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Arkansas Hunter Dies When the Deer He Shot Attacked Him

The worst nightmare of any hunter checking on a kill occurred in Arkansas.

Authorities and wildlife officials with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have reported the death of 66-year-old Thomas Alexander, who shot a buck near Yellville with a muzzleloader.

"I've worked for the Game and Fish Commission for 20 years, and it's one of the stranger things that's happened," said Keith Stephens, the Chief of Communications with the agency, according to

When the Arkansas hunter approached the deer he just shot, it apparently attacked, leaving puncture wounds on his body.

Alexander was able to call his family after the attack, who called emergency responders. He died later at the hospital.

Here's more on the story from KY3 News.

"I don't know how long he left it there, but he went up to check it to make sure it was dead. And evidently it wasn't," Stephens said. "It got back up, and he had several puncture wounds on his body."

It's still unclear if Alexander indeed died of the puncture wounds, or if it was something else, like a heart attack, that led to his death.

"It's my understanding there's not going to be an autopsy, so we may never know what actually happened," Stephens said.

Arkansas has seen one other similar incident, from four years ago, in which someone got stuck by a buck's antlers. "It was pretty significant, but they did survive," Stephens said.

As most deer hunters know, it's vital to be fully aware and prepared when approaching a downed game animal. Typically, about 30 minutes of no movement is what you should wait for.

It's unknown how long Alexander waited, and evidently the truth may not ever come out.



Arkansas Hunter Dies When the Deer He Shot Attacked Him