CLEAR WATER, Wis. (WEAU/Gray News) – A video of a Wisconsin man untying two tangled dollars is going viral with more than 20 million views on social media.
On a car ride in December, 90-year-old Everett Sluga spotted something he had never seen before.
“I got to where we’re standing now and thought I saw the back of a deer,” Sluga said. WEAU. “I turned around and couldn’t understand why that deer wasn’t moving, then I turned around and saw two dollars locked away.”
Two white-tailed males had their brackets stuck together and couldn’t free themselves. Sluga informed the farmland owners, Troy Rebarchek and his wife Tammy, of the situation.
“They were in the stream here and she actually jumped them and they came out in the CRP field and I told her right away there was no way to save them in the field, we had to bring them in the woods,” Troy Rebarchek said. . “So we kind of took a little drive and took them to the woods, that’s where they kind of locked themselves in, they couldn’t move, that’s where we got them. save the life.”
Rebarchek and his wife are hunters themselves but decided not to harvest the deer even though it was still hunting season.
“I just didn’t think it was fair to shoot them in the situation they were in,” Troy Rebarchek said. “It just didn’t seem ethical to me and I actually had my bow on them and I pulled them back and I looked at Tammy and said ‘I can’t shoot those deer. “”
Instead, he grabbed his Milwaukee Grinder from the back of his truck, chopping an antler from each of the bucks and freeing them.
“It’s the only tool I had in my truck,” said Troy Rebarchek. “It’s not the right tool for the job, but we didn’t have the time. I just feared for the death of the deer.
In the spirit of a fair prosecution, Jon King, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hunter education administrator and conservation guardian, praised Troy Rebarchek’s actions.
“This guy allowed them to enjoy life a bit and participate in an ethical and responsible way as a hunter,” King said. “So I’m glad he did. It’s a good story and it’s good to see and hear.
If he had to start all over again, Troy Rebarchek says he wouldn’t change a thing.
“I’m one hundred percent sure we made the right decision saving them rather than shooting them,” he said.
Troy Rebarchek says he has since seen the deer occasionally at an antler and looks healthy.
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