UPDATE: Deer Rescued From Well In Susquehanna County

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SPRINGVILLE TOWNSHIP -- Two large deer are back in the wild after falling into an abandoned well in Susquehanna County.

A wildlife conservation officer says a hunter found the 8-point bucks Tuesday, stuck about seven feet down in a well off Jennings Road near Springville.

Several people helped free the deer by looping a rope around their antlers and pulling them to safety.

The game commission officer says the abandoned well in Susquehanna County has been filled in.

Fred Sherman got to see it in person.

"Oh man, it was crazy. You couldn't even imagine or dream nothing like that."

The well is on his farm near Springville.  It's filled in with rock now but Sherman came to help Tuesday after a hunter spotted the two deer stuck eight feet down.

"I looked down in there, they were jumping, they were trying to get up out of there but it was about that big and they couldn't get up out of there,” Sherman recalled.

He thinks the two buck had to be fighting and fell in.

"I don't know if they were locked together and or he was just after him and he lost his balance and there they were.  Then they were buddies.  They had to be then."

Sherman explained how he and a few others got the big buck out.  First, they dug out the side of the well.

"And then we got a rope and looped it around the antler on the first one and then pulled him up and then I pulled on his antler and pulled him up out of there and as soon as he got his feet on the ground, you just got back and whoosh.”

Sherman works in this field several times a year and for all the years he's been farming here.  he never knew the well was there. Now, he'll never forget it.

He filled the well with rock so no other rescues are necessary but he'll have this image in mind for a long time and quite a story to tell, although the deer didn't stick around to reminisce.

“No time for no thank you.  They were gone.  At least they weren't hurt, that's the main thing.”

Fred Sherman knows the two eight-point buck have more than a well to worry about now with deer season coming in a few weeks.  He's just glad they didn't suffer for long in that hole.


  • Doe A Deer

    Reblogged this on Save Doe A Deer and commented:
    While it is wonderful that these people saved these deer, sadly the deer will need to fight for their lives all through deer hunting sseason, a season that should be outlawed as inhumane.

    • Georgina

      Without regulated hunting, game would multiply and then be stricken by disease, hunting keeps the population in check. Hunting is not inhumane. As a rule it’s very quick. Human hunting vs a predator hunt. The predator actually kiils slower than a hunter’s bow or gun. Hunting your own game is actually many times more human than how animals are raised and killed on farms every day and end up on your table. Now that’s hypocritical.

  • Doe A Deer

    Why do hunters rescue deer like this deer? So they can claim a humane act. But the truth is they simply release the deer back to the wild where they try to hunt and kill the same animal they saved. This is pure hypocracy. Hunters who kill deer, by any method, for any reason are not humane and therefore have no right to call themselves humane.
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    • Georgina

      That’s because hunting is both a sport and source for meat, and It would not be sportsman like if you take a game while it is already trapped. Just like you don’t take juvenile or baby game either. I really should not have to answer this for you.

  • Pa bow hunter

    Whether they hunted them or not it doesn’t matter, the deer don’t deserve to suffer and die like they would of, we hunters don’t hunt deer because we want to see them suffer and die, it’s a sport and if it’s done the right way there’s no wrong in it, trust me those deer would’ve rather been shot, run 10 yards then fall and die then suffer in that well. Hunters love deer and their nature, but it’s in our nature to go out, put our time in and when one walks by to put it down and bring it home for dinner and if you’ve got a problem with that than your not American. I think Uncle Sam would I agree with me on this one

  • Bobbi

    Yes, all for hunting if you are eating the meat go for the big one, but that was so sad seeing them like that! Well done dude!

      • Buck Urban Deer

        And who told you that? The truth is that eating meat is not only murderous and cruel, it also increases humans’ risk for fatal diseases like heart attacks and strokes. There are now many other healthier food choices than meat.

      • Reality Check

        Get a grip. Since humans have been hunting since we put on this earth. Thousands of years ago hunters not only ate the meat, but also used the hides to stay warm. HOW DARE THEY! They should have starved and froze to death. I do not know what they were thinking

      • Get a Grip

        My apologies for that second sentence. It should read as follows “Humans have been hunting since we have been put on this Earth.”

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