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By Mike Handley

David GibsonThere are two good kidneys between David and Carol Gibson, thanks to her and a team of surgeons. But the eight years following the transplant -- which reduced her to one and gave him three -- haven’t all been good for the man from Pleasant Hill, Ohio.

David suffers from Crohn’s Disease, which is to say his intestinal tract has endured more natural disasters than Bangladesh. Osteoporosis has assailed his bones, neuropathy his nerves, and his feet and legs are mostly numb and subject to blood clots.

Having one good kidney among three (his own pair is riddled with cysts) has kept David alive, but Carol says her husband’s bone marrow is producing too many red blood cells, resulting in polycythemia.

Despite the litany of ailments that would shatter almost anyone’s resolve, David is not content to stay indoors during deer season.

That wasn’t so easy in 2010, however. The man who had given David permission to hunt his 90 acres went into a nursing home, and his family, concerned about liability, didn’t extend the privilege.

He finally gained permission to hunt another tract near Ludlow Falls, but the property was less than ideal. Cover was sparse, corn had not been planted, and the neighborhood dogs made quite the sport of chasing deer. Still, he managed to shoot two of the three whitetails he saw, which left him with one unfilled tag.

On Monday, Dec. 13, David had to have four teeth pulled. The next day, he was in the hospital with septic shock.

“That’s one of the consequences of his taking anti-rejection medications, which lower the immune system’s ability to fight off infections,” Carol said. “The bacterial toxins cause a dramatic drop in blood pressure, preventing the delivery of blood to the organs. It can lead to multiple organ failure and death.”

After spending two days in ICU and another two days in the hospital, David was released Friday afternoon.

The next morning, Dec. 18, he ambled to his deer blind and shot the biggest buck he’d ever seen, though he didn’t know it until afterward. All he wanted to do was fill the year’s last tag, so he paid little attention to the number of points the rack carried.

The buck’s composite score is 6 inches shy of the 200-inch mark. It’s official score is 174 1/8, which makes it a new Ohio record among Semi-irregulars in the BTR’s blackpowder category.

You can read more about what happened that fateful day in an upcoming issue of Rack magazine.

Craig Preston James Wilson BTR Dawn Ralle

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bill gumpper
# bill gumpper
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:11 AM
You can't take the hunt out of a true hunter. Good job. I hope your medical problems improve. Keep shooting the big ones.
Keith Garner
# Keith Garner
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 11:37 AM
Good on him!
Jim Race
# Jim Race
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:54 PM
Great Job Mr. Gibson!!!
Russ Cuddeback
# Russ Cuddeback
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2:15 PM
When in gods country he always keeps a hunter strong and going. You show a true hunter quality
Joe Marrero
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:20 PM
That's the stories that make me still going out and try fill my tags,I'm on heart failure and it doesn't matter to go from Puerto Rico to Elmira NY to try fill my tags as a non resident hunter ,thank god for the opportunities he to us,God bless our sport.
matt haller
# matt haller
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:27 PM
Good job David may God bless you and heal you with his love.
jim bremer
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:00 PM
Jim Weyl
# Jim Weyl
Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:02 AM
Awesome job David and God Bless you for showing all of us motivation and persveverance
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Monday, April 18, 2011 7:14 PM
What an awesome buck,you are an inspiration.May the Good Lord continue to bless you.
David Gibson
Friday, August 12, 2011 7:23 PM
Wow,I am stilll swimming in awe over the entire hunting experience of the past season. Now to be featured in a Nationall Acclaimed Hunting magazine is just awesome...but even more inspiring was to read all the great comments from readers and hunters just like myself. Just a month ago I underwent yet another surgery which will most likely cost me the 2011-2012 huting season,but there is always next year and with Gods good Grace I'll be right back in the stand watching for the next Trophy. Good Luck to Alll on your hunts and Thank You for the wonderful comments. David Gibson

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