By David Maccar
In the beginning of the month, a story appeared in Field Notes about a disabled Minnesota man who manages to hunt from atop a tractor. In another testament to the resilient spirit of the hunter, Kevin Henze, a hunter from Illinois, was paralyzed when his back was badly damaged in a fall from his tree stand in 2009. This year, with his bow again in-hand, he tagged a six-point buck. Check out his touching story from the Chicago Tribune:
Kevin Henze harvested a deer last month while bow hunting.
It may not seem like big news for a lifelong hunter, but it is for a man who a year ago thought his hunting days were over -- forever. Henze fell 14 feet from his hunting tree stand in 2009 and landed on a downed tree. "That killed my back," Henze, 49, said.
Doctors removed one of his vertebrae and fused four others together, leaving him a paraplegic. But during the next 53 days in a hospital, his thoughts still would occasionally turn to deer hunting.
"I wanted to go back hunting but I didn't know if I was going to be able to do it," he recalled.