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Well I am looking for advise about mountain lions

Thrre arent many where i live but there are a few.  recently one near where i live has become a bit of a problem to the tune of a horse and several pets being killed.  $300 bounty is now in place.  and i ll admit i could use the money.  

Now I have taken many a cat.  But not that big a cat.  i am looking for advise about what Ill need to get this done.  What do some of you thst hunt them regular use. Gear and so on and so forth.  Do you bait them?  What type of gun would a man take. 

 

I got an idea or two based on hunting other cats but some body thats hunts them more may know better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

anyway thanks in advance for helping an old man

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You pretty much need either

You pretty much need either dogs or a lot of luck to bag a cougar. I have never heard of anyone taking them over bait but it may come into a call since there are quite curious and may just show up just to see what is making the noise. There are hunters out west here along with game and fish workers that have spent their whole lives outdoors without seeing one just by chance.

I feel fortunate that I have seen quite a few without the aid of dogs chasing them up a tree. As for a firearm to kill one, anything from a .22 long rifle up will do it if you do your part and put the bullet where it belongs. They really are not that stout of a animal and are quite easy to kill once the hunter is within range.

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when you say call what do you

when you say call what do you recommend?  only recently has our game and fish even aknowledged that they exist here.  this one has killed a horse.  is that typical?  he has also ate a yorkie and 2 or 3 pugs and possibly a potbellied pig (no body found).  so he or she is A PLENTY comfortable with comin in close to where people live.  

 

i have taken other smaller cats but this is my first cougar.  now as far as dogs go about the only thing i have access to is a bassett hound (Mr. Nickenpoots my camping buddy) who goes with me to camp alot but you are not talking about to alert you of danger but to actually tree the cat.  do i understand you correctly?

i cant imagine where around hrre id even get a dog trsined for that

 

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i feel compelled to say again

i feel compelled to say again that i WILL NOT take the Bassett hound on the cougar hunt.   that was a joke for all you PETA lurkers.  HELL the cat has already eat bigger animals that Nickenpoots. 

 

I am just trying to say that ill bet tgat there arent "cougar dogs" within 500 miles of me.  any ideas?jack b

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Try a predator call such as

Try a predator call such as one used for coyotes or even bobcats. Then go buy yourself a Powerball or Megamillions ticket and the odds are that you will win the money first.

But you never know.

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cats is cats on some level...right?

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Try a predator call such as one used for coyotes or even bobcatoos. Then go buy yourself a Powerball or Megamillions ticket and the odds are that you will win the money first.

But you never know.

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problem is that where i live there arent many big cats.   this animal is a nusance and possibly a danger to small children.  the hunters here are not rigged for a big cat.  i had mentioned before that i have some experience with small cats and thought since i was short the dogs i might try some of what has worked with local cats.

 

Is there ay indicaton that they MIGHT respond to catnip?  My own cat(mr.Whiskers) loves that stuff and will roll in it for hours..  i thought that with the game call might lure him in.

 

are you sure a 22 is big enough?

thanksm

 

 

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The vast majority of cougars

The vast majority of cougars are killed at close range where a .22 lr would work. But then they are usually in a tree where they were chased by dogs. If you plan on shooting on in the open or across a small valley I would suggest a rifle that you use for hunting deer.

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Ya without dogs your odds are pretty low. To increase them a little try to think like a lion. You know it's coming down to homes and eating pets. Where's it coming from? It's not staying there. Cats like high places. They like to see everything. Likely it's coming off a mountain behind these properties. That's where you need to start. Look for tracks and realize cats travel a lot but they use the same paths over and over almost to the "T" Try to think where it might be bedding up. If its a female it's probably pregnant and looking for very safe place to have babies. The mountain lions I have trapped all were in rocky areas. Hope this helps. Your odds are still bad though. Also, they will see you before you see them, so I would get high where you can see and sit hoping one will move to you, a deer bleet call of some sort may work. Good luck, you'll need it.

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big cat habits

Striker wrote:
Ya without dogs your odds are pretty low. To increase them a little try to think like a lion. You know it's coming down to homes and eating pets. Where's it coming from? It's not staying there. Cats like high places. They like to see everything. Likely it's coming off a mountain behind these properties. That's where you need to start. Look for tracks and realize cats travel a lot but they use the same paths over and over almost to the "T" Try to think where it might be bedding up. If its a female it's probably pregnant and looking for very safe place to have babies. The mountain lions I have trapped all were in rocky areas. Hope this helps. Your odds are still bad though. Also, they will see you before you see them, so I would get high where you can see and sit hoping one will move to you, a deer bleet call of some sort may work. Good luck, you'll need it.
the terrain here in Arkansas is what you folks would call hilly... but the advise on the getting high is  noted.  also when you talk about the trails....do they move same time ever day?  how far is typical ..this sounds like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

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in that thick forested country it's probably close to a needle. Their ranges are usually pretty big 10-20 miles maybe more. It all depends on prey availability and if it's a female, it will have a smaller range and if it's a pregnant female she will have an even smaller range than that. Something you could do is check how often attacks on pets/horse ecc... have occurred. There maybe a pattern to it. Ex: If a report made for a pet attack roughly every 3 weeks then you have an idea of when it is traveling through the area. Also look at the locations of the attacks. With cats it may take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months for them to return to an area depending on their range and once again their gender. And the paths question, yes they will almost everytime use the same trails they have already used. I you find some good tracks there is a high possibility it will use that trail again. You might think of using some trail cameras in your efforts as well. Hope this helps.

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think outside the box...no dogs

Striker wrote:
in that thick forested country it's probably close to a needle. Their ranges are usually pretty big 10-20 miles maybe more. It all depends on prey availability and if it's a female, it will have a smaller range and if it's a pregnant female she will have an even smaller range than that. Something you could do is check how often attacks on pets/horse ecc... have occurred. There maybe a pattern to it. Ex: If a report made for a pet attack roughly every 3 weeks then you have an idea of when it is traveling through the area. Also look at the locations of the attacks. With cats it may take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months for them to return to an area depending on their range and once again their gender. And the paths question, yes they will almost everytime use the same trails they have already used. I you find some good tracks there is a high possibility it will use that trail again. You might think of using some trail cameras in your efforts as well. Hope this helps.
now it seems to me thst cats are curious.  Im really trying to think what i have access that i can use around here.  somebody mentioned that they ARE very curious by nature.  can you speak on the use of "catnip" would they respond to that? remember i dont have the dogs so i got to lure him in.  i am trying to think outside the box here.

 

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