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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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Triple drop-tine Illinois buck

February 18, 2010 at 09:26 AM

Sure enough, a big one almost slipped through the cracks.

I’m talking about a triple drop-tine buck shot last season in Illinois by bowhunter Shawn Bennett. Word is the buck was scored at 237 inches by an official Pope & Young Club measurer. We got the picture and information from the Boone and Crockett Club’s Trophy Watch page, which is worth bookmarking if you like seeing impressive big game.

Many years that would be biggest in the state. Not this year, though. But it’s still a monster.

So far we’ve got no idea what county this deer came from from.

We are sure it adds to the growing legacy of Illinois as the top producer of Boone and Crockett Club non-typical whitetails. The count now stands at 470 entries ... not to mention a few hundred that never made the books.

Here’s hoping the Bennett buck will be at the Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic on Feb. 26-28. I’d like to see a triple-drop.


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