My Buddy Lands a Deer — A Mile Offshore

My Buddy Chad Boats a Buck [not my image]

My good friend and ex-Washington, DC roommate, Chad C., sends along this incredible story about how he and a pal saved Bambi from a watery death:

The Outdoor News Hound blog says:

Chad Campbell and pal Bo Warren weren’t having much luck trolling for striped bass about a mile offshore on Chesapeake Bay last Saturday. But, despite poor fishing, they were successful catching and boating a good-sized button buck.

In an article appearing on The Bay Net Web site, Campbell wrote that when he and Warren investigated something in the water behind their boat last week, they were amazed to discover it was a swimming—and quite exhausted—whitetail deer.

“He was desperate and barely staying afloat,” Campbell wrote. “I’ve seen deer swim a river or bayou before. When you see that, the first thing you notice is that they are powerful swimmers. Their heads and shoulders are out of the water and they make surprisingly good headway.”

Since the fish weren’t cooperating, the two decided to rope the floundering deer.

“It turns out Bo grew up around cows and was really handy with a bowline. He lassoed the deer on the first try,” Campbell wrote. “(Then) Bo grabbed his neck, I grabbed the flank, and we barreled (him) over backwards into the boat. Before I knew it, Bo was on top of him and had him tied up just like a calf.”

Understanding the importance of catch-and-release deer fishing (especially out of season), the men hightailed it to shore, where they carefully unloaded the weary whitetail, untied its legs and placed it on the beach.

Campbell wrote that they didn’t see the buck get up and run away, but they assumed it took some time for it to recuperate from its long, watery journey.

Amazing stuff. Well done, Chad and Bo.

One reply on “My Buddy Lands a Deer — A Mile Offshore”

Hey, which one is the guy in the USMC shirt, Chad or Bo? He’s a hottie! Way cool that they both rescued the deer. The story is already spreading on the net, with the location being changed. The version I saw said it was in the Gulf, and they called the deer a “she” despite the buttons, etc. I found the original story on

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