Crabbers catch and release dicovery

The Delmarva Peninsula is renowned for its fishing, and thousands of fishermen flock to its shores in hopes of bagging a monster striper, giant tuna or feast’s-worth of blue crabs. But on July 8, Chester Baughman and Jeff Minette of Carlisle, Penn., netted a large and unusual catch.
Coastal Point • SUBMITTED: Baughman and Minette, with their new friend.Coastal Point • SUBMITTED:
Baughman and Minette, with their new friend.

Just southwest of the Indian River Inlet, near Collins Creek, Baughman and Minette heard some thrashing around in the water as they set out to check their crab pots. Upon further investigation, they found a 20-pound fawn thrashing around in the bay waters.

“I actually thought I heard something when we set out to check our pots,” said Baughman. “About 20 minutes later, we returned to find that little fawn near drowned.”

Baughman and Minette snared the frightened fawn in their fishing net and brought it aboard their bayliner. From there, they transported it to the Bayshore Campground marina and kept watch until she looked stable enough to be released. The men then released the exhausted fawn at Big Marsh Point near Collins Creek.

“She must’ve gotten separated in the storm, but we figured that she probably came from the Big Marsh Point area,” said Baughman. “Saving that fawn sure cheered us up, though. Once we let her loose she flipped her tail up at us and looked back as to almost say goodbye, and then she took off into the woods.”