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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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Nice Kentucky buck down

September 10, 2009 at 04:30 PM

OK everybody, fasten your seat belts. Deer season is underway in Kentucky and this is the first, official Big Buck Down for the 2009-2010 Scattershooting Deer Season.

Here’s the story that accompanies this e-mail from the hottest big buck state in the U.S.

“See the attached photos of this nice buck a buddy of mine shot on the opening day of bow season in Kentucky. He has the sheds from this deer for the last two seasons. His tree stand was set up on a funnel from the state park into a bean field. Was in his tree stand for 1 hour on opening day and shot this 186 inch buck…in the velvet.”

Frankly, this southern rascal doesn’t get me near as excited as will the first big Prairie State buck submitted on Oct. 1. Incidentally, we are dreaming up some kind of a promotion and prize giveaway for the first buck reported to us on Opening Day 2009. More to come later. Until then, admire this velvet beauty.

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