It took Jessica Saenger three days to shoot a deer. It took a pack of wolves as little as 30 minutes to take it from her.
What Saenger experienced is far rarer.
Saenger, 17, of East Bethel, was hunting private land near Floodwood in northern Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 10, the second weekend of the Minnesota gun deer season.
On the morning on her third day of the hunt, a doe walked to within 50 feet of her tree stand. She trained her rifle scope and fired what she felt was a good kill shot. The deer bolted off into the woods.
She waited about 45 minutes — time for the deer to bleed out in peace and proximity — and climbed down from her stand. That’s where it got interesting.
“I picked up the blood trail and all of a sudden, a wolf ran by,” Saenger said. “It wasn’t even 40 yards away. It scared the crap out of me.”