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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 7-18-10

July 18, 2010 at 04:00 AM


Miles of mountain bike trails at Jubilee College State Park — most of any Illinois state site.

Redneck tourney

Despite high water this summer, the sixth annual Redneck Fishing Tournament will go on as planned Aug. 6-7 in Bath. Organizer Betty DeFord from The Boat Tavern said there has been confusion due to a Peoria-based tournament cancelled in early July.

The goal of the Redneck tourney is to catch as many leaping Asian carp as possible using dipnets or your boat. You can get a firsthand feel for the event tonight at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic channel during an episode of Zeb Hogan’s show Monster Fish.

Entry fee is $50 and anyone using a dipnet must have a fishing license. Fishing heats are 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 6 and on Aug. 7 from 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Pre-registration is required for a youth fishing tourney on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (309) 546-2545.

The event includes a beer tent, live music, raffles and food. Admission is $3. Those interested in volunteering can call DeFord at (309) 546-2545.

Did you know?

Interest in fall shotgun turkey hunting has fallen to the point where the state issues more landowner permits in the fall than regular hunting permits. “More and more guys are bowhunting for them. And if not, somebody else is bowhunting deer where they want to turkey hunt,” Illinois biologist Paul Shelton said.

Wetlands sign up

Landowners in the Lower Illinois River and Senachwine Creek basin may be able to sign up for the Wetlands Reserve Program through July 28. The program targets frequently flooded cropland along the Illinois River in Woodford, Peoria, Tazewell and Marshall counties, with top priority given to land around Upper Peoria Lake according to Eric Schenck of Ducks Unlimited. Eligible landowners can receive up to $3,200 per acre for permanent easements. Visit or call Schenck at (309) 224-5651.

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Fun youth event

Among many quality youth events in the area is the River Valley chapter of the NWTF’s Jakes Day on Saturday at the Tremont Sportsman Club.
Youngsters receive instruction in shooting bows, shotguns and .22-caliber rifles, can learn to cast and visit the Department of Natural Resources educational trailer. Lunch is served and there are plenty of door prizes. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the event usually ends by 1 p.m. Call (309) 453-8979.



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