November 13, 2013


TULSA, Oklahoma – Mike Adney is an avid deer hunter and has been for years. But his latest trip didn’t turn out as planned.

“He hit me full bore, about knocked me out of my stand, caught me off guard, big time,” Adney said.

Adney was in a tree stand just before daylight, totally camouflaged except for his eyes, when a barn owl suddenly came at him. On the third pass, his face and right eye took a direct hit from the bird’s razor sharp talons.

“My initial thought was that I lost my eye, that’s what really scared me,”
Adney said.

The talons left eight puncture marks on Adney’s face.

Those puncture wounds are healing, but the biggest concern is the owl may have a long term impact on Adney’s vision. Every time he blinks, it feels like sandpaper.

Adney will have to see a surgeon for a torn retina and low pressure. He hopes he won’t need a transplant, but isn’t sure yet.


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