(Pictures courtesy of Dianne Peddle )

Happy Ending The best day of fishin’ ever!!! 
I’ve heard of salmon jumping into boats but. . . . . .
4 had to be the daily limit I’m sure

Four Young Bucks exhausted head for the Safety of The Boat

Four young Sitka  black-tailed bucks fell upon good luck Sunday
as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage,
Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre’s 62-foot charter vessel. 
Four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer swam directly toward the boat.


Aboard they Relaxed

Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat,
looking directly at the humans on board.  Clearly, the bucks were distressed.  With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild

animals came willingly onto the boat.  Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.

Once Aboard they Collapsed

Here the rescued bucks rest on the back of Tom’s boat, the Alaska Quest.
All four deer were transported to Taku Harbour .  Once the group reached the dock, the first buck that had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, then leapt into the harbour, swam to shore, and disappeared into the forest.   After a bit of prodding and assistance from the crew, two others followed suit, but one deer needed more help.

Here he is being transported by Tom.

This One Needed Assistance

Tom, Anna and Tim Satre help the last of the “button” bucks to its feet.
They did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters or if there
had been others who did not survive.  The good Samaritans describe their
experience as “one of those defining moments in life.” 

A Reluctant Goodbye

I am sure it was for the deer, as well.

(This story reminded me as a youngster swordfishing with Uncle Willie, Russell and my fathere we were quite a distance off Ingonish when Daddy yelled down from aloft to look to starboard. When we looked here was a big buck heading for sea going across our bows. We got up to it and put a rope around him and got him tied down and aboard. Daddy wanted to cut his throat and dress him right on the spot. Uncle Willie went bananas and said the Mounties would be aboard and seize the boat and send us to jail. Daddy’s arguement (I still hear him) was that in another few weeks we would be walking our arses off looking for a buck and now we have one. Anyway the buck won and we landed him ashore in Ingonish and off he went into the woods. CAPER)


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