(11/25/2002)
Hundreds of out-of-area hunters took to the woods today for the annual two week deer hunt. They join hundreds of local residents who avidly hunt the deer, including students who are dismissed from school.

A 60-year-old hunter was injured Monday morning while driving a four-wheeler in a remote area near the Calhoun-Roane county line, the first reported accident related to the opening of gun season for deer.

HealthNet was scheduled to life-light the victim from the Upper West Fork Park about 1 p.m. today.

Calhoun EMS responded to the call with a 4-wheel-drive ambulance shortly before noon, along with the Upper West Fork VFD.

The accident happened in an area known as Sam's Run, a connecting road between the Milo area and Roane County, not far from Linden.

The nature of his injuries were unknown.

Hundreds of out-of-state residents have flocked to Sunny Cal and neighboring counties for the annual gun fest on the overly populated deer. They join hundreds of local residents who enjoy the sport, along with students who have the week away from school.

Clay Communicator editor Andy Waddell reported "The roads are packed with trucks hauling ATV's and pulling trailers. The coolers are iced down with beer and all are wearing camo. The wife has been left at home because it is Deer Camp time!!!! The Appalachian Holiday, where the world shuts down for two weeks as rifles are loaded and we take aim at the biggest buck. The world stops in Clayberry, as we take to the woods and blast away."

CALHOUN'S DEER CHECKING STATIONS

Holbert's Store, Big Bend 354-6476

The Pit Stop, Mount Zion 354-7601

Rick's Place, Minnora 655-7671

Reed's Store, Five Forks 354-9212

Cha Tis, Grantsville 354-6803

Parson's One Stop 354-6941

Speedy Mart 655-8990

All check-ins will be open Thanksgiving Day


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