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Man hunting again after attack by deer

Posted on Tue, Jan. 04, 2005

The Jennings County man’s leg was injured.

From The Associated Press

NORTH VERNON — A 69-year-old hunter who was gored by a deer two months ago has returned to the woods even as he continues to recover from his wounds.

Jim Mick said he still has a scar on his leg, which remains stiff and weak, mainly from inactivity.

“I normally don’t do that; I like to be outdoors,” he said.

He was attacked Nov. 8 while hunting alone in rural Decatur County in southeastern Indiana. He estimated that the deer weighed 150 pounds.

About 90 percent of his strength has returned, he said, and he has hunted a few times in Jennings County since his confrontation with the buck. “But I wasn’t successful — other than getting out of the woods without getting attacked,” he said, laughing.

He said he will return to the Decatur County area in which he was attacked, but he doubted he would recognize his opponent if they ever crossed paths again.

“No hard feelings. I just hope it feels the same way,” he said.

Mick said he occasionally gets comments about the attack from other hunters, but most are just good-natured kidding. However, he also received disapproving letters from two hunting opponents. One advised Mick to leave the deer alone and shoot and eat his dog instead.

“They have a right to their opinion,” he said. “They don’t agree with me, and I don’t necessarily agree with them.”

2005 News Sentinel and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.

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