i had a good week this week. i was able to book a mountain lion hunt in utah for next month, a black bear hunt in idaho for next may and a deer/hog/exotic public land hunt north of san antonio for january. i am starting to get excited already. now to get that new truck??????
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Tue, 2011-10-18 17:04
mt lion hunt
Tue, 2011-10-18 21:02#1
Good job!! That's the way I
Good job!! That's the way I like it. Having something planned out for as long as I can for as far as my funds permit. I will be leaving for a deer hunt in north Texas ina couple of weeks and then again in March for free range aoudad down south. I would love to go on a bear hunt one of these days also but not sure where yet. I know a couple of you guys are going to Idaho this year now so I look forward to a full report in the spring.
Tell me more about your public land hunt in Texas as I didn't think there was much public to make use of down there.
Wed, 2011-10-19 15:52#2
Very cool Kevin! That's
Very cool Kevin! That's going to be a nice little string of hunts you have there! Have a blast, best of luck, and bring keep us updated with lots of photos and stories!
BTW, just curious. Will the lion, bear, both, or neither, be with dogs? Is that something you have done before?
Thu, 2011-10-20 07:42#3
Kevin, that sounds like a
Kevin, that sounds like a great week. Not sure if you have chased the big cats before but it is a fantastic hunt. Plan on doing allot of hiking as the cats can go a long way before the dogs can tree them. Also plan that these hikes will be thru some nasty steep land. Not sure what area you will be hunting but cats have a way of taking you thru the nastiest stuff they can find. I did my first hunt two years ago and I am really hooked and want to do another. Not only do you get a great hunt and trophy but some fine eating. I was somewhat and pleseantly surprised at how good cat is. My wife and I are also headed to Idaho in May for a bear hunt. Will be hunting in the Frank Church Wilderness and it is a two bear arae so hope to take both. Good luck on all your hunts and fully understand about being excited to get out after these critters. Also good luck on the new truck.
Fri, 2011-10-21 06:53#4
SGM, Lions actually don't
SGM, Lions actually don't have a very good lung capacity and will jump up into a tree as soon as the dogs catch up to him. It is a common mistake to think that lions run for long distances when being chased. The longest I've ever seen a lion run from the dogs is maybe a 1/2 mile. The statement you hear "we chased this lion all day" is not actually true. The dogs may have followed the cats track all day but they were not actually chasing the lion that long. Once the dogs jump the lion, its a very short race to the tree or bay up. Kevin, good luck on your hunt. If you get a chance, read my article about going on your first lion hunt.
Fri, 2011-10-21 07:18#5
Thanks for the info, guess I
Thanks for the info, guess I worded it wrong. The cat may not run from the dogs very long but we do agree the hunter can hike a long ways on a fresh track before they get a chance to shoot a cat if at all. Good info and I learned something today.
Fri, 2011-10-21 20:07#6
No argument there at all!
No argument there at all! When you find a fresh track, you always hope it is a track from a cat that has a kill close by. We call them pop ups, and they are usually a very relatively short race. The majority of the time, lions are sitting on a kill (3-10 days) then they start hunting again. So they spend most of the time sitting around feeding. When they do travel, they travel huge distances while hunting. If you ever get to follow a lion track that is feeding, he walks around in huge S patterns, up and down ridges and drainages, spending more time on top of the ridges. He may go 10 miles in one night. This is the track you usually find crossing roads, and this is the track that takes you all day to catch up to.
Sat, 2011-10-22 11:16#7
the lion hunt will be with
the lion hunt will be with hounds, somewhere in utah, the outfitter makes a final decision when i get there or knows where but just won't say if he has a good tom there. i have never hunted mountain lion, but i did chase an african lion for 2-3 miles over the desert. i know he looked more tired than i did.
the bear hunt will be in unit 17 and is a two bear, over bait hunt with some option to spot and stalk in the morning. i was in the unit north of it last time but did not get a shot.
fortunately, i will be in utah over thanksgiving so i can acclimatize a bit to the elevation. down here, i am maybe 60 feet above sea level so the air is a bit thin up there for any long walks. i plan to take my steyr scout rifle in .376 for both hunts, as it is the lightest rifle and shortest, so it is easy to lug around.
Sun, 2011-10-23 21:05#8
African lion had to be a
African lion had to be a great experiance. Not sure I will ever do that one but sure it would be cool. I will be in 20A for my Idaho bear so not the same area but fairly close. Same deal on my hunt, hunt over bait mostly evenings with some spot and stalk in morning and late afternoon. Guide said he takes about 50% on spot and stalk. Either way looking very forward to the hunt. Plan on using my .300 Win Mag for the bears and used my Savage .243 on the cat. Good luck to you on the cat and bear hunt and look forward to seeing some photos.
Mon, 2011-11-07 16:33#9
i am told i can get a wolf
i am told i can get a wolf tag for $31.75 for the bear hunt. so i may just do that!!!!!
best of all, i did get that new truck last week so my month is now complete.
now to talk my wife into a three week tour of new zealand and go for another red stag or sambar in 2013.
Sat, 2011-11-12 21:10#10
Sorry for the late reply but
Sorry for the late reply but was out hunting. OK walking in the woods with a rifle. I will post the sad story soon. Yes in Idaho you can get one or two wolf tags for $31.75 each. I would get one in a heart beat but the section I am spring bear hunting in is closed by my May hunt. The area just north of my unit is still open until I think June. Wife and I are seriously concidering a wolf hunt in 2-3 years to the same area we are bear hunting. Will have to talk with the outfitter and maybe add in a mulie tag. Getting a wolf would be very cool. Good luck and hope you can fill all the tags.