Fellow turkey hunting fanatic and friend Jim Spencer confirmed the rumor: Ray Eye, one of the most well-known and beloved personalities in the turkey-hunting industry, continues to fight a valiant battle with some serious health issues–the result of a run-in with his lawn tractor late last month.

According to Jim, Ray spent some time in the hospital and had an operation to remove a big blood clot in the Achilles tendon area of his right foot.
“They thought for a while he was going to lose the foot,” Spencer says. He’s in for another 4 to 6 weeks of pretty rough going, according to the doc, and I’m guessing several months of skin grafts and physical therapy after that.”

Spencer is behind the effort to help our buddy out with what is sure to be a financial setback:
“The idea is for everybody who can to contribute a few dollars toward a fund that we’ll send to Ray. It doesn’t have to be much, just a few bucks or a ten or a twenty, whatever. If we all sent just ten dollars, it would mount up to a pretty good sum, and the Eyes have more to worry about right now than paying the light bill. We can’t help him get well, but we can show him and Jan whose side we’re on.”

Jim contacted me today and said that Bobby Whitehead, Ray’s good friend, has agreed to serve as the bank for this effort and get the collected money to the Eyes. If you can spare a few dollars, send cash, money order or check (payable to Ray Eye) to Bobby, addressed as follows: Bobby Whitehead, Outdoor Guide Magazine, 505 S. Ewing Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103. It would probably be a good idea to put “Attn. Ray Eye” or some such on the envelope as well, Spencer suggests.

If you Strut Zoners can contribute to this effort, please do it now. Many of us who have had the pleasure of hunting with Ray over the years certainly will. Bobby will get all the contributions to the Eyes. If you know of other people who have been touched by Ray Eye’s turkey hunting wisdom and humor over the years, and who you think might contribute, please forward this SZ post to them and spread the word. Thanks guys.