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Friday, February 3, 2012


(Courtesy of one of our members)
When fishing the waters off Alaska one hopes to catch an Alaskan king salmon, sockeye salmon or a halibut, but a black-tailed deer?  How about four? 
I know, it sounds like another fish tale.  How can you go out fishing for an animal that has gills and lives underwater and catch four four-legged mammals that live on land?  For this fishing trip the proof was in the pictures. 
This story was first printed in the Sitka Gazette. 
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 on-board, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering."
We headed for Taku Harbour. Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had 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!"  

I guess this proves that you can catch just about anything on a fishing trip.  Here are two articles that were written about the December 2011 experience. 

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