It's all in the teeth for local bowhunterFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you haven't made a resolution for the coming year, wait until you meet the woman in our next story. She will not only inspire you, but her determination is what movies are made of. This weekend, the popular local outdoors show "Wildlife Pursuit" will feature Nessa Schrank and her remarkable bow hunting skills and life story.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
If you haven't made a resolution for the coming year, wait until you meet the woman in our next story. She will not only inspire you, but her determination is what movies are made of. This weekend, the popular local outdoors show "Wildlife Pursuit" will feature Nessa Schrank and her remarkable bow hunting skills and life story.
The first thing you need to know about Nessa Schrank, is never underestimate what she can do, and never tell her that a disability can hold her back.
Nessa Schrank – Red River Archers Member: “If someone tells me I can't do something, I am going to try that much harder to do it, just to prove them wrong.”
Despite suffering a near fatal brain hemorrhage, Nessa has found a way to hunt and become a respected archery club member all with her teeth.
Nessa: “I have it set at 41 pound draw weight and some women shoot 40 pound with both arms. I tease people that I chew a lot of bubble gum to practice.”
Let's hope her dentist is not watching...
Nessa: “I have the feeling he might be a little upset with me.”
Nessa's strength and determination has put her in the spotlight with area outdoors and hunting enthusiasts, so much so, the popular show "Wildlife Pursuit" this weekend will begin its new season with a premier show on Nessa, and her successful deer hunt.
Nessa: “It was awesome, the most amazing feeling ever.”
Jeremy Elbert of Wildlife Pursuit set up the hunt for Nessa and was with her during the big day.
Jeremy Elbert – Wildlife Pursuit: “It is not so much about archery but about perseverance to do something people said she couldn't. And her being stubborn bound and determined to do it. Archery is difficult and she is not average she is good.”
Nessa hasn't shot for a couple of weeks and this week she joins a league for the first time, and by the looks of it, her competitors they should be very afraid. Following her brain hemorrhage Nessa could not talk, walk or even swallow food.
Nessa: “I don't get bull’s-eyes every time but I do okay for using my mouth.”
What a turnaround for her, and what a life lesson she teaches everyone who meets and watches this amazing woman; someone who has turned a disability, into a teaching moment for us all.
Nessa: “It makes you think, and appreciate every day and you know what, play the cards I am given and be thankful that I have what I have.”
You can catch Wildlife Pursuit and the story of Nessa this Saturday night at 6:30 on WDAY.