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« on: December 22, 2009, 10:47:43 AM »
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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009, 10:50:27 AM »
flyguide does it with success.  Better be in some damn good shape though......not round like me.
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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2009, 10:50:47 AM »
If you are in great shape it is worthwhile.  I tried it several times and only shot one.  I've treed several kittens as well and I also treed a small one but couldn't get a shot at it because of where it held up in a mistletoe and I finally gave up because it was a small one.  Its not for the meek though.  

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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2009, 10:51:47 AM »
flyguide just harvest a nice cougar using this method.

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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2009, 10:52:07 AM »
flyguide does it with success.  Better be in some damn good shape though......not round like me.

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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2009, 12:01:43 PM »
I am guessing the "trick" is to find very fresh tracks.  That, and spending most of the rest of the days of the year in the gym.  Running on a treadmill.  Uphill.  With snowshoes. 
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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2009, 04:28:58 PM »
It can be very exhausting, yet rewarding.  Best to cut what appears to be a fresh track early in the morning.  Pay attention to what his/her tracks are doing.   Also, constantly scan your surroundings.  I know of a few guys that do this in pairs and have great success.  One follows the track and the other keeps circling around getting better vantage points.  Remember, cats are curious, and you never know when they're watching.

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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2009, 04:37:19 PM »
I met a guy one year and he said that is how he hunts them. Follows the tracks and he claims the cat will show up right behind you. I guess they do not like to be followed. :dunno:
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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2009, 05:51:37 PM »
A friend of mine walked one down in the Blues last winter.  When he saw it, it was crotched down watching him and he was able to get a good shot just under the chin.   AS has been mentioned, it is hard work.
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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2009, 06:16:13 PM »
About 6 years ago a friend and I were out early one morning looking for coyotes and went down a road and turned around. On the way back down we saw a set of cougar tracks that was not there on our way down. We both got out and started after them. I had a 22-250 and he had his .270. The tracts went up into some steep bluffs so the lazy guy that I am stopped and told him to keep going. About 5 mins later I hear a shot from above me and I yell out "did you get him"? He said yeah! and then another shot, and a third. Finally I get where he was and he had shot a big tom at 10 feet. He walked right up too it on a rock out croping. We were only 175 yard from the road so it was a easy drag to the truck. I am sure glad I stopped and waited!  :bash: :bash:

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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2009, 06:23:55 PM »
I have always wanted to try this next time I cross some tracks it is on.

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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2009, 06:26:33 PM »
Take a snack with ya. :)

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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2009, 06:28:04 PM »
by the way, its kinda unnerving when you walk under a tree and the cat jumps out of it behind you.   :)

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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2009, 06:32:02 PM »
by the way, its kinda unnerving when you walk under a tree and the cat jumps out of it behind you.   :)

Thats kinda why he kept shooting. He was a little shook up when I got up there!
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Re: Tracking down a mountain lion on foot
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2009, 06:33:14 PM »
I have always wanted to try this next time I cross some tracks it is on.

Yea I think I would give it a go also.  If I came across them first thing in the morning and had all day.  But I might just try calling if the setup was better for that.   :dunno: