Bow Hunter Returns to
Sport After Accident
Jeremy Johnson claims 6-point buck
years ago Jeremy Johnson was just a young man like any other. He enjoyed
hunting and spending time with his friends.
he was in a car accident and his way of life changed.
now age 23, lost his right arm in the accident. He spent about four weeks
recovering from the accident. Then he had to learn how to do things all
over again. Jeremy was right-handed.
Jeremy Johnson picks up
the bow with his left hand and bites down the mouth tab with his teeth.
He pushes the bow forward and takes aim. Then he releases by simply
letting go of the cord.
he mastered such tasks as brushing his teeth and writing, he wanted to
move on to other things — the important things, like hunting.
most folks, Jeremy thought his options were going to be restricted by
his physical limitations. He soon found there were many options
available to him.
who lives in Center Star in Lauderdale County, was anxious to try deer
hunting again. He tried using a gun, but admitted the adrenaline rush he
got from killing a deer with a bow wasn’t there.
said hunting with a gun wasn’t that difficult. He simply placed the
butt of the gun against his right shoulder and used his left hand to
fire the gun.
as many hunters do, Jeremy prefers bow hunting. So, he began to look for
used a crossbow for two years," said Jeremy. "But it was too
heavy and too bulky to handle."
heard about a man who had lost an arm who used a special harness to bow
explained the harness was worn sort of like a vest and the bowstring was
attached to the harness to allow the hunter to pull the bow forward.
contacted the Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America to get some
information about the harness.
spoke with the group’s secretary, Karen Vought. She asked him questions
concerning his health and overall physical fitness.
asked me if I was in good shape, if I was healthy otherwise,"
recalled Jeremy. "I wasn’t sure why she needed to know."
out, Karen knew about a device called a mouth tab that was just what
Jeremy needed to return to bowhunting. She mailed it to him right away.
I first saw the mouth tab, I thought this can’t be all there is to
it," said Jeremy. "It was so simple."
After his car accident,
Jeremy Johnson is happy to return to the important things, like hunting.
The mouth tab
is made from a short piece of nylon cord fixed around the bowstring just
above where the butt of the arrow rests.
placing an arrow in the bow, Jeremy picks up the bow with his left hand
and bites down on the cord with his teeth. Then he pushes the bow forward
and takes aim.
Jeremy Johnson places an
arrow in the bow.
release, he simply lets go of the cord.
is so accurate," Jeremy said about the method. "You are always
looking in the same spot and your shot is always the same."
said he practiced with the mouth tab for about a week, noting the hardest
part was conditioning his left arm to pull the bow forward.
I got used to pulling the bow with my left arm, the rest was easy,"
said Jeremy. "I was ready to hunt."
hunt he did. Within the week, he had killed a six-point deer. He was
thrilled with his success.
had thought it might be hard or it would take a while to adjust to
it," said Jeremy. "But it was easy."
said holding the string with his teeth doesn’t hurt his mouth, noting
the jaw contains some of the strongest muscles in the human body.
said some things about his bowhunting have improved since before his
accident. He used to hunt with a Matthews bow set at 66 pounds. He got rid
of it a couple of years ago. Now he has a Reflex Growler set at 68 pounds.
content to let his hobbies end with bowhunting, Jeremy rigged a harness to
help him fish.
have just about quit using the harness now," said Jeremy. "Now I
use a Daiwa Viento reel with a twitchin’ bar on it."
said he uses his finger to reel.
hunting and fishing, he even has plans to resume playing golf soon. He
said he doesn’t plan on using any special equipment.
how he manages to do the things he does with his physical limitations,
Jeremy is matter-of-fact in his answer.
can do anything you want to do," he said. "You just have to
relies on the Lauderdale County Co-op in Elgin Crossroads for his deer
manager Larry Murphy said Jeremy has been trading with the Co-op for about
The mouth tab is made from
a short piece of nylon cord fixed around the bowstring just above where
the butt of the arrow rests.
buys corn and minerals from us," said Murphy. "He also likes our
BioLogic line of products."
said though he has only known Jeremy for a short time, he is impressed
amazes me," commented Murphy. "He has such a great personality.
He is a super kid."
interested in more information about the Physically Challenged Bowhunters
of America can check out their website. The address is www.pcba-inc.org.
Susie Sims is a
freelance writer from Haleyville.