Robert Meilhammer, 51, of Crapo, Maryland, was out hunting with three friends on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 1. The group was set up along the Miles River in Easton, Maryland, the Washington Post reports.
A flock of waterfowl flew over, and one of the hunters fired into the air, hitting at least one.
The stricken bird dropped from the sky and landed directly on top of Meilhammer. The impact knocked him unconscious.
Maryland Natural Resources Police said in a press release that Meilhammer suffered injuries to his face and head. Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman for the police, told the Post that the blow also knocked out two of his teeth.
His injuries were so severe that he had to be taken by ambulance to Easton Airport, from which he was airlifted to the University of Maryland’s shock trauma unit, CBS reports.