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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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Seven-bearded turkey

April 21, 2008 at 10:34 AM

All I wanted was a bird with one bird this turkey season. So imagine how jealous I was while surfing the Outdoor Pressroom and discovering that 67-year-old Jerrell Keele shot a gobbler with seven beards this spring while hunting in northeast Mississippi.

Buster Wolfe reportes on the unique gobbler in a recent edition of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Illinois Outdoors The bird weighed 17.28 pounds and is a state record for number of beards.

“No, I hadn’t seen him before, but I knew there had been some up in there” in the hunting club property, Keele told the Daily Journal. “I had seen one with three beards, and another one had four beards. Really, it’s just something that’s handed down from one generation to the next.”

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