During a hunt gone horribly wrong, Regis Levasseur “was charged and pierced by a deer which stabbed him with his antlers”. The incident occurred 50 miles to the north-east of Paris.
“Normally the animal would flee, but this time he decided to charge,” Guy Harlé, president of the local hunters’ federation said. “It came after him.”
The 62-year-old had been helping to flush out the stag and corner it in his role as a beater during the hunt.
“The antlers of the stag are like many knives piercing you, there is nothing you can do,” Harlé continued. “This tragic accident reminds us that we do not play with a wild animal. There is an inherent risk with hunting.”
“For him, hunting was more than a hobby; it was his life.”
Lavasseur’s death comes a few days after French hunters received criticism for cornering a stag in a neighborhood garden and shot it. They then are said to have fed the animal to their dogs after the hunt.