|11/30/2018 1:15:00 PM|
Broek has the "heart" for deer hunting
Juliana Broek lives near Ridgeway, WI. She has been in the area for 25 years, and loves her Ridgeway property and her many friends and neighbors. She also loves being outside and deer hunting.
|Juliana Broek didnít let her heart attack in October stop her from her passion for deer hunting. She is shown here with her 14 point buck she harvested on November 17, opening day for deer hunting.|
Unfortunately, earlier this fall Juliana had an event that almost took her away from all that.
On October 20 Juliana and her friend John had finished a long, stressful day in Madison. On the way home Juliana's back began to hurt and then in the area of her sternum."I just want to go home and lie down" she said, but John wasn't listening any more. That kind of pain can be a typical sign of a heart attack in women which is hard to identify. John flew right past the turn off to Ridgeway and delivered Juliana to Upland Hills.
"People say John saved my life that day, because that is exactly what he did, instead of taking me home," Broek said. "I was extremely lucky to get to the hospital in time with no damage."
As all deer hunters know, Saturday November 17 was opening day for the regular gun deer season. John went out early but Juliana almost skipped the hunt. Her Doctor had told her she could go but the weather was snowy, cold, and wet. Not being able to resist, she pulled her winter wear and orange gear together and went out anyway. Everything has been difficult when she's been tired all the time but she climbed the ladder to her deer stand and pulled her rifle up after her.
An hour later she saw a young four point buck. It wandered to within 15 feet of her, but she thought it was so cute she decided to let him pass.
"Next year he's going to be a really good looking deer," Broek said.
Around 4:30 was when it all started getting interesting.
A couple of does went by and at 4:45 she noticed two dark shadows on the far side of the field. She got into position with her rifle and though it was getting hard to see she set the cross hairs and pulled the trigger.
"It all happened so quick" said Juliana. She thought she had missed but saw the second buck coming along behind. Reload, fire, misfire.
On her ATV she met up with John and they talked about what they had seen. When Juliana said she had missed a shot, John asked her if she had gone looking for it and she said no. John started walking the trail where Juliana had last seen her deer. Moments later he called out "you shot Fred Jr!" Fred was the name of the deer John shot six years ago, now listed in the Buck Masters record book. She realized that she hadn't missed that buck after all.
"I think I said 'Oh my God' twelve times as I realized I had shot a 14 point atypical buck, dropping him in his tracks" said Broek. She leaned over that buck and thanked him.
Being able to deer hunt after her heart attack gives her gratitude for a second chance in life. She thanks the wonderful staff at Upland hills, and the cardiologists at St Mary's , their incredible staff, the guys at the Outdoor Addiction taxidermy crew for calling that buck a "Monster", and of course, John. Broek got her buck in spite of being 80 years old, a hip replacement in February, and that heart attack in October.
"It is amazing what you can do if you set your mind to it." she says.
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