This video is not for the squeamish. It features Tim Wells of Relentless Pursuit fighting to stay alive after being badly wounded by his own spear.
Tim was on an African hunt when, after climbing down from his tree, his spear fell and completely passed through his thigh. The wound left him bleeding badly, immobilized and all alone.
His supplies and only lifeline to help stayed perched 15 tantalizing feet above his head in a tree he couldn’t hope to climb.
Watch as Tim talks through his fight to stay conscious while suffering the effects of volume loss.
He never expressly says it, but the subtext of Tim’s words indicated that this video might also serve as a farewell in case he didn’t make it.
Thankfully, Tim did survive after a grueling six-hour wait and is back stateside recovering.
If you’re wondering, the irony of getting stuck by his own weapon is not lost on the guy. He’s famous for coining the term “slock” in reference to sticking an animal with a spear or arrow. Tim may have been the first to admit that he slocked himself.
Accidents will happen, especially if we disregard precautions we know we ought to take, like Tim admits in the video. As hunting seasons open up, let’s keep this lesson in mind as we climb our trees and sit to wait for deer.
Our prayers for a quick and full recovery go out to Tim who is a great ambassador for our hunting tradition.