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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 2-24-08

February 24, 2008 at 01:37 AM

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Number of bucks meeting Boone and Crockett and Pope & Young minimums measured at the first Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic in 1990.

Springfield scoop

Apparently a $120,000 salary and use of a state vehicle is not enough for Sam Flood, acting director of the Department of Natural Resources.

As part of a curious arrangement, Flood is also paid up to $550 per month for a rental property in Springfield and has been averaging $765 per month in travel expenses while driving from his home to work.

Budget problems? Wonder why.

Another Golden Moose

Flying Asian carp have been good to Chris Brackett of Bartonville, who recently had a hand in a second Golden Moose Award — the Outdoors Channel’s equivalent of an Emmy. This year’s win was for Best Outtakes and Bloopers from a trip on the Illinois River with Jay Gregory, host of The Wild Outdoors.

Last year Brackett guided Lee and Tiffany Lakosky to a Golden Moose for Best Freshwater Footage.

Tip of the week

Canada geese are pairing up and nesting season is approaching. So while there’s still ice on the water, now is a good time to change bedding in goose-nesting structures.

Recreation show grows

The Central Illinois Recreational Show is evolving. New to the 24th annual show this Friday through next Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center are motorcycles, golf carts, ATVs, pull vehicles and even boats. That’s in addition to the usual lineup of RVs, trailers, tent campers, fifth-wheel campers and campgrounds.

Hours are Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You speak

Last week we asked readers to share sightings of river otters and bobcats. Here are some responses.

“I would like to share an otter sighting on Panther Creek in Woodford County in the summer of 2004. We were canoeing from County Highway 7 to Mackinaw and the (Illinois Route) 150 crossing.

“That day I saw a female and three pups followed by a big male sunning himself on a log mid-stream. Since then I have seen many slides, prints and toilets while floating the Mackinaw.”
— Dale Davison, Washington

“Lots of otter activity at Snakeden Hollow’s McMaster Lake. We have watched families of otters play and what a noise they make.”
— Thom Newton

“I have seen many otters in the Lamoine River near Rushville.”
— G.J. Kirchgessner, Peoria

“With the great fortune of living and hunting very close to Jubilee College State Park, I reap the benefits of big timber, plenty of crops, streams and hedge rows.

“During the 2006 bow season (early November) I briefly spotted a bobcat. I thought coyotes had exceptional senses; this bobcat had all the coyotes I had ever seen beat big time. That oh-so-brief encounter is the one and only time I have seen a bobcat in the Illinois wild.

“If an estimated population of 2,000-3,000 constitutes a sufficient number for a trapping season, I am missing something. Let the population continue to grow so brief encounters such as mine reward others.”
— John Barnewolt, Brimfield

This ‘n that

...  Larry’s Fishing Hole.com is starting a monthly Fishing Photo Contest. One entrant each month wins FishGillz floating polarized sunglasses. The theme for March is ice fishing. Visit larrysfishinghole.com for details.

... Guide Allen Letcher, a Dunlap native, has averaged 40 snow geese per trip this month while hunting near Vandalia. Call him at (217) 519-3680.

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