DULUTH, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) -- Exactly one–half an hour before sunrise tomorrow morning, Trevor Stokes will take a seat in his deer stand.
The Duluth Hunter lives in Rice Lake Township. He says November fifth should be a holiday.
"This would be year fifteen that I haven't missed," Stokes said.
Like thousands of hunters, Stokes is gearing up for the 2010 Rifle Season, and he's not letting anything stop the tradition.
"Got in a car wreck about a month and a half ago. Broke my neck and lost all of my left side. In fact, I couldn't walk, I couldn't move my arm," Stokes relates.
Plenty of hard work, rehab, and some Velcro, and Stokes is ready to fight back against his injury. According to DNR officials, he's got his work cut out for him .
"We're expecting overall – we should have a pretty good deer season," says Rich Staffon, Cloquet DNR Wildlife Manager.
"Our anticipation is that we'll harvest about 195,000 deer – which is similar to last year. And that means about 1 out of three hunters will harvest deer, and half of them will be bucks."
Stokes says he definitely hopes to bag one of those animals, and he won't let bad luck get in the way:
"I'm going to make it work. I'm going to make it work with doing a lot of exercise on my arm. My neck is slowly but surely healing, and I'm going to be careful," he says.
Written for the web by Matt Standal