Tred Barta & Family Update

Tred Barta & Family Update
Many of you have just heard of Tred’s heath battles through the Best and Worst of Tred Bart on Versus.  Here is another update on our hero Tred.

Tred Barta & Family Update
Tred Barta & Family Update
Barta Boys & Girls Club
Barta Boys & Girls Club

Coastal Carolina – -( Tred Barta suffered a rare spinal stroke and while he fought for the next day, the tournament went on without him.

Recently I had the chance to speak with Tred and to obtain an update on his progress and how his health condition has affected his life. As one can imagine, Tred was eager to speak about his life now and where he is going in the future. However, he was most eager to speak about how this tournament is important to the kids and to the community and also for his emotional healing.

In Tred’s words:

“I sell airplanes every day from 6 am until 3 pm. I work out with a bungee cord and elastic bans tied around a post for one hour, each day. I shoot my bow each day and I am able to draw back to 50lbs now on the bow. I can drive my ATV and used truck with special controls and I am driving all over the state.

So far, I have ridden my horse, Badger, four times. Inside the barn I have a special harness system that lifts me to the horse and on the horse there is a high back seat that I can be strapped to when I ride. He is a specially trained horse and he is easily bridled.

My attitude is go, go, go and I feel as good as I have ever felt. I believe in my faith and I believe my faith carried me through very dark days in the hospital. And, I believe that God gave me a second chance to inspire people, I truly believe I am here to inspire and to motivate others.

On the day after Thanksgiving my wife and I are traveling to Guatemala to fish for billfish and to hunt blue wing teal. I am going to fish from the wheel chair and hopefully Annie will catch her first blue marlin and I want to release one on 2-lb test.

As for my paralysis I am healing very slowly. I receive electrical shocks in my legs to stimulate nerve growth. And while I am supposedly paralyzed from the waist down, I can pull back my bow and everyone says that I should not be able to and yet I can. My latest MRI shows that the infarction is healing slowly. And, actually, when I return form Guatemala, I am going to the Mayo Clinic for testing as they feel there is a drug available there that can help me.

I am working out everyday and there are days that I am frustrated and I have down moments. And, I want everyone to know that this tournament means more to me than any outdoor activity and I believe in what it stands for.

My whole life was changed and I am changed because of it. Yet, despite what I have been through I remain focused to this tournament and focused to getting back to being able to do the things I did before I was sick.

For me, nothing is more important now than helping this tournament grow and to raise money for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club.”

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G Mizner

Just seen tred at world wide sportsman having lunch then borded his panga boat with twins he looked great wheeling around the docks.

Shane Smith

Hi Tred. You are a Living Legend. Im also pulling for you and your team, a Very Great one it is. 🙂 Keep Your eyes on the Great Healer Jesus. Blessings are on way im sure. 700 club works also. Miracles still happen even these days. You are so worthy. You are an amazing fisherman too. Keep Pushing On

hunter thomas

Hi my name is hunter Thomas and I watched your show and I’m mad that it was cancelled because it was my favorite.I also hunt to and I want to know how are you tred barta.


I too have lived since my military days with severe injuries to my legs and back. It is humbling indeed to have to ask for help, but there are many things you can do around camp etc to help out that make you just as worthy as the wood choper or the weed whacker guy. And enjoyment of the outdoors is legitmate for all.

Skip Shephard

Tred,I admire your spirit and determination. One year ago I was fighting for my life . I had five ,usually fatal infections at the same time . They call me the miricle man at St.Josephs hospital here in Tucson. I know the power of prayer works. I will pray for your complete recovery. God bless you.


Yo Tred keep the faith i am alive awake from coma doctors tell me i should be on other side being a fan of you keeps me in the fight god bless you

Jerry Jennings

Hi Tred ,I have watched your shows for years. You have shown us that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.Wishing you the best in your recovery. Stay in the hunt.Thank you & God bless you.

Rex Temple

Love your attitude Tred. Give'em hell. Carry on.

Gene Clifford

Fred, Keep a stiff upper lip as you and Bill Dance are The 2 greatest outdoor people I've ever seen on TV. You 2 tell it like it is and are willing to show the outtakes telling all your viewers that you are just like us all.

Gene Clifford

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Quranda johnson

Hello Tree.I'm sorry to hear that you are wheelchair bound at least for the moment. Its evident that you are a strong minded person as well as having a strong family behind keep your hands in Gods hands and keep on keeping are an inspiration to a lot of people with disabilities. Yes you are still here for a reason God is not through with you continue to be strong with God on your side there is nothing you can't do.May God continue to bless you and your family my friend.

good hunting and fishing


Tred, I work most weekends (broadcast sports production freelancer) so I have missed a lot of fishing shows over the last few years. I just heard of your setback. If any one can make a comeback it has to be you. Like you always say, when preparing for a fishing trip and gearing up for the adventure, "you gotta do the WORK"! I am sure you will do the work or whatever it takes to take this new challenge as far as you can. I just saw the Sailfish on 2lb test show. Great to see you back in the… Read more »

Chad Novak

Hello Tred. I'm glad your doing better your the man the hard way the barta way this summer come to Whitewater on Lake Lorraine for panfish, Bass, and Pike fishing in July the second week. Let me know. your buddy, Chad

robert krawiec

Tred, best wishes for your recovery, your fans know you will succeed as you have in everything else you have done. You will do it te hard way , the Barta way, cause you the man.

John Castelluccio, J

You are an inspiration to all of us and especially the infirmed. With God's help and trust in the Lord-you will have a significant recovery! I am a true fishing admirer of you…John Castelluccio, Jr. Metairie, LA

John Castelluccio, J

My prayers are with you throughout your recovery. YOU ARE AN IDEALISTIC MODEL FOR EVERYONE…ESPECIALLY THE INFIRMED! Keep your chin up and with trust in God-you will heal significantly back to good health!!! A true fishing admirer of you…John Castelluccio, Jr., Metairie, LA

Ken McMillan

Hi Tred Heard of you through a family member in Vail who is involved with the us Olympic ski team. We have something in common in that also have had a spinal stroke. Very rare event indeed and not a good lottery to win. Mine was at the level of c6 to t1 leaving me with weak hands and partial paralysis below my nipple line. I cannot feel heat or cold or deep pain below this area. I also have a neurogenic bladder and bowel so I have to catherized every 4 hours to empty my bladder. Research revealed no… Read more »

george potthast

Mr.Barta. seeing you catch that rainbow, was doing it your way. Ive watched you take on bear,moose and some of the roughest places to hunt. I have no doubt that this pot hole in your road will be over come. my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Keep doing it your way.

Mauro rodrigues Flor

I still get to see your Show Tred,Keep it up. But take it easy too

Kent Phillips


David Kilpatrick

I don't know if Tred accualy reads these But to whom ever does, I'm a 50 year old from Florida. I have watched his tv showes for a long time on VS. I just saw his black bear hunt in his chair and…well I cried like a baby! I was so glad to see he never gave up. I lost my dad to cancer and he never gave up even thou he lost his battle. I was glad to see Tred had not given up either. You Go Man !!!!! Barta Your The Man !!

Lou Leavens

Tred I am a regular watcher of your show. This past weekend I saw the show when you were successful harvesting your first whitetail with a longbow. I must say I shared a tear with you. I am a member of the Michigan Longbow association and I would love to sponsor you as a member to a great organization. I order to accomplish that goal I need your mailing address so here I am searching the web fir that information. I you get this email please consider my offer of becoming a member of the Michigan Longbow Association. You can… Read more »


Hey Tred,

Your bear is GREAT! You truly are "The Man". You have inspried all of us to do what other men only dream about….

Keeping the Hunt going,

Bob Boyd


Rob Callan


I've enjoyed watching your show for several years and was sad to hear of your illness. I wish you a rapid recovery. Your enthusiasm for the outdoors and hunting have motivated me in so many ways. It's refreshing to know that there are individuals like yourself with the drive and determination to keep the great hunting tradition alive. The real way, the Barta way! I know you will get better soon.

Robert Wheeler

Hello Tred, Please update. Foregive me if i've been missinformed. I have read many articles and have been searching many blogs trying to get an update of your condition to date. Some rumors have surfaced that you are not with us any more. That your disease has taken it's toll. Based on the above comments i hope thats not the case. I started hunting late in life by some standards, in my early 20's, i'm now 43 and have never taken the path of least resistance. All of my hunting/fishing experiences by my choice, have been hard unguided trips in… Read more »

Phil Johnson

I just watched a show with Mr. Barta and I was shocked to see him in a wheel chair. I felt a great sence of loss for him and all that know him but as I throught about his present in this world, it reminded me of Christoper Reed and what he did for others and I know that Crazy Mr. Barta will have a Greater influence on others by never giving up,when the going gets Rough-Thank you Mr.Barta & God Bless

Byrd McManus

just found out about your stroke. you are in our have a great woman by your side. now ! lets you and me catch the largest tuna on rod and reel together ! a new goal to set ! ……………..BYRDMAN

robert mayer

I just watched your deer hunt in Texas with your best friend. that had to be the most inspiring show i have ever can be an inspiration to so many vets and day to day people that i cannot imagine. best wishes to you and your wonder family and friends.


Hello Tred just watched 2 episodes today without knowing what has happened to you i work on the road a lot God bless you my friend your hunts are inspiring and you are even more inspiring now keep your faith keep working out amazing you can pull that 50# bow.go go go Tred

William B. Ross Jr.

Tred just found out and i must say i am a little taken by this . My dad was in a accident and was parallized when i was thirteen . He was a quad my mom was a care giver for so many years my heart goes out to you and your wife . But what an opurtunity to show all those out there that feel sorry for themselfs its one thing to be hendered its another to do it to yourself . Attitude is everything after seeing my dad go threw that i hate to here people complain and… Read more »




Hey there Tred

I was shocked to see you fishing from a wheelchair! Man that sucks! Your attitude is impressive as I know it must be very difficult. I am 38 and just found out I have MD. My hands and feet are withering away. As a provider for my family and an avid outdoorsman, it is hard to accept that my body doesn't do what I want it to anymore. That said, I'm with you. Suck it up and drive on…..The Barta Way! Keep the Faith!



Dear Mr. Barta

My prayers go out to you and your family. My daughter in 2003 became deathly ill, and we were told she wasn't going to make it we never gave up hope . Mainmy point is it sounds like you haven't either. My daughter was 29 she now lives in her own apartment doing very well. And so will you. God bless you. Your grass will also get greener once again.

Dana C Wood

Dear Tred I used to be an assistant hunting guide in the Great State of Alaska. and just recently found out about you current health condition. for some reason in Gods big picture bad things happen to good people and I can only wish there will be an explanation when we get to the Perly Gates. I currently operate a Charter Vessel in Prince William Sound and would like to extend and Invitation to you and your Family to come to Valdez and Go on a fishing trip with me. If you think this would be somthing you would be… Read more »


I enjoy you show, I suffered an aneurysm bursting on my brain a few years back. I know full well the power of prayer, was told some time afterwards I was only given a 5% chance to live. My Dr. told me I was a miracle, so hang in there my prayers are for you.

Kirk Nelson

Mr Barta. I have watched your shows over the past years. I was very upset about the news of your recent illness. I know you can over come this . I had Polio as a child and had to work through the shit. Keep it up you will win out in one way or another. ( who say's two feet are better than brains.

Keep the faith

Kirk Nelson

d larson

tred i've watch you're show many time you are a very light hearted

jack sutton

tred thank you for your hunting and fishing shows god bless

Eugene S

Thank You for your Insperation! I'm 39 now and just started hunting, but been an avid fisherman since old enough to cast. I also have a medical condition with my spinal cord, but its in my neck. What I've seen on your show has helped me out in the field unlike the other shows onl showing new tech ways. Since I'm on disability Living on less then 200.00 a month theres no way I can afford that stuff, saving for the permit is tough enough. Showing old school hunt stalks rock. Thats for you encourage showing the show must go… Read more »

James Melton

Mr. Barta, I'm a 4 time army combat veteran and present roughneck in the oilfield in west Texas. I love watching your show on Versus and didn't hear of your accident until a few months back. I came aware of it while watching your episode and saw you fishing during a blizzard in a wheel chair and watched as your feet were placed in buckets so you could get in the water. I was awe struck to find out what happened and then inspired and motivated to see that it hadn't stopped your drive to enjoy your life. You have… Read more »

Cody T

I'm in high school and hunt public land in PA. I highly enjoy your show because it is real hunting. It's not about harvesting game but it's about the experience. In PA you don't always kill your prey so you have to learn to enjoy the finer things. You're a great role model Tred and very entertaining.

Randy Halen

Tred, Four years ago I took up deer hunting on my wife's family farm here in Ohio. Two years ago I took my first deer with a crossbow. I had been watching you on Versus for a while and decided that the crossbow was not for me so I dug out my 1958 Bear Grizzly and started to practice. I have not taken a deer for the last two years but not because I couldn't but because it didn't feel right. Your message " the Barta way" has meant a lot to me and I think you have hit pretty… Read more »

Gary Justice

Tred,I have Watched your show for many years.The ethics that you use should be practiced by others.Im not going to talk about your misfortune because I dont think you want to hear about it.It is now the time to show people the Tred Barta we all know.You will be a symbol of strength to all physically challenged outdoors men and women.You will go on to make other huge accomplishments not only for wheelchair ridden but also perfectly healthy outdoors people.I will be looking for you and your wife on my outdoor channel,going hunting or fishing.Dont let this effect you a… Read more »

Robert C. Turpin

Mr. Barta,

I am a cancer survivor. I have lived through three types of cancer. Chemo & radiation. To see you in a wheel chair fishing in a blizzard is an ispiration to everyone. I have watched your show for years. I love your motto — Do it the hard way. Reminds me of Theodore Roosevelt. I pray for you to get well.

Robert Turpin

Ernie Everly

Hey Tred, I've follow and admired you for quite a while. I was compelled to write you. I was stunned when I saw you in a wheel chair while sailfishing. In typical Tred fashion I see your physical condition hasn't slowed you down – just a new challenge for you. In just two days I've learned that you're still fishing, shooting, skiing and horseback riding. What's next? You have been and now more than ever are an inspiration to those that pursue our passions! It looks like you have a terrific wife and support network. If you're ever in Detroit… Read more »

Aaron Donovan

Tred, just like #148 I didn't know. You just keep doing it your way,The Barta way.

The best to you, and your family.

You Are The Man!


Kirby T.

Tred your still the Man

Larry Motykowski

Hey Tred…..I had no idea until i watched the show this evening. I always wondered why we haven't seen any recent shows lately and thought the 'Do-Gooders' may have gotten in the way. Thanks for keeping it going through all these ups & downs…. I think it would be great if you and Kurt Roman #146 can meet and do a show together!!! Larry

benn burns

tred, today is friday,april 2, 2010. I"ve been watching your shows for some time. i admire your moral ethics in hunting and fishing and am sometimes quite amazed at how some of your trips end up succesful. tonight the vs channel showed you fly fishing in colorado, in the middle of a snow blizzard and i was surprised to see you in a wheelchair. at first i thought it was too show people how anybody could cast a fly, no matter what the obsticle… however, as the show progressed, there was no mention as to why you were in the… Read more »