Hunter Becomes Hero For 8-Point Buck Stranded On Ice For 3 Hours, 2 Days Before Hunting Season

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

On a cold Saturday morning, a beautiful eight-point buck frantically attempted to save itself from a frozen lake in Greeley, Pennsylvania.

Every time he hobbled up to his feet, he crumbled back down, finding it impossible to gain traction on the slippery ice.

The buck could do nothing but lie down, exhausted and hopeless. He’d been stranded out there, all alone, for three hours.

But then came along two local hunters, Josh Davis and Ed Schmalzle. The men found the helpless animal lying on the ice about 100 yards from the shore.

Josh and Ed knew it was only two days before hunting season began — but they refused to watch the buck suffer.

“I am a hunter,” Josh told WNEP. “There’s a giant difference between an animal being harvested humanely and one being left out to die on the frozen ice.”

And so this pair of hunters sprang into action in an effort to save a life… and it was all caught on video.

Bravo to these heroes.

Footage provided by WNEP Scranton

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