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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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Does your buck lack a neck patch?

December 08, 2009 at 01:04 PM

This is no earth-shattering question, but here goes: Have you ever shot a buck that did not have a white neck patch?

Better yet, are there any bucks hanging on the wall in your house, hunting shack or garage that lack a neck patch?

Reason I ask is last year my buddy Flathead shot a gnarly old 9-pointer that did not have a white neck patch. He didn’t notice this until it was brought to his attention by taxidermist Dave Emken. “That’s the first deer I’ve ever mounted that didn’t have a white neck patch,” Emken told Flathead.

Anyway, during gun season I spent some time admiring that gnarly old 9-pointer without the patch. So it was fresh in my mind when buddy Eric Trone wheeled into the driveway on Saturday of the first gun season with the buck pictured above. Notice the lack of a neck patch. That deer also went to Emkens. And Dave now says, “That’s the second deer I’ve ever mounted without a neck patch.”

All of which leads me back to my original questions. I’m just curious if this is common, rare or what.


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