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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

Breathing deep after a wild week

January 31, 2008 at 09:54 PM

Between ice fishing, pheasant and goose hunting and general running around, this has been a frantic past week. Fun, but frantic.

Thank goodness February is always a slow time for me. With precious little fishing and hunting to do, this month is a time to sit back, breathe deep and get ready for fishing season.

With that in mind, we here at PSO are gearing up for our fishing coverage, which really starts up in early March. Between now and then I plan to lay the groundwork for much of what happens in the year to come.

So now is a good time to voice your opinion. Is there anything in particular you’d like to see in PSO? Any regular features you would like added?

Please e-mail suggestions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

WORKING ON:

  • Still lamenting the fact that Fergie Jenkins drank all the tomato wine given to me by Bill Steele (and brewed up by Bob Closson). Fergie and everybody else who tried the tomato concoction loved it. But I still have grape and apple jack to sip, thank goodness.
  • Seeking information on the big Jasper County non-typical buck that scored 238 inches and will likely be Illinois’ top bow kill.
  • Gearing up for the Illinois Deer and Turkey Classic Feb. 22-24 at Bloomington’s Interstate Center. I really think this is going to be an awesome show. And we are planning full coverage Saturday and Sunday with tons of features and pictures of big bucks. Should be fun.
  • Fixing my many broken shotguns.
  • Re-learning how to hold a two-week old baby.
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Feel like working in Alaska?

January 31, 2008 at 02:41 AM

Folks in Alaska must have an entirely different feeling about nuisance wildlife. Here in Illinois, we gripe about raccoons and opossums and rabbits getting into things. In Alaska? Can you imagine working on the oil pipeline or up by the oil fields with these little critters in your hair?

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Hunter ends buck’s headache

January 30, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Not sure where this buck was taken, but the guy who shot it with (reportedly) his muzzleloader had apparently heard there was a deer running around with an arrow through its head. I suppose this could be done with Photoshop, but the second picture looks real enough. Kind of gruesome, but definitely unusual.

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More mystery bucks

January 28, 2008 at 10:34 AM

I’m cleaning out the e-mails, finally, and it’s time to face facts: while the following buck pictures are interesting and compelling, it doesn’t look like I’m going to get a story to go with them. Might as well just post them and run ... unless you’ve got more facts to go with the pictures.

This first series is of a buck reportedly killed near Greenville, Miss.

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This second series is a complete mystery. Any ideas out there?

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This next one is simply known as Kansas buck. I’d love to have one like this someday.

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This last one is supposedly from Pike County, killed by a student at Southern Illinois at Carbondale. But I’ve heard nothing recently about such a buck. Has this one been kept hush-hush?

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Outdoor husbands of the year

January 28, 2008 at 04:27 AM

This was an e-mail that really made me laugh. I picked out a few of the more outdoorsy pictures from what was called Husbands of the Year. Let’s call these Outdoor Husbands of the Year. The one of the old ladies in the cage really cracks me up.

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