Randy Goepfert had just finished paying for his haircut at Holiday Hair in Quakertown, Penn. when an antlered whitetail buck came crashing through the glass door and bolted into the busy salon, narrowly missing his son.
“He was charging right at my son, so I decked him,” Goepfert said Tuesday, after he his 11-year-old son, Tyler, came face-to-face with a wayward whitetail sporting 6-inch spike antlers inside a shopping mall hair-cutting establishment.
“The only thing I could do, I grabbed him by the neck and slammed him to the ground,” said the 36-year-old resident of Richland Township.
Goepfert wrestled with the deer for several minutes, pinning it to the floor, and then corralling it in an empty breakroom, where it remained until authorities arrived and tranquilized it. The animal was later euthanized when it was found to be seriously injured.
The Allentown Morning Call newspaper reports that William Frei, 9, was waiting for his haircut when he heard a loud crash at the window behind his head. Seconds later, the deer charged through the door, just a few feet away from where he sat with his mother.
“I was just sitting there minding my own business, playing a video game,” the third grader recalled. “It crashed through the window, and me and my mom jumped onto a chair.”
The 2-year-old buck was estimated to weigh 135 pounds, but it put up quite a fight for its size, Goepfert told the Allentown paper.
“I weigh 225 pounds and he threw me right off,” said the stocky deer-wrestler. “I couldn’t believe that they’re that strong an animal.”
Though the junior Goepfert says he regularly accompanies his dad during Pennsylvania’s popular deer-hunting season, they’ve never scored on venison while together—until Tuesday.
“We can never get deer during hunting season,” the fifth grader admitted. “But we can get one now.”