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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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Another Kansas monster non-typical

October 30, 2008 at 03:57 PM

Early word is this big Kansas buck was shot near the town of Walnut. No confirmation on that, yet. We can confirm the thing is huge.

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Ever heard this Siren sing?

October 30, 2008 at 01:47 PM

There are some weird-looking critters in Illinois.

Take the amphibian above, which is Flathead’s Picture of the Week. Writes Flathead:

Here is another uncommon critter that was collected during a special IDNR survey to assess the status of redspotted sunfish. This is an amphibian known as a Siren. It has external gills near the head and two small front legs, but no rear legs. Sirens are not collected very often in stream surveys and their status in the state is not well known.

Click here for more information on Sirens.


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Nice Kansas 13-point typical buck

October 29, 2008 at 08:51 PM

Kansas bowhunter Jamie Farr shot this 13-point Geary County buck on Oct. 22.

The typical rack unofficially grossed 208 inches but is expected to net around 188 inches.

The Wichita Eagle reported that the Kansas archery state record is a 193 7/8-inch buck shot in Wabaunsee County in 2001.

“If he didn’t have those splits on the browtines, he’d net 195 and be the new state record, But those add character to him,” Farr told the Wichita Eagle. “I’ll keep hunting and hoping for something bigger and better. I realize that’s a pretty big dream.”

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Some nice Illinois bucks

October 29, 2008 at 05:48 AM

Well, we’re still waiting for a true monster. But in the mean time, here are a few nice Illinois bucks that have been featured on other Web sites.

My favorite so far is this big typical reportedly shot on Oct. 12, 2008. The buck reportedly grosses 185 inches as a typical. We first saw the deer on ” title=“”>, a great site for big buck pictures from around the country.

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Another pair of nice Illinois bucks were posted by Mike Hanback, who we regularly tout as having one of the country’s top big buck blogs.

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The first reportedly green-scored at 196 gross. That was a taxidermist’s score.

The next was shot by a hunter named Chris Kiernan.

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All are nice deer. Now where are the monsters?

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Buck not from Carbondale mall

October 28, 2008 at 06:28 PM

The liars are at it again. Soon someone is going to kill a big buck in Illinois. This is not it.

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I have been sent this picture twice now and both times I was told it had been shot behind the mall in Carbondale. Hmmm. Isn’t this the same buck shot behind a high fence in Iowa in 2006? Yep. At least so says the Boone and Crockett Club’s Trophy Watch. The buck was apparently killed at Timber Ghost ranch or some such place. Not that it matters.

Can somebody please explain why anybody would want to shoot a buck behind a high fence? And then brag about it?

If you can explain that, tell me why somebody would take the time to lie about this buck and then send it off in an e-mail with the wrong state, place etc.?

Obviously people have too much time on their hands.

UPDATE: Wait, I’ve also seen this buck touted as being from Ohio. Yikes.

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