Hunting Safety: Archery Hunter Killed by Elk

When it comes to hunting, we as humans feel as if we are the Alpha predator. However, every now and then a tragic incident occurs that keeps us grounded. Recently an archery hunter was killed by an elk that he thought he killed. When he approached the elk the next day, to his surprise, the animal wasn’t dead and had one last fight left in him. Unfortunately, this cost the hunter his life. This is a stark reminder that hunting safety and extreme caution must be taken when approaching your game.

(Image by Oregon State Police)

Police Report

Oregon State Police (OSP) recently reported that on Sunday, August 30, 2020, a hunter was killed by an elk he shot with an arrow the day before.

Here’s the news release from OSP:

“On Saturday, August 29, 2020 Mark David (66) from Hillsboro was archery hunting on private property in the area of Trask Road E in Tillamook, OR. David wounded a 5X5 bull elk but was unable to locate it before dark.

“David and the landowner attempted to find the wounded bull on the morning of Sunday, August 30, 2020 at approximately 9:15 A.M., David located the bull and attempted to kill it with his bow. The elk charged David and gored him in the neck with its antlers. The landowner attempted to help David but he sustained fatal injuries and died.

“The elk was killed and the meat was donated to the Tillamook County Jail following the investigation.

“OSP was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and the Tillamook County Medical Examiner.”

Hunting Safety

Always use caution with wounded animals, folks! Furthermore, if you want my opinion, don’t go hunting big animals without a firearm.

Finally, hunting season is rapidly approaching in many more states across the US. So then, keep hunting safety in mind when you are out in the woods. Let your loved ones know where you are going and how long you’re planning on staying out. And for your protection, keep a firearm on you just in case. Stay safe, my friends!

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