Outdoors 18 True Stories of Hunters Who Became the Hunted  

Amanda Tullos
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For many, hunting is a way of life. For others, hunting is just a sport. Regardless of the motivation, the activity can be dangerous. When placing yourself in the great outdoors - an animal's domain - anything can happen, and things can go wrong. And sometimes, things can turn tragic.

We've rounded up a list of hunting trips gone wrong. The following are horrifying stories of animals killing hunters, animals that hurt hunters while in pursuit, and hunters forced to fight for lives.These are 17 true stories of hunters who became the hunted.

Lions Ate Rhino Poachers In The Sibuya Reserve


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On July 3, 2018, rangers of the Sibuya Reserve in South Africa found what they described as the "remains" of people in a lion enclosure. The rangers also found an axe, wire cutters, a rifle, and other supplies, which led them to believe the people were rhino poachers.

While the exact number of poachers is not certain, the owner of the reserve, Nick Fox, said "at least three poachers entered," and once they were found, he said "Clearly, the poachers had walked into a pride of six lions and some, if not all had been killed."

Montana Hunter Survives Grizzly Bear Attack


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Photo: Jo Dee Black/The Great Falls Tribune

Chase Dellwo was hunting a herd of elk with his brother in Montana when he accidentally stumbled upon a 350-400lb sleeping grizzly bear. When Dellwo attempted to get out of the area, the bear woke up and attacked him. 

The grizzly tackled the 26-year-old bow hunter, biting his head and leg, and throwing his body into the air. Dellwo remembered a story his grandmother once told him about big animals with bad reflexes, so he shoved his arm down the bear's throat when he came at him again. His actions worked, and the bear left. 

Dellwo survived the attack with just a few stitches. 

Bobcat Attacks Turkey Hunter


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Bud Griffith of Central Kentucky was hunting turkeys on his farm for the first time when he was attacked by a bobcat from behind. The bobcat hit Griffith in the face, startling him.

He told local media the 25-pound animal "jumped up on my left shoulder and hit me right across the face. It scared me so bad at first. I thought it was a coyote."

The attack prompted Griffith to shoot on instinct, killing the small bobcat. The hunter had plans to bring the animal to a taxidermist and display his kill in his home.

Friday the 13th Bear Attack


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An 800-pound grizzly bear attacked two Alberta, Canada, hunters on an unlucky Friday in November 2015. Hunter Rick Hollingworth said the bear charged without warning, and was headed straight for his cousin. He quickly shot at the bear, but it didn't faze the giant animal.

Hollingworth described the attack to media, explaining, "On the last shot, he turned on me and I ducked out of the way, and the bear came around a tree and doubled back on us, on the dead run, but by then I didn't have any shells, I didn't have bullets left in my gun."

Eventually, the shots stunned the bear, and he walked away to die in the woods. The two hunters survived the attack unscathed.