- An experienced Arkansas hunter was found severely injured in the woods, his body riddled with Antler puncture wounds from a Deer.
- The Hunter later died from his injuries
Thanks to St. Louis Contributor Lenny Hardy for this tragic story from the Ozark Mountains. The Ozark Mountains is a mountain range that traverses Missouri and Arkansas.
Who lives in the Ozarks? For those of you have seen the Netflix series “Ozark”, starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, you have a good idea about the inhabitants of the Ozark Mountains. For the Older readers of Sarkes Corner, another reference would be the 1972 Movie “Deliverance” staring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox.
Inhabitants of the Ozark Mountains are Salt of the Earth, Simple, Uneducated, Underemployed, 2nd Amendment Heat Packing, God Fearing people, in other words, Trumps Base. People who live in the Ozarks all Pack Heat and all hunt Deer.
An Arkansas hunter, 66 year old Thomas Alexander, thought he had fatally shot a deer was killed when the very much alive animal turned the tables and gored him in a sudden attack.
Alexander was an experienced hunter who had lived in the Ozark Mountain area for several years. Alexander was hunting using a primitive firearm known as a muzzleloader. He called his nephew to tell them he had successfully shot a buck and to join him to Field dress the Deer.
When his nephew found him, Alexander was injured but alert and talking. Sadly, Alexander stopped breathing by the time paramedics could get him to the hospital. Officials are not certain that the antler wounds are the official cause of his death, as he may have died from other medical issues such as a heart attack.
Game and Wildlife Officials say that, on occasion, hunters may approach a deer thinking it is dead when it is only stunned or injured. Usually, they jump up and run away. Sarkes believes that if Alexander was using an AR-15, the Deer that he had plugged would have gone down and not gotten up.
The wounded Deer has not been found, but Sarkes wonders if this Deer is part of a mutant species with super powers to thwart the assault on Deer. Sarkes does not understand the lure of Deer hunting, but his Deer hunting family and friends tell Sarkes that Deer hunting is important to “Thin the Herd”.