Well, you don’t hear a story like this every day. According to reports, a hunter named Gary Heeter was using an all-terrain vehicle to drag a dead elk up a hill when it flipped over. As the vehicle overturned, he flew backwards and impaled himself on the elk’s antlers.

Luckily for Gary, his hunting group was able to provide first aid, stop the bleeding, and call for medical help. The latest report stated that he is in stable condition after being airlifted out of the woods to a hospital. 


Gary was lucky. But for animals, there are no helicopters that come to the rescue when they’re injured. Many animals who are shot but not killed by hunters suffer for hours or even days before finally succumbing to their injuries. We can only hope that Gary’s harrowing experience makes him more compassionate toward animals who are hunted.


Deer, rabbits, birds, and other animals prized by hunters aren’t the only casualties of this cruel “sport.” Hunting accidents have injured and claimed the lives of horses, cows, dogs, cats, and even hikers and other hunters. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, thousands of injuries result from hunting in the U.S. every year—and that includes only incidents involving humans!


Humans should be helping, not harming, wildlife. For more information on how to make the world a little safer for animals, check out the guide below: