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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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Buck pictures to get you even itchier

August 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM

It’s not even September yet and deer hunters everywhere are already dreaming of the rut. Or at least of the Oct. 1 first start to archery season. Well, just to make things harder on you, we’re passing along a few buck pictures taken in the past week.

The one above is from Mike Steffa, who runs the show at Evergreen Lake. Needless to say, there are plenty of big bucks in the vicinity of Evergreen, which serves as a refuge of sorts for bucks during hunting season.

There are also plenty of big bucks around Lake Wildwood near Varna, a lake-based subdivision that also acts as a refuge. Mark Durham submitted the following two pictures of an apple-eating buck and writes: “This beautiful Buck was enjoying some apples in my back yard last Saturday morning here at Lake Wildwood. He’s always hanging around the hood, makes the hunters drool.”

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