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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

Illinois hunting and fishing

Wild Things 11-15-09

November 15, 2009 at 09:31 AM

Unexpected pork

After a slow day of bowhunting, Adam Stockman (above) didn’t expect much while returning to his truck last Monday. Then he heard a “rooting noise” from a lake on the family farm 3 miles southwest of Ipava.

“I figured it was a raccoon or a possum. Next thing I saw was a wild hog swimming across our lake,” Stockman said. “He got out of the lake and shook himself like a dog.”

Though rattled, Stockman recovered fast enough to down the hog with a rifle shot. Feral hogs have been reported across Illinois, with local sightings around Bernadotte and Ellisville along the Spoon River. Incidentally, feral hogs are fair game year round provided a hunter has permission from the landowner in question.


Illinois counties open to firearm deer hunting Friday through next Sunday.

Carp killing ahead

The state plans to poison fish in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal from Dec. 3-7 while work is done on one of two electric barriers. Rotenone will be applied to keep Asian carp from moving into Lake Michigan. The poison should not move past the application area into the Illinois River. The canal will be closed from Dec. 2 until treatment is done.

Did you know?

In 2007, deer hunters in Moultrie County topped Illinois by filling 63.3 percent of all firearm tags issued. Next best was Jefferson County (58.8 percent) followed by Wayne (58), Marion (57.9) and Richland (56.8).

Turkey tally up

While fewer hunters are shooting wild turkeys with shotguns in the fall, more archers are taking the big birds. Through last Sunday Illinois archers had shot 556 turkeys, up 22.9 percent from the four-year average.

Recent totals are 457 (2008), 476 (2007), 446 (2006) and 431 (2005). Top counties are Pike 22, JoDaviess 20, Jefferson 19, Fulton 16 and Knox 15. Also, residents can apply online ( through Dec. 1 for the first lottery of spring hunting permits.

IHSA bass update

A total of 226 schools signed up for high school bass fishing this spring, up from 199 last year. Area entries are: Richwoods, Woodruff, Peoria Christian, Astoria, Limestone, Beardstown, Canton, IVC, Cuba, Dunlap, East Peoria, Elmwood, Eureka, Farmington, Galva, Illini Bluffs, Knoxville, Deer Creek-Mackinaw, Bureau Valley, Illini Central, Metamora, Fieldcrest, Morton, Pekin, Roanoke-Benson, West Prairie, Tremont, Midland, Lowpoint-Washburn and Washington.

You speak

“I enjoy Tred Barta. He is not only ‘old school’ but he likes to have fun at the same time. We watch Relentless Pursuit also and enjoy it. The Drury Brothers, Lee and Tiffany and Stan Potts are all good. We started watching a new one (Heartland Bow Hunter) and like their program too.”
— Phil Zobrist, Morton

Submit a comment on outdoor TV shows by Nov. 30 to enter a drawing for Lone Wolf climbing sticks.

Oops corner

Several readers noted that last week’s Outdoor Image incorrectly listed Don Dieke’s fish as a sea trout. Dieke actually caught a redfish and was not using fly fishing gear.

This ‘n that

Central Zone Canada goose season closes at sunset today and reopens Nov. 29. ... Dove season closes at sunset today.



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