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#2794702 - 02/09/15 12:37 AM AZ Lion Down!
huntinaz Offline
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Registered: 12/11/08
Posts: 1023
Loc: Flagstaff AZ
Went out this afternoon for some predator calling. I've been taking my girls (6yrs and 4yrs) with me and they dig it. They have been my good luck charms and boy they didn't disappoint today. We walked an old logging road I'd been eyeing for years for 500-600 yards until we came to a good spot. I was targeting fox and bobcat and in AZ that's usually lion country as well. I had one girl on each side of me and a camo blanket over us. They sit reasonably still with their beanies and earmuffs on smile

At about the 12 minute mark, first stand, I was looking off to my left at the canyon side and my oldest daughter whispered "coyote, coyote." I look to where she pointed and saw an animal coming, I immediately got my youngest on the right to see it and she nodded. It was behind some trees trotting in, I got the scattergun up and waited. It appeared about 30-40 yards facing us and I thought "nice big tom bobcat" not remembering the animal I saw before had a tail. I shot and it stumbled then leaped in the air. I saw the tail then and thought "holy crap!"

It ran broadside thru some trees and I shot twice more. As it cleared the trees, 40-50 yards estimated, I had a good bead on it as it quartered away. The next two shots were visual hits, it arched and stumbled both times. As we watched, me out of shells, it hopped out of sight. I knew it was hit bad, it couldn't run and it stumbled and rolled twice before hobbling out of sight. Three visual hits. Since I was out of shells (moron) I got the girls back to the truck. I had one shot left in the truck but didn't want to leave the girls behind so I called some help. I went home, met my sister and her boyfriend, got more shells and he and I headed back out. A friend of mine had dogs but lives an hour away. He headed our way but due to unforeseen road closures he couldn't make it before dark. So we headed to the spot and found it dead about where I'd last seen it. I figured that was the case but didn't want to go in with my girls after a hurt lion.

Nice tom!:


We were sitting back in the trees maybe 80-100 yards behind where my dog is standing:




Wish it would have fallen in sight, would have loved for the girls to see it down.



Picks back at the house came out pretty crappy which is extremely unfortunate. Hopefully somebody got a good one, there were a few people taking pictures.



Weighed him at 118lbs. Couldn't have asked for an easier walk out but it was still a bear. I've been calling 6 years, mostly in cat country, very very excited to get this cat. I've been wanting one forever but was still super surprised when he came in. Anyway I'm pretty jacked, check him in to G&F tomorrow and then to the taxidermist!





Edited by huntinaz (02/16/15 11:17 PM)
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#2794705 - 02/09/15 12:43 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
AzDiamondHeat Offline
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Registered: 07/16/09
Posts: 1643
Loc: Arizona
Congrats! Awesome (and a little scary) that the girls got to be a part of that.
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#2794708 - 02/09/15 12:56 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: AzDiamondHeat]
hm1996 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 17073
Loc: S. Texas
Outstanding! The girls will remember that hunt for sure.
Assume you were using buckshot, what size?

Beautiful cat.

Regards,
hm
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#2794710 - 02/09/15 01:02 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
Eugene Canterbury Offline
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Registered: 11/24/14
Posts: 1141
Loc: AL / WI
Nice cat. Another reminder why it's nice to always carry a sidearm when out hunting.
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#2794712 - 02/09/15 01:10 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: Eugene Canterbury]
huntinaz Offline
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Registered: 12/11/08
Posts: 1023
Loc: Flagstaff AZ
Yes AZheat, the wife was not ecstatic about a cat this big.

Was using #4 buck, and he was full of it.

Eugene, Yeah, this was unusual. I often carry a sidearm but more often I carry more shells for my 12 ga. If I have to shoot something, I'd rather do it with the shotgun. We ended up in a hurry to get out and I forgot to grab the handful of shells for my pocket. I just put some in my pack.
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#2794714 - 02/09/15 01:19 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: Eugene Canterbury]
IAyoteHNTR Offline
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Registered: 12/23/05
Posts: 1778
Loc: SE IOWA
Originally Posted By: Eugene Canterbury
Nice cat. Another reminder why it's nice to always carry a sidearm when out hunting.


X2

Very nice cat.
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#2794717 - 02/09/15 01:32 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
Redleg84 Offline
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Registered: 01/30/12
Posts: 1083
Loc: Maine
Wow, that's an awesome cat!

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#2794720 - 02/09/15 02:55 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
Pa. Mick Offline
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Registered: 01/11/11
Posts: 2363
Loc: Southern shores of Lake Erie ,...
THAT IS SO COOL. !! Congrats to you & your daughters ! Beautiful cat & to get a Tom . One of those are on my bucket list. Calling one in would be awesome ! Good luck topping that !

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#2794727 - 02/09/15 05:54 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
rpc55 Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 2186
Loc: Maine
A big congrats to you and your girls!!!!
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#2794737 - 02/09/15 06:48 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 16972
Loc: Missouri
Extremely cool story! Congrats on a beautiful lion, and most importantly two great little hunting companions. You have a lot to be thankful for there, congrats again.
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#2794743 - 02/09/15 07:16 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
Saskcoyote78 Offline
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Registered: 09/03/14
Posts: 465
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
wow...nice cat!!

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#2794771 - 02/09/15 08:58 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
whitetail436 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/13
Posts: 156
Loc: Virginia, USA
What a memory!!! Congratulations!!!

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#2794782 - 02/09/15 09:26 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
YoteslayerWA Offline
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Registered: 03/11/14
Posts: 450
Loc: Spokane WA
That is an awesome story and big cat. I have seen a few cats but never had an opportunity to shoot one. Congrats

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#2794788 - 02/09/15 09:45 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: huntinaz]
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Registered: 03/22/02
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Loc: Henderson,Nevada,USA
Awesome on so many levels. Congrats!
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#2794792 - 02/09/15 09:52 AM Re: AZ Lion Down! [Re: crapshoot]
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Registered: 02/07/02
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Loc: Huntington, Texas
Unbelievable! And with a shotgun too. Not sure how you could ever mistake that for a coyote or bobcat though.
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