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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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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

The continuing saga of the triple drop

February 26, 2010 at 11:38 PM

One of the great things about going to the Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic is that you just might be able to see deer that up until now have been locked away in people’s cell phones.

At the very least you might be able to see a few different pictures of those cell phone bucks.

A perfect example came today in our Prairie State booth. A guy walked up, flashed a picture of a buck he said had four drop tines and then asked if we had ever seen the deer before.

Fortunately, the answer was yes. Illinois hunting and fishing While the picture was different than this one that appeared on Boone and Crockett Club’s Trophy Watch page, the rack was the same. Well, he thought it had four drops. I say three. Minor difference.

According to the fellow with the phone, this buck was shot near Vermont in Fulton County by “a guy from Maryland.” We’re betting that guy is Shawn Bennett, whose buck was reportedly scored at 237 inches. Bennett told Mike Hanback, “My Buck of a Lifetime came sneaking by me in a funnel @ 27 yards on Nov. 6th in Fulton Co., Illinois. A soft grunt stopped him broadside.”

Given that it was shot by a non-resident, I’m not holding out much hope to see the deer this weekend. But at least I got to see another picture of this impressive non-typical, pictured below.

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And we learned more about the buck and the outfitter with whom it was shot. Bennett was hunting with Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, which has a trail-cam picture of the big deer and better field pictures of the buck.

Those little discoveries are one of the reasons I enjoy the Classic. That and the chance to meet so many people who sent in pictures to us over the past few months.

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you come visit us in booths 801-802 on Saturday or Sunday if you are headed to the show.


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