Rich Baker took this 165 lb. cat while spot and stalk hunting the Blue Mountains of Oregon last August.
Rich writes, "Saturday afternoon I was heading down this canyon and down off the trail was a very nice cat. I moved into position at about 50 yards the cat started to move, so I picked a spot and shot the thunderhead, hitting the mark sending the big cat in a tail spin and he managed to cross the creek and vanish into the blow down on the other side. I waited for a while to give this big fella a chance to die and then my buddies and I went into tracking mode. I was leading and we found the blood right away. After about 20 yards, I came to the blow down where I had lost sight of him. As I stepped on the log the cat lunged at me, I ran back and he laid back down!! I then cleaned my shorts and waited about 15 minites and went back in with my best friend Bill at full draw. I eased in to see what was going to happen and as I got at about two feet away he jumped up and I let another thunderhead fly. He came out and turned only to go another 10 yards and then die.
This was the most exciting hunt of my life to date."
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...