November 21, 2007
Greenbrier, AR – Man versus deer is not always a one-sided
contest in favor of the human.
Ron Shock of Greenbrier found himself in a second-best situation
with a confrontation with a buck on the third day of the modern gun
hunting season. The buck whipped Shock then ran off.
Shock, 63, was hunting near Cadron Creek northwest of Guy in
northern Faulkner County. A stand used in past years needed repair,
so Shock passed it up and used a lightweight lawn chair on the
He spotted a good-sized buck with its head down, apparently feeding
and about 50 yards away. “I cocked my gun, and the buck jerked its
head up. I shot, and it went down. It jumped back up, and I shot
again. The buck went down again then jumped up and came straight it
me. I started backing up and stumbled over the lawn chair.
“The deer went after the lawn chair, and it tangled in its antlers.
Then it came at me, pawing with its (front) hoofs. It got me on both
sides of my face and my left arm that I was trying to protect myself
with. Then the buck ran off.”
Shock said, “That lawn chair saved me. It fell off the deer’s
antlers not far away, and I just laid on the ground. I was hurting.
My son Danny and grandson Michael were hunting with me, and we have
a signal we use to contact each other. So I reloaded the rifle and
fired four shots. They came to me.”
Bruised, scratched and shaken, Shock immediately concluded that he
was lucky in not being hurt worse by the deer. He said, “I’m not
sure how big it was. I think it had 8 or 10 points (on its antlers),
and it might have weighed 150 pounds. It was a pretty big buck.”
Ron, Danny and Michael Shock found the bent metal lawn chair but
could not find any blood. “That second time I shot the buck, it
wasn’t more than four feet away from me.”
Back at the same site two days later, Shock saw vultures. He found
the buck dead, with it having gone several hundred yards and across
Cadron Creek from where the attack took place.
The deer’s hooves caught Shock on both cheeks and on the neck. The
deepest marks were on its left arm, the one raised in protection.
The parallel marks were wide apart, indicating a good-sized hoof had
The behavior of male deer can change drastically during the rut, the
breeding season, according to wildlife biologists. Normally
reclusive, bucks often turn bold and aggressive toward other deer,
other animals and even humans. They have been known to charge
vehicles on roads as well as four-wheelers and even persons riding
Deer in Arkansas are much more numerous than they were a few decades
in the past. In 1939, Arkansas had only 5,000 deer, according to
Game and Fish Commission estimates. With a statewide restoration
program, deer increased to a quarter of a million in the early 1970s
and today the state has more than 750,000, perhaps as many as a