He heard a knock on his back door. Thinking that this was strange as he woke up, a brief investigation ensued. It would become an unexpected discovery.

There was a young buck standing on his back porch. The deer was using his antlers to knock on the door.

Changes in weather can create odd behaviors in some animals, including deer. If they become cold, then they will seek shelter in unusual ways if their usual nesting spots do not offer relief. In this instance, the deer was asking for permission to come inside.

Jason Powell, the homeowner, believes that the buck saw his reflection in the sliding glass doors, then mistook that for another deer. Since his friend was already in the house, why shouldn’t he be in there too?

What Would You Do with a Deer at Your Door?

Powell said that he was still in his underwear after waking up because of the sound. He wasn’t really sure what to do with the buck using his antlers to knock on the back door of his Marion, IL home.

“I jumped up and went to the front door and didn’t see anything,” said Powell. “I look down the hallway and see this huge buck standing at my back glass door just staring at me.”

As any homeowner in a similar situation, instead of trying to find pants, Jason took out his phone to record the incident.

“When you’re nose-to-nose with a big buck, and still in your underwear trying to figure out what you’re going to do, there’s not a lot of options at that point,” he said.

The video shows the buck seemingly asking permission to come into the home. There’s even a moment where it seems like the deer is wiping his hooves on the doormat, proving that he has the correct manners to come inside.

What Eventually Happened to the Buck?

After knocking on the back door several times to enter, Powell says that he was eventually able to scare the deer away – though he admits that the deer wanted to prove that fear wasn’t the reason why he was leaving.

“He was kind of prancing and strutting around,” said Powell. “He kept looking back at me, like kind of staring me down, like trying to show me who’s the boss I guess.”

Hunters in the Midwest often spend a lot of time preparing for their season, purchasing tree stands, cold weather gear, and other supplies to fill their tags. Powell could go hunting in his underwear in the comfort of his home if this behavior keeps up.

This story of a deer trying to come inside isn’t the only one of its type. A family in Texas once had an animal come crashing through their glass front door, then couldn’t get back outside. It started slamming into the walls, getting trapped in the back bathroom, creating a huge mess to clean up afterward – and the family was home at the time. 

For the full interview with Jason Powell, be sure to visit WISL ABC Channel 3’s website.