Ever been hunting in the west and had that feeling like you’re being watched? Ever sensed something that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? It’s happened to me a couple times and two years ago I found a young MT Lion 30 yards from me in the brush staring me down. As soon as we made eye contact it disappeared in to the brush and I made my way back to camp ASAP. Needless to say I was a little freaked out.
This past weekend, opening weekend for archery season in Colorado, my friend found himself in a similar but more terrifying situation. He was hunting elk, cow calling to locate the herd, when he saw a MT Lion stalking him from at only 10 yards away. My friend told me “I caught him stalking me at 10 yards. It took over 10 minutes to scare him away. Thought I was gonna have to pistol whip the big kitty”
I think I would have pulled out my gun, which I carry for situations just like this, and fired a warning shot. If that didn’t work I would be in the mind set to use it in self defense and take the kitty down.
What would you guys do?