Early in the morning, on election day, two Bethany residents opened their back door... and what to their wondering eyes did appear.. not a miniature sleigh with eight tiny reindeer, but a huge 10 point buck tied around a tree! And it was tied with a clothesline! Kay and Bob Dillemuth had quite a surprise! And now this is the rest of the story:


Early in the morning, on election day, two Bethany residents opened their back door... and what to their wondering eyes did appear.. not a miniature sleigh with eight tiny reindeer, but a huge 10 point buck tied around a tree! And it was tied with a clothesline! Kay and Bob Dillemuth had quite a surprise! And now this is the rest of the story:
Kay had untied the clothesline so a Bethany contractor, Todd Canfield, could do some work on their back siding. She wound the line up and laid it on the ground . Unfortunately for the deer, he nosed his way over to inspect the rope and his antlers, a huge beautiful rack became tangled in the clothesline by the tree. He thrashed his way around the tree trunk and became frightened. The more he tried to break loose, the more closely he was tied to the tree. What to do? Bob, or "Thunder" as his friends call him, called 911 for help.
They called the State Police and an officer arrived shortly to give assistance. By this time the poor male deer was frothing from the mouth. The officer pulled out his trusty pistol and tried to shoot the rope on the tree in order to free the deer. But the bullet would not break the rope. So "Thunder" provided his shotgun and that did the trick. The officer shot at the rope and it broke. Although it terrified the deer even more with the noise, he did break loose and was able to run away.. clothesline and all!
No one heard the noise. No one reported gun shooting in the borough. No one woke up! This was right on Route 670 at the top of the hill in the quiet peace loving village of Bethany. But it surely made the news for Kay and Bob that early morning when they went to work. And what happened to the deer? That is the question. Is he tied up in the woods someplace, not able to roam around and hide from the hunters who will soon be in the woods? Is he still alive? Has he miraculously loosed himself from his tangled web? Has he learned his lesson not to go so close to houses and eat their shrubbery or to be so nosey? Has he learned that humans are not fun to be around?
Proof of this experience was photographed by George Knickerbocker who happened to be Todd Canfield's father in law and is handy with a camera. It was a once in a lifetime shot. And at least the deer was safe from the bullets that were aimed at the clothesline and not the deer. If you have any information on this buck which is quite possibly still tangled with rope and roaming around, please call and report this to the paper or the mayor. Have a heart and help "Big Bambi" for a little while longer. My garage can always be used to house the deer safely until after hunting season. Cruelty to animals is "not my bag". At least that is how this non-hunter feels!