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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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August 24: Picture of the Day

August 24, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Driving along this morning, I did a double-take while heading up the hill at the bottom of Heinz Lane.

There, right along the road, was something that at first looked like a dark brown critter of undetermined species.

Well, I was really hoping it would be a bear. Or a dark cougar. But it was just a goat. A shaggy, brown-and-white goat who posed for a few pictures and then walked off into the timber when I started to come too close.

While the goat acted fairly skittish, further review showed he was fitted with an ear tag. So this is obviously someone’s goat. If there’s a reward out there, I’ll gladly take part.

Seeing a goat made me think about the tales I’ve heard in the past of folks canoeing along the Vermilion River. In one stretch of that scenic river, a wild herd of goats was said to live. Whether they’re still there, I don’t know.

But I am sure that this brown goat had better get himself home before shotgun season or he might not see next spring. Remember, a Banner Marsh bowhunter once mistook a mule for a deer. Anything can happen.


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