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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 bunch of big Iowa bucks

January 28, 2009 at 06:56 AM

This has been an amazing year for deer hunters in Iowa. We’ve already featured numerous trophies, but here are some more from the past season. And remember, this post doesn’t even include the pair of bucks already posted that should top 260 inches.

This 32-pointer was reportedly shot 20-30 miles north of Lineville, which is located in the southeastern part of the state.

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Then there’s the Lockridge Monster, also know as the Fairfield Buck. Judging by the pictures, I’m guessing the young lady shot this buck. Incidentally, Fairfield, Iowa is also in the southeast corner of the state. The buck is listed as being killed in Jefferson County on Boone and Crockett Club’s Trophy Watch page.

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Illinois hunting and fishing

Oh, just so you don’t think Iowa is immune to out-of-state hunters, read the following. Greg Simms saw a big buck on his Smart Scouter camera and headed off to Iowa from Arkansas. Then he arrowed this 8 x 7 buck in Davis County on Oct. 24. The buck is expected to gross 190 inches and net around 180. Boone and Crockett notes that Davis County ranks No. 15 in Iowa for typical entries and No. 16 for non-typical entries.

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Illinois hunting and fishing

Then there’s this 190-inch bowkill from near Sumner by Kevin Korman.

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Illinois hunting and fishing

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Awesome trail-cam picture

January 28, 2009 at 06:01 AM

Tricked you. This one comes courtesy of Gary Carter Jr., who said the picture kind of “sums up the way this year has gone.” The coyote in the picture was photographed in Scott County. Now if this was a bear we’d really be getting to the bottom of an age old question.

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A pair of weird whitetail racks

January 27, 2009 at 03:49 PM

Here’s a pair of weird whitetail racks from this fall and winter. Myself, I’d still rather shoot a tall, clean 8-pointer or a big drop-tine than any of these rascals. But they are unique.

First up is this wacky fused-antler buck skull from Maryland.

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Illinois hunting and fishing

Here’s another weird one from North Dakota.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Ice fishing reflections on a cold day

January 27, 2009 at 08:42 AM

I learned something Monday morning. Sharp auger blades are nice, but they can also be a problem.

The nice part is obvious, particularly when fishing a strip-mine lake with 12 inches of hard stuff. That made life much easier for The Farmer, Gordon Inskeep and I as we fished a Peoria County lake on Monday.

But maybe it was too easy. While I realize it’s important to move and move frequently, part of me thinks we moved too much. Sometimes you have to be more patient in fishing. Or not. Just one reflection today as I sit here sorting e-mails and keeping warm.

The other is that this is a real, full-fledged ice fishing season. Chef Todd said people were driving vehicles on the ice on Saturday at the Big 25 Club. That was, until Jeremy Crew hit the ice with his truck and set off a series of cracks and booms that had people scrambling. Even with that, Chef and his brother Chris managed to finish third in a tournament that was won by Howard the Duck, the Eureka ice fisherman we featured earlier this year, and his partner Tod Todd.

Anyway, no matter how full-fledged we get, we still won’t be northern Wisconsin. Thad Hinshaw spent four days fishing near Minocqua in mid-January and sent in the following pictures of his trip. Hinshaw is shown with the first northern pike and said “fishing was a little bit slower than what we were used to, but we still managed to catch some nice pike.” No argument here.

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Illinois hunting and fishing

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Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

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A look at Wyoming wolves

January 27, 2009 at 06:30 AM

Tracking down these wild e-mails can be educational.

I’m in the process of cleaning out the many e-mails, pictures and stories that pile up in the computer during hunting season. Some go to the trash. Some, like this picture of wolves apparently shot in Wyoming, end up occupying too much of my time.

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In the process, I did discover a very informative Web site on wolves in Wyoming. Pinedale Online news reporter Cat Urbigkit maintains Wolf Watch, which can easily steal an hour or more of your time if you aren’t careful. Trust me. I know.

As for the picture, it apparently shows two of the first five wolves shot near Big Piney and Pinedale, Wyoming. Shooting wolves in Wyoming became legal again last March. WIll that change in the months to come? Check back with Cat Urbigkit’s Wolf Watch for regular updates.

Recent posts include interesting data that shows about 1,500 wolves are found in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

 

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