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Close call with a Big Kitty

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?

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That cat would have been dead

That cat would have been dead in it's tracks from 10 yards. There is only one reason he would stalk that close to you. I have seen some cats while hunting but they all ran away. I wouldn't put up with it stalking me.About 10 years ago a gentleman here in Utah had one stalk him while archery hunting. He was able to drill him with an arrow from 5 yards and the DOW let him keep the cat since it was self defense.

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A lot of hunters will never

A lot of hunters will never know just how close they have been to a cat unless somebody tells they that they saw it.  Back in the 60's I was deer hunting in Utah and my hunting partners and I watched a hunter come around a hill.  Not ten minutes later a large cat came around the hill on the same trail that he was on.  At that time a cougar tag cost a buck so we all had one so we took a shot at him and he doubled up,  The problem was that we never found him.  Another time we were hunting in the Book Cliffs.  My brother in law walked down a ridge and didn't see anything and started back.  Right on top of his tracks were cougar tracks.  I was also coyote hunting with a friend in western Utah when a cat came up behind my friend and smacked him with his paw.  He never saw the cat and when I came up the hill to find him he was sitting in the snow with a dazed look on his face and blood runing down the side of his head.  The cat had come up behind him and sat down right behind him before doing what ever he did.  Then he left.  The big thing with cats are that they are unpredictable and courious at the same time. 

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Even with all the big kitties

Even with all the big kitties out here in CA, we still can't legally carry a gun during archery.  So, you're on your own.....

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If you have spent a solid

If you have spent a solid amount of time in the woods in the west... you have been sized up. We had a game cam set up in RMNP and watched a young cat follow group after group of hikers up and down the trail. He was just curious and trying to figure things out.

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I always have to cat tag on

I always have to cat tag on me, that kitty would have been dead.

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Self Defense

Unfortunately the kitty season in Colorado starts the day after the last rifle season and ends the next march.  The only way we can shoot a kitty between Aug and the end of Nov is in self defense

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At least you have a kitty

At least you have a kitty season......

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Maybe someday

Maybe someday the California Game and Fish department will smarten up and start a season on big kitties again.

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Hopefully, but it won't

Hopefully, but it won't happen.......

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year round

Archery_hunter33 wrote:

Unfortunately the kitty season in Colorado starts the day after the last rifle season and ends the next march.  The only way we can shoot a kitty between Aug and the end of Nov is in self defense

In orgon the season is year round thank god

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