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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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Chuck Hamstra’s double-drop 18-pointer

November 07, 2008 at 03:38 PM

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Who says you need to be scent-free to shoot a big buck. Chuck Hamstra shot this big Whiteside County 18-pointer on Nov. 4, 2008 at his farm near Albany while wearing blue jeans, a flannel shirt and a sweaty seed hat. And he had been wearing those same clothes and hat all day while combining corn.

Hamstra also has a shed from the buck and had spotted it in January while chasing coyotes. Word is Hamstra’s son, Dave, even missed a shot at the buck last gun season.

No such problem for the elder Hamstra, who got into his stand about 30 minutes before sunset and promptly scared several does on his way in. Even so, less than 10 minutes later the double-drop-tined monster walked past and stopped broad side 10 yards away. Hamstra made the most of his shot.

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