Buck Attacks Teen And Mom In Woods Behind Madison County Home
A 13-year-old Colbert teen and his mom were fortunate to escape serious injury after both were attacked by a 9-point buck on Feb. 11.
Kyle Watkins, his twin brother Tyler, and two friends were playing with airsoft guns (used similarly to paint-ball guns) in the woods behind the Watkins’ Madison County home when the buck approached.
“My brother said, ‘Kyle, there’s a deer behind you.’ I turned around to look, and it rammed into me,” Kyle said.
“He used his cell phone and called my wife at the house, and she thought it was a joke at first. She went down there, and it attacked her. She grabbed it by the antlers and was going around and around a tree with that buck. I was in the shop at first. I went to the house and got the shotgun. I loaded it up with 00 buck — it’s a 12 gauge.”
After the attack on Mrs. Watkins, the buck still wouldn’t leave and acted like it was going to charge again, so Kyle shot the buck from a distance of just 10 yards.
Sgt. Stan Elrod, of DNR Law Enforcement, responded to a 911 call from the Watkins home. He said Kyle was cut on his leg below his knee. Stan said it’s possible the buck was raised from a fawn by someone and turned loose after hunting season. The buck was extremely fat and healthy.
Daniel said his wife and son escaped the attack without serious injury.
“Kyle got a pretty good gash on his leg, and my wife got bruised up, but she didn’t get any antler punctures,” Daniel said.
“It was funny when it was all over with. I told my wife she came up with a new event for the rodeo, bull-dogging deer. It sure wasn’t funny when it was going on, though,” Daniel said.
Kyle said he had never seen the 9-point buck before, and he had not heard of anybody raising or keeping a deer in the area.
“That was my first deer. And it attacked me!” Kyle said.
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