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Cougar down
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:04:11 AM »
Crossed a logging road in front of me at 30 yards. With a creek in between us. Noise allowed me to walk up the road. I went in the same place. Really dark reprod one chance for a shot no time to range her. Went for my 40 yard pin. Threaded the needle. Heard it hit bone. Cat jumped 6 feet stait up. I knew it was good hit. I waited 12 minutes before I said Hail Marys and went down in after her. Found blood and tracks. The blood was good but the trail is terrible really dry hard to see the blood. tracked her for 30 yards lost the trail circled around got in the ferns found blood went over a log when another 20 yards look to my left and there she laid about 8 feet from me. Glad she was dead LOL
After the pack out and tagging I called fish and game they met me in Acme to get her sealed. I met my taxidermy last night and we are skinning today and looking forward to eating cougar. That's itj
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2017, 09:06:30 AM »
Congrats, with a bow none the less! One more fawn and calf killer down. Any pics?
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 09:10:21 AM »
Nice! Would have maybe followed that trail with a handgun! Yeesh!
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2017, 09:12:17 AM »
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2017, 09:22:40 AM »
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2017, 09:27:13 AM »
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2017, 09:27:59 AM »
Pics to come

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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2017, 10:01:10 AM »
Nice work!

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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2017, 10:13:53 AM »
Great job!! Congrats!
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2017, 10:31:56 AM »
Great job!! Congrats!

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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2017, 11:02:35 AM »
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2017, 11:13:04 AM »
Wow, great job!  :tup:
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2017, 11:16:08 AM »
She has a little age, probably would have more kittens in coming months, good for the local deer herd that you got her.  :tup:
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2017, 11:45:13 AM »
well done
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2017, 11:46:54 AM »
Good job man. I've always wanted to get a shot on a cougar with my bow congrats!

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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2017, 12:02:34 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2017, 12:13:06 PM »
Thank you for doing your share of predator thinning :tup:!
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2017, 12:15:37 PM »
Congratulations! I hope someday to get one ....... somehow ....... somewhere.
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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2017, 01:00:22 PM »
Glad you got one! Even better with a bow! Atta boy!

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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2017, 03:47:57 PM »
One less eating deer.  good job
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« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2017, 04:39:18 PM »
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2017, 05:55:27 PM »
good stuff! i just got my skull back from my taxidermist yesterday and picked a form for the mount. Enjoy some AWESOME meat!

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« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2017, 06:18:39 PM »
Nice work :tup:
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« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2017, 07:23:25 PM »
Here kitty kitty SWACK!  Congrats

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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2017, 08:15:50 PM »
Thanks all. So after a plate of cougar backstrap if some didn't tell me i would swear it was a pork chop.

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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2017, 08:32:12 PM »
Thanks all. So after a plate of cougar backstrap if some didn't tell me i would swear it was a pork chop.
How did you cook it?
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2017, 09:35:13 PM »
Rolled in flower, sait and pepper. Fried in a skillet. Cooked thoughly to 165. Officer will sealing mentioned as I understand they can carry bacteria and possibly worms. So i will cook accordingly.

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« Reply #27 on: December 26, 2017, 08:04:25 PM »
Right on, Bill!

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« Reply #28 on: December 27, 2017, 04:52:47 AM »
That's awesome!

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« Reply #29 on: December 27, 2017, 04:53:25 AM »
Rolled in flower, sait and pepper. Fried in a skillet. Cooked thoughly to 165. Officer will sealing mentioned as I understand they can carry bacteria and possibly worms. So i will cook accordingly.
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« Reply #30 on: December 27, 2017, 07:21:30 AM »
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« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2017, 08:40:33 AM »
That's fantastic!  What a rush!
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« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2017, 08:51:03 AM »
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« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2017, 05:57:13 PM »
Very cool!
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #34 on: January 16, 2018, 06:55:11 AM »
Thanks all. So after a plate of cougar backstrap if some didn't tell me i would swear it was a pork chop.

cat chops are definitely just like pork  :EAT:

(always cook cougar or bear well to avoid trichinosis)
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 - Wild game: Wild game meat must be cooked thoroughly (see meat preparation above) Freezing wild game does not kill all trichinosis larval worms. This is because the worm species that typically infests wild game can resist freezing.

Unsafe and unreliable methods of cooking meat include the use of microwave ovens, curing, drying, and smoking, as these methods are difficult to standardize and control.[13]
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« Reply #35 on: January 16, 2018, 09:09:24 AM »
Congrats on a beautiful animal and some of the best eating out there!!!
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2018, 10:52:26 PM »
Nice! Would have maybe followed that trail with a handgun! Yeesh!
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #37 on: Yesterday at 04:57:19 AM »
Congrats looks like a younger cougar

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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #38 on: Yesterday at 09:51:24 AM »
Congrats looks like a younger cougar

That cat has some age, look at how the teeth are yellowing, there is tooth drop, and the incisors are worn off.
If it was a young cat the teeth would be white, no tooth drop, and the incisors wouldn't be worn off.
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #39 on: Yesterday at 10:18:25 AM »
Congrats looks like a younger cougar

That cat has some age, look at how the teeth are yellowing, there is tooth drop, and the incisors are worn off.
If it was a young cat the teeth would be white, no tooth drop, and the incisors wouldn't be worn off.
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The OP said it was female and they are generally smaller than the males.  A young male will outweigh an old female.  Also, photos can be deceptive.  It really depends on how you position the cat and what angle you take the photo from.  That alone can make a small cat look big and a big cat look small.

Take a look at the photos of the cats from my cougar hunt.  The first cat is a younger male and the second cat is a really old female that had just eaten a deer so she had a full belly.

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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #40 on: Yesterday at 10:24:53 AM »
Congrats looks like a younger cougar

That cat has some age, look at how the teeth are yellowing, there is tooth drop, and the incisors are worn off.
If it was a young cat the teeth would be white, no tooth drop, and the incisors wouldn't be worn off.

Skyvalhunter I wasn't trying to be argumentative, I just wanted to be informative.  :tup:
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #41 on: Yesterday at 12:24:50 PM »
Congrats looks like a younger cougar

That cat has some age, look at how the teeth are yellowing, there is tooth drop, and the incisors are worn off.
If it was a young cat the teeth would be white, no tooth drop, and the incisors wouldn't be worn off.

Skyvalhunter I wasn't trying to be argumentative, I just wanted to be informative.  :tup:

I would have bet it was young but I don’t know anything about cougars, good info!  :tup:

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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #42 on: Yesterday at 12:45:35 PM »
Congrats looks like a younger cougar

That cat has some age, look at how the teeth are yellowing, there is tooth drop, and the incisors are worn off.
If it was a young cat the teeth would be white, no tooth drop, and the incisors wouldn't be worn off.

Skyvalhunter I wasn't trying to be argumentative, I just wanted to be informative.  :tup:

I would have bet it was young but I don’t know anything about cougars, good info!  :tup:
Dale is an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to cougars.  Spending time with him hunting and in camp each day was awesome.  He answered every question I had.  I am sure it got old for him but he just kept answering.  Many times his questions prompted more questions.

He and his staff could tell the sex of the cat from the pad prints in the snow, the size of the cat from the depression in the snow, by the distance between steps and if they drug their feet.

I am not a cat expert but man I have a ton more understanding of cats and how to read their footprints than I did before.
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Re: Cougar down
« Reply #43 on: Yesterday at 02:56:07 PM »
Thanks all. So after a plate of cougar backstrap if some didn't tell me i would swear it was a pork chop.

That's what I've always told people when they ask.  I was lucky enough to have a carcass given to me many years ago, would love another.  Congratulations!