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He would have been a dead

He would have been a dead kitty. 10 yds is close enough to feel threaten.

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if there was one ten yards

if there was one ten yards away, it would be a dead kitty. its nice that cougar season opens before archery in idaho and you can shoot a couple i some areas.

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While I have never had a

While I have never had a close call yet....knock on wood.  I have heard many a story just like these.....I think that is why I check my back track alot.

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Atleast on the current

Atleast on the current political trajectory of the state of California I think a reinstatement of a cougar hunting season is highly unlikely. Call me Mr. Obvious I know. Just one of the reasons why direct democracy isn't always the best idea in wildlife management.

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I have a friend that 3 yrs

I have a friend that 3 yrs ago was hunting in the starkey unit in ne oregon and was stalked and attacked by a cat, luckily he had his side arm and was able to kill it

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45 ACP

That’s why I carry my 45 during archery season, to bad for the guys that can’t carry a sidearm during season.

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First year ever bow hunting

First year ever bow hunting for elk in Co I found where a herd had been coming out of public ground going on to private  . Close to dark here come 5 cows  toward a hole in the fence where they have been crossing . So I whistled at the lead cow and she stopped, there was a small Aspen sapling about 3" in diameter that went right threw the vitals well I stuck the tree dead center(first shot ever at an elk shaking like crazy ) and the elk ran. I sunk my head and started walking out of the Aspens.

Soon as I hit the clearing I looked behind me and on the same trail I was on came a lion on a run and then stopped  around 20' and it crouched down on the ground and started poping its back legs  like it was going to jump I pulled my bow back at full draw and put my top pin right on its head and was just getting ready to release and it turned and ran . To me it looked like it was a small one maybe 60 to 80lbs.

I talked to a guide in Yampa and he said it was a young cat just curios and sizing me up . It was a hell of a rush first encounter with an elk and a big cat all in the same day . I have been hooked  haven't missed a year  since and I think that was in 96.

Two other of my hunting buddies have had close in counters with kitty's since then one jumped a fence 30yards from where he was and another one walked 20yards from a buddy that was cow calling . Wonder how many we haven't seen?

 

Good luck all

 Shane

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Thats crazy! I had one last

Thats crazy! I had one last year come into a cow call. I was scouting just before first season standing just outside of some oaks when I heard something bounding towards me to about 10 yds my hair stood up on the back of my neck. I first thought it was a bear so I picked up a rock and threw it into the oaks. I heard a hiss and it bounded off 3-4 times and then just stopped so I threw another rock and it did the same thing. After tossing quite a few rocks I finally cought a glimpse of its tail as it slinked out of sight. I had about 10 min of light left and about a mile walk back to the truck by myself. If you want send me a pm we have about 10 hounds that love to chase tail were just getting into it so our pups could use some practice. We treed one last year in north park. Just when it was getting good the unit closed.  

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It's terrible to hunt/fish

It's terrible to hunt/fish when the season open contingent upon the quota being met. We don't have any hunting seasons structured that way but we do have some ocean fishing seasons setup that way.

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We actually have a bear

We actually have a bear season out here that is closed based on a quota being met. They can sell 10's of thousands of tags, but if the kill reaches a pre determined amount, then they close the season. Everyone left with a tag ios out of luck.

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