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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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Llama tagged as elk a true story

January 27, 2009 at 06:14 AM

The story seemed too set up to be true. A New York hunter heads to Montana for an elk hunt. He shoots what he believes is an elk. Only later does somebody tell him that what he actually shot was a feral llama.

Impossible, right?

Nobody could mistake a llama for an elk. And even if they shot a llama, they would realize their mistake. Surely they would not gut the llama, tag the llama and then drive off with the carcass in the back of their red truck.

Fake story, right?

Nope. Pictures have been circulating of the tagged llama and Brett French of the Billings Gazette recently wrote a story on the unbelievable hunt. Wrote French:

A New York hunter may be feeling a bit sheepish after mistaking a feral llama in Paradise Valley for a Rocky Mountain elk, but he apparently did not violate any laws.

Rusty Saunders of Fort Edward, N.Y., called a Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden in Livingston in November to turn himself in after shooting the llama, according to Mel Frost, FWP information officer in Bozeman.

Here’s text that goes with the e-mail you may already have seen,

30-06 rifle with Leupold Scope- $650 dollars
Out of State Elk License -$600 dollars
Gas to drive from New York -$700 dollars
Taking a Trophy Montana Llama- Priceless…............

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