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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 4-18-10

April 18, 2010 at 03:35 AM


Winning weight of Aaron Dohner’s morel last year in the annual Schooner’s big mushroom contest.

Asparagus is up

While most outdoors eaters are searching for morel mushrooms these days, there’s another tasty edible worth looking for. And the good news is that asparagus spears are already up in central Illinois, poking their tasty heads through the grass in wet ditches here and there.

One way to find asparagus is to locate a stalk that has already gone to seed, which has already happened in Peoria County. Edible
spears are usually nearby and can likely be found into June.

Fish photo prizes

Anglers age 15 and over who submit photos of fish have a chance to win one of five $75 prizes from this season. Submissions are due by Oct. 31. Visit for information.

Birding bits

Spaces are still available for a May 1 birding trip to the Metropolitan Sanitary District near Cuba. “We always see something unexpected,” said trip organizer Thad Edmonds, who anticipates good numbers of ducks and a few other migrating birds.
Birdwatchers will gather at the Farmington Casey’s at 8 a.m. and tour the 15,000-acre site until 2:30 p.m. Call Edmonds at (309) 243-1854.

Outdoors answersThis ‘n that

The first monarch butterfly sighting was reported last week in northwest Illinois. ... For the third straight year, Abraham Hunter of Vienna won Best of Show for the Illinois Junior Duck Stamp contest. Nick Williams of Havana was a winner in grades K-3. ... Highlights of last year’s first Illinois School Association bass fishing state finals will be shown Saturday at 6:30 a.m. on the Babe Winkelman’s Good Fishing show. ... Former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director and 31-year-employee H. Dale Hall has been named CEO of Ducks Unlimited. Permalink

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