Deer Hunter Rescues 4-Point Buck

Darren Danielson
November 13, 2017 08:36 PM

If you appreciate irony, you'll love this story. A northland deer hunter found himself rescuing a four point buck Monday morning.

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25-year old Bailey Felix got a call from his mom that a deer was stuck out on the ice on their lake. Ely Lake, is located between Eveleth and Gilbert. He got there, assessed the situation then called the DNR for advice. They warned him about thin ice but Bailey says he could tell it was thick enough to make a rescue attempt, so he did.

He was able to get a rope around the buck's antlers and pull the animal, sliding it all the way from the middle of the lake to shore. Bailey says it wasn't injured and wasn't stuck in the ice, it just couldn't get any traction to get off the lake. Using a few blankets and offering a little encouragement, the buck finally gets it's legs under him and takes off into the woods.

The irony is that Bailey is a deer hunter. However, he says, "It wouldn't have been in the spirit of a good hunt for me to even consider taking this guy. He was a sitting duck and needed to be rescued in his time of distress."

By Monday afternoon, Bailey was up in his deer stand. He's not expecting to see this 4-point buck here, because he hunts about 40 miles from Ely Lake. The video of the rescue was taken by his mom, Bonnie Felix, and is getting lots of views on social media.


Darren Danielson

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