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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 9-5-10

September 05, 2010 at 04:35 AM


Percent of the 873,182 doves shot in Illinois last year that were on public ground.

Mushrooms emerging

While fall is not as popular of a time to search for mushrooms, fungi lovers can still sack up tasty finds as summer ends. Two of the more common and edible mushrooms that will emerge soon are the hen of the woods and the sulfur shelf.

Hen of the woods often reappear at the same location for several years according to Tom Nauman of It’s best to harvest these early before the bugs.

Gearing up

Here are some of the 47 winners listed in Field & Stream magazine’s annual review of outdoor gear: bow — Mathews Z7; crossbow — Parker Tornado HP; hunting blind — Gorilla Gear Undercover FX2; waterfowl blind — Final Approach Eliminator Cargo Blind; tent — Eureka Suite V4; water purifier — SteriPen Adventurer Opti; turkey decoy — Montana Decoy HD Series Mr. T Gobbler; insect repellent — ThermaCell Outdoor Lantern.

You speak

“Thanks for the article about trout fishing on Lake Taneycomo. We fished for the trout with a very small gold hook baited with Red Balls of Fire salmon eggs. We fished on the bottom much like we do here for catfish. Three Red Balls of Fire on that little hook was all it took.”
— Bud Neptun, Peoria

Conservation opportunity

Conservation clubs and organizations are welcome to set up free booths this Oct. 1-3 at Comlara Park as part of the Boy Scout Centennial Camporee. Event organizers anticipate as many as 3,000 scouts will attend the event. Conservation groups interested in attending can call Mike Steffa at (309) 242-5806 or Todd Volker at (815) 431-1999.

This ‘n that

Applications can be submitted through Sept. 17 for the Illinois Outdoors Hall of Fame. Visit or call (217) 785-2003. ... This summer was the seventh-warmest ever in Illinois with an average of 76.4 degrees and the sixth-wettest with 16.7 inches of rain. ... High winds last Friday prevented Aaron Yetter of the Illinois Natural History Survey from flying his aerial waterfowl survey of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. “I was bouncing my head against the ceiling of the airplane,” he said. He hopes to fly Monday.  ... Junior duck stamp artworks will be displayed at Dickson Mounds Museum Sept. 21 to Oct. 12. .



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