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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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Hunter shoots rare piebald squirrel

September 17, 2008 at 06:20 AM

Not all squirrels are created equal.

While hunting on Labor Day in west-central Illinois, Ryan Settles of Bowen shot this unique piebald squirrel. Writes Bowen: “I spend hundreds of hours a year in the woods mostly bow hunting and this was the first squirrel I’ve ever seen like this. Just my luck! My friends say they could drop me off in the middle of a 500-acre picked beanfield and the deer would run right by me. Hope my hunting and fishing luck never changes.”

Settles said he first thought this squirrel was an opossum. But when it started moving very fast he knew better. Then he thought it was a really old squirrel. Only after he shot the bushytail was Settles able to see what he had.

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