Czech police are searching for a hunter’s rifle after a deer allegedly snatched it in its antlers before running away with it during a hunting trip in southern Bohemia.
Police said the hunter lost his 0.22 Hornet rifle during the trip in a forest near the village of Horni Plana on Friday.
The deer then rushed directly at one of the hunters and tore the man’s left sleeve with its antler as it rushed past him.
Officials said the hunter had slung his rifle over his left hand and the gun had slid down onto the deer’s antler when his sleeve was shredded.
“The deer escaped the hunter with a weapon,” police said in the statement, which was translated into English.
Police verified that the rifle didn’t have any ammunition in it at the time of the episode.
Another hunter reportedly located the deer with the rifle swaying from its antlers over a kilometre away from where the initial contact with the deer took place.
After searching the forest for the rifle, hunters reported the missing gun to police.
Police said lost weapons must be reported to authorities under the country’s Firearms and Ammunition Act.
“If anyone finds the weapon, they are obliged to hand it over to the nearest police department,” police said.