October 13, 2011
Michigan Hunter Attacked By Screech Owl In His Tree Stand
By Chad Love
One Michigan hunter recently discovered that it's not wise to p#$@ off the wise old owl.
From this story on mlive.com:
Jason Longbrake wonders if while out hunting Sunday morning, he became the hunted. Sitting in his tree stand and waiting for the sun to rise, something slammed into his head. Whatever it was grabbed for his eye, Longbrake said. Moments later, he saw a screech owl sitting in a nearby tree. “I don’t know if it saw my eye as something it wanted,” he said Wednesday.
Longbrake, 30, of Jackson routinely hunts on property in the North Adams and Jerome area. On Sunday morning, he climbed into his tree stand while it was still dark. Wearing a mask that covered his face with holes for his eyes and nose, Longbrake sat with his crossbow and waited. He said he is certain the screech owl in a nearby tree went after him. Longbrake hunted for a few more hours. Then, using his cell phone as a mirror, he checked out his eye. It was bloodshot — a deep, dark red where the white should be — and a couple of spots around his eye were bleeding.
"...Longbrake eventually came down from his tree stand and later went to the hospital. Doctors said his eye was scratched. He has not lost any vision and said he expects the redness to go away in the time it takes a bruise to disappear.
Anyone else ever been attacked by a raptor while in a tree stand?