WAUSAU, Wis. (CNN) — On the day after Thanksgiving, Brian Powers grabbed his rifle and headed for some land east of Wausau.
If not for his cell phone, Powers doubts anyone would believe what happened next.
“All of a sudden here comes a deer and he has an orange scarf on. And he just kept walking and I said ‘oh my, he must be somebody’s pet or being fed by someone or being taken care of by somebody.’”
The color orange is commonly used to alert hunters not to shoot.
It wouldn’t be long before powers discovered he had a new friend. “Right when he got parallel on the logging road to where I was off the road, he stopped and turned and looked right at me and I said, ‘wow this is unbelievable,’ so then I called him over and he walked right in.”
With one hand filming the unlikely encounter, Powers gave the young buck a head rub.
After about 10 minutes, the deer wandered off, but that afternoon as Powers was walking out of the woods, he returned, just in time to receive some friendly advice.
“Keep your head low man, make sure people see that orange alright,” Powers said to the deer in his video recording.
Powers says he didn’t even think about pulling the trigger. “I don’t know how anyone could have possibly shot that deer.”
Since posting his video on Youtube, Powers story has spread all over the country.
He says in his mind, that little buck scores bigger than any trophy buck he’s even seen. “Yeah, I was the luckiest hunter in the woods that day for sure.”
Powers is hoping they’ll meet again.