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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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More tales from the trail cams

August 04, 2009 at 07:18 AM

Here’s the latest in what is becoming a regular feature: Tales from the Trail Cams.

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Pictured above is Don Osborne of Mattoon, cutting weeds. Why is this significant? Because the picture below is from the exact same area about one hour later, taken while Osborne was about 100 yards away running his weed eater. As Osborne writes:

“This buck is the same one all of us have seen running away in the distance if you so much as cough when you are in his neighborhood in hunting season. One of the trail camera pictures shows a buck in velvet in the off season on July 19th 2009 while I was still weed eating about one hundred yards away. The other picture is one of me taken by the same trail camera at the same point about one hour earlier. The buck stuck around long enough to have four pictures taken of himself eating the weeds I had just cut. Then he posed for the camera. It was not like he didn’t know I was there. I was using a large noisy commercial grade weed eater and was covered in deep woods off bug repellent leaving my scent all over the place.  I had no idea he was around until I looked at the pictures the next day.”

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Next up is a more generic picture from Chuck McDaniel proving that trail-cams aren’t exactly invisible in the woods. “I’m not sure if this deer is licking the field cam or sticking its tongue out at it,” writes McDaniel.

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Finally, here’s one from July 20 proving that young bucks are already feeling their oats in some parts of Peoria County.

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