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#215049 - 10/02/01 12:11 AM Re: starting out with cougars
Formula 409 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/01
Posts: 20
Loc: Nevada
This may be tough to swallow for some people but here goes. One night in the USSC ( United Socialists of Southern California) we called in three lions from the bed of a pickup using a Johnny Stewart jackrabbit tape. Are there really lions in CA??

Some nights you just don't know what you'll run into.

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#215050 - 10/02/01 02:44 AM Re: starting out with cougars
BobR Offline
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Registered: 03/16/00
Posts: 180
Loc: Walla Walla, WA USA
409, This is not hard for me to swallow. The first six lions I called in were at night
using a Sceery Ap-2 cottontail. Lions, like bobcats, are much easier to call at night.
In 1968 I was on one of my first calling trips with a guy I met in an archery club from Long Beach, CA. We were calling in Cleveland National Forest. He was calling with a Circe Jack Rabbit call. When he turned on the light, he picked up a set of eyes 50 yards out, and then dropped the spot on a large lion.
Here in WA bobcats, coyotes and fox are legal to call at night. We call in many lions and bears at night while bobcat hunting. The first lion I called in and killed was at night. I thought I had killed a bobcat until I walked out and saw the small lion laying there. I love the night.
The problem I have with night hunting here is finding someone to go with me. I call from a 4-wheeler and when its 20 degrees out most guys would rather be home in bed. I am set up this year where I can call at night by myself.
Bob



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#215051 - 10/02/01 07:36 AM Re: starting out with cougars
Steve Craig Offline
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Registered: 09/09/01
Posts: 220
Loc: Cottonwood,AZ USA
409,
Not hard for me to swallow either. All cats come better in the dark. Cats are not smart, and the dark is when they are most active. Also I have called in several lions and bears with a jackrabbit sound. It sounds more like a fawn distress than a fawn sometimes, depending on the recording or the maker of the hand call. My good friends Mark and Pam Cain ( Modern Call Products)are working on hand calls that will reproduce lion vocalizations, and I should be testing them soon. They already have one of the best bear cub distress calls on the market right now.
Steve

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#215052 - 10/03/01 10:07 AM Re: starting out with cougars
Formula 409 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/01
Posts: 20
Loc: Nevada
Bobr, The problem with night hunting here in NV is finding the counties that allow night hunting. I know a few game wardens, most are friends, some not so friendly, and alot of them frown on spotlighting.

I know some people use red filters but I never have. I keep the main beam above the eyes until ready to shoot. Have had great success doing this.

Steve, you would probably know this better than me. During the Feb. Javelina and the Nov. Couse hunts are most predators in season?

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#215053 - 10/03/01 09:13 PM Re: starting out with cougars
Steve Craig Offline
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Registered: 09/09/01
Posts: 220
Loc: Cottonwood,AZ USA
409,
We can not hunt lion during a General javelina and any elk season, and you must use a shotgun for other predators during a General javelina and any elk season.
Steve

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#215054 - 10/05/01 10:03 PM Re: starting out with cougars
SteveU Offline
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Registered: 10/05/01
Posts: 1
Loc: Hillsboro, OR, US
BobR,
Have you done any cat hunting in NE Oregon? I am planning my first cougar hunting in that area for this December/January. I have never called cougar before, but have picked up tips reading postings on this forum. Do you have any tips for calling in cats at this time of year? I have talked to some locals and to the game biologist for the area and have some ideas where to find the cats. If you are looking for someone to call cats with, maybe we could get together some time. I would love to see how it is supposed to be done from someone with experience. Thanks.

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#215055 - 10/06/01 12:06 AM Re: starting out with cougars
BobR Offline
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Registered: 03/16/00
Posts: 180
Loc: Walla Walla, WA USA
Steve, I live on the Oregon Line and some of the ranches I hunt are in Oregon. We had our first frost last night, and it is supposed to get colder this week-end. So it is that time of the year.
I would be happy to plan a hunt with you.
Bob


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