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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #120 on: December 13, 2019, 06:33:16 PM »
Close, but no cigar.👍
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #121 on: December 14, 2019, 03:18:24 AM »
Damn, too bad ya jumped it before calling.  Ill be out looking for fresh bob tracks today.

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #122 on: December 14, 2019, 09:57:47 AM »
I jumped one off the road in a heavy snowfall once. I donít think theyíre far ahead in that kind of scenario, but I think the calling jig is up.

(If you have the legs and lungs for it, itís time to hike hard on their track. Takes a mountain athlete - which I havenít been since the 90ís! - but I think itís effective. Thatís one of the reasons I wanna get non-calling boot hunt stories on my website.)

I overtracked one with Rick from Buck Canyon on Roosevelt one time too... and I knew it!

I realized it and I broke hard right and got out of the timber onto the benches overlooking the lake. Sure enough, there it was, about 100yd, two benches down, loping away.

Almost got that one. Shot just over its back as it did that real undulating loping jog they do. Then it was into new brush and timber, started sneaking then too, doubling back, 90 degree turns around obstacles... theyíre amazing sneakers.

I broke off and let it go. Fresh snow. If I was alone I might have humped on that ones tracks, but my boys were up the hill with Rick, and there was patches of private land below... I gave up.

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #123 on: December 14, 2019, 10:21:02 AM »
When I jumped it,  I wasn't sure what to do.  I didn't think I could tree it or run it down with a bum knee and being in Dad bod, office rat shape  :chuckle:

fawn bleat?

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Cougar Whistles?


So I ended up doing a fawn bleat then when it didn't show up pretty quickly I swapped to Cougar whistles.  I didn't hear a thing with the foxpro  "RS live whistle" which I tend to hit the mute button on a lot cause I think it calls too frequently if you just let it play...then tracked down a bit further to see if it had circled me...nope.   

Then I swapped to the cougar whistle from Rainshadow blowing it manually and I *think* I heard a response but my hearing in those frequencies suck to say the least. 

So I sat for another 20 min or so occasionally blowing the whistle trying to mimic some of those youtube cougar whistling video's from trail cameras.  Nothing showed,  that's when I went back up got in the truck and went down below the cat thinking it was making its way down and out of the timbered plateau I was on to the creek bottom. 

made a stand where I thought it would come out,  nothing.


It was fun! 


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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #124 on: December 14, 2019, 10:31:34 AM »
I jumped one off the road in a heavy snowfall once. I donít think theyíre far ahead in that kind of scenario, but I think the calling jig is up.

I think next time I cut a blazing fresh track I'm not going to follow it in so far, maybe keep driving 1/4 to 1/2 a mile up the road from the tracks, then walk back and call almost from the road.  Maybe climb a knob if there's one close but I'm not going down in after it until I've made an initial call from no more than about 30-50 yards off the road where I cut the track. 

I've followed lions plenty of times before, cut sign then follow the tracks for miles and never did find the end, but that track/s was more of a bee line than this track.   

I should have known when I was thinking "where the heck is this cat going?"  I asked myself, as it was meandering around.  So I should have stopped and called, but the area wasn't ideal for calling unless you want it in your lap! 

So I was looking for a good area to call when I found that cougar snow angel, and the gig was up.


I caulked this up to a lesson learned.

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #125 on: December 14, 2019, 01:45:01 PM »
When I jumped it,  I wasn't sure what to do.  I didn't think I could tree it or run it down with a bum knee and being in Dad bod, office rat shape  :chuckle:

fawn bleat?

angry WT calls?

Cougar Whistles?


So I ended up doing a fawn bleat then when it didn't show up pretty quickly I swapped to Cougar whistles.  I didn't hear a thing with the foxpro  "RS live whistle" which I tend to hit the mute button on a lot cause I think it calls too frequently if you just let it play...then tracked down a bit further to see if it had circled me...nope.   

Then I swapped to the cougar whistle from Rainshadow blowing it manually and I *think* I heard a response but my hearing in those frequencies suck to say the least. 

So I sat for another 20 min or so occasionally blowing the whistle trying to mimic some of those youtube cougar whistling video's from trail cameras.  Nothing showed,  that's when I went back up got in the truck and went down below the cat thinking it was making its way down and out of the timbered plateau I was on to the creek bottom. 

made a stand where I thought it would come out,  nothing.


It was fun!


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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #126 on: December 14, 2019, 01:50:44 PM »
When I jumped it,  I wasn't sure what to do.  I didn't think I could tree it or run it down with a bum knee and being in Dad bod, office rat shape  :chuckle:

fawn bleat?

angry WT calls?

Cougar Whistles?


So I ended up doing a fawn bleat then when it didn't show up pretty quickly I swapped to Cougar whistles.  I didn't hear a thing with the foxpro  "RS live whistle" which I tend to hit the mute button on a lot cause I think it calls too frequently if you just let it play...then tracked down a bit further to see if it had circled me...nope.   

Then I swapped to the cougar whistle from Rainshadow blowing it manually and I *think* I heard a response but my hearing in those frequencies suck to say the least. 

So I sat for another 20 min or so occasionally blowing the whistle trying to mimic some of those youtube cougar whistling video's from trail cameras.  Nothing showed,  that's when I went back up got in the truck and went down below the cat thinking it was making its way down and out of the timbered plateau I was on to the creek bottom. 

made a stand where I thought it would come out,  nothing.


It was fun!


You can always set up and call, then if nothing, you can move further up the track. First cat I had in the scope I did that based on how far the sound would travel. (I have a video link on the call-in story page.) It came in at 1h:10m.

I've come across the snow melt bed before too. I tracked past it and it went right up a wall, so I decided to drive around, even though the next road was about 2 miles away... sure enough the tracks crossed. That set of tracks went over 7 miles in a straight line across three huge ridges in one night. I never caught up to it. But the only place it meandered was right before the bed.
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #127 on: December 15, 2019, 06:29:08 PM »
I have heard them more vocal than rs whistle.   I was starting to get sleepy from being too still for too long when I noticed way too much noise. Hit pause and that cat talked for 20 min non stop while I strained my eyes desperately trying to see the cat.  Never did lay eyes on it
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #128 on: December 19, 2019, 07:15:40 AM »
New fawn bleat



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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #129 on: December 19, 2019, 03:34:06 PM »
New fawn bleat



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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #130 on: December 19, 2019, 03:42:00 PM »
Get the color call you like.  Little movements will get you busted long before a red call.  Its a non issue i would think.

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #131 on: December 19, 2019, 04:07:45 PM »
That call is awesome! Very cool, who made it?
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #132 on: December 19, 2019, 04:09:48 PM »
That call is awesome! Very cool, who made it?

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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #133 on: December 20, 2019, 09:42:25 PM »
Oh Iíve got one of his, girlfriend got it for me thinking it was a predator call and we found out itís actually tuned for elk haha. Iíll have to look at his new ones, the panels are pretty cool.


Nope, just checked I was wrong. I wish I had one of his. I love carved calls, those are awesome!
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Re: Calling Cougars?
« Reply #134 on: December 20, 2019, 10:26:40 PM »
Ya, got to use it today it sounds great, nice to hold and got some heft to it, and doesnt sound plasticky

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