Hunter dies in Arkansas after deer he shot attacks him

NBC Reports: A hunter in Arkansas died after a deer he had shot attacked him, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

“I’ve worked for the Game and Fish Commission for 20 years, and it’s one of the more unusual things that’s happened,” Keith Stephens, the agency’s chief of communications, told NBC News.

The victim, Thomas Alexander, 66, shot a buck with a muzzleloader while hunting near Yellville, Arkansas, Stephens said.

Alexander, an experienced hunter, was by himself but called a family member about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and said he had shot a deer. More than an hour later, he contacted another family member and told them he was injured. That family member called 911.

Image; Hunter dies after deer attacks him in Marion County, Ark.
A hunter died after a wounded deer attacked him in Marion County, Ark.

Alexander was taken to a hospital where he died. He had several puncture wounds to his body. An autopsy will be performed to determine if the puncture wounds were the cause of death, Stephens said.

An incident similar to this one has occurred only once before in the past 20 years, Stephens said. In 2016, a hunter was stuck by a buck’s antlers in southern Arkansas. In that incident, the individual survived but sustained significant injuries because the animal hit one of his arteries.

Hunters are advised to make sure a downed deer has not moved for at least 30 minutes before approaching it, Stephens said.


2 Replies to “Hunter dies in Arkansas after deer he shot attacks him”

  1. Hindsight being what it is, an old adage that seems to go unheeded no matter what the circumstances, will undoubtedly blind the unwary sportsman to the perils of over confidence. As I have stated many times, be aware of your surroundings. Things are usually never as you first perceive them.

    “Investigate, contemplate, relegate and then initiate.” In military terms, reconnaissance (ReCon) is a fact of utmost importance prior to engaging your adversary, or in this case your quarry. Sports men and women of all ages, spend countless amount of money on equipment, training, licences and other commodities but fail to process the logistical aspect when setting out on their safari.

    It only takes a few minutes, that in all likelihood will extend your life for years.

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