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#WhitetailWednesday: Watch 12 Great Deer Rescues Caught on Video


These are some of the best whitetail rescues of recent memory.

We all love whitetails, and sometimes they find themselves in a jam and need help.  For today's #WhitetailWednesday, we're bringing you some of the best whitetail rescues ever caught on video.

12. Hammock buck

Video of one of our Game Wardens freeing a young buck caught in a hammock in Pottawatomie County this week. Good work sir getting this guy back in the woods where he belongs.

Posted by Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism - Game Wardens on Friday, September 29, 2017

Once the rut hits, bucks can do some dumb things. Getting caught in a hammock is one of them. Thankfully, this Kansas game warden was there to free him.

11. Storm drain fawn


Officer Tim Majek saves his third deer. Way to go. This one is a cutie...

Posted by Woodbridge Police Department on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This one is just too darn adorable. New Jersey Police Officer Tim Majek, better known to his co-workers as "the deer whisperer," goes down into a drain to pull this bleating fawn out.

10. Cistern rescue

This video is from November 10, 2015 at about 4:30 pm. Two patrol officers were able to pull two deer free from a cistern full of bitter cold water located in a wooded area near Interstate 90 and Bishop Road. An area resident filmed the event and passed the footage on to us. We thought we would share it as it highlights some of the more unusual things an officer is called to do. Not much else to say as the video speaks for itself, but I should mention that the cistern has since been covered and is no longer a hazard.

Posted by Wickliffe Police Department on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

These bucks found themselves stuck in an old cistern in Ohio and only the police department can get them out. This big hole has since been covered to prevent this from happening again.

9. Fence rescue


At 10:40 yesterday, officers and animal control responded to a call of a deer stuck in a fence on Kelly Street. They were able to free the deer with the help of a car jack. The deer ran off afterwards without so much as a 'thank you'. We assume he was grateful. Thanks to Susan Shaw for sending in the video.

Posted by Charles City Police Department on Thursday, October 6, 2016

These police officers made ingenious use of a car jack to help ease the tension that was holding this deer's foot in a fence in Iowa.

8. Glock Rescue

Some really cool body camera footage of one of our Game Wardens separating locked together bucks by shooting the antler on one of the bucks. These guys are free to fight again next autumn. Great shot sir!

Posted by Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism - Game Wardens on Monday, February 6, 2017

These two bucks were locked up in Coffey County, Kansas and only a well-placed shot from Game Warden Lynn Koch's Glock can free them.

7. Circling coyotes


This one is much more hands-on. Two bucks are locked up and one is already dead. Hungry coyotes are circling the area. These hunters use a little old-fashioned elbow grease to muscle their antlers free and save the live buck from a similar fate.

6. Dog Rescue

It is not always a human that makes a rescue. In this video that went viral this summer, a dog swims out to pull in a fawn that's struggling in the water.

5. Another fence rescue


We had some excitement at Derrick's place in Hancock this morning! Mom and dad's timing was spot on; Poor guy is going to take a little while to recover! Derrick Foss Alice Murphy Bosek

Posted by Shannon Foss on Saturday, December 5, 2015

Unfortunately, fences and other barriers made by humans can be dangerous obstacles for many deer. Thankfully for this one, a family happened to come along and help him get free.

4. Barbed wire deathmatch

Posted by Chassomaniak on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Oh, brother. This doe has really gotten herself into a pickle. She's wrapped in barbed wire and only humans with wire cutters can get her free. The sounds this doe makes are straight out of a horror movie. I'd probably sound the same if I was wrapped in barbed wire like this!

3. Pool fawn


There was no way this poor fawn was going to find its way out of a pool on its own. So it's up to a human to jump in and get it!

2. Saw

Another locked buck story. These guys make use of a bone saw to free the one buck that's still alive in another life-or-death struggle.

1. Glock Part II


Sharp shooting

Cold fronts and pressure changes mean fall is here and so is the deer rut. Today our Clark County Warden responded to 2 bucks with their antlers locked together. One of the bucks had died and was half eaten by coyotes. The second buck would have soon fallen prey to the coyotes, if he was not freed from the expired buck. The video is from our Game Warden's body worn camera.

Posted by Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism - Game Wardens on Friday, October 27, 2017

Freeing locked bucks with a handgun is apparently a specialty of the Kansas game wardens. This video was the second of three such rescues wardens have made in a year's time!

There is certainly no shortage of great deer rescue stories out there. Whitetails always seem to be getting themselves into trouble. Thankfully, the quick actions in these videos meant these animals were spared from long, slow and agonizing deaths!