Deer Fishing

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by olefin, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    From a Forward, hope you enjoy on this cold cloudy Saturday.

    Look in the center of this photo.

    Then the next photo.

    Last Saturday morning, my buddy Bo Warren and I were trolling for stripers in the Bay. We were 1 1/2 miles offshore in about 80 feet of water contemplating why the fish weren't biting.
    We looked back to check our gear and saw something odd in the water. Was it a seal??
    Can't be, we don't have seals around here. On closer look, it turned out to be a buck deer that was WAY off course. He was desperate and barely staying afloat.

    Next photo.


    I've seen deer swim a river or bayou before. When you see that, the first thing you notice is that they are powerful swimmers. Their head and shoulders are out of the water and they make surprisingly good headway. This critter was just keeping his nose up and looked like he'd been swimming all night long. In fact, he was so worn out that he swam toward the boat probably thinking it looked enough like land to him. When he got closer though, he wasn't sure what to make of the two dudes on board, and backed off.

    So, since the fish weren't biting, we thought we'd give this buck a hand.

    Turns out Bo grew up around cows and was really handy with a bowline. He lassoed the deer on the first try!

    Bo grabbed his neck, I grabbed the flank, and we barreled over backwards into the boat. Before I knew it, Bo was on top of him and had him tied up just like a calf.

    Next photo.


    Next photo.

    We hit the throttle and shuttled him to the closest beach - Kent Point. I beached the boat and we carefully unloaded the deer onto the sand. The whole time we kept thinking he was going to kick the snot out of us. He never did though, he was totally spent. We untied him and jumped back. Too weak to stand, he just sat there quivering. We even picked him up again and put his feet underneath him, but he still couldn't walk.

    Don't know if he made it or not, but I think his chances were vastly improved. Hopefully he recovered after time. When you're out & about, ya just never know...
     
  2. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    That's pretty wild! I don't think I'd try to get him in my boat though..
     

  3. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

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    That is cool. Thanks for sharing this with us.
     
  4. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Out standin! An experience of a life time. I'm tellin ya Dayton. You sir are a magnet for some cool S%@t. LOL! Thanx for sharein! So did ya go back to chasein them stripers? They are killin em up here in the bay. I don't go cause all I do is chum. LOL!
     
  5. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

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    Dayton that is so cool. Thanks for sharing that, made my early evening. I'd of had more fun with it than that though. I'd a called the fish and game dudes & said "Come get this critter, it's molesting my fishing......liked to never got the hook out."
    Ya need to send that story to your local paper. Good stuff.
     
  6. prostreetS10

    prostreetS10 New Member

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    Thats wild thanks for sharing the story bet the was wild getting that thing into the boat not knowing what it would do.
     
  7. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    Dang, what an adventure! I'm with Boots, only I think you should send it in to USA Today or some other national paper!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheryl


    OH WAIT, you say it was a forward? Well if that's the case, still wish you could have enjoyed that adventure. Interesting story.
     
  8. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

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    Thanks Dayton. Nice story. Appreciate it.
     
  9. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Thanks for the story and pics. Never seen anything like that before!
     
  10. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    That was cool Dayton. I had seen that somewhere but have forgotten where. It was cool.:big_smile:
     
  11. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    That was a BOC thing to do if I ever saw one, thanks.
     
  12. River_monster91

    River_monster91 New Member

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    that would be crazy. lol thanks for sharing
     
  13. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Ya'll did a good thing there !! Thanks for sharing.
     
  14. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    That was an awesome thing to do Dayton, especially considering how dangerous a deer can be when cornered. Good job!!!!
     
  15. Dano

    Dano New Member

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    Dayton, my hats off to ya.
    I bet the deer made it. He just had to rest up a little.
    y'all did a cool, good thing.
    Thanks for the story and pic.:cool2:
     
  16. fshnutz

    fshnutz New Member

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    What a story, and what a great thing to do! Thanks for the pictures.
    Linz:wink:
     
  17. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    Great story and pics, thanks for sharing.
     
  18. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Everyone else already said it!! Thanks Dayton!!
     
  19. Gordhawk

    Gordhawk New Member

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    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. As someone said earlier,that should be on the national news. Just goes to show what a great sportsman you are! Thanks for the great photos too!
     
  20. catfishcentral

    catfishcentral New Member

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    That's pretty cool.....he must have been totally spent not to even put up a fight. Thanks for the story and pics. :big_smile: