A hunter was impaled by the dead elk’s antler he had just killed, after crashing his ATV on Saturday as he made his way back to camp. According to KatuNews, Gary Heeter, 69, of Bend, Oregon had been out hunting with his friends in the Maury Mountains.
As Heeter dragged the elk’s body behind his ATV and started the climb up a steep hill, the front of his vehicle flipped over sending Heeter backyards directly into the elk’s antler. Members of the hunting party applied emergency first aid to control the bleeding. Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Seaney called for Crook County Fire and Medical to help until an emergency medical helicopter was able to transport Heeter to the hospital.
Heeter is currently listed in stable condition at the St. Charles Hospital in Bend.
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(Photo of hunter impaled from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office)