Gene Novikoff was watering a shrub outside of his Cameron, Montana, home last August when he was assaulted by an unlikely attacker: "He had me cornered and lowered those antlers," he says. "Here I am, 80 years old, wrestling with the damn thing. I fell over, and then he really went to work on me." The perpetrator was a 3-year-old muley buck, which stomped Novikoff for five minutes. When the deer became distracted by its reflection in a nearby car, the octogenarian crawled into the house, bellowing to his wife for his .22. He fired six shots--hitting the buck in the rump--before it ran off. Novikoff was left with a cracked rib, cuts, and almost a hundred bruises.