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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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Jim Mordacq’s big 8-pointer

August 01, 2009 at 09:19 PM

Jim Mordacq is the best deer photographer I know. The Springfield resident has a knack for taking good pictures of deer. More than that, he is committed to getting deer pictures. 

A perfect example is the buck he calls Big 8, pictured above in January of 2008. That was the first time Mordacq took a picture of the buck. Not his best shot ever, but it was a cold, snowy day and light was failing.

The next time Mordacq saw Big 8 was Nov. 15, 2009. The buck was on a hill keeping an eye on a doe. Over the next few days Mordacq snapped plenty more pictures of the buck. And as he wrote in an e-mail, “Although technically this buck wasn’t harvested the joy of pursuing and photographing him makes him a true trophy to me.”

Here are some of those numerous photos.

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