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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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Deer Classic was awesome

February 24, 2008 at 08:32 PM

What a weekend. Sorry for the lack of updates from the Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic in this Blog or in the Big Buck Stories page. I had every intention of posting updates Saturday and Sunday during the show. But we were just too busy. Swamped. There were so many people to talk with and so many big deer to see, photograph and track down that there was no time to do updates.

And yes, thank goodness we did get a chance to chat with Kevin Radke (he of the big 238 2/8 Jasper County non-typical bowkill). He’s also one of several folks who visited our booth and were kind enough to pose for a picture with their picture.

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We’ll have Radke’s story updated soon. And many others.

That’s the good news out of this weekend. There will be tons of information on PSO in the days and weeks to come. We’ve got some great deer stories to tell you and pictures of at least 40 of the 605 deer entered in this year’s show (close to the all-time record of 630). I tried to take pictures and get information of anything over 180 inches, but had to scrap that plan when so many monsters showed up. No question there was an awesome collection of antlers on hand. I’ll be posting pictures this evening and all day Monday—I promise this time. So check back for more.


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