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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 5-31-09

May 31, 2009 at 01:16 AM

Perdew prices strong

While decoy prices appear to have been impacted by the country’s economic woes, blocks made by famed carver Charles Perdew posted strong prices last month in St. Charles.

Guyette and Schmidt, Inc. grossed $2.1 million at its annual spring decoy auction at Pheasant Run Resort. The company is co-owned by Chillicothe native Frank Schmidt. Prices were below estimate the first day but climbed closer to mid-estimate on the second day.

Top prices were paid for Perdew decoys, including $18,400 for the miniature sleeping pintail hen pictured above. That was four times above the pre-sale estimate. A pair of Perdew’s miniature carved wood ducks also sold over estimate for $5,463.


Citations issued over Memorial Day weekend by Illinois conservation police officers.

Free fishing ahead

Anglers can fish for free in Illinois from Friday through June 8. Free fishing will also be offered Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fulton County Camping & Recreation Area near St. David.

Youngsters 15 and under are also invited to a kids fishing derby at the Fulton County site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bait and food will be provided. Call (309) 668-2931.

Rascally raccoon

Earlier this spring Dave Scifres found a wild turkey nest in Tazewell County while mushroom hunting. In an effort to document the hatch, he set up a trail camera nearby.

That didn’t go very well. Scifres got 32 pictures — two of deer, the other 30 of raccoons. And one 60-second video shows a hungry raccoon eating a turkey egg.

Toluca trap shooters

The Toluca Sportsman’s Club is hoping to start an AIM trap-shooting team for young shooters from elementary school through age 23.

The team will be coached by an instructor who is certified by the Amateur Trapshooting Association.

Anyone interested in joining the team or looking for information can e-mail Jim Clanin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (815) 228-9695.

Range open house

The Midwest Gun Collectors’ Association will hold its popular open-range event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its facility on Washburn Road on the Woodford/Marshall county line just off of Illinois Route 26 between Spring Bay and Lacon.

Last year more than 1,000 people attended the event, that will feature products from Remington, Springfield Armory, ArmaLite, Wolf Hollow Archery, Presley’s Outdoors and the Illini Muzzle Loaders. For information call Kevin Monk at (309) 443-5339.

Critter corner

In the wilds of Illinois in June ...
Most deer and bats born.
Wild turkey hatch peaks.
Pheasants incubate chicks.
Bobwhite quail calling peaks.
Goldfinches start to nest.
Toads transform from tadpoles to adults.
Box turtles and blue racers lay eggs.

This ‘n that

Saturday marks the 17th annual celebration of National Trails Day in the U.S. ... A total of 25,000 non-resident archery deer combination permits go on sale Monday for $400 at or by calling 1-888-673-7648. ... For the third straight year Illinois had no boating-related fatalities over Memorial Day weekend.


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