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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 cool use for shed antlers

March 18, 2008 at 10:55 AM

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Need an idea of what to do with your shed antlers? Here’s one from shed hunter and deer writer Les Davenport, formally of Eureka. Davenport makes antler furniture, including this table that he just donated to an auction for a friend who had died of mouth cancer. The table is made of walnut and antlers. Davenport said a similar table brought $950 at auction, a relative bargain since it could fetch up to $2,000 on the open market.

As for other uses for antlers, Davenport wrote:

“Shed antlers were—and are—one of the most diversely used of all renewable natural resources: decoration, ground for medicine and mineral supplements, used for making weapons (knife handles, arrowhead points, etc), ground for tea and aphrodisiacs, used as tools by Indians, and used in religious ceremonies. Many hundred tons of elk, moose and mule deer antlers are sold to Asia every year.”

 

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