Watch: Joe Hutto Greets His Mule Deer Family After a Treacherous Journey

Each year, wild mule deer migrate over 240 km down the Rocky Mountains to find refuge during the harsh winter months. Their path is long — the longest migration of any animal their size in the continental United States — and treacherous.

Though the deer don’t always survive the winter months, the ones who do always return home. Waiting for them, on their home-range, is deer whisperer Joe Hutto, who has an incredible bond with these beautiful creatures.

Watch as a family of mule deer scale a hill’s crest to find their dear friend Joe waiting to greet them.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.