Live, antler-locked deer are an uncommon sight for hunters, but they frequently have the courtesy to be on dry land for outdoorsmen looking to lend a hand. In the video below, hunter Charlie Anderson and his son Adam came across an antler-locked buck struggling with its deceased opponent in what appears to be a small lake. As the deer desperately tried to keep its head above the water, the Andersons gave the entangled antlers a few whacks from an ax to free the live buck.

We attempted to reach Charlie Anderson—who is a veterinarian—for an interview, but was told that he is currently still on vacation. It is, after all, deer season.

Update 11-20-2013: We were able to contact Adam—the man wielding the ax. You can read our interview with him here

Image screenshot of video by Adam Anderson on YouTube

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16 thoughts on “Video: Hunters Use Ax to Save Antler-locked, Drowning Deer

  1. I was the idiot on the front of this boat :)……we did use the backside of the splitting maul “more like a sledge” to knock loose the piece that I sawed off with a Milwaukee sawzall. The sawzall was almost lost a few times and did get pretty wet…..still works though! Thanks for putting this up!

    1. Totally awesome video Adam and whomever else was in the boat with you. Also to whoever posted this video. Thank you for saving the deer and thank you for sharing this.

  2. Very unlikely that this buck will live, however that doesnt make it any less impressive that yall took the time to try and same him. Way to go!!

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