Defending Bassmaster Classic champ Cliff Pace will miss the 2014
tournament at Guntersville after severely breaking his leg in a
deer-stand fall on Friday, Jan. 25.
Pace fell from a
treestand and broke his left leg in two places while bow hunting for
deer near his home in Petal, Miss.
“I was actually done with
my hunt and climbing down from the stand when the accident
happened,” Pace said. “It was a cold day, even here in southern
Mississippi, and I had cotton gloves on. Part-way down my hand
slipped out of the glove, and that’s when I fell.”
tried to push away from the tree so he wouldn’t land on his back or
head. He was successful on that front, landing on his feet. But his
left foot landed in a hole and jarred his leg enough to break it in
two places, once above the knee and once below it. And in the
process, he also tore the ACL in his left knee.
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