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Teen Saves Others from Deer Attack Using Just a Hammer
Readers' Digest ^ | February 2013 | Melody Warnick

Posted on 02/04/2013 4:08:45 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Alexis Vaughan, 17, slouched in the passenger seat of her dad’s Excursion, wishing fervently she were still in bed. Alexis was grounded, and the early Saturday morning wake-up callto run errands with her father, Michael, was part of the punishment. She stared glumly out the window at the Preston, Idaho, cornfields.

A seasoned hunter, Alexis let her eyes lazily scan the landscape for wildlife. Still, she was startled when a deer came into view about 200 yards in front of them, just a few feet off the road. Mule deer never appeared in plain sight ten days before hunting season. “Dad, there’s a deer there!” Alexis said, rolling down the window for a better look. It was a three-point buck—a male deer with sharp, three-pronged antlers on each side of its head.

As the car moved closer, Alexis saw that the deer’s head was bent toward the ground. Then she heard a scream. A few seconds later, she saw an arm fly up near the deer’s head. Alexis realized the buck was attacking a woman. Sue Panter, a 44-year-old mother of four, had been out for her morning run. The buck had emerged from the tall corn and begun following her. Having lived in rural Idaho for years, Sue knew that most deer got spooked by humans. But this deer edged closer, even when she pelted it with a handful of gravel.

“I knew I was in trouble,” she says.

Panter went to pick up a log to use for self-defense, and the buck charged. It hoisted her with its antlers and tossed her into the air. Sue could feel the horns puncture her thigh and blood seep down her leg. Within seconds, the deer had pushed her off the road and into the cornfield.

When the Vaughans pulled up, the buck was tossing Sue like a rag doll. Alexis looked into the woman’s terrified eyes, and before her father had even stopped the car, the five-four, 104-pound teenager bolted out of the car and down the slope toward the buck. “I was kicking and punching it to get its attention,” she says. The animal was undeterred by the pounding. Then Michael, who had followed his daughter, wrestled the buck away from the women by the antlers.

Alexis helped Sue up the slope and into the Vaughans’ car, then applied a tourniquet to Sue’s right thigh. Her neck was gashed; her legs were covered with puncture wounds. “We’re going to get you to a hospital,” Alexis said. Then she heard her father holler. Michael had been knocked to the ground, his right calf speared by the buck. Alexis grabbed a hammer from the car and ran to where Michael lay on his back in the dirt. She beat the buck’s head and neck, but the blows didn’t faze it. “I was losing faith,” she says. Standing over her father, Alexis could see that he was struggling to breathe.

“A couple more strikes, Lex,” said Michael. “You can do it.” Turning the hammer around, Alexis squeezed her eyes shut and took a whack at the deer’s neck with the claw end. When she opened her eyes, the deer was running away.

Alexis got in the driver’s seat and sped toward the hospital in Franklin, hearing her dad’s breathing grow ragged and watching the blood from his wounded leg seep through the T-shirt he’d wrapped around it. In the backseat, Sue looked hardly conscious. Still, she told the girl, “Take a deep breath. You saved us.”

After doctors treated Sue and Michael, Sue tearfully thanked her rescuers. “You expect a teenage girl to get on the phone and call for help,” she says, “not to beat up a deer.”


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: attack; deer; hammer

Alexis Vaughan

1 posted on 02/04/2013 4:08:55 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Great, now they'll tell us we don't need firearms after all.

What a kid.

2 posted on 02/04/2013 4:12:20 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: SJackson

Outdoors ping

Methinks 3 prongs on EACH side is a 6 point buck, not a 3 point buck. LOL

Just wait. Obama & Feinstein will be calling for a hammer ban next.


3 posted on 02/04/2013 4:12:32 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Good for her. A hearty soul.


4 posted on 02/04/2013 4:14:54 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"Alexis was grounded, and the early Saturday morning wake-up callto run errands with her father, Michael, was part of the punishment."

I'm guessing she was "ungrounded" by noon.

5 posted on 02/04/2013 4:18:05 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

An Idaho family is driving a car with no gun in it?


6 posted on 02/04/2013 4:18:49 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

7 posted on 02/04/2013 4:26:02 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Alexis did a great job, God bless her.

In the western states, points on mule deer and all other deer are counted on only one antler and the eyeguards are not counted, unlike the eastern states.


8 posted on 02/04/2013 4:27:47 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Methinks 3 prongs on EACH side is a 6 point buck, not a 3 point buck. LOL

Out West we just count the points on one side.

9 posted on 02/04/2013 4:29:50 PM PST by ParityErr (It's impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: ParityErr; jazusamo

Then, methinks the Western hunters are cheating themselves! ;-)

Thanks for the info.


10 posted on 02/04/2013 4:34:46 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Slyfox
In Preston ID, some other people use their hands to kill deer:


11 posted on 02/04/2013 4:35:40 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Most welcome and I agree, I’ve felt cheated at times. ;-)


12 posted on 02/04/2013 4:38:57 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Don’t forget PETA! I’m sure they will be demanding prosecution for animal abuse.


13 posted on 02/04/2013 4:44:48 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Many areas of the country would call that a 3-by....

Around my neck of the woods...it would be a 6 point. But I'm in WT country...

Many folks call elk and mule deer...5x5's 6x6's...etc. Instead of total points...FWIW-

14 posted on 02/04/2013 4:54:33 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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To: ParityErr

I don’t know anything about mule deer (or even our native white-tailed deer, for that matter). Are they known to attack people like this?


15 posted on 02/04/2013 4:56:10 PM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Mastador1

What’s next? A seven day waiting period to purchase a hammer?


16 posted on 02/04/2013 4:57:27 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Atta Boy, girl!


17 posted on 02/04/2013 4:59:59 PM PST by BraveMan
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Eastern count is six point. Western count is three point.


18 posted on 02/04/2013 5:00:28 PM PST by Glennb51
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To: Bigg Red

No. The article says nothing about suspicion of rabies though. But I’m a Buckeye. Don’t know how they would handle that in Idaho.


19 posted on 02/04/2013 5:16:08 PM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Osage Orange; afraidfortherepublic

Along the northern tier of the country (the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and I think Oregon), everything is counted one side at a time.

That includes whitetail, muleys, elk, even the jackalope in the bar, as long as it has antlers and not horns.

I have lived in eastern North Dakota, along the Minnesota border, and you will find a few Dakotans there who use the eastern count but not many. Drive across the river into Minnesota, however, and it is strictly eastern count, at least in my experience.


20 posted on 02/04/2013 5:19:41 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Mule deer never appeared in plain sight ten days before hunting season.

Because they all have the date marked on their calendars.

Sue could feel the horns puncture her thigh

The deer was playing a musical horn or had a car horn on him?

Is the girl still grounded?

21 posted on 02/04/2013 5:29:32 PM PST by bgill
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To: Fightin Whitey

In northern California we just count one side also.


22 posted on 02/04/2013 5:35:17 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Bigg Red

I have always been warned to stay away from bucks during mating season. I only see them during the Fall in my backyard, otherwise it’s all does and fawns.


23 posted on 02/04/2013 5:36:05 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Not Guilty.

24 posted on 02/04/2013 5:50:39 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Bigg Red

I have heard of quite a few deer attacks. Here is a video of one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNGGbozilko


25 posted on 02/04/2013 6:02:56 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

***Methinks 3 prongs on EACH side is a 6 point buck, not a 3 point buck.****

Eastern count or Western count. I get them mixed up!


26 posted on 02/04/2013 6:10:55 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Defiant

***Great, now they’ll tell us we don’t need firearms after all.***

Good thing she didn’t kill the deer. She could have been charged with taking deer out of season, using a non approved weapon, hunting from a road, hunting from a vehicle, allowing wounded game to escape.


27 posted on 02/04/2013 6:12:27 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Fargo? Grand Forks? Moorhead is my old homestead. Thinking about returning after more than 40 years in the warmer climes...


28 posted on 02/04/2013 6:12:54 PM PST by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You beat me to it, LOL!


29 posted on 02/04/2013 6:14:56 PM PST by diamond6 (Need scientific proof of God? Check out: http://www.magisreasonfaith.org/)
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To: Slyfox

***In Preston ID, some other people use their hands to kill deer:****

Back in 1968, some anti-gun professor claimed to hunt without guns and said he had strangled a badger with his bare hands.

The interviewer noticed he had NO scars from the badger hunt.


30 posted on 02/04/2013 6:15:17 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Don’t tell anybody but I used to tease my Minnesota friends that when they secretly measured their, um, personal antler they had to measure up three inches on one side and down three on the other in order to get six!


31 posted on 02/04/2013 6:32:46 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Bigg Red
on’t know anything about mule deer (or even our native white-tailed deer, for that matter). Are they known to attack people like this?

It's very rare but it does happen. I've never heard of a buck attacking a jogger but I have heard them attacking a hunter that was antler rattling.

32 posted on 02/04/2013 6:59:01 PM PST by ParityErr (It's impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Was that an assault hammer?
Was it properly registered?


33 posted on 02/04/2013 7:03:10 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: ParityErr

When they snort like a bull, I back off.


34 posted on 02/04/2013 7:29:28 PM PST by heartwood
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To: afraidfortherepublic

No one had a gun?

I guess some hunters don’t appreciate the value of firarms for self defense or the defense of a third party.


35 posted on 02/04/2013 7:37:28 PM PST by nonsporting
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Out in the Rockies they only describe a buck deer or a bull elk by the points on one of its antlers. Why? I have no idea. I’ve always just accepted it. Although I have taken the liberty of describing a buck or a bull, even out there, by how many points are on each side, e,g., a 4 X 4 mule deer or a 6 X 6 bull elk, for instance. FWIW.


36 posted on 02/04/2013 7:51:22 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: ParityErr

If that works the same for moving violations, then I may I only be pulled over Out West...

;-)

Totally off topic— while I would never pay for a vanity plate, I have toyed around with what I would put on one if I did. Top choices are:

PNTLSS
LTHLWPN

And, for my mom:

DRGNLDY (her idea)
GLT TRP (my idea)

For that annoying co-worker:

BGUPBUT


37 posted on 02/04/2013 8:03:36 PM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“I’m guessing she was “ungrounded” by noon. “

:-)


38 posted on 02/04/2013 8:08:30 PM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Fightin Whitey

LOL. It is all clear now.


39 posted on 02/04/2013 8:32:16 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: heartwood
When they snort like a bull, I back off.

One year while bow hunting for elk, we parked our ATVs by some trees and continued to hike up the hill. When we were approx 300 yards away from our machines we turned and watched a doe that came upon our machines, start to snort and striking at the ATVs with her front leg. She never connected which was lucky for her.

40 posted on 02/04/2013 10:35:18 PM PST by ParityErr (It's impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: Afterguard

Hi Spud!


41 posted on 02/05/2013 12:52:52 AM PST by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Great story - brave young girl. Thanks for posting.

AK-47 Assault hammer w/claw and pistol grip.

42 posted on 02/05/2013 6:58:07 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: namvolunteer

Darn right. Got the letter jacket to prove it! Class of ‘67 (good Lord I’m getting old...)


43 posted on 02/07/2013 11:56:43 AM PST by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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44 posted on 02/11/2013 5:09:24 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.
45 posted on 02/11/2013 5:10:02 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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