On Christmas Eve last year, Bobby -
a 46 y.o. life-long hunter in Louisiana - was able to get a shot on a big 6-point buck before even climbing into his stand.
Even though he thought he had a solid 1-shot kill, he approached cautiously after hearing the buck crash to the ground about 20 yards along a nearby main trail.
Bobby walked along the trail, stopping 20 feet away when he spotted the buck.
There it lay, leaning over its two front legs, facing Bobby's direction.
The hunter and the buck made eye contact.
Even with his finger on the trigger, Bobby didn’t have a chance to react.
The buck leapt forward from the ground, its hooves never touching the dirt until it reached him and drove his antlers into Bobby's right thigh and flung him.
“When he picked me up and threw me, I felt it just rip,” he said. “I knew I was hurt bad because I felt it rip my leg open. He threw me like I was nothing.”
He landed with a 7-inch gash in his thigh and without his gun.
The buck charged the 6', 240 lb hunter again and again as he lay on the ground until Bobby was able to grab hold of the antlers and flip him over onto the ground.
The buck gave up the fight and ran off, never to be seen again.
But Bobby - after facing a grueling 400 yard uphill hike back to his house - was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he spent 90 minutes in an operating room as doctors fought to save his life.
He made it through - but what if it was you out hunting in a grid-down collapse with no medical attention to support you?
Bobby made a big mistake - a common one.