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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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Sika deer loose in Peoria Co.

September 03, 2010 at 03:42 PM

You never know what critter will show up on a trail camera these days. The latest surprise was a sika deer (above) that had Mike Bredernitz of Bartonville scratching his head last week after checking out his camera.

“I had no idea what it was,” said Bredernitz, who hunts in Peoria County. “My cousin (Greg Prichard) and I are debating what to do if he walks by.”

Most likely this deer escaped from behind a pen somewhere nearby. Whether the exotic buck will survive this fall is another matter. These natives of east Asia are not protected in Illinois, so all a hunter needs to shoot one is a landowner’s permission.

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deer slug doomed!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/03 at 06:24 PM

Bow hunters get a 6 week head start. 

But with that rack, no self respecting mature hunter will shoot it.

To me this points out lack of control in any game farm management.  Just think of the damage to the gene pool if you merge that rack with a white tail.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/03 at 08:06 PM

Actually I think that is a pretty decent sika buck, I don’t think they get a real big rack.  From what I recall reading about Marylands wild sika’s a 3x3 is a shooter. And I am pretty sure that they can’t mate with whitetails. What impact they would have on our WT deer if they become an established competitor is my concern. Somebody needs to take him out. And be quiet about it.

Posted by illin on 09/04 at 12:58 AM
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