Collaring the Wild

Deer Catch-and-Release

Story and Photos by Kris Millgate

“Yes! Did you get that?”

“Get what?”

“That deer.”

“What deer?”

“The one in the net.”

“Where?” I say, lifting my head.

“Put your head down. The deer can’t see you.”

“But if the deer can’t see me, I can’t see them.”

“Shh. Coming in hot on our right.”

(We hear the sound of a net snapping to my right.)

“Oh, he’s in good. You got that, right?”

“Got what?”

“That deer tangled in the net on our right.”

“Really?” I say, rising to my knees.

“Stop moving. Stay down. Here comes another one.”

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About Kris Millgate

Kris Millgate is an outdoors journalist for whom the quiet cast of a fly line cures writer’s block. Many production ideas for her Tight Line Media company come from the time she spends in her Idaho Falls base camp. Her two decades of journalism experience and several cross-country moves prove she’ll go anywhere for a good story. See more of her work at:

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