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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 9-27-09

September 27, 2009 at 02:57 PM

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Mimimum inches required for a typical deer rack to qualify for the Pope & Young Club record books. The non-typical minimum is 155 inches.

Duck permits

Permits for state duck and goose hunting sites were mailed out last week. If you did not apply or did not receive a permit, starting Tuesday you can call (217) 524-6514 (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to apply for remaining open areas and dates.

Those who want a second permit can start calling Oct. 8.

The state is also issuing permits for this year’s youth waterfowl hunt at Banner Marsh Oct. 24-25.

Bait shop adieu

Old Man River Bait and Tackle Shop in LeRoy is closing and selling off all its gear by next Sunday. Victoria Tackle Shop is for sale and, barring a buyer, will also be closing its doors.

So it goes for small bait shops across Illinois and the rest of the country. They can’t compete with larger stores, so they fold.

When they do, we anglers suffer. Oh sure, we save a few dollars buying gear at chain stores. But tell me, when is the last time you visited a Wal-Mart at 6 a.m. to buy minnows?

Outfitter busted

Pike County deer outfitter Michael Pavlick of Golden Triangle Whitetails was fined $15,000 and guide David Van Milligen was fined $5,000 for violations of the Lacey Act.

In November of 2006 the outfitters allowed a New Jersey hunter who had an antlerless-only firearm tag to kill a 12-point buck. Van Milligen then falsely reported he killed the deer and Pavlick later transported the buck to another state.

Arrow affliction

As if shooting her first buck with a bow wasn’t enjoyable enough, Jodi Barnes of Glasford (above) may see her North Dakota mule deer hunt televised this season on Arrow Affliction, the hunting show hosted by her fiancee Chris Brackett. Barnes was on the ground when she shot her buck from 18 yards.

The new season of Arrow Affliction debuts Monday on the Sportsman Channel at 6:30 a.m. and is replayed Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Fridays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Birding bits

Despite wet weather, bluebirds produced the same number of fledglings as last year in nestboxes tended by “Bluebird Herb” Unkrich of Edwards. Overall he had 147 nests, 647 eggs, 521 hatchlings and 482 fledglings in 2009. The rate of 3.2 fledglings per nest is the same as in 2008.

Unkrich’s last nest fledged around Sept. 9. Unkrich offers to turn in nest reports for any other bluebird enthusiasts in the area. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Peoria County is fourth in the state. I would like to make it third,” he said.

Did you know?

According to a biologist who obviously had lots of free time, a single quail will eat 56,430 bugs and 5.3 million weed seeds in a year.

This ‘n that

The deadline to submit nominations for the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame was extended to Oct. 16. Visit http://www.ilcf.org or call (217) 785-2003. ... Wildlife artist Bart Kassabaum of Princeton speaks next Sunday, Oct. 4, during the Putnam County Historical Society’s fall program at the Ag Museum in Hennepin at 1:30 p.m. . ... Parts of Comlara Park will be closed Thursday through Nov. 11 for the archery deer hunt.

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