My friend, Addie, in Dallas, Texas sent me this article yesterday written by Mark Lisheron for The Blotter.
A rare deer known for its full, sharply pointed rack gored to death a 27-year-old game manager last week at the Y.O. Ranch, a nationally known exotic game hunting ranch about 100 miles west of Austin.
Brandon Buchi, 27, of Mountain Home, suffered puncture wounds to the side and thigh after the deer, known as a barasingha, attacked after Buchi removed it from a transport trailer on the ranch grounds Thursday, Kerrville County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer said Wednesday. A volunteer firefighter who witnessed the goring attempted CPR unsuccessfully, Hierholzer said.
The barasingha died from the exertion of the attack, not an uncommon response from deer and some other exotic species, Hierholzer said. “They can be very aggressive,” Hierholzer said. “This was very unfortunate.”
Hierholzer said that in at least 30 years he could not remember a fatal attack like it in Kerr County, which has developed a reputation for its exotic Hill Country game ranches.
The Y.O. Ranch, founded in 1880, is one of the best known. The ranch is known for attracting private celebrity hunting parties, Hierholzer said. From Dec. 10-14 the Y.O. Ranch is hosting, at a cost of $3,500 a hunter, the Ranch Birthday Huntbash with Ted Nugent.
The ranch stocks rare species from around the world, including yak, wildebeest and 17 different kinds of antelope. A barasingha, which means 12-tined or horned in Hindi, is a deer native to India and Nepal. The barasingha, which looks like a small elk, has thrived on American exotic game ranches where ranch operators fetch thousands of dollars from people to hunt them.
A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter
Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.
Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.