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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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How many of ya'll have had them too close for comfert calls with a cat?
I've had 2 with 1 ending up with a cat down. Be nice to hear what ya'll had happen. In my 2 cases I had to change my shorts afterwards.

First close call happend back in I believe '03 while bear hunting. My partner and I was snowshoeing back to camp and suddenly he told me to stop and yelled cat. I looked to my right to see a cat slicked down low and moving tword us quickly. He was about 50y when I seen him. I didn't know what to do. I had a 7mm Mag and a .44 on my side. My partner had a 300 win mag and a .357 on his side. All I remember is him saying get ready at which point he drew is .357. I backed up and started to get really scared and asked him what should we do. He started to scream to scare the cat off but the cat kept coming in to us. I'd say it was about 20y away when he said to draw my pistol and be ready. As I did the cat reared up and came in on a fast run. Next thing I know is my friend starts shooting and I followed with 3 shots. After the cat was on the ground I fell on my rear and started shaking in shear adrenalin and fear. The cat lay no more than 5-8y from us. I had and still have never been more scared in my life. It was my first bear hunt and first cat sighting at such a close range.

My second encounter was in the spring of '05 while turkey hunting with my best friend. We was set up on the side off a hill when we heard some crashing in the brush to only have 2 does pregnant and at full run fly past with a cat not more than 20 feet on there heels. They went past and on down the canyon. We just looked at each other with the look of what the HE!! just happend. We never heard them or saw them after that.

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Location: Southern Virginia
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I'm a little late reading this, but it's interesting. I assume that you were out west when this happened, but I will tell you that this type situation could happen in Va., based on the number of sightings that have been reported. I haven't heard of any incidents recently, and I'm a little surprised. I personally don't want one of these cats near me when spring turkey season gets hear........

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I guess the old adage, "better late then never" applies to replying to posts too Big smile

I am sure it is a scary situation to face a big cat like that. I,of course, would calmly assess the situation.....can I outrun my hunting buddy....before taking any action. Evil!

Seriously, I would hope that I had a big gun with me and the nerves to accurately place a shot if it attacked.

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Location: Umatilla Rez, Oregon
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Well, my story is in what I posted about Eastern Oregon Cougars. But ya, this was a few weeks ago, a buddy saw a few cats, a mother and 2 cubs, with in about 50 yards, he just turned back, yelled at me a couple times--well not really yelling, whispering loud Big smile , thinking he was saying 3 calves (elk) Here he was talking about 3 cats

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Location: Southern Virginia
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Yep....I have enough "incidents" to sit here and type about local cougar sightings and experiences(from myself and others) all night, but...I don't think I've ever been in any danger from one. One of our coon dogs got torn up by one years ago, and I've found a buried deer carcas from one, and I've heard a couple of 'em, but......When I go out bowhunting in the fall, I have a very "uneasy" feeling with only a bow for a weapon. It DOES make you think about what's in the woods. I don't really buy into the idea that these cats were once captive. They are totally wild.

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Location: Umatilla Rez, Oregon
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Thats what I'm saying, I've mentioned this in a couple other posts about carrying a pistol especially carrying just a bow. This past weekend also came across a spike carcas buried with branches at this same area we saw the 3 cats, but didnt mention it since this was a topic about actually/literally being close to a cougar.

tesoronut wrote:
Yep....I have enough "incidents" to sit here and type about local cougar sightings and experiences(from myself and others) all night, but...I don't think I've ever been in any danger from one. One of our coon dogs got torn up by one years ago, and I've found a buried deer carcas from one, and I've heard a couple of 'em, but......When I go out bowhunting in the fall, I have a very "uneasy" feeling with only a bow for a weapon. It DOES make you think about what's in the woods. I don't really buy into the idea that these cats were once captive. They are totally wild.
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Bullbuster, did you submit an article about that? I could swear I read the same thing in Fur Fish & Game or F&S. My only hope is I'd be able to calm my nerves long enough to down a stalking cat too. That is down right scary.

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Location: williamstown vt
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Ya i think a new pair of drawers would be needed too. That truly sounds rough, my hope would be to have the nerves enough to stay calm long enough.

Location: tatlayoko lake bc
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training 2 pups on a day old cougar track I had a bit of a scare. working our way up the hill there was a large fresh tom track which the dogs wanted to go on. we stayed on the day old track asI was not planning on letting the pups go. Five minutes later, bam out from under a small fir tree a cougar jumped on my first pup, the dog shot out from under the cat unharmed. Both dogs ran up the hill 30 yards and left me to cuddle the kitty. I yelled at the cat and it jumped to my right , and got ready to attack, flicking its tail in a crouched position. At that point I introduced the kitty to my 300 mag. the initial attack on the dog happened 8 feet away as the dog was just in front of my Walker hound which was on a 5 foot leash. The cat seemed confused when I didn't run that gave me time to shoot. To much excitement for one day. I've had other run ins but nothing like that.

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Location: s. california
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id say a 44 mag with hunting rounds in it with speed loads should be a must in cat and bear country yikes its fun to be hunted nope lol robert

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Location: Montana
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Its the ones you dont see you need to worry about neener!

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