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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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Best of Show winners in the March 6-7 Elmwood AllOutdoors Show big-buck contest were (from left to right) Chuck Thome, Tom Missen, Nate Campbell and Mitchell Cluney.

Elmwood best of show bucks

March 15, 2010 at 08:41 AM

This item first appeared in Sunday’s Wild Things entry in an unedited version. We got them right in print and didn’t make the necessary corrections on the Web. Sorry for that. Let’s blame March Madness.

Anyway, the accurate Best of Show winners in the March 6-7 Elmwood AllOutdoors Show big-buck contest were as follows:

  • Chuck Thome of Peoria for his 177 4/8-inch Fulton County archery typical.
  • Nate Campbell of Beardstown for his 228 5/8-inch McDonough County archery non-typical.
  • Tom Missen of Dunlap for his 182-inch Peoria County firearm typical.
  • Mitchell Cluney of Glasford for his 210 5/8-inch Fulton County firearm non-typical.
  • Campbell’s buck was also the Fan’s Favorite out of a field of 106 entries.

Thanks to all the measurers who scored the 106 deer heads entered. We are already making plans for the show on March 5-6, 2011 when we plan to accept the first 150 deer heads brought to us for scoring.

Incidentally, we also gave away two tree stands, two knives and a duffel bag as random prizes to entrants. Next year we plan to have even more prizes for those who enter deer. The idea is that you may not have the biggest buck in the contest, but you still have a chance to win something.

Personally I think the display of heads (shown below) was pretty cool. Kudos to Rush Nash for devising the system of showing heads. Now we’ve got to come up with a way to accommodate 50 more racks. Hmmm.

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