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#2923931 - 01/31/16 05:24 PM Big Tom Cat down...long time coming
gonzaga Offline
Die Hard Member with a vengeance

Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 4360
Loc: Raton, NM U.S.A.
Well this is a little late but better late than never....lol...
I've been trying to get a Mt Lion killed for almost 20 years.....I've bought the calls, called some in, but have never been able to seal the deal.....that was up until Thanksgiving of 2015.
My buddy and his 12 year old son asked us to tag along on his deer hunt this year....we were glad to oblige.
So we'd gotten a pretty good snowstorm that week dumping anywhere from 12" to 36" of snow. We hadn't been seeing many deer but we had been seeing a lot of coyotes. Seemed like they were everywhere....so we decided to fill the down time of deer bedded with some coyote calling.
We had set up below the corrals at the ranch. We've always seen coyotes run through here as well as Bobcats and the occasional Mt. Lion and their tracks......
15 minutes into the stand and I see a brown flash run between some small cedar trees. I swing around towards the area.....sure enough there was a cougar....I was using a Tebbe red distress call. Just as the crosshair were level the cougar begin to try to sneak away because he wasn't seeing any prey. One shot from the suppressed 260 and he was down. A lifelong dream fulfilled in what seemed like just a few seconds....the cat measured 7'6" long and we bathroom scaled the cat at 145....the G&F estimated his weight at 180 based off his size.
The guy holding him up is 5'10" for reference.








Edited by DesertRam (02/01/16 01:03 PM)
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#2923933 - 01/31/16 05:27 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
possumal Offline
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Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 4951
Loc: Nicholasville, Ky.
Now that is some lion. Kudos on accomplishing a lifelong dream, and thanks for posting.
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#2923934 - 01/31/16 05:27 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
huntinaz Offline
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Registered: 12/11/08
Posts: 1023
Loc: Flagstaff AZ
Yes!! Big ole cat. Congrats on realizing the dream, beautiful cat. Enjoy!
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#2923935 - 01/31/16 05:32 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
comcam Offline
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Registered: 09/20/12
Posts: 159
Loc: Maury County, TN
Sweet cat, I'd love to try and hunt one
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#2923945 - 01/31/16 05:46 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
desert dave Offline
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Registered: 02/02/11
Posts: 588
Loc: California
Trophy!nice cat

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#2923965 - 01/31/16 06:13 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: desert dave]
Dropadoglv Offline
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Registered: 01/07/16
Posts: 1176
Loc: In the Bush.....
Wow..just Wow..congrats on a lion of a lifetime! Congratulations! Great job!!!
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#2923982 - 01/31/16 06:40 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
reddog964 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 04/06/08
Posts: 3913
Loc: In the sage brush behind you
That's AWESOME... I see a full body mount right there....
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#2923986 - 01/31/16 06:42 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
TheBig1 Offline
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Registered: 01/12/16
Posts: 690
Loc: Pennsylvania
Nice!
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#2923993 - 01/31/16 06:52 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
Cranesville Hunter Offline
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Registered: 09/30/15
Posts: 732
Loc: WV
Awesome, congratulations.
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#2923994 - 01/31/16 06:54 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
DesertRam Offline
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Registered: 04/26/01
Posts: 8811
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
Fantastic!
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#2923995 - 01/31/16 06:54 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
Silverfox Offline
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Registered: 04/20/01
Posts: 4986
Loc: Williston, ND
Richie--Congratulations on fulfilling your life-long dream!!!! EXCELLENT WORK!! Thanks for sharing the story and the photos.
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#2924005 - 01/31/16 07:00 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
RichardK Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 99
Loc: Mesa, AZ
what a great looking lion

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#2924010 - 01/31/16 07:02 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
LARUEminati Offline
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Registered: 02/28/13
Posts: 1065
Loc: Western Massachusetts
Huge, nice job thumbup1

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#2924038 - 01/31/16 07:34 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
BPS Offline
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Registered: 03/06/09
Posts: 572
Loc: Paradise, Northern California
Good kitty.

Lee
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#2924045 - 01/31/16 07:38 PM Re: Big Tom Cat down...long time coming [Re: gonzaga]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 16568
Loc: Missouri
Great story, congrats on a beautiful trophy!
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