Has anyone hunted with a crossbow? I prefer to hunt with my Hoyt compound bow. Let me share my experience from this past Friday. First I'll explain where I hunt and my reason for wanting to hunt with a crossbow. I live in a residential area, everyone owns 5 acres. There is plenty of room to bow hunt in my back yard, not intrusive to the neighbors, safe. Hunting with a shot gun during the shot gun season is another story. I do not feel comfortable hunting in my back yard during shot gun season. I am legal to hunt with a shot gun if I wanted to. I have all the required distances from all structures. However, out of respect for my neighbors I do not hunt in my back yard during shot gun season. I do not want to upset any of my neighbors who may hear gun shots and wonder if the person shooting is doing it in a safe manor. There are a lot of kids in the neighbor hood, and I certainly would understand why a neighbor would get up set with someone hunting with a gun. That being said I wanted to substitute a crossbow for a shot gun during shot gun season. So this Christmas Santa brought me a Ten Point crossbow. I take out of the box, sighted it in and start driving tacks at forty yards. Crossbows are very easy to use and very accurate once sighted in. So I thought. What I learned is the crossbow is very bulky, awkward & heavy while in a tree stand. You have one shot & done. To much movement to reload while in a tree stand, not to mention the safety concerns. With a few days left of winter bow in my zone I decided I would try the crossbow. I get in my stand at 3:00 pm, at 4:30 pm a doe and two fawns come by. I am not taking any of these deer but do deiced to practice getting into position to take a shot. I'm busted by the doe trying to get in position. There is a lot more movement involved with the crossbow than a compound bow. I figured I would have to be set up in the location I think the deer will be in to offer a shot. Keep the movement to a minimum. At 5:00 pm 6-8 deer come towards my stand. I see one big deer bringing up the rear and set my sights on it. As the group of deer approach I see the big deer is a 8 point buck. He is coming to the location I had set up for. He's coming straight to me head on. He stops 15 yards in front of me looking thru the snow for some acorns. I put the scope on him waiting for him to turn broadside. After about ten minutes he turns broadside. The whole time I have him in my sights I'm thinking piece of cake, 15 yards, broadside, I'll have all week to butcher this deer before super bowl Sunday. I take the shot. I MISSED!! Shot right under him. How could I miss from 15 yards? I can hit a tennis ball from 40 yrds consistently. Just like the compound bow you need to PRACTICE from your hunting situations. A lot of people think it's to easy to hunt with a crossbow. No discipline or practice needed. I thought so too. Its is not as easy as you may think. I can see both sides of the argument that crossbows take no skill to use. I'm sure, with practice, I will be as accurate from a tree stand as I am on the ground. I know the challenge will be easier with a crossbow than a compound bow with time. For that reason I will limit my use of the crossbow and use it only during shot gun season. I just don't think it is as easy as all the anti-crossbow folks make it out to be.