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Mountain lion?
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:28:32 PM »
 I've tried looking, but can't find it... Can I still hunt lions in unit 460?
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 06:36:25 PM »
https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/cougar/


As of this posting yes, all units are open.  Check this link frequently, maybe even print it off the night before you leave early  :chuckle:

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 06:37:59 PM »
hrm,  I just noticed it say's Jan 1st 2017

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 06:38:57 PM »
 
Hunters can also verify closures by calling the toll-free cougar hotline (1-866-364-4868, press 2 after the recording).
 

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 06:42:27 PM »
Unless I'm mistaken, it's now January 2018  :chuckle:

So...there is no late season for 2018 OR they did away with the stupid quota system?  Or they just haven't updated it from last year  :dunno:


here's to hoping the quota system is gone,  I'll be checking the website and going hunting until I hear otherwise.

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 06:45:15 PM »
You doing some cat hunting whiteknuckles?

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 07:11:07 PM »
You doing some cat hunting whiteknuckles?
Yes!!! But it more of an urgent matter. I've got one in my yard!
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 07:19:56 PM »
Shoot him he is after your dogs lol

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2018, 07:38:10 PM »
Shoot him he is after your dogs lol
Been here every day for the last 3 days. He was in the chicken coupe today when I got home from work. He is definitely not afraid of me or my 85lb lab. He will be here tomorrow.  I've got my CWP.  I won't make the same mistake again.
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2018, 07:41:21 PM »
That's not good buddy. Want me to send Cut over to camp out in your yard? He'd even sleep with the chickens.

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2018, 08:12:04 PM »
It looks like it was updated from this mourning,I'm glad they updated,but at the same time all the units I hunt are closed.
For the past few years 121,117,have been closed Jan 1, you would think it might give them an idea that cougar numbers might be off in these units.But whatever rant over,Goodluck to anybody hunting open units. :tup:
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2018, 08:17:28 PM »
Unless I'm mistaken, it's now January 2018  :chuckle:

So...there is no late season for 2018 OR they did away with the stupid quota system?  Or they just haven't updated it from last year  :dunno:


here's to hoping the quota system is gone,  I'll be checking the website and going hunting until I hear otherwise.

I just noticed dates as well I think I will be hunting myself,intell I see otherwise  :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2018, 06:06:21 AM »
You doing some cat hunting whiteknuckles?
Yes!!! But it more of an urgent matter. I've got one in my yard!

Cougar in your coupe?! Season is open :tup: :tup: Good luck man!

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2018, 06:07:34 AM »
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2018, 07:16:07 PM »
Cougar has a bullet in it! The sun set quick. I'll chase it in the morning.
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2018, 08:11:33 PM »
Woohoo!  Hope the trail is short.

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2018, 08:12:03 PM »
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2018, 11:30:37 PM »
Guess I'm done  :bash:


I was trailing cats today and had a good spot picked out for tomorrow  :bash: :bash: :bash: :bash:

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2018, 05:25:42 AM »
Right on Joe! Let me know if u need a hand!

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2018, 01:21:37 PM »
You get it found? waiting for some pics :drool:
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2018, 04:58:19 PM »
You get it found? waiting for some pics :drool:

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2018, 05:16:24 PM »
 
You get it found? waiting for some pics :drool:
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2018, 06:22:44 PM »
Ok... for all that's been waiting.  Yesterday at about 4 I got home from work. My wife then left me with the bambina and went out to collect eggs. 20 seconds later she ran inside screaming "It's back". I grabbed my AR, that was loaded and ready, and ran outside with my wife and dog in tow.
I soon realized I was way to excited, as I was now standing 20ft, yes 20ft, from a lion that looked like he was about to mess me up! He was standing strait at me in the pounce position. I aimed and fired. He rolled and let out a noise I will never forget.
After all night praying to God, at least 50 times, I woke up this morning with friends ready to find my cat. After 400 yards of tracking blood and fur I still haven't found it.
I have know idea how an animal that has been shot by a 556 at 20ft away can last that long. I'm not giving up, but my heart and mind is not in a good place.
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2018, 06:29:54 PM »
If nothing vital was hit, it could easily survive. 

What bullets are you shooting, solids or an expanding type?

Do you have any idea what part/where on the body you hit, what area did the fur you were finding look like it came from?

What did the blood look like, color, amount, etc?

Any pictures of the blood or fur? 
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2018, 06:37:48 PM »
Guess I'm done  :bash:


I was trailing cats today and had a good spot picked out for tomorrow  :bash: :bash: :bash: :bash:

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2018, 06:53:16 PM »
If nothing vital was hit, it could easily survive. 

What bullets are you shooting, solids or an expanding type?

Do you have any idea what part/where on the body you hit, what area did the fur you were finding look like it came from?

What did the blood look like, color, amount, etc?

Any pictures of the blood or fur?
It was facing strait at me, when I think back, I think I was excited and scared at the same time. I aimed center mass under its chin. The blood is blood red, not lung or liver blood. The bullet was a hornady SST. I just don't understand how it could have gone that far. I shot it at 20ft. The thing rolled like it was hit by a car. I feel like crying. I should have used a 300 or 00buck. But everything I read said a simple 22 would due. I figured 556 was plenty. I know it's dead, but how far away did it die? That's what in my head right now.
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2018, 06:59:36 PM »
Take the dog for a walk : :twocents:

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2018, 06:59:56 PM »
Take a stroll with a good dog and see what you find
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2018, 07:00:37 PM »
Ok... for all that's been waiting.  Yesterday at about 4 I got home from work. My wife then left me with the bambina and went out to collect eggs. 20 seconds later she ran inside screaming "It's back". I grabbed my AR, that was loaded and ready, and ran outside with my wife and dog in tow.
I soon realized I was way to excited, as I was now standing 20ft, yes 20ft, from a lion that looked like he was about to mess me up! He was standing strait at me in the pounce position. I aimed and fired. He rolled and let out a noise I will never forget.
After all night praying to God, at least 50 times, I woke up this morning with friends ready to find my cat. After 400 yards of tracking blood and fur I still haven't found it.
I have know idea how an animal that has been shot by a 556 at 20ft away can last that long. I'm not giving up, but my heart and mind is not in a good place.

Man that sucks,i was wanting to see some pic,I would keep looking did you mark the last blood ,go back and look in your spare time,I've have trailed coyotes in winter over a mile,blood spots as big as the coyote itself,where it looked like it layed down to die,then have the blood trail just vanish.
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2018, 07:01:43 PM »

Look in the TREES?




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« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2018, 07:04:20 PM »

Look in the TREES?
Go back and look on windy day that sucker might fall out of tree.
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Re: Mountain lion?
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #32 on: January 06, 2018, 07:45:02 PM »
Lol.... I thought the dog was illegal. And YES I had her with us today. Tomorrow I have some beagles coming to visit.
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #33 on: January 06, 2018, 07:48:46 PM »
If nothing vital was hit, it could easily survive. 

What bullets are you shooting, solids or an expanding type?

Do you have any idea what part/where on the body you hit, what area did the fur you were finding look like it came from?

What did the blood look like, color, amount, etc?

Any pictures of the blood or fur?
It was facing strait at me, when I think back, I think I was excited and scared at the same time. I aimed center mass under its chin. The blood is blood red, not lung or liver blood. The bullet was a hornady SST. I just don't understand how it could have gone that far. I shot it at 20ft. The thing rolled like it was hit by a car. I feel like crying. I should have used a 300 or 00buck. But everything I read said a simple 22 would due. I figured 556 was plenty. I know it's dead, but how far away did it die? That's what in my head right now.

From that angle, do you think there is any chance that it was a face/jaw hit? 

I have hit two deer in that spot, and while they bled quite alot, both were more than mobile and could easily have gotten completely away if given any length of time.

One I was able to get right on and follow it a little ways and get a second shot into it, the other I was able to tip it over with a quick follow-up shot before it got out of sight.

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2018, 07:55:16 PM »

Look in the TREES?

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Also in any cubbie holes, brush piles, log piles, thick ferns or brush...you would be surprised how small a spot can hide an entire critter!!
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2018, 01:47:23 PM »
Bummer, hope you can at least get some closure and a skull from it.  On a positive note, if alive, it probably won't be back in your coop or anyone else's.

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2018, 10:34:09 PM »
Any update?  Cougars are 1 tough critter. I shot mine at 50 yards, broadside, .280 with a 140g. Bullet entered dead center of shoulder, and stopped between meat and hide on exit side. Dropped him in his tracks, but amazed the bullet didn't exit. This combo has blown right thru several deer on similar shot placements, and much greater distances.

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2018, 12:33:59 PM »
Bummer, hope you can at least get some closure and a skull from it.  On a positive note, if alive, it probably won't be back in your coop or anyone else's.
Yeah that!  Give it a few days, look for birds and scavenger trails in the area, they should converge on the carcass.
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #38 on: January 11, 2018, 01:29:50 PM »
What kind of bullets were you using?

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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2018, 02:05:00 PM »
What kind of bullets were you using?

Pretty sure he said he was using an SST.

Yep, SST.


It was facing strait at me, when I think back, I think I was excited and scared at the same time. I aimed center mass under its chin. The blood is blood red, not lung or liver blood. The bullet was a hornady SST. I just don't understand how it could have gone that far. I shot it at 20ft. The thing rolled like it was hit by a car. I feel like crying. I should have used a 300 or 00buck. But everything I read said a simple 22 would due. I figured 556 was plenty. I know it's dead, but how far away did it die? That's what in my head right now.
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2018, 02:07:55 PM »
With that said, my experience with smaller diameter SST's and close range shots is that they tend to detonate on impact. It's certainly possible that you made an ok shot, but hit something hard and the bullet never penetrated. Seems inconceivable that it could happen, but bullets do funny things at close range.
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Re: Mountain lion?
« Reply #41 on: January 11, 2018, 02:53:18 PM »
Don't know how I missed that part about the bullet. Cougar are definitely not tuff animals when it comes to taking lead. If it really went 400 yards you had to of made a really bad shot unfortunately.  I've never seen or heard of one going more than 100 yards after being shot. Especially with a frontal shot it should have been completely immobile after being shot with a sst  (my favorite bullet) . Probably just grazed it barely. I haven't personally done it but I have seen people shoot them with 22lr in the lungs and they die within 100 yards.