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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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Buck with broadhead in brain

February 08, 2008 at 08:59 AM

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This is an interesting e-mail that proves whitetail deer are resilient. As the story goes (and I will not vouch how accurate any of this may or may not be), a hunter named Jay Trudell of Delafield, Wisc. shot the buck pictured above on Dec. 30 (no clear details on the year). The buck was taken to a processor, who skinned it for a shoulder mount and stopped behind the right ear.

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The buck dressed at 175 pounds and showed no signs of being ill. But when a taxidermist went to cut the skull plate to remove the antlers, he hit metal. Anchored in the buck’s skull was a Wasp Hammer broadhead that had entered the brain without killing the deer. According to the e-mail:

“(The broadhead) also passed through the hinge of the jaw and had grown over with bone and prevented the jaw from opening all but the smallest amount.The brain was infected around the puncture wound.”

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