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Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« on: September 17, 2019, 06:57:54 AM »
Any guys ever have any encounters with these critters out there? I had one over the weekend, which resulted in loss of an animal.

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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2019, 08:25:46 AM »
Letís just say I had the holy $&:) scared outta me when this encounter happened.

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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2019, 08:45:11 AM »
Plenty of tracks up there! You just gonna leave us hanging without the story?! :chuckle:
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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2019, 12:51:23 PM »
In the 80's there was a hound  hunting outfitter that guided in that area.  Had wall tents set up near Ramona Park.  The migration pattern brought the cats right to him as the cats followed the buffet line. 

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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2019, 12:57:43 PM »
We're gonna need to hear some more details of this one.
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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2019, 01:02:12 PM »
Plenty of tracks up there! You just gonna leave us hanging without the story?! :chuckle:

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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2019, 01:46:34 PM »
So I made a shot on a deer, it was a little far back, so I decided to give it a bit to expire and didnít want to spook it by trailing the animal, so after a while of waiting I decided to go see where it had went to. I found where the blood started, and was in the middle of tracking the animal, I spotted the deer about 30 yds ahead of me, I looked down to check my footing, as I was doing this I heard some thrashing around and as I looked up the cougar had ran out of the brush and hammered the deer! I just about $&!? my pants when this happened, I fell down and was trying to go backwards as fast as I could!! I have only seen these critters through the headlights of my truck and one other time in the Winston unit, but never have seen one while I was actively hunting. At that point I yelled at it hoping to scare the animal off, but that didnít work. I thought about shooting it, but decided against that, Iíve seen what house cats do to mice and birds and didnít want to be that for supper, so I let it have a nice meal. I will never forget this as long as I live! I have always heard of guys seeing them in the woods. And have heard of guys even killing one while calling elk. This was something that made me uneasy all the way back to my rig. It was pretty dam spooky!!

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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2019, 01:58:52 PM »
So I made a shot on a deer, it was a little far back, so I decided to give it a bit to expire and didnít want to spook it by trailing the animal, so after a while of waiting I decided to go see where it had went to. I found where the blood started, and was in the middle of tracking the animal, I spotted the deer about 30 yds ahead of me, I looked down to check my footing, as I was doing this I heard some thrashing around and as I looked up the cougar had ran out of the brush and hammered the deer! I just about $&!? my pants when this happened, I fell down and was trying to go backwards as fast as I could!! I have only seen these critters through the headlights of my truck and one other time in the Winston unit, but never have seen one while I was actively hunting. At that point I yelled at it hoping to scare the animal off, but that didnít work. I thought about shooting it, but decided against that, Iíve seen what house cats do to mice and birds and didnít want to be that for supper, so I let it have a nice meal. I will never forget this as long as I live! I have always heard of guys seeing them in the woods. And have heard of guys even killing one while calling elk. This was something that made me uneasy all the way back to my rig. It was pretty dam spooky!!

I'll be the first to say it. Should have shot the dang cat!
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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2019, 02:05:39 PM »
Why!!! This is almost a dream come true. A preoccupied cat deserves an arrow through the pump house🤦🏻‍♂️
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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2019, 02:09:58 PM »
Wow, I think I would have shot the cat and turned the whole mess into my taxidermist for a full mount of the whole thing.
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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2019, 02:12:34 PM »
Without a tag for one in my pocket....I couldnít really do that. Plus when youíre in the midst of that happening your thoughts arenít always clear and concise...... there was a lot of what ifs going through my head at that time.

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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2019, 02:13:30 PM »
Just sayin.... 

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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2019, 02:14:50 PM »
Without a tag for one in my pocket....I couldnít really do that. Plus when youíre in the midst of that happening your thoughts arenít always clear and concise...... there was a lot of what ifs going through my head at that time.

Well that makes more sense! Next time buy the combo and kill the cougar  :chuckle:
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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2019, 02:19:56 PM »
Without a tag for one in my pocket....I couldnít really do that. Plus when youíre in the midst of that happening your thoughts arenít always clear and concise...... there was a lot of what ifs going through my head at that time.
Totally get that.  I know a guy that didn't have a tag and just thought he would put someone else's tag on it.  Not a good idea.


I teach hunter ed and tell everyone to buy the combo elk deer bear cougar, you never know when you are going to have an opportunity and you don't want to miss the chance because you didn't have a tag.

Good job doing the right thing.
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Re: Cougars in Entiat/Slide ridge
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2019, 02:41:38 PM »
Was it a nice deer? Could be an argument that once harvested, the deer was your property and you were protecting your property and preventing waste of the animal. Might be a stretch but you did the right thing.

 


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