A Shawnee, Oklahoma pastor is recovering from wounds suffered during a bizarre encounter with a defensive deer.
In a video of the incident, the deer can be see charging, forcing Travis Hurst to try and hold the buck to avoid his sharp antlers.
Hurst was putting together a bonfire for his church on Wednesday night when a buck came out of the woods and straight up to them.
“He gets closer and closer and we’re thinking, ‘Well, we might feed him or something,'” said Hurst.
Then, the deer charged Hurst.
“He stabs my legs and stabs my arms and everything,” said Hurst. “He’s wearing me smooth out and finally, I am able to let him go.”
After about five minutes, the deer eventually turned around and went back into the woods.
“He got the best of me,” said Hurst. “I think that he`s had some human contact because he wasn’t afraid of us at all.”
Capt. Wade Farrar, with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, agrees, saying the deer was likely hand raised by someone he isn’t scared of humans.
Farrar says deer are in rut right now, meaning they’re frisky and ready to fight.