NE Indiana hunter dies after tussle with shot buck

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A northeastern Indiana hunter has died after struggling with a buck he had just shot.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says 62-year-old Paul Smith of Fort Wayne died Monday during a deer reduction hunt at Chain O'Lakes State Park about 20 miles northwest of the city. It says the Noble County coroner says the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly suffered during the struggle.

Conservation Officer Erick Bolt says Smith called his son and left a message saying he had shot a buck. When the son called back, Smith told him the deer - still alive - attacked Smith before the hunter killed it with a knife.

A park employee who went to retrieve the buck found Smith sitting against a tree and could not revive him.

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