Montana's archery is almost upon us. September 5th marks the beginning of big game season for bowhunters. Some bowhunters have been in the field for weeks now chasing pronghorn antelope. With elk and deer season opening this weekend, here is your friendly reminder to stay safe.

Here are a couple tips

  • Dont run around the woods by yourself, unless someone knows where your going to be.
  • Keep your arrows in the quiver until you are getting ready to shoot.
  • Just like with scissors (Dont run with an arrow in your hand.)
  • Be bear aware and carry bear spray
  • Always be cautious when approaching a downed animal
  • Shoot straight and dont wound an animal, or the following scenario could happen.

According to the YamCo Watch Facebook, out of Yamhill County, Oregon

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, OR. 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.

OSP was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and the Tillamook County Medical Examiner.