Grabbing Life By the Horns! Giving the Crossbow a Try!

By: Gina McCleod

This season has been very busy for my husband and I. Between him guiding, my workouts, and trying to build a house it has been a little hectic. We are so excited to be building our own home, it has been a very long three years when you don’t have a place you can call yours. We are building it at the The Homestead Ranch since that is where we usually are most of the time anyways. Before I got hurt we had a beautiful place with all of our loved ones (dogs, horses, cats, and chickens) so it will be so wonderful to have a big family again!

I had a doe tag this year and since my accident I can no longer pull back my bow because I don’t have full use of my stomach and back muscles yet. I decided to borrow a friends crossbow and go for it. Let me tell you, a crossbow was weird! I have been having a hard time with it and I really hate to admit this, but I shot at a doe at 30 yards and missed! Now, can you tell me how you miss a deer and 30 yards when you have a scope on the crossbow?? I don’t consider myself an “extreme huntress” , but come on! So with Levi not having much time to take me out to hunt and me MISSING, I have had no luck with my doe tag. I defintely need to practice with the cross bow more before I try to shoot any more animals…. I am going to Evergreen,Colorado for 3rd season as I have a buck tag. THis hunt will be with a rifle so maybe I will have a little bit more luck with that! Unlike my hunting, my workouts have been going well and I’m improving very slowly but at least I am improving!

Gina and Levi McLeod continue to live in the Colorado mountains. Levi owns and operates the Homestead Ranch and Black Mesa Lodge in Crawford, Colorado.


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  1. Gina – I am anxious to hear how your time with the crossbow goes! I am going to have to go to a crossbow ( Thank you MS yet once again) and I have zero knowledge of them. Looking forward to hearing about your learning experience with them. Wishing you much luck on the rifle hunt! Keep up that workout routine!

  2. Keep practicing! I missed 3 does this season but then with plenty of practice just landed my second 8 pointer at 30 yards. Love those crossbows!

  3. Thanks Paula! you made me feel a little bit better about missing, I will def keep practicing!

  4. Gretchen, I STILL have zero knowledge of the crossbow except that I can’t shoot one very well! 🙂 But I do plan on keep practicing because they are fun. I’m hoping next year I will have better experience with them. Good luck to you.

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