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Went Fishing Caught 4 Deer


Some fishing stories are a little hard to believe, but this guy has pictures to prove his story…
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 Harbour. 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.



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!”


8 comments on “Went Fishing Caught 4 Deer

  1. Waldo "Wally" Tomosky
    March 11, 2013

    What a great story (and pictures to boot). It is the “hunted/prey” equivalent of stories we hear about opposing soldiers at Christmas time who lay down their weapons and celebrate together. We have just witnessed the true meaning of beings; we depend upon each others kindness.


    • Judy
      March 11, 2013

      Hi Wally,

      Yes I think you hit the nail on the head. If only more people followed the kindness philosophy. Cheers Judy


  2. dorannrule
    March 11, 2013

    What a fabulous story! I love it when the lines are blurred between humans and the critters of the wild, especially when we help each other survive.


  3. andy1076
    March 11, 2013

    wow isn’t that something! something to think about the next time they head out fishing lol 😀


  4. optimisticgladness
    March 11, 2013

    OH MY GOODNESS! What an amazing story! Love it. Gonna share it with my kids tomorrow morning. 🙂


  5. liz blackmore
    April 7, 2013

    I love this story. Could you just imagine what was going through their heads before they understood what they were seeing?


    • Judy
      April 8, 2013

      It would certainly b a magical experience wouldn’t it? 🙂 cheers Judy


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