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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 7-13-08

July 13, 2008 at 04:28 AM


Daily limit for Canada goose hunters in the Central, North and Northeast zones of Illinois this Sept. 1-15.

Wild on the Web

A June survey by showed 32 percent of anglers polled said higher gas prices would impact their fishing plans. That’s up from 22 percent who felt that way in 2007.

Tough birds

Little birds are fearless when it comes to protecting their young, as was spelled out in a recent online discussion between Illinois birders.

Bernie Sloan started the exchange by recalling seeing a ruby-throated hummingbird chase a Cooper’s hawk near Urbana. Wrote Sloan, “The hummer would fly about 30 feet up and dive bomb the hawk. It was like watching a lumbering bomber being buzzed by a faster more agile fighter plane. The hawk looked very distressed and was trying to get away.”

In response, Jane Ward of Peoria offered photographs of a red-winged blackbird chasing off an eagle at the Woodford Conservation Area. Visit to see the feisty blackbird in action.

You speak

“(Recently) I saw a pair of bald eagles about three miles southwest of Yates City. One was going after some roadkill and, when I approached, it flew off into a corn field and landed by another sitting on the ground.

“They looked healthy and gave me a big thrill. We see hawks and owls in the area, but this was unusual.”

— Dave Hurst

Prairie tours ahead

Your chance to view the area’s most extensive prairie restoration comes this week when Ron and Ted Gilles open their Peoria County family farm to public tours.

Tours are Monday and Friday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Participants ride on padded bus seats mounted atop a hayrack and refreshments are served following the tour.
Reservations are required. Call (309) 671-7040, Ext. 101.

This ‘n that

  • After a one-year hiatus, Jon Sarver’s Chillicothe Decoy and Outdoor Collectible Show returns to Three Sisters Park on Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are available.
  • Ron Leitner has a few $10 fund-raiser raffle tickets left for a Delta Waterfowl drawing for a Matthews Bow and a Lone Wolf tree stand. Call (309) 645-9740. 

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