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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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Wild Things 1-17-10

January 17, 2010 at 04:31 AM

Geese on the loose?

While a forecast calling for warmer temperatures and rain may jeopardize ice fishing in central Illinois, it could boost Canada goose season.

If ice thaws and lakes open, honkers will be returning to old haunts in advance of the Jan. 31 end to the season. That will make geese vulnerable to the likes of Yates City hunters Garrett Whitehurst, Jake Howard and Drake Whitehurst, pictured with limits shot Dec. 30 near Oak Run.

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Percent of Boone and Crockett Club big-game trophies shot with a .300 magnum rifle, most of any weapon.

Wild-game bonanza

Got a taste for alligator? Elk? Turtle? How about deer, beaver, squirrel, trout or pheasant?

All those dishes and more will be featured Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the Independent Sports Club Wild Game Feed at the Kickapoo Sportsman’s Club. There will also be plenty of non-game food for less adventurous eaters, along with a homemade wine contest, minnow races, a euchre tourney and celebrity appearances.

Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins will appear along with Ozzie Virgil Jr., Ty Smith and potentially Steve Trout.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children age 8-14 and free for ages 8 and under. All proceeds benefit Tri-County youth sports. Call (309) 692-6446, 691-9200, 691-2021, 565-4232 or 676-5538.

And don’t worry about sloppy parking. A bus will shuttle people to and from the ball diamonds in Kickapoo.

Did you know?

There are almost 17 million boat owners in the U.S. who spend $37 billion per year on boats according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bowfishing records

Illinois will recognize bowfishing records in 2010 at the urging of the Bowfishing Association of Illinois. “Let’s remember to thank the IDNR for having an open-door policy where suggestions such as this are welcomed,” said Ed DeVries, BAI president. The BAI will coordinate bowfishing records. Click here for bowfishing record applications.

Mallard migration talk

Researchers Danielle DeVito and Curt Kleist will discuss mallard movements in the Illinois River Valley Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the former Emiquon Field Station, located off Illinois Routes 97/78, 1.5 miles north of the Dickson Mounds turnoff. Call (217) 206-8339.

This ‘n that

The Illinois DNR is taking applications for a wild turkey biologist. ... Hunters in the Northern Rockies shot more than 200 wolves in the first season of legal hunting. Another 300 were killed by government agents, landowners protecting livestock and poachers. ... Bass pro Mark Davis heads the speakers at the Fish and Feather Expo Jan. 29-31 at the Interstate Center. ... More than 45,000 are expected to attend the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show which starts Tuesday in Las Vegas.

 

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