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1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« on: September 11, 2011, 01:38:50 AM »
I wish I had some romanticized hunting story to tell...me fighting a cougar off with my bare hands somewhere deep in the wilderness...nope, not this time, just dumb luck.  I'm giving myself the benefit of the doubt though because about five years ago I had a cougar come to my cow call when I was out elk hunting far from an open road...I shot that cougar in the face at about 15 yards.  It was staring down the barrel of my .270 just about the same time it realized I wasn't an elk.

Anyway, I woke up this morning still riding a high from a successful elk hunt yesterday (another exciting story of which I'll post later).  So, I decided to load up  the truck and go for a ride in the woods to dump my scraps of elk hide and forlegs, and also to head to the river and soak up some sun.  After a few hours at the river I decided I should go try to get some elk bugling in the last few hours of the day (I enjoy that quite a bit).  At about 6pm I was driving through some shady timber down a logging road when I noticed something cross about 150+ yds in front of me.  I noticed the long tail just as it stepped off the road.  I can't quite remember the words that came out of my mouth, but I'm sure they were similar to most people's when they have a chance encounter with a cat.  I stopped, turned off the truck, got out and started to get my gun out from under the back seat.  As I was loading it and looking down the road two more cats popped out and walked across the road...3 cats!!!!  I started creeping up the road blowing on my cow call.  I figured I was dealing with a mom and two of her older kids, but I had my mind made up that I was dropping the hammer on the first cat that jumped out (they were all good size).  After I'd closed about half the distance a cat popped back out exposing just enough of the front half of its body to give me a shot.  I crouched, aimed and took about a 75 - 100yd shot...the cat disappeared and I wasn't sure if I dropped it or if it ran off.  I started creeping closer again still blowing on my cow call, and when I got to about 25 yds from where it was a cat bounded back in to the middle of the road and stopped... broadside looking right at me.  I raised my gun and fired.  It fell to its stomach and started pawing its way off the road with it's front legs.  I caught my breath and started easing up to where it went in the brush.  I stood there looking in the brush for about 30 seconds when I finally spotted it laying there about ten feet off the road with its head up looking at me...that was about the eeriest feeling ever.  I put one more round in him and he was done.  It was a young male cougar.  He taped out at 6 1/2 feet and weighed in at just over 110 lbs.  Not a big tom, but a future elk and deer killer without a doubt.

Mostly luck, but pretty exciting stuff anyway.  Sorry, no pics with beautiful scenery in the background, just a cat on a tail gate.
« Last Edit: September 11, 2011, 01:11:27 PM by Coastal_native »
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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2011, 04:02:56 AM »
Im pretty sure couger season is not open to rife at the moment archery only until the 23rd

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2011, 05:51:11 AM »
Pretty sure cougar season isn't open for rifles actually almost positive :bdid:

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2011, 06:15:07 AM »
Nice shot way to go!!!    OOPS :bash:

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2011, 06:37:01 AM »
Im pretty sure couger season is not open to rife at the moment archery only until the 23rd

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2011, 06:39:03 AM »
Nice cat.  Love how the cow call works on mountain lions, had it happen once myself.  Good work.
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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2011, 06:41:54 AM »
My bad then if he is a tribal member. Nice work and any cat is a good cat.

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2011, 06:43:20 AM »
Very Cool.  Congt.

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2011, 07:20:47 AM »
Good shooting. We need more people to be shooting those things. :tup:

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2011, 07:25:57 AM »
Nice cat.  So was it the same cat you shot at the first time that you wern't sure about or is there a cat out there that may be wounded?
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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2011, 07:43:09 AM »
Sounds like a double down! Great cat, congrats! :tup:
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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2011, 07:55:33 AM »
Good shooting. We need more people to be shooting those things. :tup:

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2011, 08:07:00 AM »
Good to see the stars come together for you cn.

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2011, 08:26:51 AM »
Plus there is some western Washington units open for any weapon ...plus if he is native he is a proud hunter right now  :dunno:  NICE KITTY NOW WHERE IS THE ELK ?

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1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2011, 09:01:22 AM »
There always has to be someone trying to be a Warden on here that doesn't look into facts before they run their mouth!

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2011, 09:08:56 AM »
Nice job Coastal im sure you just saved dozens of four legged critters from the jaws of that tom.  I have heard the meat is delicious from couger looks like your family will get to partake in some great table fair this winter. :tup:

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2011, 09:11:24 AM »
I had some pepperoni sticks from a buddy and I tell ya it was good sheet ... I am pi$$ed I did not do that with mine last year  :bash:

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2011, 09:50:27 AM »
Nice cat.  So was it the same cat you shot at the first time that you weren't sure about or is there a cat out there that may be wounded?

I spent the better part of an hour trying to convince myself there was another dead cat out there, but couldn't find a drop of blood...luckily.  There was a third hole that pierced the hide on one of the front shoulders, but I couldn't tell if it was from my bullet or if it was a fresh wound.  If it was anything other than a predator, there would have been no second shot.  Not to say that I throw ethics out the window when dealing with predators, but the thought process is definitely a little different.

Sorry I forgot to specify, this was taken on a reservation with a tribal tag.  The last cougar I harvested was pretty tasty.  I'm looking forward to this one too.
« Last Edit: September 11, 2011, 10:42:08 AM by Coastal_native »
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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2011, 10:21:19 AM »
Great job Costal, I am happy to see another elk and deer killer bite the dust.
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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2011, 10:29:43 AM »
Very nice coastal, nice rosie too.
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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2011, 10:35:17 AM »
Rght on! Cougars are easily the most exciting animal to see in the woods for me. Hopefully, someday, I will get a shot at one. He looks like he is going to be tasty. Congrats.
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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2011, 10:44:42 AM »
There always has to be someone trying to be a Warden on here that doesn't look into facts before they run their mouth!
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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2011, 10:52:38 AM »
Very cool CN!   Its one thing to even see one but you got to drop the hammer on him!! AWESOME!!!   Someday I hope to harvest one!!    And the comments about the legalitys crack me up!!!!

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2011, 11:08:13 AM »
Great cat nice job!!! Sorry not trying to be a warden! And to tikka and seth read the regs buds im not trying to start anything but dont say I dont read them and no any weapon units are not open yet the nearest is muzzy which is the 24th. And to coastal native great job dude! Any cat dead is awesome helps out in so many ways! So again great job.

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Re: 1 Dead Cougar - 90% luck, 10% gettin it done
« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2011, 11:23:45 AM »
Glad to hear that you checked for the other animal, thanks for responding.  Good job and it is a great looking cat.
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