Cornish man swears off hunting after being gored by buck
CORNISH - Everett Gray said he plans to retire from deer hunting after being gored by an eight-point buck he shot with his .257 Roberts rifle.
"My brother gave me that rifle," Gray said Sunday. "I shot my first deer with it, and I just shot my last."
Gray said he was on his property Thursday night, talking to a neighbor. He spotted a deer and decided to grab his rifle and see if he could get a shot.
"I found a good spot to sit, and I sat there and waited," said Gray, who is in his 50s.
He saw the deer again, but then it disappeared into the woods. Gray decided to have a cigarette and go inside if the deer didn't show another time. While he was smoking, the deer appeared, this time 20 yards away.
He fired and hit the deer, which took off. Gray said he followed and found his quarry on the ground.
"It was beautiful; it looked like a deer bedded down in the woods," he said.
Gray said he walked up to the deer, patted it between its antlers and thanked it for giving its life. He didn't expect what happened next.
"The deer bounds up and rolls down the hill," he said, getting tangled in the underbrush. As he approached, the deer lunged.
"He drove the horn into me, picked me up and pounded me into the ground," Gray said. "He was just thrashing and I'm holding onto his horns - I thought he killed me."
Gray said the antler went four inches into his side, but did not hit any major organs. He was able to get out of the woods on his own. He was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Gray said he is still haunted by the images of the attack.
"I've been doing this for 10 years," he said of hunting. "I think I'm retiring."
He doesn't blame the deer; in fact he's impressed with the animal for the strength it exhibited after being shot.
"This deer had so much heart," he said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- City Matters: War vet needs help this Christmas - 0
- Santa Fund: Grandson would love art supplies - 0
- Santa Fund Donor List: Dec. 3, 2013 - 0
- Santa Fund Donor List: Dec. 2, 2013 - 0
- Dad hopes for a better Christmas - 0
- Manchester Yesterday and Today calendar to benefit the Santa Fund shows 'old' and 'new' Manchester - 0
- 'Mr. Mom' retired early to be with children, so money's tight - 0
- Santa Fund Donor List: Nov. 29, 2013 - 0
- Moquin & Daley donation jump-starts Santa Fund - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Two charged with selling heroin in Nashua - 0
- 'Fugitive of the week' arrested in Hooksett - 0
- Dover police arrest 3 on drug charges - 3
- Sports Briefs: No miracle finish for Vonn - 0
- Browns QB Campbell cleared to face Pats - 0
- Bruins defenseman Boychuk's status unknown - 1
- SNHU seeks NCAA title - 0
- Wildcat gridders visit Maine in defining game for program - 2
- Manchester needs more police department argues in staffing report - 9
Reams threatens to sue county commissioners
'Fugitive of the week' arrested in Hooksett
Dover police arrest 3 on drug charges
Conway is heartened by word of her letter
Nashua hero up for Carnegie award
McWages: They're about value
Pot debate precedes legislative hearings
Dingman: 'I try to be a better person'
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Scott Brown says 'nothing is really changed' on political plans