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TRAGEDY . . . WHY HIM?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by S&Wfan, Dec 23, 2006.

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  1. S&Wfan

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    There are some guys in your hunting club that are truly special. You each probably have one or two in your club too.

    Sometimes Jerry wouldn't hunt the evening during the rut . . . just to prepare everyone a real, honest-to-goodness gourmet meal. He always was cooking for everyone and refused money for the grub.

    Jerry was the friendly peacemaker, and a man of uncommon intellegence and wisdom. A great listener and conversationalist. The first to help anyone, whether they asked or not.

    At 53, he was trim and fit and at the peak of his career as a comptroller of a major corporation, so others benefitted from his talents and gifts.

    Our President lost his old cherished .30-.30 Winchester to a thief last year. This year Jerry told me, I'm going to give him my Winchester. It has given me so much joy, but I think it will give him more. Later, the President was stunned with such a gift!


    WHY HIM???

    Last Tuesday I drove the 25 miles from home to the camp to swap my car for my Jimmy and trailer in order to pick up a new set of bedding for the house. So, Wednesday after work I returned the truck/trailer to the club.

    It was after dark a little when I arrived. Just the Club President (who lives across the dirt road from the camp) and Jerry were pegged out on the board. We require each stand be numbered and marked so we know where people are.

    Soon the President came over from his house. Jerry is still out in the woods and I'm starting to get worried. We talked about the fact that is wasn't that late yet, but Jerry usually didn't come back in that late. However, sometimes guys forget to take their numbered disc off the peg out board and we were pretty sure this had happened anyway.

    The President said that if Jerry wasn't back within the next few minutes he'd go check on him. I was needing to get back to town so I said "great," and then I left.

    THE CALL CAME . . .

    About an hour after getting home the call came.

    After eating supper, the President noticed Jerry was still showing being pegged out on the far side of the club's 1,500 acres. He'd helped Jerry put up that stand a month ago so he knew just where to go.

    Jerry fell asleep and fell forward out of the metal ladder stand, smashing bones in his face, and tearing a 6" gash in his face. It gets worse . . .

    He fell on his gun, hitting him in the chest and breaking 4 ribs on one side and 3 on the other . . . puncturing both lungs. Sadly . . .

    He also broke his back and is paralized from the waist down at this time. We are all praying that he can recover! He's in a regional spinal hospital, with his first surgery scheduled for Tuesday.

    WHY HIM?

    If these things can happen to the smartest and best of people, it can happen to anyone.

    Folks, please pray for Jerry and his wonderful family during this rough time.

    Also, it is a wakeup call for me. I, too, do not were a safety harness . . . depending on myself to remain alert like Jerry did. Never again though!

    THIS IS THE SADDEST OF CHRISTMAS SEASONS NOW . . .

    We are all so heartbroken.

    T.
     
  2. MrDig

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    My thoughts and prayers are yours as well as your freind Jerry.
     
  3. one-shot-one

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    prayers sent.
     
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    My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
     
  6. 22-rimfire

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    I hope they can fix him up. Sad. Falling asleep is one of the reasons I simply don't like stands unless they are box stands or the stands are big. No body likes wearing the safety harness.
     
  7. redneck2

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    One of my best friends went to sleep in his tree stand about 3 weeks ago. Fell 32 feet, but fortunately fell in a soft, almost muddy area. Cracked some ribs, ruptured spleen. Internal bleeding. Three days in the hospital.

    Smart people do foolish things. Not wearing a harness is one. Being a nice person doesn't make you immune to danger. Now, just think if he'd been hunting alone and no one found him for a day or two.

    I read that one in five people that hunt from tree stands end up falling out sooner or later.

    Hope it all works out.
     
  8. griz

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    My thoughts are with him right now. We just lost a hunter that was much like that, camp cook, good friend, etc. Just doesn't seem fair sometimes.
     
  9. Pumpkinheaver

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    Sorry for your friend and for you. Maybe his injuries are someones way of telling you guys to wear your saftey harness at all times!!
     
  10. CSA 357

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    I hate to hear that , I have got to where i dont use climbing stands any more im 265# and just dont trust them! i hope your freind will get better , its a shame things like this happen he is in my prayers , *csa*
     
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    Sorry for your friend. Prayers going out from Pa.
     
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    That's for me to know and not you!
    You club and his family have my thoughts and best wishes.
     
  13. SHOOT1SAM

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    My prayers too, for Jerry & his family.

    Sam
     
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    I am sorry to hear of this tragedy.
     
  15. Greybeard

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    Very sorry to hear this, especially this time of year. Special prayers for all involved.
     
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    I have said prayers also, please give us updates as time permits.
     
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    Prayers sent, :(
     
  18. JD0608

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    THIS SITUATION MAKES YOU THINK.. I TOO HAVE FELL ASLEEP IN MY STAND A COUPLE TIMES. THANKS TO YOUR STORY I`LL BE GETTING A SAFTEY BELT.
    1`LL BE PRAYING FOR YOUR FRIEND..
     
  19. Spot77

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    Your club deserves praise for using markers to keep track of people. There is no doubt that this saved the fella's life.
     
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    Prayers for Jerry...

    Father God, we can only wonder why bad things happen to good people, but we do know that Jesus your son was sinless yet died a cursed death, that through Him we may be found sinless, and we thank you, and in light of the power of His resurrection we pray the mighty hand of God on Jerry, that a whirlwind of healing will take place, and the power and anointing of Jesus Christ will flow through his body at an atomic and molecular level for we know it is Christ that holds all things together. So Father hear our pleas for Jerry and restore Him in Jesus mighty Name we pray. Amen.

    In His Love and Service,
    peace
     
  21. S&Wfan

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    Yes,

    I am VERY glad our club uses a check-in/out board. It definately saved Jerry's life!

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SYSTEM TO OTHER CLUBS:

    Our board is under a covered area we made just for this, and includes:

    1. A map of the entire club
    2. A roster of club members and their assigned club number
    3. A nail next to each member's number on which hang three metal washers with the member's number on it (one for the member and two for guests)

    Each stand in the woods must be marked on the map with a nail upon which to hang the washers, and each nail must also have the member's number next to it.

    Anyone can hunt any stand, and the washers let everyone know who is in the woods and where they are located.

    IT SAVED A LIFE . . . CONSIDER THIS FOR YOUR CLUB!

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    T.

    ps: I'm currently plotting each stand on the club with my GPS and will be making a log book of each stand location's GPS coordinates. This will give a more accurate map, and allow emergency personnel to find an injured hunter much faster in case no one is around to guide them to a stand!
     
  22. ripcurlksm

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    I dont hunt but this is very sad news. :(
     
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    My sympathy with your friend. By coincidence, last night I was just looking through a catalog last night and came across these tree stands (never used one) and was thinking - a safety belt, a nylon sling and two carabiners.

    A wrist strap (weak hand) and piece of paracord tied off to the rear sling swivel is probably a good idea too; drop a rifle from ten, fifteen or more feet and it might well land square on the buttplate.

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  24. Harve Curry

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    Very Sorry to hear about Jerry. I'll keep him in mind and wish the best for him.
    I'll also look into easier ways of using harness and saftey.
     
  25. TX35

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    Tell your friend Jerry, that there are lots of prayers from Texas coming his way!!
     
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