Cook's doctors recommended he go to a rehabilitation hospital. "I was hardheaded and refused," he said.
Instead, he went home and launched his own rehabilitation program.
"I couldn't do much at first," he said. "We had a new yellow Labrador retriever puppy, and that kept me occupied. As I healed, I started trying to get my bow-hunting muscles built back up."
He took Tonya's bow and cranked it down to its lowest draw weight - 30 pounds.
"Within a month of the accident, I was shooting her bow," he said. "As I got stronger, I bumped the [draw weight] back up.
"By mid-August to early September, I was able to start shooting my own bow at its lowest draw weight. When the bow season opened, I was pulling 65 pounds."
The archery season opened Oct. 15. The day dawned with Cook sitting in a tree stand alongside his father.
"I saw a four-point buck that morning, but let him walk," Cook said. "I later killed a doe in Upshur County, and then on Oct. 29 I killed an eight-point buck over in Mingo County."
Cook was back doing what he loved.
"I hunted that season, and I haven't missed a season since," he said. "I usually end up filling all my bow tags.
"I'm very appreciative that I was given the chance to stay active in hunting. On the first day of every bow season, I thank the Lord that I'm able to do it."
Reach John McCoy