An Indiana hunter has died after struggling with a buck he had just shot at a state park, park officials said Wednesday.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says Paul J. Smith of Fort Wayne died Monday during a deer reduction hunt at Chain O'Lakes State Park, northwest of the city.
According to the Noble County coroner, the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly suffered during a struggle with the buck, the agency reported in its release.
Conservation Officer Erick Bolt says Smith, 62, called his son and left a message saying he had shot a buck. When the son called back, Smith told him the deer, which was still alive, attacked him before he could kill it with a knife.
Smith also called park officials with a cell phone at about 12:30 p.m. to request help in transporting the deer to a check-in station.
A park employee who went to retrieve the buck found Smith sitting against a tree. He could not revive him, according to media reports.
Chain O’Lakes property manager Sam Boggs and Officer Darren Reed tried to revive the man with a portable defibrillator but were unsuccessful, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.