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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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Wild Things 9-20-09

September 20, 2009 at 02:50 AM

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Percent increase in bookings at U.S. campgrounds this summer according to GoCampingAmerica.com.

Deer hunt giveaway

Illinois’ youth deer hunt is Oct. 10-11 and the state has made it easier for youngsters to participate by selling permits over the counter. Even so, not everyone has a place to hunt.

If you need a hunting spot we might be able to help thanks to Mike Rave. At a recent National Wild Turkey Federation banquet, Rave bought a doe-only hunt for Fulton County property controlled by Timberland Outfitters.

The Bloomington insurance agent wants to donate the hunt to a Journal Star reader, saying, “Thanks for making sure another youth gets to enjoy the outdoors. They are our most important natural resource.”

To enter the drawing you must be 16 or under and you will have to purchase your own youth permit. Beyond that tell us why you enjoy hunting in an e-mail (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or a letter mailed to: Jeff Lampe; Journal Star; 1 News Plaza; Peoria, IL 61643.

And act fast. We will pick a winner Sept. 30.

Did you know?

Research shows the success rate for bowhunters in most states is under 30 percent for a kill of either sex of whitetail deer.

Fishing for funds

How attractive is deep-sea fishing? During last year’s Lyle Finch Claybird Classic, a group (pictured above) paid $27,000 for a trip to the Florida Keys. Peoria insurance mogul Bob Fortner has put together another trip to the Keys that will be auctioned after this year’s Oct. 1 shoot at Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club near Mackinaw.

Included is transportation aboard a private jet to Marathon, Fla., lodging, licenses, meals and fishing on two 30-foot boats. The auction also features carvings, NASCAR tickets, wine, lavish dinners and other items.

Tickets for the dinner and auction are $50 and a few spots remain for the shoot at $500 per participant. Call (309) 686-1177.

Fall festival

Peoria’s chapter of the Izaak Walton League has its 52nd annual fall festival today from noon to 5 p.m. at the club grounds near Spring Bay. The public is welcome to join in children’s activities (paddle boats, dunk tanks, a velcro wall and more) and to eat burgers, pork chops and bratwursts. Tickets are $14 and children 12 and under are admitted for free.

Birding bits

Oct. 10 is the planned takeoff date for this year’s group of 21 whooping cranes which will be led south from Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge to Florida by ultralight aircraft. Whoopers are again expected to make several stops in Illinois.

Kudos corner

Thanks goes to the Friends of Sanganois group for donating 60 tons of rock used to improve the road and parking lot in the Line Blind area at Sanganois. More good news at Sanganois is that crews have been working since Aug. 12 to repair levees protecting the Barkhausen Refuge.

This ‘n that

Pheasants Forever has a meeting Friday in Springfield to help gather support for a new signup for the Conservation Reserve Program. The meeting is from 5-7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. ... Entries are being accepted for a nature photo contest at Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights. Call (309) 686-3360. ... Top entries from the 2009 Junior Duck Stamp contest will be displayed at Dickson Mounds Museum from Tuesday to Oct. 12. ... Teal season ends at sunset today. ... The percent of soybeans turning yellow lags 44 percent behind the five-year average.

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