Tred Barta – I Don’t Know How To Quit

Tred Barta – I Don't Know How To Quit

NWS Tred Barta 1 DT 9-23-09 Dominique Taylor/ Tred Barta demonstrates some of his daily workout routine that will help him maintain his upper body strength Wednesday at his home in Eagle, Colorado
NWS Tred Barta 1 DT 9-23-09 Dominique Taylor/[email protected] Tred Barta demonstrates some of his daily workout routine that will help him maintain his upper body strength Wednesday at his home in Eagle, Colorado
Vail Daily
Vail Daily

Salt Creek, CO –-( Firearms News)-Tred Barta is in his living room, watching an episode of his TV show, “The Best and Worst of Tred Barta.” It's the last one he taped before a pair of rare medical conditions put him a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

There's Barta, in blue pajamas, on the business end of a fly rod. He's running around a Guatemalan resort trying to mimic how a sailfish might behave. Finally, he jumps in the pool, splashing, bobbing, filled with the glee of the moment.

Originally diagnosed with a a rare spinal stroke, Barta is actually suffering from an equally obscure condition known as Waldenstrom's Disease, a cancer-like illness that thickens the blood.

The damage from the disease cost Barta the use of his legs, but it remains to be seen how much this will slow him down — he has been steadily practicing archery from the wheel chair to which he is now confined.

Versus has renewed his show for next year, and all of his sponsors are still with him.

“My goal now is to encourage others,” Barta said. “I want to inspire people, to be a role model.”

“Life is good, life is happy,” Tred says. “What a privilege to be here.

“You can change a life, you can change the world,” he added. “That's what I want the rest of my life to be about.”


Hat Tip: HuntWest

  • 29 thoughts on “Tred Barta – I Don’t Know How To Quit

    1. Tred:
      I am so happy to see that you are back on TV again! You are one of my outdoor heroes and I have watched your hunting adventures for years.

      During your Black Bear hunt on today’s show, I noticed that you were having some difficulty in trying to reach the bear through rough terrain in your wheelchair.

      I did some research on the Internet and located a company that manufactures really incredible 4×4 wheelchairs. Listed below is the link to their website so that you can see for yourself what is available.

      I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and that you continue to produce some of the best hunting shows in the coming year.

      Take care,

      Tom Doyle

    2. Tred

      Love your shows on Versus.I’m amazed at your courage to keep on doing to do what you love to do and living up to doiing it the “Barta Way”You will be a huge inspiration to a lot of people.And as I was reading what had happened to you and what you are doing now,as song came on the radio by Tim McGraw “Live Like You Were Dying” and in that song some of it goes….”live like you were dying,like tomorrow was a gift,and you got eterenity to think about what did you do with it,what would you do with it”… Knowing you,your not going to let a wheel chair slow you down and that the good Lord has a plan for everyone.
      Wishing you well and better health in the future.

    3. Dear Tred you have always been a insperation to me before you got hurt and expecially afterwards. I am also a parapalegic, I was involved in a motorcycle wreck on Oct,2,2009. I was in a hurry to go no where, at first it didn’t really seem to bother me while I was in Rehab. When I got home the reality set in my life would never b the same. After I realized that it just went down hill from there. The bad part is I know how luckey I truley am in rehab I got throgh it faster than any one ever got through faster than anyone else, there were people in there who broke ther neck and couldn’t even feed there self. When I got home every thing feel apart, I stay so sick wit uti’s and kidney infections. I usually have to go to the go to the docs 2 or 3 times a week. On top of that I can’t get disability because they say I haven’t paid enough taxes. I finaly got madicade wich took me almost 7 months. On top of all that my beautiful wife of 10 years left me along with all my so called freinds don’t call or come around. I swear if my faith said I wouldn’t go to hell I would have killed my self by now. When I got home from Rehab I had around 50 grand saved up when all that got gone that’s when she left. I am so lonly I have no one but my dad, mom, and aunt. I found out the people who u think are you’re freinds are nothing but users and peices of shit. I’m not sending. this for any one to feel sorry for me that’s the last thing I want, I just want Tred to know if he ever needs a hunting or fishing partner I’m very available, you can reach me at XXX-XXX-XXX, or my email (wich I hardley ever check) [email protected], thanks for your time n sorry it’s so long. Joe Joe

    4. inspire a lot of people with your spunk and desire to continue doing it your way.i would carry you around on my back in the elk woods for a week just to see you do it your my friend are a hero and always are welcome in my camp buddy

    5. Tred,

      I don’t always uderstand why God does the things he does, but I can’t help but believe he has a plan for you. I love you’re show and the hunting ethics you preach. Both my daughter and I know the Tred Barta of the future will be every bit as legendary as the Tred Barta of the past. Keep being Tred and know that thousands of poelpe are praying for you and your family. You are still “The man”!!!

    6. Tred,
      Quite an amazing story….you are an inspiration to all of us!

      I too suffer from Waldenstrom’s and am currently dealing with weak legs due to a tumor that impacted some nerves below my spine…I continue to work towards getting around on my own two feet and find your story to be quite an inspiration.

      If you’re looking for more information about Waldenstrom’s, please try the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation ( – they provide a wide variety of publications, information, and education for patients and caregivers dealing with WM. They also have an online discussion list where patients and caregivers share treatment and coping advice and information freely with each other.

      Best of luck to you as you continue to battle with your disease and I look forward to continuing to see your shows on TV for many years to come!

    7. Tred,
      You are such an inspiration to all and your show has been my favorite for a couple of years. I am an avid bowhunter and hope 1 day to have a long or recurve bow. I know you will never give up and will always take life by the horns in the positve way you know how. You are such a inspiration to me and God has amazing plans for your life. I absolutley love your talks about hunting and its all about who you are with and the journey. I am only 15 years old and unfortuantly my generation has lost some outdoor situations and sit on their butts all day. I encourage you to encourage young people
      God Bless you and your family

    8. Tred,
      You are such an inspiration to me. I had a spinal cord stroke two years ago and was paralyzed from waist down. I can now walk unasissted but still have a way to go. Like you I go to the gym every day. I recently obtained a recurve bow and am enjoying it very much. I love your shows and watch them daily.
      I would love to hear from you. Keep up the fight. You are in my prayers.

    9. Tred I love your show. You hang in there, I know you have the will and fhe faith. I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you and your family.

    10. Dear Tred, Hang in there brother. I was amazed to see what had happened to you.I was completely paralyzed back in 1985 and to make a long story short now walk with a cane.However I am extremely weak in all four extremeties.I use everything from wheelchairs walkers canes Jazzy etc to get around.I shoot guns crossbow, blackpowder, compounds, recurve and anything else I can get my hands on.Your show has always inspired me to do things that might not be the easiest but with the tenacity that could have the greatest of rewards.I have been blessed and touched by many as I hope you are .Take care & rehab as hard as you can for as long as you can!PS. If you see wheelchair tracks going up a tree just me deer hunting; )

    11. Tred,

      From all us ordinary guys who love to hunt and fish, we wish you all the best. We have no doubt you will be back in action soon enough. And for all those whining about not being able to get out and hunt, I say go do it! Do it the hard way. Do it the Barta way! We love you Tred, get well.

    12. Dear Tred Merry christmas, and we wish you the best of luck!!!!
      keep up the hard work!! looking forward to seeing more of your shows. Thanx for the great entertainment.

    13. Dear Tred

      I always admired the fact that you were a business owner that realized some pretty awsome dreams. In your show you always keep it pretty real and entertaining…good humor. I know that you will always give 110% to what ever God chooses for you. If you can do it now, some of us can be inspired to “just do it” too.
      God Bless you,


    14. Mr. Barta as many others found out about your illness on versus. Sir you can and will beat this, to continue on to bring the people what they want to see (keeping it real). I came home from Iraq with disabilitys and am working to over come them one hunt at a time.
      God Bless

    15. Dear Tred

      Just learned of your illness while watching veres on Dec 18 it brought tears to my eyes a man so active.I am 62 and could never do what you could so I will always have you in my prayers till you get better.
      All my best, Dave

    16. Hang in there Tred. I am also a T-4 para. wheelchair bound. I have been since 1972. Have not let it stop me from fishing and hunting. I know it will not stop you either. You are right, it is not all about the hunt, but the journey of the hunt and the friends you meet. God Bless. Hope to see your show again real soon. Showing us again how it is done. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Hope to meet you someday in person.


    18. Tred

      12/30/07 I was paralyzed at the T-9 level by a spinal stroke although different from yours.

      While mowing a sendero on my ranch in Texas a dead tree fell on me pinning me on my tractor. My chest was on the steering wheel and my butt on the seat. the tree fell across my back bending it forward to the point it pinched off the artery to my spine and thus a stoke.

      I have since returned to hunting and would like to share with you some of the adaptive equipment I use.

      I am shooting my bow some but because of fractures to all my ribs in the left side and my shoulder drawing and stabilizing my bow is tuff. I am back to work as a surgeon in Houston. You can read my story in the March issue of Reader Digest.

      Please contact me. I want to try to help you if I can.

      Best wishes and I know you can surpass even your own expectations.
      Sincerely Eugene L. Alford. MD

    19. Tred,

      You are definitely someone to admire. Please do what ever you can to continue your show and what it has always represented. I will go out of my way to support your sponsors.

    20. Tred
      You’ve always inspired my son and I to do things the Barta way.
      I know you are a fighter don’t give up and God bless you and your very caring wife.

    21. Tred,
      We are truly inspired by you and our sincere wishes for your health and pursuit of Outdoor activities. I have been watching your shows for years and look forward to many more of them. Keep up the fight and all the best to you, family and friends.
      How about an internet blog on hunting and fishing ?

    22. Tred, you have the best hunting show going. I look forward to each hunting adventure and I love your spirit. Thank you for being so inspiring and showing what hunting is all about. I’ll keep you in my prayers and in my heart. See you soon.

    23. Tred,
      My wife and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your wife.
      You have brought laughter, inspiration, a spirit to the world of hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. We look forward to seeing more. God’s speed

    24. Only saw your story tonight on Versus re the medical condition.
      Your attitude is a tremendous inspiration.
      Best wishes and God’s speed re your continuation of your outdoors activities .

    25. You definately inspire me! Whenever my primary hunting buddy and I talk about doing something really hard, your name always comes up. I definately look forward to seeing that coiled blue steel rolling around in a wheel chair killing things……. God bless you…

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