Deer Attack
Travis Smola

Brutal Deer Attack in France Ended with Hunter Getting 50 Facial Stitches


A hunter in France had to have 50 stitches after a run-in with a deer.

Anyone who says deer are harmless should talk to Vincent Saubion, because he's got one of the craziest hunting stories you'll ever hear.

The Daily Mail reports the 36-year-old was hunting with friends in Lesperon, France, back in January when a nearly 330-pound deer attacked him. In the process it managed to rip a huge chunk of flesh out of his face.

Photos circulating social media show Saubion in a hospital bed, his face covered in bandages and stitches from a gash that extends across his nose, under his left eye and nearly to his ear.

Saubion apparently didn't realize just how serious the injury was until his friends pointed it out. In fact, he wanted to keep hunting! Another member of the group was a firefighter trained in first aid, so he was able to assist. However, the wounds were still causing massive blood loss. This led to a rescue chopper being called in to take the wounded hunter directly to a hospital in Bordeaux.


The gaping wound ended up requiring emergency surgery and nearly 50 stitches to close the wound. Fortunately, the tearing to his face was the only injury he suffered in the incident.

Saubion later told reporters "It felt like I was drunk, but it actually took half my face off."

As the story started to go wildly viral, many news and media organizations seemed surprised that Saubion wasn't letting the incident ruin his love of hunting.


"I am still crazy about hunting," Saubion told reporters. "I have nothing but respect for the game and the owners who let us hunt on their grounds."

Spoken like a true lover of the outdoors. One thing is for sure, this guy is going to have one incredible scar. Hopefully it will serve as a reminder that all big-game animals are dangerous. You should always take extra care when approaching a wounded or frightened animal.

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