Oregon Hunter Killed by Elk

Oregon Hunter Killed by Elk

From the Oregon State Police:

On Saturday, August 29, 2020 Mark David (66) from Hillsboro was archery hunting on private property in the area of Trask Road E in Tillamook, Oregon.  David wounded a 5X5 bull elk but was unable to locate it before dark.

David and the landowner attempted to find the wounded bull on the morning of Sunday, August 30, 2020 at approximately 9:15 A.M.  David located the bull and attempted to kill it with his bow.  The elk charged David and gored him in the neck with its antlers.  The landowner attempted to help David but he sustained fatal injuries and died.

The elk was killed and the meat was donated to the Tillamook County Jail following the investigation.


Our condolences go out to the David family.  This serves as a sobering reminder that tracking efforts and follow up shots should be taken with the utmost of care.  “Dangerous Game” like lions and cape buffalo get a lot of press, but anything can happen out there.

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