Undaunted: Paralysis doesn't stop hunter

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 30, 2010 - 10:49 PM

John Whalen finds exhilaration from a fruitful hunt despite his disability, while his peers marvel as much at his prowess as his unwavering attitude.

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partspmNov. 30, 10 9:02 PM

Good story about a great man..!

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oyabNov. 30, 1010:07 PM

A great example of a good human being who wants to continue to enjoy life and see's no limits to what he can do. You go boy....handle your biz

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DufferHNov. 30, 1010:50 PM

"Arrowed?" Is that akin to "bulleted?"

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sjfellegyDec. 1, 10 6:15 AM

Great tribute! I can only hope to emulate this guy if I were ever put into his world.

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jonrhoddesDec. 1, 10 7:58 AM

Congratulations, John. You just keep on truckin'. You're showing the same determination you always showed on the wrestling mat. Jon Rhodes

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gofishinDec. 1, 10 8:09 AM

Being handicapped myself I love to seee stories like this where individuls fnd a way to cotinue to enjoy things rather than use it as a crutch for all that is wrong with their life.

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timk2010Dec. 1, 1010:48 AM

that's awesome John! you sound like a cool guy!

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bearcodeDec. 1, 1012:36 PM

I have had the opportunity to be a volunteer guide for a special disabled hunter turkey hunt for the past 4 years. John sounds like a great guy with a great spirit, just like the guys I have guided. These guys show a tremedous spirit and love of hunting. It has been a privilege to guide these hunters and it really puts things in perspective about what's important.

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simplymaryDec. 1, 10 5:37 PM

Wonderful story Mr. Smith! John has been an inspiraton to me for many years! May I suggest a follow up story for you to consider? John has an amazing wife, Ellen, whose support and encouragement are extra-ordinary. An article on this fabulous woman would equally inspire and enlighten your readers. Thanks for sharing John's successful hunting story!

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