A whitetail deer in the middle of the lake is not a common sight.
After trotting out to the middle with purpose, he paused to look back.
He turned to look ahead.
Then he heard, smelled, and saw what he was looking for.
The young buck slowed as he approached the edge.
The lakeshore was water.
He had apparently leaped onto the ice without noticing that he was now on a floating platform.
What to do, what to do?
When I saw birds, likely settled for the night, jump up, I realized he had friends on the shore.
You can see them waiting on the right side of the above photo.
By the time our skater was on firm ground, his friends were running ahead, living their wild life in GriggsDakota.