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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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Wacky racks also on display

February 27, 2008 at 10:18 AM

The Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic isn’t all about only perfect typical racks or jaw-dropping non-typicals with big club drop tines. Every show features some funk too. And this year’s display of trophy mounts had two true funky racks that got the cameras clicking. If you were there, surely you remember this one, the buck who hit the wall.

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Then there’s this one, which had some real weirdness of its right side. Killed this year by bowhunter Steve Plunkett in Cass County, the buck had 17 points and scored 142 5/8 inches

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I suppose these bucks got hit by a car or something. Whatever the cause, they sure were traffic stoppers.

Even Kevin Radke’s Best-of-Show Jasper County non-typical had its share of funk. There was so much going on with the brow tines on his deer that it’s hard to get a picture that really shows them well.

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