In Delaware The Buck Stops at the Inner Wall
Monday morning I woke up and there was frost on the vehicles. I was supposed to meet Scott Jost, John Masten, and Ed Borys to go tautog fishing at the inner wall on Scott’s boat the Minn-OH-Pauz. I had to cancel due to some work that came up over the weekend (story of my life). A few hours later the phone rang and it was Scott, “Hey check your messages I sent you some pictures of a deer on the inner wall”. I told him he was crazy and taking bucktailing to a whole new level. The pictures were grainy but you could tell it was a deer on the inner wall, that was too cool and no buck-tale. He said all of a sudden these antlers popped up over the rocks and then a deer was staring down at them. I know deer swim the waters here all of the time, and have heard of them making it to the wall, but never saw one out there. I asked him to get some better pictures and send them over. Ed Borys took the excellent shots you see now, and others have been popping up on social media the past twenty four hours. One of these reminds me of the elk in the Hartford Insurance commercials I saw as a kid. Scott said they called DNREC and were told there was nothing they could do for the deer. He wanted to know if I could call anyone and see what could be done, I got the same response. Last year a friend of mine saw a deer jump into the bay at Beach Plum Island. He said it was headed to Jersey and wanted to know if there was something that could be done. Deer swim all of the time to get to small islands such as Pea Patch island up north, and the other side of the inland bays. I have seen them cross the Indian river a few times. Fortunately for the deer they are rather buoyant. As far as I know this deer is still out there. Don’t get too excited you can’t hunt from a boat,even at the inner wall. Next time I am blowing off work and not the fishing trip, I missed some serious Kodak moments on Monday. Jeff Weaver is out there right now, and said he did not see the deer. So it probably decided to stop toggin and went back to shore, or it headed to Jersey.