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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 2-17-08

February 17, 2008 at 02:02 AM

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Percent decline in the nationwide bobwhite quail population over the last four decades.

 

Big racks on display

The massive 20-point Knox County buck shot last fall by Gilson firearm hunter Marty Sharp will be on display during next weekend’s Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic at Bloomington’s Interstate Center. And Sharp’s buck — green scored at 243 inches — is early favorite to win Best of Show.

Sharp’s buck has the largest non-typical rack reported so far in Illinois from the 2007-08 season. The top non-typical bow kill is a 238-inch buck from Jasper County by an as-yet unidentified hunter.

Among bucks with typical racks, Mark Wakefield’s 14-pointer from Clark County is expected to head up the firearm division at about 190 inches. Still to be seen is whether Joel Eggers will show in Bloomington with the 190-inch 11-pointer he arrowed in Randolph County.

Show hours are 2-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Sunday.

 

Ice nice at Starved Rock

Ice climbers are again flocking to Starved Rock State Park, where the park’s five frozen waterfalls have been providing prime ice-climbing opportunities for the past few weeks. Climbers are reminded they must sign in before climbing and must be accompanied by another person.

 

New quail chapter

McDonough County has formed one of three new Quail Forever chapters in Illinois, bringing the statewide total to 15. John Lundgren is president of the chapter, which meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Macomb Eagles Club on Deere Road.

“Quail numbers are not where they used to be in and around our area,” said Lundgren, who can be reached at (309) 255-6909. “It’s time we start doing something about that and QF has the best grassroots model to build habitat for upland birds.”

 

Fishing.com fund-raiser

IlFishing.com is helping raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. From now through May 1, any group, individual or business donating more than $200 to St. Jude’s will receive a free display advertisement for six months. Visit ilfishing.com to learn more.

 

Birding bits

As part of his latest federal budget, President Bush included $9 million for a Birds Forever initiative, most of which goes to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Funds will improve wild bird habitat and to pay for research into 36 species of concern.

 

Tri-County lives, for now

Following a meeting last week, organizers have decided they will try to keep Tri-County Ducks & Geese Forever afloat. The central Illinois waterfowl conservation group has faced declining attendance at banquets and meetings in recent years.

According to Tri-County vice president David Webb, plans call for an open banquet in April or May. Success or failure of that event will go a long way toward determining Tri-County’s future viability.

 

This ‘n that

Fees for non-resident deer hunters are increasing, as is the non-resident archery permit quota (now 25,000). Non-resident bow tags rise from $366 to $400 and non-resident gun tags go to $300 from $250. Can resident increases be far behind?  ... A total lunar eclipse that starts at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday evening will be the last such eclipse until Dec. 20, 2010. The moon will be totally eclipsed from 9:01-9:52 p.m. ... Iowa hunters bagged 146,215 deer in 2007-08, down slightly from last year’s harvest of 150,552. That total included more than 75,000 does. Top counties were Clayton 7,551 and Van Buren and Allamakee, both with 4,473.

—Compiled by JEFF LAMPE

 

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