About Captain Tred Barta
Tred Barta (born March 28, 1952) is an American hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman, who hosts The Best and Worst of Tred Barta on the Versus Channel. As a fisherman, Barta has amassed several world records, some still current. Barta experienced spinal stroke and cancer in 2009, leaving him paralyzed from the armpits down. However, Barta continues to hunt and fish as he did before the accident. Overcoming limitations and fears is part of “The Barta Way” which is Tred’s inspiring message to audiences to take on every challenge despite the obstacles. As Tred often says, “I can do it, you can do it.”
When hunting, Ted Barta relies predominantly on a longbow and homemade cedar arrows instead of more modern tools. From his website: “Barta eschews modern contrivances and overly sentimental views of nature and favors a “common man” approach grounded in respect for animals he hunts and the view that the pursuit can be as meaningful as killing the animal. In keeping with this, he does not consider a hunt a failure simply because no game is taken.”
Barta has used his bow and arrows on his show to take several big game species, including bear, elk, and moose. Barta has also occasionally used a handgun when pursuing wounded game (such as a wild boar) into thick brush, and a guide with a gun is often present during his hunts. Despite this, he still tends to get closer to the animals than some other hunters employing modern weapons, often placing himself in dangerous situations
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Tred continues to demonstrates his ability to overcome his disabilities by participating in outdoor activities….Outdoors The Barta Way… Tred’s adventures are available on radio, TV and the internet.