Frederick Teen Shoots Interruptive Deer in His Living Room

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A Maryland teenager killed his first buck earlier this month, though it wasn’t out in the woods, or even outside for that matter.

According to the Frederick News-Post, Walkersville High School senior Ryan Manchester was minding his own business in his kitchen on Dec. 5 when a deer busted down the front door and went straight for the living room. After it knocked over their Christmas tree and broke a bunch of ornaments, the deer wreaked havoc on the kitchen and got blood all over the windows.

Manchester reportedly locked his family’s dog in the bathroom and called 911. Unfortunately, the dispatchers weren’t too helpful, he said. “I don’t think they knew how much damage it was doing. So I asked them if I should shoot it,” he told the newspaper. “They didn’t tell me to shoot it. But they didn’t tell me not to shoot it. So I was like, ‘I’m probably gonna shoot it.’”

Manchester then grabbed his father’s 9mm handgun from the bedroom, with his permission of course. When he found out animal control was still 15 minutes away, he took matters into his own hands. Facing off with the deer in the living room, the teen waited until he could get a safe shot off, eventually hitting it twice while standing behind the couch.

The entire ordeal would be shocking for anyone, trained hunter or not. In the end, Manchester got his first kill tag issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, as well as a healthy respect for the sheer willpower of a fully grown buck.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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