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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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Monster Wisconsin “typical” goes down

November 03, 2008 at 01:34 PM

Remember that monster typical buck captured on video this summer in Buffalo County Wisconsin?

Well the big 16-point buck won’t be starring in any more live-action videos.

Bowhunter Bob Decker of Eau Claire, Wisc. shot the buck on Nov. 1 during his first hunt of the season, according to Paul Smith of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The buck, which became known as “The Field and Stream” buck due to video that was widely distributed this summer, is expected to score around 200 inches according to taxidermist Jack Dodge of Eau Claire. Mel Johnson of Metamora holds the typical archery record with his 204 4/8-inch buck shot in Peoria County in 1965.

A veteran scorer said Decker’s buck would likely fall short of Johnson’s as a typical rack due to deductions and could well be scored as a non-typical rack. The deer has 14 points and two smaller sticker points. Record or not, this is one massive buck.

Click here to read Smith’s full story.

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Another warning: Be careful in stands

November 03, 2008 at 07:25 AM

Here’s another sad warning about the dangers of deer hunting. Hey everybody, be careful out there this week.

NE Ohio hunter suffocates suspended in harness

CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP)—A northeast Ohio deer hunter apparently suffocated when he fell from a tree stand and became suspended in his safety harness 20 feet off the ground.

Searchers in Carroll County southeast of Canton say the body of 35-year-old Kevin Shaw of Massillon (MA’-sih-luhn) was found early Sunday after his father reported him overdue from an all-day hunting trip.

The Carroll County sheriff’s department says the victim’s safety harness apparently suffocated him.

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