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Calling Cougars?
« on: October 21, 2019, 02:11:57 PM »
What do you consider to be the best available resources (books, articles, videos, YouTube, etc.) on calling in cougars? 

I generally have a lot of downtime every day during my modern firearm elk season and would be interested in using it to try and call in a cougar.

URL links would be great!

Thanks!
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2019, 02:13:51 PM »
Single best resource happens to visit this Forum.  @Rainshadow1  :)
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2019, 02:19:57 PM »
What do you consider to be the best available resources (books, articles, videos, YouTube, etc.) on calling in cougars? 

I generally have a lot of downtime every day during my modern firearm elk season and would be interested in using it to try and call in a cougar.

URL links would be great!

Thanks!

have you seen this thread?

https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,185537.0.html


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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2019, 02:29:50 PM »
If it were me trying to call in a lion while elk hunting, i would just be doing pretty frequent calf vocalizations for two reasons.  For one, it would be a noise that wouldnt be a risk of spooking elk like a screeching screaming rabbit noise could, and for two, any lion in the area already is hunting elk.  They know the calf sound, its a dinner bell for them.   :twocents:

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 02:33:54 PM »
The problem with calling lions with distress calls is they slink in, very patiently watch over the area before walking in and in a lot of instances bust you and leave without you ever know they were there.  Rainshadow1 has some call sounds which are extremely effective at bringing cats in and putting them at ease enough to walk in, relaxed.
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2019, 02:35:42 PM »
What do you consider to be the best available resources (books, articles, videos, YouTube, etc.) on calling in cougars? 

I generally have a lot of downtime every day during my modern firearm elk season and would be interested in using it to try and call in a cougar.

URL links would be great!

Thanks!

Nope...thank you.
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2019, 02:41:35 PM »
I would agree

I called a cat in using soft cow calls, sat in the same spot for an hour resting and practicing my cow calls while sitting there and just incase something passed by.  Cat came in, didn't know it, then I got up to head down the draw and going through this thick reprod crap I near walked on top of a cat, it hissed at me but didn't shoot it  (hella thick)


called in another cat, was waiting at a spot for my hunting pardners and they were late so I was just chillin at a crossroad we were suppose to meet up.  Again, blowing on my cow call, hour or so just softly in case an elk was wandering past somewhere,  I sat up and the brush exploded 10 feet behind me as a cat blew out.  No idea how long it was watching the back of my head.


So I'd just get into an elky area and blow some calf calls, not all frantic like its dying but just some chirps  "momma where are you?" calls..maybe a little needy and whiny, but not dying. 

do it for an hour + and the thing is the cat is going to come through the brush in the thick stuff so spotting it will be the challenge.   If you can elevate and watch a finger of thick brush leading to your ecaller that would be ideal

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2019, 02:49:48 PM »
I would agree with bango skank and Mahicas about them slinking in,  but not the part about them just strolling in after playing a cougar vocal. 

Hasn't happened to me yet, I have the rainshadow whistle, I have all the RS cougar vocals and chirps...made my own, I got prolly 20 lion vocals and I studied what each is for and have yet to see a cougar "stroll in"   

I've done big call sessions starting with a coyote locator, fawn bleats, coyote barks, distressed doe, more coyote barks, which often gets does running around all crazy...
I get everything quiet then do cougar chirps/whistles and nada, nothing ever just "strolls in" like they own the place.  I pretty much end all my calling sessions with cougar vocals.  I will say I've had them chirp back twice now, but didn't come in.  One was going along a big long rock rim chirping, I chirp back, but it didn't come in and it got too dark eventually, I was there a long time all excited  :chuckle:  I've had a few chirp back now that didn't come in

Now I prefer to locate their sneak routes and set up to get them sneaking in or parking on their rumps to take a peak at whats going on,  so I sit above the call on vantages
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2019, 02:50:49 PM »
While calling bears I have called in 3 cats that I am aware of and I'm certain several I never knew where there and all busted me and left before I saw them.  Just found out once I was done by the person watching the other way and by the evidence once I was finished calling.  I accidently called in a HUGE tom one spring turkey season.  Very nearly ended up with that cat on my back.  Never heared him come in and even watching him walk away at 15 yards, never heard a sound.  Pretty impressive!!
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2019, 02:57:17 PM »
Ya

I don't think calling them in is hard at all, they're very curious and will come check out just about anything.  Just raking brush and breaking sticks will get them to come in.   


seeing them and getting a shot is the hard part  (and not getting busted)

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2019, 02:58:41 PM »
While calling bears I have called in 3 cats that I am aware of and I'm certain several I never knew where there and all busted me and left before I saw them.  Just found out once I was done by the person watching the other way and by the evidence once I was finished calling.  I accidently called in a HUGE tom one spring turkey season.  Very nearly ended up with that cat on my back.  Never heared him come in and even watching him walk away at 15 yards, never heard a sound.  Pretty impressive!!


I'm thinking about using a turkey decoy and turkey distress sounds, see how that does

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2019, 03:19:23 PM »
While calling bears I have called in 3 cats that I am aware of and I'm certain several I never knew where there and all busted me and left before I saw them.  Just found out once I was done by the person watching the other way and by the evidence once I was finished calling.  I accidently called in a HUGE tom one spring turkey season.  Very nearly ended up with that cat on my back.  Never heared him come in and even watching him walk away at 15 yards, never heard a sound.  Pretty impressive!!


I'm thinking about using a turkey decoy and turkey distress sounds, see how that does

I think it would be effective and I think it would be even more effective if you added movement to your decoy.
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2019, 12:23:41 AM »
What do you consider to be the best available resources (books, articles, videos, YouTube, etc.) on calling in cougars? 

I generally have a lot of downtime every day during my modern firearm elk season and would be interested in using it to try and call in a cougar.

URL links would be great!

Thanks!

I don't know if you're gone thru the call-in-story page on my website, but it's got quite a bit of information and inspiration on the subject. I've read most everything I could find on American Lions, and reviewed them on the site also. YouTube has several pretty amazing trail cam captures for vocals! I've got some great stuff from Olympic Game Farm cats that I've turned into calling sequences, but probably the best I've seen (and heard) is a cat doing the whistle, from left to right, right in front of a trail cam. I don't have a link but you'll find it. Cool stuff!

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2019, 12:32:27 AM »
Heres a video of a lion whistling in my back yard.
 

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2019, 12:34:46 AM »
Did i link the right one?  Cant see which vid i posted due to crap satellite wifi.

 


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