The Best Day Of Fishing Ever!
I’ve heard of salmon jumping into boats, but never anything quite like this…
Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a
charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when four
juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat.
“Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat,
looking directly at us. We could tell right away that the young bucks were
distressed. I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish and
absolutely wild animals onto the boat. In all my years fishing, I’ve never seen anything quite like it!
Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.”
“This is a picture I took of the rescued bucks on the back of my boat, the Alaska Quest.
We headed for Taku Harbor .
Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had been pulled from the water
hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say ‘thank you’ and disappeared into the forest.
After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer
needed a little more help.
This is me carrying the little guy.
My daughter, Anna, and son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet.
We didn’t know how long they had been in the icy waters or
if there had been others who did not survive. My daughter later told me that
the experience was something that she would never forget,
and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!”