I often have shared articles about tips and techniques for enjoying your time spent in the great outdoors, and I also have tried to share articles containing humor. I even have shared some of what I refer to as “inspirational” articles with the hope and intention that just possibly someone who is suffering from a disability can somehow follow advice from other people who may be suffering from the same situation and be able to adapt and see there is hope. After all, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”
Years ago, I shared some personal experience when I suffered a complete shoulder reconstruction. I was told, at my age, I would be lucky to recover 30 to 40 percent use of that shoulder after the surgery and that my archery/bowhunting career was over. But, through painful therapy and being stubborn, I actually recovered to right at 90 percent. I also shared a situation where a beautiful young lady suffered a stroke that rendered one side of her body non-functional and how, with help from a few others, she managed to continue archery hunting with a special designed crossbow, special designed crossbow cocking device, and crossbow mount that attached to her wheelchair. Even today, she is capable of continuing her love for hunting.
I recently was contacted by a friend of mine about his grandson who had taken a “once-in-a-lifetime” buck during the Indiana bow season. He sent me a photo and said, “There is a story behind the taking of this buck.” He gave me the young man’s contact information, and after hearing the story behind the deer harvest, I had to contact the young man and do an interview. After talking with him, we arranged a meeting, and I was compelled to compose this article, once again, hoping some of the information shared might be helpful and inspire someone else in the same situation to never give up.
Jordon Sievers has been hunting for approximately 15 years, and he was inspired to hunt by his stepfather and grandparents. He was injured in a farming accident. He was working in a field and had a malfunction and was making an adjustment when a pressure relief valve on an anhydrous ammonia tank popped off, causing him to suffer severe internal and external chemical burns on his face and eyes, causing him to lose vision in both eyes.
After approximately six surgeries and procedures, he recovered partial vision in one eye. He still remains legally blind in one eye, but he recovered enough vision in the other to resume normal daily activity and function. Now he is capable of driving… and hunting again!
Sievers wanted to go deer hunting again and was granted permission to hunt a spot. He certainly was excited to be able to do what he loves, deer hunt. He was in the treestand only a short time when he was blessed with the opportunity to not only observe but also get a shot opportunity at a true “once-in-a-lifetime” whitetail buck. The deer “green scored” 197 total points and, after deductions, 184¾ points. (I have deer hunted for 55 years, and I have never seen a deer of this magnitude.)
I asked Sievers just before we concluded the interview if he had any words of wisdom or advice for any reader possibly experiencing the same or similar situation, and he answered, “Keep a positive attitude, keep your faith, and surround yourself with positive, supportive people. And that will help you through the healing process, and remember, it could always be worse.”
I know after I met Sievers he certainly impressed me with his attitude and willingness to share his accident, what it could have been, and how he faced adversity. He was willing to share and hope he could help someone else facing the same dilemma. Where there is a will, there is a way!