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CO - Wounded deer gores hunter, 71

Wounded deer gores hunter, 71
The Daily Sentinel - November 06, 2007

A 71-year-old hunter treated at St. Mary’s Hospital for a puncture wound was rushed first to Craig Memorial Hospital by a friend Sunday after he was gored by a deer, according to Samantha Johnston, spokeswoman for Craig Memorial.

The hunter was treated and then airlifted to Grand Junction. St. Mary’s wouldn’t release details of his condition.

The hunter suffered “significant” injuries after shooting the deer, said Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

The incident occurred about 15 miles south of Craig in Routt County.

When the two hunters went to retrieve the deer, it bucked.

“It is not uncommon,” Hampton said. “Certainly we have heard stories, but when they are minor, these incidents go unreported.”

State hunter-education courses, which are required for all hunters in Colorado, dictate that when an animal is downed, hunters approach it with caution to make sure it is indeed dead, he said.

If an animal is wounded and suffering, “ethical hunters are going to put it down right away and that is probably the reason that draws people into these situations — they want to do the ethical thing,” Hampton said.

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