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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.

Illinois Outdoors


A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Wild Things 3-22-09

March 22, 2009 at 06:35 AM

Illinois hunting and fishing

Decoys on display

Decoy carver Gary Hulin of Modena (pictured above) will display some of his waterfowl starting this weekend through April 18 at the Spoon River Landing gallery in Wyoming.

Raised on a farm north of Williamsfield, Hulin has been a teacher and administrator at Wyoming and Henry. Hulin is also a decoy collector and will be selling some of his hand-carved birds. Call (309) 695-900.

Birding bits

In the small town of Longreach in Queensland, Australia, all streets are named after birds: land birds for north-south streets and water birds for east-west avenues.

That’s one of several bits of information that can be gleaned from “Birdscapes” by Jeremy Mynott, available at Barnes and Nobles, and Borders.
The 384-page book is described as “a leisurely conversation about a favorite subject with a close, widely read and highly articulate friend.”

Duck blind fishing

Things are looking up at the Department of Natural Resources, but the agency is a long way from perfect.

A few weeks ago we mentioned a new regulation in the 2009 Illinois Fishing Regulations book that said there shall be: “No fishing within 250 yards of a Department owned or managed waterfowl blind.” The word “occupied” was inadvertently left out. In other words, this regulation only applies during waterfowl season when hunters are present.

MWC tourney still on

The flooded Illinois River is not in ideal fishing shape, but organizers are still planning to hold the 23rd annual MWC Tournament next Saturday and Sunday in Spring Valley.

“If we don’t get any more major downpours, everything should be fine,” said Bill Guerrini, an organizer of the annual sauger tourney. “One positive thing here is this will be the first time the MWC is going to come to town where has been no fishing” leading up to their tournament.

Weigh-ins start at 1 p.m. each day and spectators are asked to park at Hall High School and then ride a shuttle to Barto Landing.

Dip of the week

A hunter in Vermont who bolted a 10-point rack of antlers to the head of a doe and posed for photos has been fined $400 and jailed for 10 days for game violations. Marcel Fournier shot the deer at night and lost hunting and fishing privileges for at least three years. Night hunting is illegal and Vermont has limited seasons for antlerless deer hunting.


Heaviest two-day weight in pounds at the Spring Valley MWC Walleye tournament.

Floodplain easements

Extra money is available for Illinois landowners who want to convert floodplain cropland into wetlands, forest or other wildlife habitat. Landowners with ground that has flooded in the past 12 months or in two of the past 10 years are eligible for the Emergency Watershed Program. Friday is the deadline to apply for these permanent easements. Contact your local NRCS office.

April 20 a key date

Do you like catching bass and crappie? Do you live in central Illinois? Circle the week of April 20-26 on your calendar. We’ll tell you why soon.


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