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friend of a friend got a mountain lion today

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Clark, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. Clark

    Clark Member

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    It was on a ranch in Eastern Montana along a river.
    I have hunted on that ranch for white tails in 2007.
    Lewis and Clark camped there in 1805.
     

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  2. Texan Scott

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    Was it posing a problem? We get 'em now and then that get old , hurt, or just otherwise develop a taste for livestock and have to be put down, but it's pretty rare. They're beautiful animals. Personally, I'd rather hunt 'em with a camera and keep the rifle on backup...
     
  3. Art Eatman

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    You get into sheep & goat country--Uvalde, Sonora, Ozona--and any lion is gonna be a problem. :) Or a deer every week to ten days sorta adds up, as well.

    There are about twenty lions in Big Bend National Park. The math is left as an exercise for the student. :D
     
  4. JERRY

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    poor putty tat.
     
  5. wankerjake

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    Sweet! I hope to someday get one. I've only ever glassed up one, it got away.
     
  6. H&Hhunter

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    They are a big game animal that needs managing just like any other big game animal.
     
  7. Ehtereon11B

    Ehtereon11B internet infantryman

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    I have a personal love for mountain lions. They were my old unit's mascot so we took many classes on how to track them, always for fun and never for killing. I have seen many through a rifle scope and never like seeing them put down if they are not a problem. Then again, they are heavily endangered and declared extinct in the area I grew up.
     
  8. Art Eatman

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    Population varies with the area and the food supply. There have been two or three resident mama cats within a mile or two of my house, these last thirty years. One gets old, another moves in. Handsome Stranger wanders along, keeping us supplied with more lions.

    Bulk catnip is an attractant, by the way. :D
     
  9. blkbrd666

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    What exactly do you do with a mountain lion once you have one...dead, in the back of your car?
     
  10. Patocazador

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    I have read in several different books that pumas are excellent eating .. supposed to taste like veal.
    Mount the cat and eat it too = great combo in my opinion.
     
  11. sixgunner455

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    They are beautiful. Population densities may vary, but they aren't gonna disappear on us anytime soon.

    Hardly ever see 'em anyway. They're sneaky.
     
  12. H&Hhunter

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    Is that a trick question? Exactly what do you do with a beautiful little butter eyed deer once you have one....dead, in the back of your car?
     
  13. Texan Scott

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    I eat the deer ...
     
  14. H&Hhunter

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    So what's your point?
     
  15. Fremmer

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    Answer: he does whatever he wants with it.
    Freedom.
     
  16. Art Eatman

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    They're definitely yummi-tasty.

    The hide can provide credibility. My wife saw one not far from her house in south Georgia. In telling of it, some guy came on with the "Now, little lady, how would you know what a lion looks like?"

    As only a Southern Lady can, she cooed, "Why, it looked just like the hide draped over the couch at home."
     
  17. Certaindeaf

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    Here in Oregon they outlawed using dogs on cats about ten years ago., for no reason.. just bleeding hearts. Very few deer and elk here now.. lots of cats though.
     
  18. H&Hhunter

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    To me Mt lion tastes and looks like commercial pork. It is a very light meat. As with any predator make sure and cook it well done to avoid trichinosis. I have posted multiple pictures of myself with Mt Lions in the past. Mt lion hunting is one of the most challenging physical and mental games that exists in the hunting world. I deeply miss it from both a challenge prospective and for the spectacular country they live in.

    Dedicated Mt lion hunters are some of the hardest, most rugged outdoors men and women you'll ever meet. It is not uncommon at all to be out over night or as a guide multiple nights with minimal gear in the dead of winter, high up in the Rockies while on the trail of a lion. It also isn't uncommon to put in 15 to 20 high country, steep and deep miles in a day. It is not for the weak willed or the infirm. A fair chase Mt Lion hunted behind dogs is one of the most prized, hard won and meaningful trophies that a hunter in North America can posses.

    There is a lot of misunderstanding about the process and the stamina it takes to successfully hunt lions.
     
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    H&H, I have postulated the same conviction about a fair chase trophy buck taken FAIRLY in front of a good pack of dogs...........Likely it's MORE difficult than that lion....................just not as politically correct!


    I'll add that I have personally jumped a fine buck at around noon, saw him but once, and never got a shot.............caught the last dog at dusk!
     
  20. H&Hhunter

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    DR,

    Longer runs on deer, but easier terrain and you got all of them oxegyn molecules to breath down there too! I'm still saying my dad could beat up your dad.:);)
     
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    No. They don't taste like cat.

    Mountain men used to love 'em.
     
  22. Art Eatman

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    Thinking of the story of the old bull and the young bull, I figure the best way is to tie a rag on my south pasture fence, with bacon grease on the rag. Maybe some leftovers from supper, a jackrabbit from that afternoon, and a handful of bulk catnip.

    Then just sit in the truck, a couple of hundred yards off, and wait.

    Saves all that running-around stuff.

    :D:D:D
     
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    The wildlife folks in OK were very protective of their mountain lions. A friends stud horse was torn up by a mountain lion. The horse raiser called the OWDC. He was was told that killing a mountain lion would result in a prison sentence.

    The OK legislature fixed that one. Mountain lions that threaten farm animals or humans may be shot.

    Several years ago i wounded a big hog and was tracking it in a deep ravine. My sparse hair stood up and a feeling of being watched came over me. Sitting on the bank was huge mountain lion switching its tail and licking his face. i shot him square in the chest with my .50 muzzleloader using a 370 grain Maxi-Ball.
     
  24. blkbrd666

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    Not a trick question. I eat deer, just never thought about eating cat...even a big wild cat. Grew up on a farm and ate some pretty strange stuff, just never any cats. Not that I would hesitate, just didn't know it was a popular or good tasting meat.

    I was in Illinois once, on the Illinois river, and everyone in that little town thought a buffalo fillet sandwich was a delicacy. Hot item on the menu in the downtown restaurant!!! My buddy ordered one and I tasted it. Now I know why my grandpa told me to throw the carp up on the bank and leave them there. I never heard my grandpa's thoughts on bobcat or puma.
     
  25. sixgunner455

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    As I said before, lions are beautiful creatures, but they aren't endangered, and there's nothing wrong or immoral about taking one. I have rarely seen one to have the opportunity to do so, but I faithfully buy a tag every year on the off chance that I may get the opportunity, or be forced to protect my dog.

    That hide will be on my wall or my couch, should I ever get one.
     
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