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Claim: Photographs show a live deer pulled out of the water by fisherman.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2007]
Origins: Many a fisherman has experienced pulling something odd (other than fish) out of the
What they fished out of the bay one busy Saturday was a live whitetail deer. As they described the experience to the Maryland Gazette:
The catching was slow and they looked back to check their lines. They saw what appeared to be a seal with its snout out of the water, but they didn't think any seals were around their fishing grounds and they kept watching.Last updated: 3 August 2007
Soon they realized it was a deer trying desperately to keep
But as it got closer and saw the two fishermen aboard, it had second thoughts. With its nose barely out of the water, it appeared to have been swimming all night, said Campbell. "Since the fish weren't biting, we thought we'd give it a hand. Bo grew up around cows, was really handy with a bow line and lasooed the deer on the first attempt."
They got it close, Bo grabbed the neck, Chad got a good hold on a flank and "we barreled over backwards to the
Chad, said they feared the deer was going to "kick the hell out of us in a
"Too weak to stand, he just sat there quivering. We picked him up again and put his feet underneath him, but he still couldn't walk or stand. We left him sitting there looking at us. Before we left, I looked him in the eye and said 'See you on opening day; payback time.'
"We don't know whether he made it or not, but we do know his chances were vastly improved for survival than when we first saw him."
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