The hunter became the hunted when a
Clinton, La., man was attacked by a massive deer he had wounded on
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
Neames told Bayou Bucks that 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.
trailing the animal about 15 minutes later and didn’t get far before
he found it.
Neames said the deer was facing him and had a
gaping wound in its neck. When their eyes met, the hunter became the
“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.
lucky enough to grab his horns when he come down on me because he’s
just trying to ram them through my chest. I knew I had to protect my
heart and lung area and my face.”
As the struggle continued,
Neames’ rifle strap became entangled in the buck’s antlers and to
make matters worse, it was loaded with the safety off.
got to worrying then, thinking maybe the gun was going to go off,”
Neames said. “The deer ain’t going to kill me, but the gun’s going
to go off and kill me.”
After several more charges, Neames
said, the deer gave pause long enough for him to regain composure
and on the next charge, he took control.
“When he come at me
one time, I twisted his neck trying to choke him or do anything —
just trying to get him off — and he actually did a complete flip
over me and his horns stuck in the ground, in the dirt, for just a
few seconds,” Neames said.
That was the break Neames needed
to put some distance between himself and the would-be killer, which
looked back at him then ran into the woods toting Neames’ rifle.
While the rifle was later found by Neames’ son, it was the last
anyone would see of the buck.
Neames said he had more than
13 inches of tears in his flesh from the buck’s antlers that took 25
staples and an unknown number of stitches to close.
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