Man Kills Elk, Elk Impales Man Moments Later

The man fell on the elk's antler when his vehicle flipped over.

A bizarre accident has left a man in Oregon injured by the animal he killed just a few minutes before.

Gary Heeter of Bend, Oregon, went hunting on Saturday and managed to bag a mature bull elk in an isolated part of the Maury Mountains.

The 69-year-old then attempted to drag the carcass up a steep hill with his four-wheeler, according to The Oregonian.

While Heeter was driving up the hill, the front end of the ATV flipped. Heeter rolled backward ― right onto the elk’s antler, according to KVAL.

An Oregon man was seriously injured Saturday when he impaled himself on the antler of an elk he'd just killed.
Crook County Sheriffs Office
An Oregon man was seriously injured Saturday when he impaled himself on the antler of an elk he'd just killed.

Other members of Heeter’s hunting party attempted first aid in hopes of stopping his bleeding.

First responders were flown to the scene in a Life Flight helicopter, but the remote location made landing near Heeter a challenge, according to KATU.

Eventually, the copter was able to find a suitable landing site about half a mile from where the crash took place.

Meanwhile, a deputy from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the crash scene on foot.

The officer said Heeter was conscious and communicative, but appeared to be going into shock, according to KTVZ.

Heeter was carried half a mile to the helicopter and flown to a Bend hospital, according to KOIN.

He is currently in stable condition, according to KVAL.

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