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#3282990 - 10/04/21 01:32 PM Re: Cougar Calling this year [Re: Slagiatt]
rainshadow1 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 5013
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: Slagiatt
Im likely going to skip deer and elk this year and go straight to lion calling when i get home. With the exception of august, which i took off to hunt bears, ive been out at sea basically non stop since mid april, and wont be home until around thanksgiving, late archery time. Being as how i havent been able to practice with my bow all year i dont feel i have any business bow hunting. So straight to lion hunting. Word is, our whitetail are experiencing a massive die off from blue tongue. Tells me the cats are going to be really hungry. Might be extra responsive to calling. Ill be out doing my lost fawn routine as soon as im home and have snow on the ground.


Anything that lowers prey density will increase the predator activity... for awhile. Until the die-off creates starvation conditions for the predators. Then THEY'LL die off. Then the prey will come back. Then the predators... Look at the microcosm of Vancouver Island after the insurgence of clearcutting. Deer went nuts... Cougars and Wolves went nuts. Deer went way down. Predators got REALLY aggressive.... It's a wild and uncontrolled cycle that COULD be managed if the bios were run by real people instead of the MORONS who are regulating Washington to manage as if humans don't exist. Fools.

Speaking of aggressive predators, I'm hearing lots of stories of Archery and Muzzleloader hunters taking Lions on the happenstance... If you guys are one of those, or hear of them, I'd sure like to get a paragraph and a pic!
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#3282996 - 10/04/21 04:49 PM Re: Cougar Calling this year [Re: rainshadow1]
Slagiatt Offline
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Registered: 07/04/15
Posts: 224
Loc: washington
I dont know how well id expect the whitetail to bouce back around here though. We have so many bears and coyotes which prey on fawns, but dont exactly depend on them as they take advantage of so many other food sources. Even with a major die off of whitetail, i dont see bear and yote numbers dropping a bit, so all those fawn eaters will still be on the landscape hindering a quick rebound. And the wolves are plenty capable of making a living off of elk and moose, as long as they last. Not to mention our crappy management of deer. Allowing an "any buck" hunt during the rut, with rifles, and baiting... its shooting fish in a barrel.
Im not optimistic about our long term prospects.

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#3283006 - 10/04/21 05:40 PM Re: Cougar Calling this year [Re: Slagiatt]
rainshadow1 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 5013
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: Slagiatt
I dont know how well id expect the whitetail to bouce back around here though. We have so many bears and coyotes which prey on fawns, but dont exactly depend on them as they take advantage of so many other food sources. Even with a major die off of whitetail, i dont see bear and yote numbers dropping a bit, so all those fawn eaters will still be on the landscape hindering a quick rebound. And the wolves are plenty capable of making a living off of elk and moose, as long as they last. Not to mention our crappy management of deer. Allowing an "any buck" hunt during the rut, with rifles, and baiting... its shooting fish in a barrel.
Im not optimistic about our long term prospects.



Unfortunately, I agree with you. WDFW saw the two East corners as unspoiled, so they rushed right in to get the job done (like they have in the rest of the State.)
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#3283554 - 10/15/21 11:32 AM Re: Cougar Calling this year [Re: rainshadow1]
rainshadow1 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 5013
Loc: Washington State
Just posted A-29 . . . Great surprise call-in story!

http://www.rain-shadow.com/cougar-callin-stories.html
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#3283781 - 10/18/21 07:38 PM Re: Cougar Calling this year [Re: rainshadow1]
rainshadow1 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 5013
Loc: Washington State

Just posted A-30 . . . Far more common accidental call-in than most elk hunters realize!

http://www.rain-shadow.com/cougar-callin-stories.html
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#3283796 - 10/18/21 11:35 PM Re: Cougar Calling this year [Re: rainshadow1]
johral Offline
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 533
Loc: WA
Hopefully I'll be able to send you a story this winter.

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#3284266 - 10/28/21 11:51 AM Re: Cougar Calling this year [Re: johral]
rainshadow1 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 5013
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: johral
Hopefully I'll be able to send you a story this winter.


Hope so! Seems to be a good year for the Lion!


Just posted A-31... Cougar responding to a nighttime Bobcat stand!

http://www.rain-shadow.com/cougar-callin-stories.html
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