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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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Winner of the fattest doe contest

January 12, 2010 at 09:06 AM

I’m not sure if this doe was entered in any contests, but she would have been in the running for anybody’s fattest doe event.

Scott Stone of rural Hopedale shot this doe in Tazewell County. Dave Scifres sent in the picture of the partially skinned doe and included the following note.

“Having been a meat cutter for over 30 years I have cut up thousands of deer. This doe is the fattest doe I have ever seen. You can see in the picture I am taking off layers of fat between an inch and two inches of the loin area. The rump area is where the thickest fat is on every deer, and this deer was no exception; in places the fat was three inches thick. It just a guess but believe she was not able to become pregnant maybe for a couple of seasons. Does normally lose body fat during pregnancy, nursing and raising their young.”



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