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Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« on: December 17, 2017, 02:46:22 PM »
 :hello:

We're getting snow, late archery is done, and I pretty much have the woods to myself now  :IBCOOL:   I'm itching to get out there, looking for #5 cat called in.  Boooya!
Here I'll toss up some pics, and cross my fingers..... a big dead cat.  This is all public land, CNF and some timber ground. 

I'm using a couple rainshadow calls and some sounds I hijacked off youtube. One in particular sounds very promising.  I'm also using some predator calls, and yotes too  ;)  for calling cats.



So if you're boot hunting the lions this year post up some logs, youtube some vids, share some setups and let's put some cats down  :tup:
« Last Edit: December 18, 2017, 06:54:58 PM by KFhunter »
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2017, 02:59:31 PM »
Iíve heard all of the quotas have been met in the SE. That only leaves a couple weeks for my areas. Going to try and get out at least once. Hoping for some snow.
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2017, 03:07:13 PM »
I'll be putting on the miles this week with the fresh snow expected to fall. Hopefully on skis if we get enough snow. I followed a cougar track for 7 miles last week. Didn't need snowshoes. I have a couple areas in the 346 where cats hang out when there's a foot or more of snow on the ground.

I think at least one area will close on the 31st around here.
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2017, 04:02:32 PM »
I always give it a try but haven't been successful yet.
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2017, 05:07:52 PM »
Iím planning a try or two this year, but frankly donít know what kind of ground to focus on. Seems like the consensus is areas with decent deer or elk herds, and just put boots to ground (or snow) then call when you are in an area with good tracks or walk them down in more open country. Anybody have advice they would be willing to share with someone unafraid to put in some solid miles on foot? I donít have an ATV or snowmobile.
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2017, 05:43:18 PM »
I am for the first time. Cant kill Wolves so need to help the Deer some how. So one less cat is the ticket :tup:

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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2017, 05:44:18 PM »
:hello:

We're getting snow, late archery is done, and I pretty much have the woods to myself now  :IBCOOL:   I'm itching to get out there, looking for #5 cat called in.  Boooya!
Here I'll toss up some pics, and cross my fingers..... a big dead cat.  This is all public land, CNF and some timber ground. 

I'm using a couple rainshadow calls and some sounds I hijacked off youtube. One in particular sounds very promising.  I'm also using some predator calls, and yotes too  ;)  for calling cats.



So if you're boot hunting the lions this year post up some logs, youtube some vids, share some setups and let's put some cats down  :tup:

You might not be alone. Just like last year it will have reached the quota before Jan.1  I keep hearing about "Grumpy "OL" men with guns" .

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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2017, 06:31:07 PM »
Iíve got 2 places that seem promising for cougars. Both have had livestock attacked so hopefully one of them feel like a free meal will be easier! Gotta get after it though, the month is going by quick!
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2017, 06:55:49 PM »
I'm all in. East side and west side. Any advise will not be invasive. Let's do it  :llam:
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2017, 07:25:23 PM »
Iím planning a try or two this year, but frankly donít know what kind of ground to focus on. Seems like the consensus is areas with decent deer or elk herds, and just put boots to ground (or snow) then call when you are in an area with good tracks or walk them down in more open country. Anybody have advice they would be willing to share with someone unafraid to put in some solid miles on foot? I donít have an ATV or snowmobile.

I'm all in. East side and west side. Any advise will not be invasive. Let's do it  :llam:


I like to hunt above cattle operations, there's always deer around cows and behind them there's usually a cat up in the hillsides, talk to the ranchers they'll normally be glad to have a hunter get after a cat even though they'd tell you to get lost if you asked to hunt deer...and if you happen to get a cat be sure to show them, maybe offer them a loin or something but they'll probably decline.. they might invite you back for deer too  :tup:

Concentrate hunting around 3000-4000 feet as they'll move down in the winter months just above the deer at 3000 on down but you can find them on the flats lower, I've even tracked them across the river ice. If you can find a rock ridge line that runs a ways with big outcroppings you're on the right track.  Cats will knock down a deer about once a week or 6-7 days on average unless it's a female with kits/subs.  I think big toms can be a little sooner too.  If they're on a fresh kill they won't come too far unless you get close with vocals of another cat,  but if you find them at that 5th or 6th day they're more game to come a ways to a predator call, then suck em in with vocals.

Speaking of vocals, a good E caller I think is a must.  For cold calling (no sign or evidence of a cat nearby) I like to open up with a deer distress, loud bleating and obnoxious, it really wakes up everyone in the woods and they focus on your location.  I let everything sit for a while quiet then I'll whistle, normally with a whistle I'll know if a cat is coming in.  It sure is fun to hear a cat whistle back then you can track their progress as they move in.  That'll get you excited  :chuckle:

If I'm on a fresh cat track I'll do vocals, chirps mostly.  I don't want them to sneak in but saunter up like their going to greet another cat.  This is if I know I'm pretty close, tracking while the snow is falling or spot a kill.


what not to do:
don't move.  Cats spot movement way more than deer or coyotes, any flicker of movement and they've got you.  They'll study you for a long time and unless you see em you're essentially busted, they'll slink off when you stand up or call the stand done.  I had one climb a little knob and watch me for over an hour, all I could see was a dark blob that was it's face and I talked myself out of it being a cat  :bash:   don't talk yourself out of seeing a cat, memorize your surroundings and look for something where nothing was then glass it )without moving  :chuckle: )  Positioning yourself where you can see the approach of a cat is the hardest part of cat hunting, call a few in and not being able to shoot them and you'll see what I mean.

Don't put a decoy out in the open where a cat can see it.  They won't come in like a coyote, they'll sit and watch most times.  It's better to hide your call in a hole, or steep crease where you can see a cat putting the sneak on from a different angle.  They'll normally come down to a call.  For coyotes you want your call out and visible, but for cats you want to hide it so they have to sneak in closer to see it. 


« Last Edit: December 17, 2017, 07:38:58 PM by KFhunter »
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2017, 07:46:46 PM »
Been out a few times already ,with no luck.Cut tracks a few times durring deer season but nothing lately ,also been coyote hunting few times,did a call set ,30min,walking back to truck ,me and coyote see each other same time,try to get the crosshairs on him at a dead run through trees but no luck,will try to get out soon again. :tup:
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2017, 07:47:53 PM »
 :tup:

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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2017, 08:05:13 PM »
Where do you see what areas have quotas filled? This might be a great feb time killer, just donít tell my wife. Haha
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2017, 08:12:16 PM »
Where do you see what areas have quotas filled? This might be a great feb time killer, just donít tell my wife. Haha

Some of the areas with a ton of cats and a tiny ridiculous quota have historically had their quotas filled by Jan 1, so they don't get the late season opener that starts Jan1.

After Jan 1 (late season) you have to check with WDFW daily to see if the late season is still open, but all the units are guaranteed to stay open until the end of Dec for the early season.

This is where you check
http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/cougar/
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2017, 08:16:13 PM »
Thanks!
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2017, 05:30:55 AM »
My experience matches KFhunter's and there is not much to add.  Great advice. I was busted twice last year and twice the year before that I know of.  As stated, they hunt with their eyes and will sit and watch for the slightest movement. According to a game agent I spoke with, the SE GMU's have hit the quota as of weeks ago.  Get out and give it a try......as stated by others.....it is very exciting to see one come in to a call or find the tracks where one has sat down near your calling set.  To trick a major predator on his own turf is an accomplishment.
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2017, 07:26:29 AM »
We're hitting the 101 next week. Should be good, there's supposed to be lots of fresh snow.
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2017, 08:27:26 AM »
I was hoping to hit 328 second week of January.....hope it's still open.
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2017, 08:30:15 AM »
We're hitting the 101 next week. Should be good, there's supposed to be lots of fresh snow.
You better bring chains,weather changing daily,snow,rain,then freezing temps is normal. :tup:
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2017, 08:35:51 AM »
We're hitting the 101 next week. Should be good, there's supposed to be lots of fresh snow.
You better bring chains,weather changing daily,snow,rain,then freezing temps is normal. :tup:
Yeah, we've been keeping an eye on the weather. Our cabin is at 3100 feet, it's looks like it's going to be bitterly cold, close to 0. Burr!
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Re: A Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2017, 03:09:28 PM »
I didn't have enough time to go hunting so I did a little scouting for tomorrow morning and it look really promising

edit:  got too much snow, had to plow, didn't get out  :(


« Last Edit: December 19, 2017, 04:27:40 PM by KFhunter »
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Re: Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2017, 11:16:09 PM »
I found where a cougar has been hanging out the last few weeks. Just need to be in the right place at the right time. Back at it on Friday.
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Re: Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2017, 05:42:50 PM »
I found where a cougar has been hanging out the last few weeks. Just need to be in the right place at the right time. Back at it on Friday.
Didn't make it up yesterday and only had an hour before dark today. Fresh tracks all over the road.  :IBCOOL. I'll be up there tomorrow and a Christmas doing some more scouting and coming up with a game plan.

Hopefully @rainshadow1 has time to go up with me next week to show him the area before the season closes.
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Re: Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2017, 06:46:54 PM »
Well they're fully primed now, I noticed my barn cats have really fluffed up this last week, they look twice again as big  :chuckle:
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Re: Roll Call - Who's boot hunting Cougar this winter 2017/18?
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2017, 07:59:51 PM »
The place I was hoping to hit this winter took out 5 within five miles of their properties last winter... should have been there then, I guess.

 

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