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Hook and bullet club - Deer surprise

Strange sightings in the woods usually go with the line, "Sure you did." But Phil Meier of Winton has the pictures to prove his story is no tall tale.Phil and his dad Dwayne were fishing on Crooked Lake and had come into their campsite with some walleyes to cook up for dinner.While Phil went back into the woods to gather some firewood, Dwayne took out his fillet knife and unhooked a walleye from the stringer to get it ready for the frying pan.Everything up until that point had been going just fine. But, according to Phil, it was then that some weird stuff took place."I heard something right behind me. A deer came walking probably within three or four feet away. I could've tackled it," said Phil.But this deer was not interested in a guy gathering firewood, she had dinner on her mind. The deer walked right through the campsite and went straight down to the water. At this point Dwayne had a walleye filleted and had tossed the carcass aside as he started on another fish. The deer went right down to the lake, found the carcass and plucked it out of the water."It was hanging out of her mouth like a wet noodle, then the deer walked down the shoreline a little ways and started eating it." Okay, this is when you get that quizzical look."I wouldn't have believed it if I wouldn't have seen it myself. The deer grabbed the fish by the tail and it crunched the whole thing right up to the head. It left the head but it ate the whole backbone," said Phil.Knowing that people would not believe this story, Phil ran and grabbed his camera and another fish carcass."I carried the fish over to the deer and got within four feet and tossed it over. The deer jumped back but it stayed there. So I took some pictures. "It took a long time for the deer to eat one fish but it was so loud, you could hear it crunching and it was probably 50 feet away from our tent," said Phil.So, believe it or not, there is a fish-eating deer on Crooked Lake giving the eagles a run for their money. The deer is described as a small doe that was still losing its winter coat. We're not sure if walleyes are the deer's preferred piscatorial delight, but we know one thing, this is going to revolutionize the type of deer scent used by hunters this fall.

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