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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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Albino deer up north

September 08, 2010 at 07:16 AM

Mike and Marshia Crowley e-mailed us a note after a recent post by Tim Walmsley about a rare black fawn.

Turns out the Crowleys also live in the midst of some rare deer around their home in northern Wisconsin.

Here’s some information from their Web site.

Albino Deer or “White Deer” are a very rare breed of White-tailed Deer in Northern Wisconsin. There are only 200 to 300 Albinos in the entire state of Wisconsin. We are very lucky to live near a State Forest and lots of private land. Albinos are protected in Northern Wisconsin and can not be hunted.

When we first moved here in 1994 we would only see a couple of Albinos every now and then. I built a Food plot to attract deer and now there are 4 Albinos living on our land and another 20 or 25 within 2 or 3 miles.

They live with the brown whitetails but do not like them. The Albinos are a lot more aggressive and will fight the brown whitetails to chase them away. They do interbreed and have both white and brown fawns. We love all the deer but when an Albino comes into sight you do not even notice the brown deer. They are truly one of God’s most beautiful and rare animals.

Click here to read and see pictures about these albinos.



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