Grabbing Life by the Horns- A Silver Lining Leads to a Trophy Whitetail

It’s funny how sometimes horrible things happen in your life but within that horrible event good things happen that never would have happened if not for that horrible event. That’s how I feel sometimes when I think of my accident. No doubt is has been the hardest thing my husband and I have had to deal with, but in the same sense it has brought us closer and we look at life in a whole new perspective now. Things you would have thought important before are no longer, and you learn to be very grateful for what you do have. We have also met some wonderful people since my accident and that is how this little story began….

I went to Panama in January of 2011 for stem cell therapy. While we were there, my husband and I met a wonderful couple. They too were there for stem cell therapy because the wife has Multiple Sclerosis and the disease had taken over her body at a rapid speed. She too was in a wheelchair. While I was in treatment, Levi started talking to them man and their conversation soon turned to hunting. We come to find out they own a whitetail ranch in Texas. We immediately became close friends with them and they opened the invitation to have us down to their ranch.

So this January we went to Texas and they let me shoot a VERY beautiful whitetail. Bigger than any deer most people could only imagine shooting. We had an awesome time down there. We are so fortunate to meet people like them who also are going through tough times but still are so gracious and kind. We hope to visit again to see them and maybe go hunting again. It surely was a great way to start off a new year. The whitetail scored 200 and even though the picture doesn’t show very good detail he has great palmation on his left which is about as wide a my palm across. Beautiful animal, awesome time, and wonderful people. You can’t get much better than that!

Grabbing Life by the Horns- Karma, Sweet Karma…

By: Gina McLeod

After my bad luck doe hunting this year, I was a little weary to think about buck hunting during the Colorado fourth season. My husband and I went to Evergreen, Colorado in efforts to fill my tag. It was on the second day we were there that my husband spotted a very nice muley not far off the side of the road. This shot, of course was about 20 yards off the fence line in the area where we were hunting. Did I mention it was on the WRONG side of the fence line?

We were hunting with a friend of ours and he knew the property owners in the area. He decided to contact the owner of the property where the buck was located and ask if I could gain permission to hunt the buck on his property. Despite the fact that our friend had allowed this particular property owner to hunt his property in the past, the property owner refused to allow me to hunt the buck. I did become upset- being confined to a wheelchair makes hunting a bit more challenging and seeing a gorgeous muley standing broadside and not being able to take a shot was so frustrating.

We decided to drive down the road a bit in the hopes that the buck would eventually jump the fence if we left him alone. On our way back up we heard a gunshot! The property owner that refused to give us permission to hunt the buck decided to race home to shoot the buck for himself! As Karma would have it, he missed his shot. The buck jumped the fence and I was able to take my own shot. I shot him at about 60 yards and he went down!

Talk about some good luck! He is a beautiful non-typical and scored 193. I was very happy! Interestingly, the property owner was only 200 yards from me as I shot the buck!

I just wonder though, how mad that guy must have been that his buck was taken not only by a girl…but a girl in a wheelchair! I guess what goes around comes around.

Gina McLeod and her 2011 Buck!