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Offline trophyhunt

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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2020, 08:51:46 AM »
I guess you missed the  :chuckle: trophyhunt? Figured your 11PM post could use a chuckle. Anyhow, wasn't meant to hurt your feelings.......

By the way, I've called in lions, hiked em down, and killed em with dogs. Hope you find him again. :tup:
no hurt feelings at all, it was a beer night.  I missed the chuckle, but honest question, do you think there is no way it’s 8’ long?
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2020, 08:58:59 AM »
Big lions can get 8. My best is 7'10" and he was an ancient lion. Weighed 110 and was skin and bones missing one canine completely rotted out and the other broke off. Killed another 145# tom that was 7'1". A lot of the weight depends on food sources. I've seen a few over 8' mounted and they're definitely out there, but few and far between. 9' is unheard of  in my opinion.

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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2020, 09:25:39 AM »
Well this cat, was huuuuge!  He just walked up on 4 of us talking in the road. Hope to put some time on him w a caller.
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2020, 09:58:02 AM »
I've have some experience with cougars... They are much like a bobcat, very cautious  and ambush hunters most of the time. They can and will hang-up for long periods and observe. My advice is a e-caller set as far away as possible but insight of you. Spend an hour minimum calling and have a good sized hunk of fur hanging in/over a bush.In most cases they won't charge in to find out what is going on except when they think another cougar or coyote is taking "their" food.

Camo and little movement is important! These are observations from thermal hunting coyotes.

As for the upright ones..I didn't do anything but look good. They are hunters and do all the work if you have what they want.. :chuckle:
thanks, what type of call should I use? This will be in western wa and prob around mid December.  Cougar in heat, distressed deer or rabbit etc?  Volume up all the way ?  Thanks again.

The ones I've called in were with rabbit and fawn distress. I've tried the Mt. Lion calls with no luck but it was during the day. (Actually calling cougars.) I always start low then go higher the longer I call and taper at the end. I can't state how important it is to have the focus not on you and to move as little as possible. They see something they don't like and they are gone even at night.
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2020, 10:07:52 AM »
So I’ve been using my buddies foxpro firestorm, is it normal for these to eat up batteries?   I did 4 30 minute sets the other day for bear and the brand new batteries died after the fourth set???  Is there a better e caller To buy?
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2020, 10:41:02 AM »
So I’ve been using my buddies foxpro firestorm, is it normal for these to eat up batteries?   I did 4 30 minute sets the other day for bear and the brand new batteries died after the fourth set???  Is there a better e caller To buy?

Wow! I forget which one I have? Paid $169.00 at Cabelas years ago. I get 5 times that out of a set of batteries easily.
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2020, 10:44:00 AM »
So I’ve been using my buddies foxpro firestorm, is it normal for these to eat up batteries?   I did 4 30 minute sets the other day for bear and the brand new batteries died after the fourth set???  Is there a better e caller To buy?

Wow! I forget which one I have? Paid $169.00 at Cabelas years ago. I get 5 times that out of a set of batteries easily.
seriousy, this thing is terrible!!
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2020, 10:54:13 AM »
What about ICOtec with the decoy, little flag that moves right on the caller?  Or should I stick w foxpro and hope the newer firestorm is better on batteries?? Which caller should I buy???
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2020, 11:27:46 AM »
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2020, 11:56:31 AM »
Sounds like a good package deal, but I need a caller first, one that will download your series of calls. And I want to stick with an e caller not mouth call.  Don’t mind getting close but I want the cat to be focused on the caller and not me.  I’d like to be 50-100 yards out.
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2020, 12:15:21 PM »
I've had no luck in Hancock(Kapowsin) with e-callers, we use to have a FoxaPro Shockwave. It's been a couple years since we've been in there but back then there was a few guys running them, maybe to much. 2 years ago we had 3 interactions calling cougars in Kapowsin, all 3 started with coyote vocals. One started coming towards us with just coyote vocals the other 2 came in on a standard set that I ended with cougar whistles from rainshadows hand call. Both times they were answering back. It's just my observation but the cougars in Kapowsin are very territorial and don't like coyotes and will respond to howls.We once cut some track and started following them, when the cat came across some coyote tracks he followed them, we tracked him quite a ways following that coyote. Our standard set was/is, 3-4 howls, wait 10 minutes, rabbit distress, wait a couple minutes then pup distress, wait 10 more minutes then cougar whistles. It's not the standard way to call based on others experience but it works for us. Go get him!

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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2020, 12:25:49 PM »
A couple years ago in the same exact area I had a coyote going crazy down the road, walked right by me. If I had waited 1 more minute before stepping out on the road from the ditch, a cat would have walked right in front of me.  I steeped out on the road and just then the cat crested the hill in the road walking my way. Never got a shot. 


So what do you guys think of this caller?

https://allpredatorcalls.com/foxpro-fusion-with-100-custom-sounds-in-kryptek-highlander-camo-with-tx1000-remote-control/

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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2020, 04:13:50 PM »

Foxpro Fusion worked great on this guy. I usually get about 4-5hours of continuous calling out of a set of batteries but I’m running at high volume when I call for cats.


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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #28 on: October 25, 2020, 04:18:12 PM »
That’s awesome elkslayer, Congrats
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Re: How to call in a big cougar?????
« Reply #29 on: October 25, 2020, 04:27:21 PM »

Killed this big male last month while elk hunting and he measured 7’8” tip of nose to tip of the tail and weighed just shy of 150. I’m no expert by any means but I’m sure there’s some 8’ lions running around out there.


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