I have of course seen them run and treed with dogs (not in person but on TV and in print) but one fellow I know maintains that cats really aren't hard to kill you just need patience and endurance.
He waits until the snow is deep then drives until he finds a fresh track cutting the road. After that he says that all that you need to do is to stay on the track. By the end of the day the cat gets sick of floundering through the snow and comes to bay in some tree or on a rock.
According to this fellow, all you have to do is walk up and shoot them! You don't even need a dog!
Of course you DO have to be able to go cross country in deep snow for several hours...but that's all their is to it!
As fantastic as this sounds, I actually belive him. He's a professional outfitter that seems to know his stuff, so I think he is telling the truth although I really don't have any way of verifying it.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...