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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

Wild Things 3-7-10

March 07, 2010 at 04:04 AM

One tough mount

His mount was not the highest-scoring, but Chuck Thome’s big 12-point buck (above) was one of the toughest-looking trophies at last weekend’s illinois Deer & Turkey Classic.

Still glowing after shooting a buck that qualified for the Boone and Crockett Club record books, Thome had his 177 4/8-inch Fulton County buck mounted by Locie Murphy, a Bushnell taxidermist.

Hall of fame banquet

Tickets are available for next Sunday’s Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Honorees are Al Hayden of Dahinda, John “Jack” Jadel of Wilmette, Denny Sands of Shabbona and Mary Jo Trimble of Carterville.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes an auction to benefit youth scholarships and Illinois Conservation Foundation programs. Tickets are $100. Call (217) 785-2003.

Spring Lake tourney

The 29th annual Peoria Sportsman’s Club Spring Lake bass tournament will be held April 24-25. Entry forms are available at event sponsors. Sign-ups are March 21 at 9 a.m. at the Peoria Sportsman’s Club. Call (309) 241-2761 or 267-2333.

The Gary Weber Elimination tournament will be held June 12-13.

Canada boating change

Anglers and boaters heading to Canada for an extended visit could face new boating regulations this year. Non-residents who will be operating pleasure craft on Canadian waters for more than 45 days must demonstrate “proof of competency” through proof of having completed a boating safety course.

You speak

“There are still quail around. But nobody will let you hunt them because of the deer hunting.”
— Larry Burgard, Ipava

Tip of the week

Deer hunters can apply for permits for this fall via the Internet starting Tuesday. Visit dnr.state.il.us and look for information on how to apply. Paper applications will also be available on the Department of Natural Resources Web site and at some DNR offices.

Turkey talk

Turkey season is approaching rapidly and for the first time, youngsters face an easier path to taking part. Sales of over-the-counter youth season turkey hunting permits started last Tuesday. Permits are being solder by license vendors or by calling 1-888-673-7648. South Zone youth season is March 27-28; North Zone is April 3-4.

Kudos corner

Friends of Sanganois is helping to purchase a 15-foot- Flex Wing mower/shredder for Sanganois Conservation Area. The group is also gearing up for its annual fish fry on March 27 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sanganois) and membership drive. Memberships are $10 for youngsters 16 and under and range from $20 to $300 for adults. Visit sanganois.org or send a check to: P.O. Box 208, Chandlerville, IL 62627.

Birding bits

Red-winged blackbirds started returning to Illinois this week. ... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a $1,000 reward for information about the shooting of an immature bald eagle near Good Hope. Call 1-800-236-7529. ... The first ruby-throated hummingbirds arrived on U.S. soil this week. ... Migrating robins along Florida’s coast are showing signs of drunkeness after eating berries from the invasive plant, Brazilian pepper.

 

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