Pennsylvania Game News - December 2015 - 26

Tom Venesky with his crutches, his father
George and the "Broken Leg Buck." he took
in Indiana County in 2009.

leading up to a shot. I no longer was
cold and wet, and I didn't hear the rain
splattering on the ground. All of my
senses were directed toward the buck as
he stepped out.
He paused and I placed the crosshairs
on his shoulder and gently squeezed the
trigger. My .270's report echoed along
the hill.
The umbrella strapped to the tree fell at
the shot, spilling a pool of water into my
lap. Even my crutches - leaning against
the tree - fell. Of course, just out of reach.
Despite the commotion, the buck fell
and lay motionless on the hillside.
I unloaded my rifle. And I didn't notice
the pain in my leg as I contorted my body
around the tree to grab the crutches.
26

Keeping an eye on the buck, I slung the
rifle over my shoulder, propped myself
onto the crutches and hopped up the rainsoaked hillside.
The shot had killed the buck cleanly.
Relieved and thankful, I filled out and
attached my tag.
My uncle heard the shot and arrived
shortly after, offering congratulations
and moving the buck into position so I
could field dress it. My father arrived
seconds later. We shook hands and
admired the buck. It had a 7-point rack,
and considering the effort it took just to
get into the woods, it was a true trophy.
Although I was determined to do
everything myself, I had to relent and let
my father and uncle drag the buck back to
the road. They each grabbed an antler and
pulled, while I followed some distance
away on crutches.
Later that winter my leg healed and I
could walk again.
The following deer season, I resumed
hunting from my stand up on the hill
like I had for years. I've harvested larger
bucks since then, but the 7-point shot
from a lawn chair will always hold special
meaning.
The experience of hunting that season
with a broken leg gave me a greater
appreciation for the challenges that
disabled hunters among our ranks must
overcome. I recognize the struggles and
challenges they face just to get into the
woods, and I admire the determination it
takes to overcome those obstacles.
My season with a broken leg also
prompted me to make a change. No longer
would I play hockey in the months leading
up to deer season. Opening day is just too
special to miss.



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