Shooting Media Personality Tred Barta Suffers Stroke

Shooting Media Personality Tred Barta Suffers Stroke

Shooting Media Personality Tred Barta
Shooting Media Personality Tred Barta

NEW YORK – -(Business Wire)- The highly rated television series “The Best & Worst of Tred Barta” has taken a tragic turn as its host Tred Barta was struck last week by a spinal cord stroke just before completing filming of the final episode of the series. The final episode, which will be aired on the Versus Network later this year, will be an up-front and personal account of Barta’s fight to regain the use of his lower extremities that were left paralyzed from the stroke and how this will now relate to his ability and desire to continue to participate in wilderness and high seas adventures.

Barta, the icon of sports fishing and hunting, suffered the spinal cord stroke in mid-May and is currently under the care of doctors at Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.

“I’ve fought to earn world records for some of the most challenging fish in the ocean and have hunted dangerous game in the wilderness with only my long bow, but nothing compares to the fight I am in now,” said Barta.

Spinal cord stroke is among the rarest forms of strokes – 1.2% of all strokes. The overall annual incidence of spinal cord strokes is estimated to be only 12 strokes in 100,000 people.

“Mr. Barta has suffered a spinal cord stroke which is a very uncommon condition. However, he has applied his uniquely vigorous and positive attitude in responding to his illness,” said Michael Earnest, M.D., neurologist, Denver Health. “Tred continues to do things the ‘Barta Way’ working hard and assisting in his daily recovery process. We look forward to his continued progress as he moves to the next level of care. He has earned the respect and admiration of all of us who are caring for him.”

Barta is a multiple world record holder in both sport fishing and hunting and hunts almost exclusively with a long-bow and home-made wooden arrows and fishes for marlin and tuna using only the lightest tackle. Fair chase and fair game are the hallmarks of his outdoor ethic. His Barta Blue Marlin Charity Tournaments, now held in Beaufort, North Carolina, are famous for its catch and release-honor system scoring format and have raised more than one million dollars for children’s causes.

“Tred has never done anything the easy way,” says Dean Travis Clarke, Barta’s editor of 20 years and fellow Versus Network TV host. “When he focuses on a goal, get out of the way or he’ll roll right over you! I believe with all my heart that Tred will approach walking again with that same drive and motivation.”

Barta, who is also a prolific author, writes for Sportfishing Magazine and Big Game Fishing Journal and is largely credited for his role in pioneering offshore “Canyon” fishing and how to fish, a North East Gulf Stream phenomena called warm core eddy formations.

Information about Tred Barta and his medical progress can be found at www.sportfishermen.com

62 thoughts on “Shooting Media Personality Tred Barta Suffers Stroke

  1. Hi Tred,

    I heard of your spinal infarct through a family member that lives in Vail who is involved with the Olympic ski team. I cam relate to your troubles as I suffered a spinal cord infarct 6 months ago during the middle of a move. I was original misdiagnosed as Guillian Barre at the local hospital and was denied appropriate treatment by the neurologist. I was treated and diagnosed at Mayo clinic in Arizona and have spent nearly 5 months in physical rehab.

    My right side is stronger than left side. I cannot sense heat or cold below my nipple line and do not sense pain below that line. I can sense light touch however. I have a neurogenic bowel and bladder so I have to catheterize myself at 4 hour intervals with a condom cath for sleeping at night. I am always concerned about infection due to catheterization.

    Your story has been an inspiration to me as I try to work my way back to functionality as a veterinary surgeon. I have a mountain to climb in front of me and it is good to know that I’m not alone with my disease. I wish you luck and if you have any advice, please share.

    Ken

  2. I was shocked to see you in a wheel chair hunting bear,I immediately logged on to your web site to find out what had happened to you. I hope you get back to your old self soon. To see you hunting from your wheel chair was an inspiration to every one with a disability,I give you great credit for not giving up and not just laying down and giving up. In the last few years I have been hit with a bunch of set backs my self,I have had a hip replacement,the other one needs to come out two,I have spinal stenosis really bad ,fibromyalga,degenerate discs,arthritis in every joint,and bone spurs in just about every other joint ,but to see you not give up it gives me the courage to try and keep going. I would love to be able to hunt but I just can’t walk that far in the woods to go hunting,or go fishing .I just don’t have the financial means to do so.but I wish you the best of luck in your recovery.

  3. I have watched your show for a long time. I had spinal surgery 5 years ago and was told I could not hunt or ride horses again. They were wrong. I was with my oldest grandson of 9 years of age take his first deer this year. You are the best out door host on TV.
    Never give up IM with you al the way.

  4. Get well soon I’ve watched your for a long time now.
    I had spinal surgery 5 years ago and was told I could not hunt or ride horses again. They were wrong I was with my oldest grandson this year to watch him take his first deer. Never give up.
    Your the best out door host on tv.

  5. Tred, god bless you for your spirit and grit. Man you make old fat men like me feel guilty for griping about our aches and pains. You are truly an inspiration.
    You have inspired me to live life to the fullest, no matter the difficulties.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am sure all your fans wish you a complete recovery, as do I!!!
    william mickey jr

  6. Tred, I knew you would be back out there again. Keep up the strength and push on champ. You are an inspiration to me and countless others. I just seen your black bear hunt from your new wheels. Awesome shot, but that’s nothing new.

    David
    Muskegon, Mi

  7. Tred,

    It’s December and just saw your show last night of your chair whitetail hunt in West Texas and learned then of your accident. I can not imagine how you have been feeling but I hope I have your strength in character in the event it ever happens to me. You will recover and we will be awed by your successes in the field once again.

    John
    Humble, TX

  8. i understand the mental part of a disability,i have stage 4 sarcoidosis and rhemutoid arthritis,i have a pace maker\diffibulator and the sarcoid is spreading,I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE UP, I BEEN IN THE WOODS TWICE THIS YEAR ,USUALLY I LIVE IN THE WOODS FROM SEPTEMBER TO THE END OF JANUARY,
    KEEP YOUR FAITH AND HUNT AND FISH WHEN YOU HAVE THE STRENGH,
    YOU SAID ON YOUR SHOW AND IT TEARED ME UP
    THANK YOU TO MY WIFE ,WHO IS MY BEST FRIEND,THATS AWSOME,MY WIFE IS NOT A HUNTER BUT LOVES THE OUTDOORS AND I TO APPRECIATE MY WIFE ,THEY ARE TRULY THE ANGELS GOD SENT US.
    HAPPY HUNTING AND FISHING AND ENJOY IT WITH YOUR ANGEL.
    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR CAREGIVERS,
    KURT SHINN
    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ

  9. Wow! I just now saw you fishing in a high wind and deep cold — not to mention snow. I wouldn’t fish like that — you are tough! Good luck with all you do!

  10. Tred,
    I received quit a shock this morning as I prepared myself for work. I caught the episode of you in the wheelchair and riding your horse. My wife Debbie and I went to your site to find out what had happened. I am deeply sorry for your setback. I know you like doing things the “hard way, the Barta way,” but seriously, this has to be the hardest Barta way yet!! You are an inspiration to all sportsmen and women, certainly to me. I know your not the kind of man that wants folks to feel sorry for you, so I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers for your speedy recovery. I look forward to the day when I can sling some arrows with you from my vintage Bear recurve bow with wooden arrows tipped with hand-honed two bladed fixed broadheads, filed to a razors edge! Tred, Keep your eye focused on the spot, have a smooth release and follow thru! I will keep looking for your show and eagerly wait for your next adventure.

    V/r
    Ken Feiereisen
    North Pole, Alaska

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