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A slip of the skinning knife nearly fatal for Box Elder County hunter

Published November 5, 2013 10:46 am

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A hunter was in serious condition Tuesday, the day after he cut himself badly while skinning a deer he had just shot in remote Box Elder County.

Box Elder County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Potter said a 911 call came in at 4:13 p.m. Monday from the Keller Ranch, where the 47-year-old hunter had earlier bagged his deer in the West Promontory area.

"He and the guide had the deer hung up and were in the process of skinning it. On a down stroke, the hunter cut into his right upper thigh," Potter said. "It was a pretty bad cut."

The guide bandaged the man as best he could and began to drive him to a road near the Golden Spike National Historic Site, calling emergency services along the way to meet him. A Brigham City ground ambulance crew stabilized the victim and then a medical helicopter took the victim to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

Initially listed as critical, the man was later upgraded to serious condition.

"I understand he's going to make it, but it was a deep cut and he lost a lot of blood," Potter said.

The man's identity was not released.

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