Hunter spot trapped deer in the woods and instead of shooting it, saves it
by Natalia Lima
Categories: Animals.

Usually when Kansas bow hunter Evan McAnally sees a deer in the woods, he generally shoots it and then puts its meat in his freezer. One deer, however, recently changed his behavior.

When going into the woods to set some camera traps, he stumbled upon the dreadful sight of what looked like two dead deer lying on the ground, their antlers tangled together after battle. One of the deer had been mauled by coyotes but the other was untouched. When McAnally came closer, he saw the other one was alive but still too tangled to move.

“It was quite the sight, what that one buck had endured,” McAnally said. “I tried to put into perspective what that deer had already gone though, being locked with the other buck and then the coyotes eating it right there. I wanted to free it if I could.”

Instead of shooting the easy unmoving target, he decided to help. McAnally hit record on his phone and approached the deer slowly trying to free him.

“It kind of kept pulling away and I kept kind of talking softly and petting its neck a bit,” recalled McAnally. “I’m not sure if that really helped.”

When he realized his bare hands wouldn’t be able to do the job, he went for the saw in his truck and after a few lost tines on both sides, the animal was freed and ran into the woods.

McAnally still says he’ll go back to his hunting ways when the fall hunting season starts but he doesn’t want to shoot the deer he saved.

“We kind of have a connection,” he admits.

Hopefully with time, he’ll make that connection with all living beings and stop hunting all together but for now, hear, hear for a good deed!

Via The Dodo

  • Carla Porter

    “McAnally still says he’ll go back to his hunting ways when the fall
    hunting season starts but he doesn’t want to shoot the deer he saved.” Isn’t this statement the definition of hypocrisy? The other deer are no different from the one he “saved” to live another day, until he himself or another hunter goes and kills this “special” deer.

    • Jeff Hirst

      I’m hoping maybe he’s all talk. Maybe he wants to hold on to a shred of macho huntsman swagger. But let’s hope that in saving the suffering buck, he formed a bond with all nonhuman creatures and will never again feel the urge to hunt and kill.