Lapeer County hunter thankful after surviving deer hunting wound
Posted by James L. Smith | The Flint Journal
November 26, 2007 16:00PM
A Hadley Township hunter who accidentally shot himself Thanksgiving
Day said despite the serious wound he is thankful to be alive.
Brian Crowley, 51, was hunting along on Hadley Township property
owned by friends about 8 a.m. Thursday when he shot a doe with his
The doe was down on the ground, but still alive when Crowley
approached it. In an effort to dispatch the deer Crowley pulled a
handgun from his pocket.
"I cocked the hammer back and it slipped," Crowley said. "The
bullet entered below the knee on the right side and came out the
middle of the shin bone and broke it in half."
Acting quickly, Crowley who was bleeding profusely, took off his
belt, wrapped it around his leg and tightened it to stop the bleeding.
What followed was an hour-and-15-minute ordeal of dragging himself
out of the woods uphill and over fallen timber, Crowley said from his
Genesys Regional Medical Center hospital bed.
"Moving was the hard part," Crowley said. "It was very painful."
Hearing the voice of his friend, property owner Wayne Dabrowski, he
yelled for help and state police and Lapeer EMS responded quickly to
Crowley said the accidental shot probably happened because he was
concentrating on the deer's head and because he had his gloves on.
Friends picked up his deer and took it to a processor.
But for now, Crowley remained in Genesys awaiting surgery Wednesday
to install a rod into his leg. He expects to be going home Thursday.
The injury was the first in his more than ten year hunting career,
said Crowley, a CN Railroad employee.
"I am very thankful," Crowley said. "I was just glad I was able to
get out. God was with me."
Crowley also expressed thanks to the ambulance crew and hospital
workers who treated him.