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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 7-12-09

July 12, 2009 at 04:21 AM


Height in feet of the tallest tree documented in Illinois, a northern red oak in Dixon Springs State Park.

Hall of famer?

The Illinois Conservation Foundation wants new nominations for the Illinois Outdoors Hall of Fame. The hall honors individuals who make significant commitments to natural resource protection and outdoor recreation in Illinois. The next class of inductees will be honored March 13, 2010 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

Forms are on the ICF Web site. Or call (217) 785-2003. Nominations are due by Sept. 18.

You speak

“I want to thank you for printing the articles about (the Emiquon Preserve near Havana). Without them I would not have known about this place.
“It was one of my most memorable days fishing in my 52 years due to the non-stop action. I’ve caught that many fish in a day previously, but never so easily and all being such good quality fish. I find it hard to believe so few people have heard of this.

“The biologist taking the creel survey said (a recent) Sunday was the busiest day he’s seen all year and I did not think there were many people there. I’m not sure if I want to keep this a secret or tell everyone.”
— Ken Brostowitz, Germantown Hills

Big mushroom

Top honors in Schooner’s big mushroom contest went to Aaron Dohner of Eureka for a 18.25-ounce morel. Matt Mallicoat of Elmwood was second with a 13-ounce shroom and Greg Davis was third with a 9.5-ouncer in the annual contest held by the Peoria Heights tavern and eatery.

Outdoors answers

Q: “I had read your past article about changes at the Duck Ranch near Henry. I hunt there every year and wanted to know if it was still going to be random drawings in the morning like in the past or if it was indeed going to change?”
— Mike Rockey, Henry

A: Changes are coming to the Duck Ranch and also to the Rice Lake walk-in area and to Double T Goose Management Area near Canton.

At all those sites hunters will this year be able to apply for a permit on the Internet starting in August ( and to call in for a second permit later in the fall.

Permit holders get first shot at blinds. A stand-by drawing is held for remaining hunting spots. There will be no charge to hunt the Rice Lake walk-in area or Double T, but the cost will be $10 per hunter at the Duck Ranch.

DNR director tabbed

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller was named president of the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies during the group’s meeting in Peoria last week. Miller takes over for Mike Conlin, who is retiring as head of the DNR office of resource conservation at the end of July.

Kudos corner

Larry Burgard has another honor to display in his Astoria kennel. Burgard’s pointer Labur’s Gone Country was named open derby dog of the year for Illinois and for the nation by the National Bird Dog Hunters Association. Burgard and his pointer will be honored Saturday at a state function in Jacksonville and later at a national gathering in Memphis.

This ‘n that

Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District has a conservation camp at the Stark County Junior Fairgrounds on July 17. Camp runs from 9-11:30 a.m. and is open to youngsters who have completed third through sixth grades. Deadline is Monday and the cost is $5. Call (309) 286-2261, Ext. 3.

... After 10 years, Don Young has resigned as executive director of Ducks Unlimited.


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