Deer Rips Off Hunter's Face As It Charges Into Him Trying To Escape
An escaping deer turned the tables on this hunter when it tore a huge flap of skin from his face as it collided with him while trying to escape.
Vincent Saubion, 36, was struck in the face by a 150-kilogramme (330lb) deer in a forest in Lesperon, Landes, France, while he was hunting.
Saubion told local media: "The deer hit me in the face as it tried to carry on." He said that he was losing a lot of blood from the injury, but despite the horrific wound, had bizarrely wanted to continue the hunting day with pals.
Saubion said: "It felt like I was drunk, but it actually took half my face off."
A fellow hunter told him that he should stop and then called over a firefighter who was part of the group to give him first aid.
In the end, a helicopter had to fly to the forested region to airlift him to the Pellegrin Hospital in Bordeaux where he underwent emergency surgery, according to local reports.
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It has been claimed that Saubion required around 50 stitches to his face. He explained: "I am grateful because there was more fear than actual harm. I haven't broken anything and I feel as good as I can be."
Despite the incident, which took place in January but which has only been made public now, Saubion has vowed to keep on hunting.
He said: "I am still crazy about hunting. I am very involved in the community, and have nothing but respect for the game and the owners who let us hunt on their grounds."
It is unclear whether the deer that injured him was shot or not.
In October, a hunter died after a deer he had just shot attacked him. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials said Thomas Alexander, 66, had shot a buck with a muzzleloader while he was out hunting near Yellville in Marion County, Arkansas.
He was found severely injured in the woods on 22 October 2019 with puncture wounds, and sadly later died.
Keith Stephens, the Chief of Communications with the agency, told KY3: "I've worked for the Game and Fish Commission for 20 years, and it's one of the stranger things that's happened."
Referring to the deer, Stephens continued: "I don't know how long he left it there, but he went up to check it to make sure it was dead. And evidently it wasn't."
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