Arkansas Hunter, 66, Gored To Death By ‘Dead’ Deer

Thomas Alexander was killed Tuesday by a deer he assumed was shot dead, said Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. [Fair Use]

How to be certain that downed prey is actually dead

Oct 25, 2019

YELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Officials in Arkansas say a hunter died after he was attacked by a deer that he’d shot and believed to be dead.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens says 66-year-old Thomas Alexander shot a buck with a muzzleloader while hunting Tuesday near Yellville, an area in the Ozark Mountains about 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Little Rock.

Stephens tells Springfield, Missouri, television station KY3 the buck attacked Alexander when the hunter approached the animal to see if it was dead. He says Alexander, who suffered multiple puncture wounds, later died at a hospital.

Stephens says it’s not clear how long Alexander waited before checking on the deer, but that the agency recommends waiting at least 30 minutes before approaching.

It’s happened before … 

Big game hunter ‘gored to death by buffalo’ moments after shooting another member of herd

Experienced huntsman was blindsided by animal as he tried to load carcass onto vehicle

30 May 2018

The Independent (UK) – A big game hunter was reportedly gored to death by a wild buffalo moments after he had killed another member of its herd.

The buffalo’s horn reportedly pierced Kleynhans’ femoral artery – killing him almost instantly.

Professional hunter Claude Kleynhans had been leading a group on an expedition along the banks of South Africa’s Levubu River in the northern province of Limpopo.

The 54-year-old and his party had shot and killed a buffalo and were preparing to load it into their vehicle when they were blindsided by another member of the herd, the Bosveld Review reported.

Another guide ran back to the hunting lodge to seek help, but the animal’s horn reportedly pierced Mr Kleynhans’ femoral artery – killing him almost instantly.

“They were working on the bushes to open the animal and did not see the other buffalo,” Karen Kuhne Kleynhans, the hunter’s sister-in-law, told Afrikaans-language news site Maroela Media. “The buffalo struck him and pronged him with its horn in his groin.” Read more. 

Wounded deer turns tables on La. hunter

‘I was lucky to live through this’ man said after being gored by shot animal.

Jan. 31, 2014

The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger – The hunter became the hunted when a Clinton, La., man was attacked by a massive deer he had wounded on his property.

Bobby Neames of Clinton, La., said he was fighting for his life when a large whitetail buck attacked him on Christmas Eve.
(Photo: Provided to The Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger/Fair Use)

According to Bayou Bucks magazine, Bobby Neames was airlifted to a Baton Rouge hospital and nearly bled to death after the buck gored him through his left thigh on Christmas Eve.

Neames, a veteran hunter who also hunts near Brookhaven, told Bayou Bucks that when he arrived at his deer stand overlooking a shooting lane, he saw a large buck standing near the end that he had captured images of on his trail cameras. Neames then set up for the shot and sent a bullet downrange, striking the deer in the neck. The deer ran into the woods, and Neames said he heard it crash shortly after.

Neames began trailing the animal about 15 minutes later and didn’t get far before he found it. It was still alive and only feet away.

Neames said the deer was facing him and had a gaping wound in its neck. When their eyes met, the hunter became the prey.

“It happened so fast. I was 20 feet away when he lunged up from a squatted position, and within one-tenth of a second, he’d hit me,” Neames said.

With an antler lodged in Neames’ thigh, the buck tossed him to the ground about 8 feet away. “I knew I was in trouble then,” Neames said. “Before I could even get to my feet, he was down on me attacking me again. Read more. 

Hunter approaching a downed deer
A downed deer or other large animal should be approached carefully from above and behind the head.

  • If the animal appears to be dead, wait a short distance away for a few minutes. Watch for any rise and fall of the chest cavity.
  • Notice if the eyes are closed—the eyes of a dead animal are usually open. You can be certain that the animal is dead if the eye doesn’t blink when touched with a stick.

Approach downed game from above and behind the head and wait a short distance away, watching for any rise and fall of the chest cavity.

If the animal is still alive, it should be finished with a quick shot to the base of the ear. If you wish to mount the head, place your shot in the heart-lung area. For bowhunters, the only option is placing an arrow in the heart-lung area.

Once the animal is dead, follow the state regulations for reporting or recording a kill. Some states require you to tag the animal immediately and indicate the date of the kill. Then begin field dressing. Source. 

Muzzleloaders take significantly more knowledge to operate than modern firearms. They also present greater risks. Several rules must be followed to ensure safe operation.

  • Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Do not lean over, stand in front of, or blow down the muzzle.
  • Use only black powder or a safe substitute in a muzzleloading firearm.
  • Wait until you’re ready to fire before you prime or cap a muzzleloader.
  • Always wear shooting glasses and ear protection when shooting a muzzleloader; a long-sleeved shirt is also advisable.
  • Never smoke while shooting or loading or when near a powder horn or flask.
  • Load a muzzleloader directly from a calibrated powder measure—do not load from a horn, flask, or other container. A loose spark or glowing ember in the barrel can cause the powder to explode.
  • Load only one charge at a time.
  • Unload a muzzleloader before bringing it into your home, camp, or vehicle.
  • Stay with your charged muzzleloader at all times. Source. 

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