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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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Encounter with an albino whitetail

October 28, 2008 at 01:06 PM

Mike Brown sent in the above picture of an albino yearling. He captured the picture Oct. 22. Here is his description of the encounter:

I made it to the base of my tree that I have been hunting out of for more than 10 years. A little movement caught my eye and discovered a large doe feeding on persimmons about 20 yards away. So I crept to an opening and let one fly hitting her perfectly. What happened next is the most rewarding experience I have ever had in the woods in my life. Not more than 10 yards away out of the tall grass walks out the most beautiful deer I have ever seen. The button buck standing right in front of me is one hundred percent white except for its beautiful pink eyes, ears, nose, and hooves.

Neat picture, neat experience. Thanks for sharing, Mike.


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