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vostracker
January 21, 2012, 03:46 AM
Best way to hunt cougar without the use of dogs??

tahunua001
January 21, 2012, 09:08 AM
lots of cover scent, a rag covered in bacon grease and a blind far enough away to make a LOOOOOONG shot.

Art Eatman
January 21, 2012, 01:19 PM
Sitting over bait. A buddy of mine and I set out a bunch of leftover meat scraps, a jackrabbit, and a handful of catnip. This was about 3PM. Toward sundown, with a nearly-full moon rising, we went to our lookout spot above the bait.

Big putty-tat showed up. Sorta Siamese-cat markings.

My buddy had an AR with some sort of 3X scope on the carry-handle. He missed, three shots. (Later, back in Austin, in telling the story he got so excited he missed three more shots.) I had screwed up, trying out a new-to-me rifle with a stiffer trigger than "Ol Pet". I pulled low, missing the chest by maybe an inch. Aggravating.

I guarantee you that a cougar is highly competent at instantly being elsewhere.

So look for tracks in an area. In general, predators go to work on chow a bit earlier and hunt a bit later when there's a lot of moon. Prey animals can see better, then, and are a bit harder to catch.

And, yeah, I have found that bacon grease on a piece of rag is an attractant. I've done this at my south fence, and it's common to see cat tracks the next morning.

3kgt2nv
January 21, 2012, 01:27 PM
i sit at one end of the bar and order her drinks from the bar tender till she wanders over.


just kidding. never been cougar hunting but i would love to

Irish B
January 21, 2012, 03:15 PM
Ride a bike alone down a mountain trail. Seems a lot of cougar attacks happen that way. If you're using scents and lures use the old Tiger/Leopard eyes in the back of your head trick to keep from a behind attack. Put a pair of sunglasses on the back of your head!

bswiv
January 21, 2012, 04:30 PM
I wish I had something useful to offer but Louann says if I want "mature" women I have to stay home where she can take advantage of..............

vostracker
January 22, 2012, 10:25 PM
OK guys. Quit it. Your killing me. Besides, at my age, all the cougars are probably in Florida playing Bridge and drinking Mohito's!!!

I guess I should of said Mountain Lion instead.