Is there anyone in the northwest that successfully hunts cougars with a call? and can you explain how you do it and what kind of call that you use. We would like to start hunting them but the people we talk to haven't had much luck.
Upon relocating to WA last spring from the midwest, I inquired with the WA DNR about hunting opportunities. When the subject of cougers came up, the DNR officer said that although the latte drinking wussies in Seattle had voted to ban hunting lions with hounds, some hunters in the Port Angeles area were having luck with calling in coungers. That is the extent of the info. not much, but I intend to go over the next month.
Sounds like folks on the left coast need to initiate a catch and release program. Catch the lions in the hills and release them in the neighborhoods that voted to ban hunting. Give it a little (and I mean little) time, and another referendum would find the city folk strongly supporting lion hunting and rural folk saying they need to continue the ban and respect the lions' natural rights to hunt.
There have been some Lion taken recently in Wa. One huge one in particular! It was called in! Tracked in the snow, then called as the story goes...I got it second hand...thats all I know. Where exactly I am not sure. As a 44 year resident of the Peninsula, and ex-lion hunter, It would be a great place to start. Best of Luck!
Aggressive Predator calling has been used with some success in Oregon and Washington. It is not for the faint of heart though. If your bowhunting you can try some soft fawn bleats or similiar type call to get them into range. Finding fresh tracks and calling is when it could get really exciting.
Hey that's a great idea we'll capture cougars then drop them off in the apmt building that the antis live in...
after all it's (*total sarcasm*) "inhumane" to kill them so we'll save them all by relocating them to a safe location. What could be safer than a "humane" person's house??
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...