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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 4-4-10

April 04, 2010 at 06:55 AM

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Migratory whooping cranes in the U.S., 103 of which are in the eastern flock.

Deer applications

April 30 is the deadline for residents to apply for the first lottery of Illinois firearm deer hunting permits. Click here or click here or call (217) 782-7305.

Memorial scholarship

The Toluca Sportsman’s Club is seeking applicants for its annual $200 scholarship in memory of Donnie Hall. Applicants must be high school seniors and are required to submit a 400-word essay on why they enjoy hunting, fishing or other outdoor-related activities.

Send essays before May 1 to: Toluca Sportsman’s Club, P.O. Box 447, Toluca, IL 61369. For more information call Jim Clanin at (815) 228-9695.

Did you know?

Some experts say milder winters could increase the range of the deer tick in North America by 68 percent this century.

Birding bits

Eight whooping cranes that spent the winter at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida needed just nine days to make the 1,046-mile migration to Wisconsin last week. That’s lightning speed compared to the nearly three months it took humans to lead the same birds south behind an ultralight aircraft.

Pesticides hurting bees

Why are honey bees dying? Science News reports that one likely suspect for the much-publicized colony collapse disorder is pesticides.

The study by Christopher Mullin of Penn State found “unprecedented levels” of mite-killing chemicals and crop pesticides in samples of 749 hives across the United States and parts of Canada.

Writes Janet Raloff, “the most commonly occurring pesticides were those that may have been intentionally applied to hives in hopes of killing mites, a bee parasite. However, some of these miticides may, when paired up with other classes of pesticides, act synergistically to poison insects.”

You speak

“How lucky you guys are. I was born and raised back in the 1920s in Monmouth. I never had anything to hunt except rabbits and squirrels, which were plentiful.

“To my knowledge there weren’t any deer that I ever heard of. Fishing was good on the Mississippi, though. Anyway, I enjoy watching you guys have fun.”
— Bob Correll, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Sportsman’s raffle

The Illinois Conservation Foundation and Friends of Illinois Parks are selling $100 raffle tickets to benefit wildlife research, environmental awareness and a program designed to involve school children in outdoor activities.

First prize in the May 14 drawing is $100,000, with $10,000 for second, $3,000 for third and 47 other cash prizes. Only 4,000 tickets will be sold.
Click here  or call (217) 785-2003.

Critter corner

In the wilds of Illinois in April ...
Breeding season peaks for American toads.
Walleye and muskie spawn.
Whip-poor-wills start calling and wild turkeys start gobbling.
Prime season for woodchucks, coyotes and raccoons to be born.
Snipe begin courtship flights near wet, grassy areas.

 

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