According to the story, Gray shot the deer, followed it, and found it piled up dead a short distance away. He then walked up to the dead deer, knelt, patted the buck on the head and thanked it for giving its life to him. This apparently annoyed the buck, which rose, Lazarus-like, and charged Gray, who ended up with four inches of horn in his side. Gray managed to walk out of the woods on his own and get to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released. The buck managed to eventually die and sign over, albeit unwillingly, his pink slip to Gray, who says he's had enough and is retiring from deer hunting.