Tommy McDaniel of Rhodhiss, N.C. killed his biggest ever buck during the 2019 season. Shortly after that hunt, he killed another buck that topped the first one. And while that may amount to a great hunting season for most hunters, Jonathan McDaniel, Tommy’s son, said this was an even bigger feat than his dad will acknowledge.
Twenty-three years ago, Tommy McDaniel was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Along with some other health issues, doctors gave McDaniel little chance to live long enough to see his son, then 8-years-old, get his driver’s license.
In 2011, McDaniel had heart attack, which led to triple-bypass surgery. And in 2015, he had his left leg amputated below the knee. But none of that slowed his passion for deer hunting.
“When I was 8-years-old, doctors told him he’d never live to see me drive. That was 23 years ago. And this past season, he killed two big bucks. Both deer were his biggest to date. Even with all his health issues and having one leg amputated below the knee, he never gave up and continued to hunt. This is proof that perseverance pays off,” said Jonathan McDaniel.
Congratulations to Tommy; and we have a pretty good feeling he’ll be in the woods again next season.