn of Mapleton and Craig Pickens of Pekin.

Critter corner

In the wilds of Illinois in September…

Ducks, songbirds, monarch butterflies and bats migrate south.

Muskrats build lodges.

Rabbit breeding finally ceases.

Snakes enter winter dormancy.

Tree and barn swallows stage in large flocks.

Persimmons and hazelnuts ripen.

Acorns start to fall.

Puffballs and other fall mushrooms start to appear.


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