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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 4-20-08

April 20, 2008 at 04:01 AM


Percent of Illinois firearm deer applications submitted via the Internet last year.

DNR deer details

Yes, the Department of Natural Resources has mailed out deer hunting permit applications. Finally.

And yes, DNR does plan to distribute deer harvest pins this fall — marking the 30th season pins have been awarded to successful hunters.

But don’t count on either of those things happening next year.

Actually, systems and licenses manager Chris Hill said the DNR is planning to send out reminder cards instead of paper applications starting as early as this fall turkey season.

If you have not received a firearm deer hunting application you can apply online ( or print a paper application ( Applications are also available at the Journal Star.

Did you know?

Members of the Illinois Bowfishers removed at least 8,261 carp from Illinois waters in 2007 according to the group’s newsletter. Learn more at

Best bass day ever?

You’ll have to read the rest of the story later this week, but Kevin Bishop of Pekin is in the running for the best bass fishing day of any area angler ever. Fishing a Fulton County strip mine lake last Saturday, Bishop caught and released bass measuring 27.25 and 26.5 inches. Both topped 10 pounds on a hand-held scale.

Pheasant funding talk

Nothing new came up at last Wednesday’s hearing in Springfield concerning funding for the Department of Natural Resource’s controlled pheasant hunting program.

DNR still claims it plans to discontinue the program to save money. Pheasant hunters are still unhappy. And Rep. Dan Reitz, D-Sparta, is still discussing raising the daily fee from $15 to $25 to hunt pen-raised pheasants at 18 state sites.

“The numbers I have seen, (the controlled pheasant-hunting program) is a money-maker for DNR,” Reitz told Chris Young of the Springfield State Journal-Register. “I really think doing away with this program makes no sense at all.”

Something has to happen soon, since DNR faces an early to mid-May deadline to raise pheasants for fall.

Wild on the Web

The Take Me Fishing campaign has improved its Web site ( to include more information. The site includes information pages for all 50 states, tips on fishing and boat buying, details on more than 12,000 fishing locations and pages for young anglers that includes fishing games.

Wisconsin wolf hunt?

Wisconsin took a step toward a wolf hunting season last Monday when attendees at the state’s Conservation Congres hearings voted 4,848 to 772 to develop a season.

Any season would likely take years to get underway and depends on a pending lawsuit filed by animal rights. The suit demands the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service return wolves back onto the endangered species list in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

Wisconsin estimates its wolf population at 138 packs and about 550 animals. Last year there were 41 problem wolves shot.

Costly bait

Kotaro Kiriyama has such faith in Jackall’s Swimming Ninja bass swimbait that he recently paid for an agent from the company to fly him baits from Japan to Lake Amistad in Texas after he ran out. The cost of the flight was $7,000. But it paid off for Kiriyama, who finished 12th in practice for the Bassmaster Elite Series Battle on the Border and earned $12,300.


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