Deer dressed in an orange vest climbs into fishing boat

A group of fishermen were rightly surprised when an orange-vest-wearing deer jumped aboard their boat.

Amused by the presence of the normally shy animal, the men were able to catch a video of the odd encounter, and they uploaded it to YouTube on the BettsFlyFishing channel. Adding to the confusion was the animal’s orange hunting vest, which initially convinced the men that a human was approaching them.

It’s likely that the deer was a pet of someone in the area, and was wearing the vest as protection against hunters. Certainly a deer this friendly would be easy pickings for anyone with a rifle.

It is illegal to keep wild animals as pets in Canada, though there have been a few exceptions over the years. This video was taken in Michigan, where the laws are similar, but with a few similar exceptions.