Floods can be serious business, especially when they cause deer to get stuck in a tree.
This past January, floods plagued Georgia and the Carolina’s after an enormous amount of rain caused rivers across each state to rise. Due to the unusually warm temperatures in December 2015, instead of snow, the state has seen torrential downpours.
This caused wildlife of every kind to seek shelter as the primary need instead of the typical high-calorie food needed to survive extreme cold temperatures.
Because rivers flooded, some deer found themselves in impossible situations with no where to go but up.
This is exactly what happened to the deer that Brock Smith (second image) of Bainbridge, Georgia, discovered while floating the Flint River in Decatur County towards the south part of the state.
Smith noticed the deer hanging approximately 16-18 feet above the ground near the edge of the river caught between the branches of a tree.
“I was so eager to get up there and get him down,” said Smith. It was apparent by looking at the deer that he had been up there a while because a water line had formed halfway up its body.
Smith pointed out that the buck had been on the “downside of the tree…and that water stayed above flood stage for almost two weeks.”
Just like any avid hunter identifies his deer, Smith said the buck had been spotted on trail camera in December, three miles from his private hunting property.
This wasn’t the only instance where a boater discovered an unlucky buck.
Ethan Watkins of Wahalla, S.C., was fishing the Chattooga River when he thought he saw a plastic bag hanging from a tree. Come to find out it was antlers from a buck.
Watkins said he waded chest deep across the river to recover the buck that was nearly 20 feet high in the tree. The buck, which he plans on having European mounted, “had all kind of sticks and debris stuck in and around him.”
Watkins dragged the deer across the river where he was able to free the antlers from the body.
Due to the overwhelming amount of rain this past season, it has forced state wildlife agencies to consider whether or not hunters should be allowed to pursue deer when they are forced to smaller locations because of flooding, claiming that the deer do not necessarily have a fair chance of survival if pinned between flood waters.