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#2321558 - 11/02/12 03:32 AM ******** #186 lbs ******** Story Added
AZspike Offline
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Registered: 08/22/12
Posts: 75
Loc: Arizona


*EDIT: adding story*
Things have been busy at work lately and I have not been getting out to hunt at all. Today I had planned on leaving work early and heading out into the desert to chase some coyotes. I work the night shift so early for me is 5 am. My wife had a rough day so I decided to stop by the house on the way out of town, this ended with me falling asleep instead of going out.

When I woke up around 10am I had a text message from my boss so I decided to hit the office really quick and get out in the early afternoon. Really quick turned into 5 hours and I didn’t get my tires back on the road until about 4pm. Years ago I had some gold claims up north and with my new Jeep I could actually get back to it. I had seen and heard coyotes there in the past but it was about an hour away which would leave me with about 30 minutes before sunset to hunt. I really needed some time out in the desert and figured 30 minutes and an Arizona sunset would be worth the 2 hour round trip.

When I got out there, I found a good place to hide the Jeep, hiked a few hundred yards down a hill, and found a great spot on top of a 20 foot cliff that gave me about a 270 degree view of the bend of a dry riverbed. There was some heavy cover out between 150 and 300 yards in front of me. I hiked down into the riverbed and setup my FoxPro Hellfire about 60 yards from where I would be sitting.

When got back into position on top of the cliff it was 5:10 pm, I had 26 minutes to hunt before sunset. I started running the call with some rabbit distress and about 8 minutes in was scanning the treeline through my scope when I thought I heard something behind me. I took a quick glance over my shoulder and didn’t see anything. I figured the sound was just the strap of my rifle hitting some tall grass where I was sitting.

About that time I switched up the sound on the caller and heard a low growl behind me. I looked over my shoulder again and still didn’t see anything. This time I thought the sound might have been a small airplane rolling. A lot of pilots come out this way, do barrel rolls and buzz a nearby lake, I was hoping that they keep their distance. I thought I heard the growl a few more times, but something just seemed a little off. I looked over my shoulder at least a dozen times and never saw anything.

At 5:30 I had been on the stand for 20 minutes and decided to call it a day. I took my shotgun out of my lap and set my rifle down next to it. I pulled out my cell phone to take a picture of the area I had been calling, the sky was starting to change and the reds and yellows reflecting of the rocks looked great. I stood up to stretch my legs, stretched my arms over my head and twisted to the right to stretch my spine.

That is when I saw it, the lion was about 40 yards behind me, staring right at me, crouched low, in that position cats get right before an attack.

I dropped my cellphone, cracking the screen, and bent over to grab my shotgun as fast as I had ever moved in my life.

As soon as I moved so did the cat. It covered 100 feet in about a second.

I kicked off my safety as I was swinging the barrel at the cat and aimed for the hollow in front of his shoulder. It was weird, there was a shadow there about the size of a quail, and in that instant I was thinking in my head, “just hit that bird”.

I pulled the trigger right as his front paws were hitting the ground about 20 feet from me and he just collapsed like a marionette with cut strings. As fast as it happened I think I had the next round loaded in my 870 before he fully hit the ground and I was already taking a step back.

I didn’t need the step or the next round. But I held the gun pointed at the big tom for at least a minute before I moved toward it. I stared at it in shock and for a long time couldn’t hear anything but my heartbeat pounding. At some point over the next few minutes I realized that my caller was still running and went to collect it.

I took the caller and my guns up to the Jeep and looked for a way to get closer to where the big cat was laying. I managed to get the Jeep a few hundred feet closer but still had a major hill to haul it up. I was pretty spent by the time I got the cat to the back of my Jeep. If anyone had been watching me I am sure they would have been laughing at that point. Any pro-hunter points I scored with that great shot on a charging animal, were totally canceled out by my inability to get the cat into my Jeep. I did everything wrong for about 10 minutes before I was flat out exhausted and realized that I just needed to either work on my deadlifts in the gym for a month and come back, or bear hug it and leap into the back of the Jeep with it.

After I got the cougar situated in the Jeep I realized that I hadn’t taken a single picture of it, and that my phone was still on the ground back down the hill. It was nearly dark by the time I found my phone and the cat was laying on a tarp which isn’t the best background for a picture. I briefly thought about unloading the cat and trying to get a few pictures but I had a long way back to town, and even longer to my buddy’s place where I have a game freezer.

When I got to my friends place I didn’t tell him what I had, just that I needed a hand outside. The look on his face when I popped the back door of the Jeep was absolutely priceless.

The only way I can really sum it all up, terrifying and awesome.







Edited by reb8600 (11/02/12 12:44 PM)
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#2321560 - 11/02/12 04:19 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: AZspike]
Ward H. Offline
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Registered: 09/05/10
Posts: 778
Loc: The Oilfield (TX, LA, MS)
woah dude.
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#2321593 - 11/02/12 07:50 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: AZspike]
220_Swift Offline
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Registered: 11/03/06
Posts: 15653
Loc: Central Oklahoma
Congratulations!!!!!!!!
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#2321633 - 11/02/12 09:10 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: AZspike]
Merdit Offline
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Registered: 04/22/07
Posts: 901
Loc: Just Passin' Through
Looking forward to the whole story. Congratulations! That is an awesome cat.
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#2321639 - 11/02/12 09:17 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: AZspike]
reb8600 Offline
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Registered: 10/13/04
Posts: 10806
Loc: Morgan, Utah
That is a big cat. Cant wait to read the story.

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#2321640 - 11/02/12 09:21 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: reb8600]
swift one Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/24/03
Posts: 2077
Loc: LaPorte County, Indiana
Holy cat paws Batman!!! That is a big cat. Looking forward to hearing the full story
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#2321650 - 11/02/12 09:34 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: swift one]
yotecatslayer34 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 06/12/09
Posts: 2159
Loc: Austin, Texas U.S.A.
WoW! Bigg cat thumbup thumbup1

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#2321673 - 11/02/12 09:59 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: AZspike]
the impactzone Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/04/12
Posts: 2297
Loc: texas
here kitty kitty
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lets change the game, put the Can on, turn the Lights out, and the Dog loose.

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#2321675 - 11/02/12 10:00 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: the impactzone]
the impactzone Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/04/12
Posts: 2297
Loc: texas
tell me you where mouth calling and turned around just in time
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lets change the game, put the Can on, turn the Lights out, and the Dog loose.

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#2321687 - 11/02/12 10:26 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: the impactzone]
Mr Potato Head Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 1213
Loc: Indiana
Holy smokes! That cat hasn't missed any meals!
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#2321702 - 11/02/12 11:09 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: the impactzone]
AZspike Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 08/22/12
Posts: 75
Loc: Arizona
Originally Posted By: the impactzone
tell me you where mouth calling and turned around just in time


Just about the only thing that would have made it better.
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#2321710 - 11/02/12 11:34 AM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: AZspike]
yotezapper Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/13/08
Posts: 978
Loc: Hunters Paradise
Wow Great Story. I hope that I kill a cat someday.. a little further away. How bout an HOM for this one?
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#2321725 - 11/02/12 12:34 PM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: AZspike]
AZ~Red Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/01/09
Posts: 760
Loc: Arizona
Man that's scary! I call a lot of lion country but in all my years in these deserts I've never even laid eyes on one. I imagine when I do it'll resemble your story a lot but I really hope not. I hope it's more like, "Hey, look at that lion coming in". I bet it was a RUSH though. Good luck getting that feeling again. Hahaha. Big congrats man! That's a heck of a trophy.
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#2321788 - 11/02/12 02:10 PM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: AZspike]
Unique03 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 175
Loc: WV
Mhmmm. Forget that! I wonder why it was growling? I usually Don't pack a shotgun here..and there's a few around..as friends trail cams pick up...you have me thinking about draggin it along now! Great story...and that's what they call predator vs. Predator!...no rush like no other. Try to send your story,info, and picture into a hunting magazine!
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#2321790 - 11/02/12 02:17 PM Re: ******** #186 lbs ******** [Re: AZspike]
blopez50 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 2794
Loc: Montana
Awesome story and cat!!!

What were you shooting out of your shotgun?

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