Bowhunter Dies From Roadhunting Mishap

One Utah man’s bowhunting adventure turned tragic this past week after falling from the back of a Jeep while bowhunting for deer in Beaver Canyon, Utah, according to police. A written statement issued by Utah Highway Patrol says the incident took place about 10:30 a.m. last Monday on State Route 153. The incident involved a silver Jeep Wrangler.

According to the highway patrol, the Jeep had two passengers that were bowhunting for mule deer while standing on a homemade rack mounted to the hitch of the Jeep.

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A fall from this homemade cargo rack turned tragic for one Utah bowhunter. Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

“A single strap/handle attached to the roll cage of the Jeep broke and one of the two men standing on the back fell off the vehicle and impacted the back of his head onto the pavement,” the statement said.

A medical helicopter was dispatched to the scene as first responders attempted to resuscitate the individual. Unfortunately, the man, identified as Nicholas J. Demas, 28, of West Valley City, was pronounced dead at the scene.

When a bowhunter dies, it pushes us to stop and think. This sad story serves as yet another reminder of the importance of safety regardless of where, when and how we hunt. Think before you act. There’s not an animal out there worth the risk of unsafe actions. Our prayers go out to the Demas family.



  1. Mr Charles W. Parker Jr. says:

    I also am a bow Hunter , though I have always hunted walking through the woods or from a tree stand or a ground blind . Did not know that you could hunt deer from a moving vehicle ! WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS IDIOT THINKING ? Was he on drugs or drink ? Very sorry that he passed away , but all three of these idiots give a black eye to all smart and law abiding sportsmen . What a bunch of Schmucks !

    • Mike Shepard says:

      should NOT be called bowhunters….road hunting compound shooters ..doing it the slob way..makes us all look bad…looking for success at any cost…this was a life and not the game animal..sad

  2. Mike Shepard says:

    Road hunting compound shooting “bowhunters”,,,,,sad they had to hunt aka slob style..that led to a death…should not be called bowhunters..


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