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Cougar Harvest question
« on: June 17, 2012, 09:40:51 AM »
I was just wondering if you harvest a cougar in the back country (or anywhere i guess) are you required to remove a certain % of meat like other big game or does it fall in the catagory as yote only remove head and teeth for reporting. Thanks for your help  :hello:  :hello:  :hello:
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2012, 09:42:33 AM »
Not sure about requirement, but I can say without a doubt I would take all I could  :tup: Its delicious!!

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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012, 09:46:34 AM »
Not sure about requirement, but I can say without a doubt I would take all I could  :tup: Its delicious!!

 :yeah: If you have never had cougar, you should try it. Its very good and is almost like pork.
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2012, 09:50:57 AM »
Yeah it is good ... and I do not mind taking a bite once in awhile but I can not sit down and make it a full coarse meal ...when I got mine a friend took it all ...him and his wife loved it ....Glad it all got used !! :tup:

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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2012, 10:00:09 AM »
I have heard it is good! But if I'm in the back country lets say deer hunting and harvest a deer and while I'm on my way out I spot and harvest a cougar am I bound by law to make another trip to pack it out also  :dunno:  :dunno:  :dunno:
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2012, 10:09:26 AM »
You kill it, then you take it out plain and simple. After all that cat is still a game animal..

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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2012, 10:22:31 AM »
I know you're not required by law to take out the meat of a cougar. That is a good question though, one I had never thought of. I would guess you'd at least have to bring out the head. Eating cat meat isn't high on my list of things I'd like to do, so I'd just as soon leave the meat there for  the bears, coyotes, etc.


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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2012, 10:57:00 AM »
I know you're not required by law to take out the meat of a cougar. That is a good question though, one I had never thought of. I would guess you'd at least have to bring out the head. Eating cat meat isn't high on my list of things I'd like to do, so I'd just as soon leave the meat there for  the bears, coyotes, etc.


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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2012, 11:07:54 AM »
I know you're not required by law to take out the meat of a cougar. That is a good question though, one I had never thought of. I would guess you'd at least have to bring out the head. Eating cat meat isn't high on my list of things I'd like to do, so I'd just as soon leave the meat there for  the bears, coyotes, etc.


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I was only talking about if the circumstances are such that it's a great deal of work to get it out, as in the original post. If I can get a cougar out whole I would do it and I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find people who would want the meat.

If it's a 5 mile pack, I'll call you, and you can pack it out. How's that?   :chuckle:


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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2012, 11:21:00 AM »
I'm sure you mean well by your question. But I couldn't help but be irritated a little by your hypothetical question. I shot one a couple years ago, they are delicious. Better than venison in my opinion. On top of this, it does have a niche in the ecosystem. I just don't feel like any game animal should be harvested in vein. Don't pull the trigger if you can't pack it out. Just my opinion.

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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2012, 12:10:10 PM »
Alright! Look forward to the ride this thread could be going on !!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the answers! Being just a simple question I will leave it to run it's course and refrain from defending my ethics as a hunter! Thanks guys  :hello:
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2012, 01:02:35 PM »
I'm sure you mean well by your question. But I couldn't help but be irritated a little by your hypothetical question. I shot one a couple years ago, they are delicious. Better than venison in my opinion. On top of this, it does have a niche in the ecosystem. I just don't feel like any game animal should be harvested in vein. Don't pull the trigger if you can't pack it out. Just my opinion.
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2012, 01:03:27 PM »
The question here is really just what is required by law, not what is ethical or not ethical by some people's standards. I'm interested in the answer to the legal aspect of this scenario. I have no problems with someone killing a cougar and leaving it all to be "wasted" (although nothing in nature is ever wasted, something will eat it). Deer, elk, and bear are "food" to me. Cats and dogs are not. Not saying I wouldn't try cougar meat, I would. It's just not a high priority, and if it was a matter of packing a cougar 10 miles on my back, I would only be bringing out what was required by law. If cougars were rare I would feel differently. But they're not, and they also compete with us hunters for OUR deer and elk. So the fewer of them the better as far as I'm concerned.


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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2012, 01:12:22 PM »
You are not required to take the meat of cougar in any state or province.

However, many people like it, even if you don't like it, a friend likley will. It's easy to take off both rear hams, both backstraps, and the front shoulders and you have most of the meat for someone to enjoy.  :twocents:
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2012, 10:07:50 PM »
Cougars appear to me as more of a predator than a game animal  :twocents: knowing now that people like the meat, id consider taking the meat and letting the big dogs eat on this website!

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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2012, 04:34:02 PM »
I'm sure you mean well by your question. But I couldn't help but be irritated a little by your hypothetical question. I shot one a couple years ago, they are delicious. Better than venison in my opinion. On top of this, it does have a niche in the ecosystem. I just don't feel like any game animal should be harvested in vein. Don't pull the trigger if you can't pack it out. Just my opinion.
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No I have never ate a coyote I've shot. Predators have to be managed just as well as their prey. I don't deny that. Our wildlife is so heavily human impacted that it can't support the natural checks and balances of predator/prey relationships. So I do my part to try and keep things to a balance just like any other outdoorsman. Mountain lions need to be managed too. But its very edible so why kill one in vein, just to leave its meat. Someone more appreciative of the animal could harvest it in the future. Or it could just succumb to old age after fulfilling its life cycle. Again just my 2 cents and this is how I was raised.

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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2012, 05:06:17 PM »
Delicious, we pack them all out.  The tough one was 3 miles in on opening day of archey elk season right after lunch.  We tied it to a big limb and packed it out whole, less the guts, there were four of us so we worked in teams of two.  They are lean and delicious, great in stir fry with teriyaki or soy sauce.  Never really thought about if it was required or not, good question. :tup:
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2012, 05:19:15 PM »
So some of you dont think youve eaten cat of some sort ??????  Ever eat teriyaki bowls or the like ????  Id bet most of us older guys have had cat a time or two with out knowing.......

ANd if any of you  eat humpy or chum salmon,  Id think theres nothing in the whole world youd pass on.  Keep the rotted fish and give me the cougar. :twocents:

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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2012, 06:38:34 PM »
 :chuckle:  :chuckle:  :chuckle:  :chuckle:  you ever seen what cats do  :chuckle:  :chuckle:  :chuckle:  :chuckle:  :chuckle: never mind!
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2012, 07:03:28 PM »
So some of you dont think youve eaten cat of some sort ??????  Ever eat teriyaki bowls or the like ????  Id bet most of us older guys have had cat a time or two with out knowing.......

ANd if any of you  eat humpy or chum salmon,  Id think theres nothing in the whole world youd pass on.  Keep the rotted fish and give me the cougar. :twocents:
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2012, 04:38:35 AM »
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2012, 04:11:18 AM »
I just had cat in Sangihe Indonesia a couple weeks ago... or  maybe it was dog.  I know it was one of the two  :dunno:.  If Cougar (or coyote for that matter) tastes as good as those "chicken sticks" off the grill, with a little bit of that strange sweet and spicy red sauce...   Then I'm up for some Cougar eatin!

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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2012, 05:06:48 AM »
They are considered a big game animal. I always thought you couldn't waste a big game animal  :dunno:.
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2012, 06:36:53 AM »
Bone it out, pack it out  and try some
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Re: Cougar Harvest question
« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2012, 07:22:26 AM »
Take the backstraps and hinds! My wife calls it the prime rib of pork, and all my family has enjoyed cougar meat.

 

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