Deer fights back against hunter

Dec. 2, 2008 at 11:42 PM
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SEDALIA, Mo., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A Missouri deer hunter said a vengeful buck got back on its feet after being shot and attacked him with its antlers.

Randy Goodman, 47, of Sedalia said he shot the buck once in its broadside and once in its neck before climbing down from his tree stand to inspect what he thought was a lifeless corpse, The Sedalia Democrat reported Tuesday.

Goodman said he grabbed one of the nine-point, 240-pound buck's antlers to inspect his kill and suddenly the large deer jumped back to its feet and started attacking him with its antlers.

"It was 15 seconds of hell," Goodman said of the attack.

He said the deer eventually fled and fell down again about 30 yards away. Goodman said he walked back to his tree stand, retrieved his gun and shot the buck twice more in the neck to ensure it wouldn't get up again.

Goodman said it wasn't until the deer was dead that he realized his head was bleeding. The hunter drove his car back toward the road and called his brother and his son, who was hunting nearby, for help.

He was taken to the emergency room, where he received seven staples in the left side of his scalp and doctors told him he had suffered a light concussion. He said there also was bruising on his right arm and chest as a result of the deer attack.

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