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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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Using deer for compost

July 31, 2008 at 03:29 PM

Here’s a story from the Associated Press about using dead deer for compost. Funny part to me is where it talks about “public complaints about the smell.” Duh.

WVa spends $2.6m to compost dead deer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP)—Composting dead deer won’t become a cottage industry in West Virginia.

Deputy state highway engineer John Walker says the Division of Highways has no plans to expand a pilot project that produces compost from deer killed along state highways.

The state has spent $2.6 million over the past three years on the project that has existed for more than a decade in the Eastern Panhandle and in northcentral West Virginia. Walker says that includes the costs of hauling the deer to a facility for composting, then transporting the compost to flower beds.

But Walker says the project produces only a few truckloads each year. Besides the cost and low yield, the state has had to deal with public complaints about the smell.

Maryland has two such deer composting facilities.


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