It isn’t often that you hear that a deer killed somebody other than when a driver and a deer collide on a roadway, typically at night. For the most part, it’s generally the humans killing the deer, but officials are reporting that at least one deer got the best of a hunter when he gored him numerous times.
Thomas Alexander of Arkansas, an experienced hunter, was killed on Tuesday evening after a deer he thought he had killed while hunting, stood up and gored the 66-year-old man to death.
At 6:30 p.m. Alexander called his family to let them know that he shot a buck. It’s currently unclear what happened between then and 8 p.m. when someone found Alexander severely injured. It is believed that the buck Alexander shot must have been wounded but not actually dead when Alexander approached it. The deer then struck Alexander with his antlers repeatedly.
Alexander died from his wounds on the way to the hospital, the Washington Post reported. Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, stated it is commonplace to wait 30 minutes before approaching a shot animal for this very reason. An animal may only be dazed and not actually dead.
“He may have done that, but evidently the deer wasn’t dead,” Stephens said. “They found several puncture wounds on him at the hospital — the assumption is the deer gored him with his antlers.”
Stephens has been tasked with finding the buck that reportedly killed the hunter.
Stephens routinely teaching classes on how to approaching a shot deer. “During our hunter education classes we explain the best thing to do is approach it from behind,” he said. “If you go behind them, it can buy you a few seconds because they have to roll over to kick you.”
When the family made the decision to forgo an autopsy, Stephens said: “So we may never know what actually happened.” Ironically, this isn’t the first time this has happened.
According to CNN, in 2016, a similar incident took place in South Arkansas where a hunter was gored in his leg by a buck he thought he had killed. Luckily, that hunter survived.