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Doe shot w my teeth

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Gun 19-Sep-21
bowhunt 19-Sep-21
Babysaph 19-Sep-21
Don T. Lewis 19-Sep-21
Hot Hap 19-Sep-21
Krag 19-Sep-21
Deno 19-Sep-21
[email protected] 19-Sep-21
Mike E 20-Sep-21
Biathlonman 20-Sep-21
Hunter Dave 20-Sep-21
hawkeye in PA 20-Sep-21
Mechanic 20-Sep-21
1/2miledrag 20-Sep-21
Briar 20-Sep-21
Mtquiver 20-Sep-21
Shakey Jake 20-Sep-21
carpenter 20-Sep-21
Yellah Nocks 20-Sep-21
soap creek 20-Sep-21
Surveyor61 20-Sep-21
Seneca_Archer 20-Sep-21
Ken Schwartz 20-Sep-21
HRhodes 20-Sep-21
Supernaut 20-Sep-21
Pa Steve 20-Sep-21
lowrider 20-Sep-21
curve51 20-Sep-21
keepemsharp 20-Sep-21
selstickbow 20-Sep-21
ottertails 20-Sep-21
Wayne Hess 20-Sep-21
Popester 20-Sep-21
fdp 20-Sep-21
Jegs.mi 20-Sep-21
elkster 20-Sep-21
Therifleman 20-Sep-21
Buzz 20-Sep-21
buckeye 20-Sep-21
Verdeburl 20-Sep-21
JHPope 20-Sep-21
tinecounter 20-Sep-21
scndwfstlhntng 20-Sep-21
Tucker 20-Sep-21
deerhunt51 20-Sep-21
reb 20-Sep-21
Lefty38-55 20-Sep-21
okiebones 20-Sep-21
smrobertson 20-Sep-21
Brittman 20-Sep-21
BRIBOWl 20-Sep-21
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Silverback 20-Sep-21
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Primitive sniper 20-Sep-21
Tomas deGato 20-Sep-21
bluesman 21-Sep-21
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Geezer 21-Sep-21
Frisky 21-Sep-21
Gun 21-Sep-21
Clydebow 21-Sep-21
George D. Stout 21-Sep-21
trad_bowhunter1965 21-Sep-21
Irish Archer 21-Sep-21
Jason H 21-Sep-21
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From: Gun Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 19-Sep-21

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So, I've had quite the last 3 1/2 yrs. In August 2018 developed some nerve damage to my right shoulder, upper back, arm and hand. Neurologists can't explain why. Two weeks later my right index finger curled up tight and my right thumb bent at 90 degrees. I could not even begin to draw my Bow because of pain.

I thot initially that I had done something at work while moving some heavy shelves around. To make a long story shorter, I filed a Workman's Compensation Claim just so I could get faster treatment and physio. I never missed any work other than Doctor appointments. By end of November that year WCB rejected my claim of work related injury. Two days later I was called in to HR and terminated.

We ended up selling our acreage and moving south so my wife could deal w her mother who was in a nursing home.

Spring of 2019 I was able to get into a hand clinic with the local hospital to eventually straighten my thumb and finger and thru lots of physio get some dexterity back.

I was able to teach myself to shoot left handed that summer and draw 47#. Last week of the season I managed to kill a yearling 3x3 whitetail.

In 2020 I was able to increase my range of accuracy. I was able to harvest a decent 3yr old Bull Moose.

End of March 2021 I hiked up w a friend to pull a stand to pull a Elk stand on a wallow that was just not practical to get to. I ended up slipping on some snow covered ice and landed hard on my bad shoulder under a metal pack frame. I felt something pop and instant extreme pain. My buddy helped me up and I ended up in the hospital where x-rays didn't show much other than no broken bones. A month later I finally had an ultrasound which revealed two torn tendons w one complete. In May I was able to get a cortisone shot in the shoulder which started working after two weeks.

Then I started looking into learning to draw and shoot with some kind of mouth tab. I knew it had been done. I found what I needed w Jeff Fabry on YouTube. With the help of the local in door range I was able to come up w a system that eventually worked for me.

My accuracy improved so much that I could put every arrow in a 3" bull at 10 yds. In July at a trad only shoot I beat out 15 other guys in a baby bottle liner water seesaw novelty shoot and won $50 pot. Ha

This past Thursday it came together w this nice doe from a tree stand in a small drainage funnel going towards a hayfield. After we found her it felt like my first bow kill all over again.

I used Bear TD B mag risers. I have matching Left and Right hand and a half dozen limbs. Old Pariot carbons w Cutthroat Broadheads. I currently pull 40# @26" and got a complete passthru.

I'm currently waiting for two surgeries. So far over a year for tendon transfer to my right thumb from my index finger to give me more dexterity. Also for tendon repair. I might be selling my truck and going with private clinic to get the shoulder done as the wait is unreasonable because of Civid BS.

Thanks for looking and never give up!

From: bowhunt
Date: 19-Sep-21

Very inspirational.

Like Jim Valvono said.Never give up.Never ever ever give up!

Congrats to you and best of luck on your surgeries and rehab!

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 19-Sep-21

Awesom buddy. Congrats

From: Don T. Lewis
Date: 19-Sep-21

Congrats Gun well done.

From: Hot Hap
Date: 19-Sep-21

Congrats-hope everything works out for you.


From: Krag
Date: 19-Sep-21

Inspirational story for sure!

From: Deno
Date: 19-Sep-21

Wow Gun,quite an accomplishment. Congrats.


From: [email protected]
Date: 19-Sep-21


From: Mike E
Date: 20-Sep-21

Damn straight,, good for you. Nice deer there,,,Congrats!

From: Biathlonman
Date: 20-Sep-21

You’re an inspiration and have been a wealth of knowledge for my upcoming moose hunt! Keep after them and never give up.

From: Hunter Dave
Date: 20-Sep-21

Gun, I greatly admire your tenacity. A lot of men would have given up when presented with the obstacles you've faced. Congrats on harvesting that fine doe. Best of luck with your upcoming surgeries.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 20-Sep-21

Quite a story and what a accomplishment! Prayers for the surgeries.

From: Mechanic
Date: 20-Sep-21

Inspirational, You’re quite determined! Good for you!

From: 1/2miledrag
Date: 20-Sep-21

Congrats on a fine deer and you have my utmost respect for fighting through all that adversity.

From: Briar
Date: 20-Sep-21


From: Mtquiver
Date: 20-Sep-21

Well Done Gun. Congratulations on a fine Deer. Prayers for successful surgeries. Great accomplishment but even more so considering all that you have had to endure. Excellent fortitude. Blessings to you and yours.

Stay Safe/Shoot Straight. MT

From: Shakey Jake
Date: 20-Sep-21

Congrats. Great accomplishment

From: carpenter
Date: 20-Sep-21

Awesome job! You are a inspiration.

From: Yellah Nocks
Date: 20-Sep-21

Powerful testimony. Reminds me of one of my favorite verses, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Betcha THEM backstraps taste extra sweet.

From: soap creek
Date: 20-Sep-21

Good for you congrats. It would have been easy to give up but you never. Will be praying it all works out for you.

From: Surveyor61
Date: 20-Sep-21

Determination is the key to success in everything we do. Well done Sir.

From: Seneca_Archer
Date: 20-Sep-21

A great story. Truly inspiring.

From: Ken Schwartz
Date: 20-Sep-21

Gun, I know it has been a rough road , and through perseverance you have done a very good job and have a trophy,to prove it! Well done! Ken

From: HRhodes
Date: 20-Sep-21

Outstanding! You have inspired me this morning. Never quit!!!! Best wishes for your continued healing, and know that you are in my prayers.

From: Supernaut
Date: 20-Sep-21

Congrats and way to stick with it and find a way! Hope your upcoming surgeries get you fixed up good as new.

From: Pa Steve
Date: 20-Sep-21


From: lowrider
Date: 20-Sep-21

Gun what an inspiration to those of us who struggle with our shooting and have full use of our extremities. Hope things work out well on your surgery. God bless.

From: curve51
Date: 20-Sep-21

Outstanding and great accomplishment, so glad you found a way around the adversity you faced. Great looking doe.

From: keepemsharp
Date: 20-Sep-21

If you need further help contact the Physically Challenged Bowhunters Assn.

From: selstickbow
Date: 20-Sep-21

wow GUN applause, applause.....thanks for shring this, and I hope you get the surgeries you need & they do the trick for you. Steve

From: ottertails
Date: 20-Sep-21

Just awesome! Truly inspiring. Best of luck on the surgeries.

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 20-Sep-21

Congratulations, and sticking with it, you need more good Luck, Prayers sent

From: Popester
Date: 20-Sep-21

Gun, I greatly admire your sticktoitiveness!! Truly inspirational!

God bless you, and I'll be praying that your surgeries are successful.

From: fdp
Date: 20-Sep-21

WOW....just WOW!!!

From: Jegs.mi Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 20-Sep-21

I met another archery named Chris who did this exact same thing with a broken collar bone. My hat's off to you guys. I love the determination great job.

From: elkster
Date: 20-Sep-21

I hope you have good results from surgery, congratulations and thanks for the inspiration.

From: Therifleman
Date: 20-Sep-21


From: Buzz
Date: 20-Sep-21


From: buckeye
Date: 20-Sep-21

Way to stick with it. Inspirational for sure! Thanks for sharing and I hope the doc will find a way to fix you up buddy.

From: Verdeburl
Date: 20-Sep-21

An absolutely awesome story. My hat is off--my hand is extended in congrats to you, and your accomplishment. Very inspiring to all of us.

From: JHPope
Date: 20-Sep-21

I admire your determination and success. It just expresses your devotion to archery. May you have the best of results with your surgeries. Enjoy those back straps.

From: tinecounter
Date: 20-Sep-21

Congratulations! Inpressive achievement.

From: scndwfstlhntng Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 20-Sep-21



Congratulations on a nice reward for so much an investment of time, and energy

From: Tucker
Date: 20-Sep-21

Good job Gun! Now go get this year’s moose…but get someone to help cut it up and carry it out.

From: deerhunt51
Date: 20-Sep-21

That's awesome, congrats!

From: reb
Date: 20-Sep-21

Congrats! That sure is something.

From: Lefty38-55
Date: 20-Sep-21

Dayum, "NEVER give up!" And you Sir, are truly living that motto!

From: okiebones
Date: 20-Sep-21

Love it !

From: smrobertson
Date: 20-Sep-21

You stuck with it and all turned out well. Good luck on uour future surgery!

From: Brittman
Date: 20-Sep-21

You are the man !!!! Thank you for the inspiration to keep going no matter what your going through. I really needed that right now ....

Date: 20-Sep-21

God Bless!

Date: 20-Sep-21

God Bless!

From: Silverback
Date: 20-Sep-21

Awesome, great story.

From: Flinger1
Date: 20-Sep-21

One word,,,,,perseverance! I look forward to reading about future successes from you!

From: Primitive sniper
Date: 20-Sep-21

Congratulations on your harvest

From: Tomas deGato
Date: 20-Sep-21

Amazing! Way to go!

From: bluesman
Date: 21-Sep-21

Excellent , perseverance, dedication, and never give up attitude . Congratulations.

From: bluesman
Date: 21-Sep-21

Excellent , perseverance, dedication, and never give up attitude . Congratulations.

From: Geezer
Date: 21-Sep-21

Where there's a will . . .

You are an inspiration to all archers.

From: Frisky
Date: 21-Sep-21

Super! You really worked around your injuries!


From: Gun Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 21-Sep-21

Thanks all.

Hopefully my journey can inspire someone else to persevere. When I showed up to my doctor after the initial diagnosis he asked if I wanted a note to get a crossbow permit. I basically told him that if the day ever comes I can't shoot Trad, there's always fishing.

I have some pretty decent bucks in the works. Plus a few more doe tags. Stay tuned.

From: Clydebow
Date: 21-Sep-21

Great effort! Congrats

From: George D. Stout
Date: 21-Sep-21

Congratulations on your perseverance. Lots of folks would just hang it up but there are those who will push through about anything. Well done sir.

From: trad_bowhunter1965 Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 21-Sep-21

I think it awesome congratulations Gun.

From: Irish Archer
Date: 21-Sep-21

Major congrats! That’s impressive.

From: Jason H
Date: 21-Sep-21

That’s fantastic! Send us a picture of you shooting.

From: benzy
Date: 21-Sep-21

Sorry to hear you went through all this, but DAMN! Way to keep going and get it done!!!

From: Gun Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 21-Sep-21

Gun's embedded Photo

Wish I could load the video clip but here is a screen shot.

From: Gun Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 21-Sep-21

Whoa! That's huge. I used to shoot 3 fingers under, now I shoot 4 molars under. ;^)

From: Jason H
Date: 22-Sep-21

That’s great, keep up your courage!!

From: RonG
Date: 23-Sep-21

Man that has to be a tooth rattler.

Way to go, my respects to you.

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