ALTO, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A woman is sharing the story of how she was attacked by an injured buck in the Grand Rapids area.

Shawna Hoekstra spotted the deer in a field Tuesday morning in Alto. She told WOOD-TV that she noticed the 10-point buck had been shot, so she decided to follow it and wait for it to die.

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But as she closed in on the 150-pound deer, Hoekstra realized she didn’t wait long enough because the deer was still alive.

“I thought it was done, but it wasn’t,” she said,

The deer couldn’t walk, but it could lunge. When the deer lunged at Hoekstra, she said she grabbed its antlers and threw it on the ground.

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“Coming at me with that kind of rack, with that many points on it, I could be really injured. And that’s why I grabbed the rack, to get control of the head,” said Hoekstra. “And in grabbing the antlers, I just threw it to the ground and sat on it.”

But the animal thrashed until it had Hoekstra pinned by the leg.

“At that point, we’re calling 911,” she told the TV station. “I knew I was in a bad way once I got my leg under it.”

Hoekstra struggled with the deer for about 30 minutes until backup arrived. A firefighter held down the buck while a sheriff’s deputy killed it.

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