Indiana hunter dies after tussle with shot buck
The Associated Press November 15, 2011 7:08PM
Updated: November 16, 2011 11:34AM
ALBION — A northeastern Indiana hunter has died after struggling with a buck he had just shot.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said 62-year-old Paul Smith of Fort Wayne died Monday during a deer reduction hunt at Chain O’Lakes State Park about 20 miles northwest of the city.The Noble County coroner said the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly suffered during the struggle.
Conservation Officer Erick Bolt said Smith called his son and left a message saying he had shot a buck. When the son called back, Smith told him the deer — still alive — attacked Smith before the hunter killed it with a knife.
A park employee who went to retrieve the buck found Smith sitting against a tree and could not revive him.