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Hunter Impales Himself On Dead Elk's Horns

| by Denise Recalde

A man who had shot and killed an elk in Oregon impaled himself with the animal's antlers after crashing his ATV. 

Gary Heeter went hunting in “a very remote location” on Nov. 5 near Arrowwood Point in the Maury Mountains with a group of other hunters. 

Around noon, he was using his ATV to drag the carcass of the animal up a steep hill when the vehicle flipped. He was thrown off and landed on the antlers of his dead prey, The Oregonian reports.

His fellow hunters immediately applied first aid in order to halt the flow of blood until a rescue helicopter could reach him, KATU reports. 

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First responders soon arrived and administered aid to Heeter. 

However, the Life Flight helicopter that picked him up had problems landing "due to the rough terrain, which consisted of intermittent forest cover and rocky clearings."

"When the deputy arrived at the crash scene he found Heeter was conscious and communicative, but appeared to be going into shock," Crook County Sheriff's Office said, the Daily Mail reports.

Heeter was flown from the scene of the accident to St. Charles Hospital in Bend and is currently in stable condition.

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Family members of the elderly hunter say his injuries did not extend to his major organs, only his back muscles. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery. 

Sources: Daily Mail, The Oregonian, KATU via KVAL / Photo credit: The Oregonian

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