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Weste

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Mountain Lions
« on: May 20, 2011, 09:27:34 PM »
Any cat hunters in here.  Anyway, I managed to get out for cougars in 2006 and 2007 until I finally took this cat that you see in my Avatar.  It all started about 10 years ago when I saw a Cougar hunting a friend of mine.  He was still hunting towards me while I was sitting on a cutline.  I spooked the cat off but was intrigued at how quiet they were.  Long story short, I had to get one.  In 2006 I was out quadding with my wife and kids when we seen a guy running his black and tan coon hounds.  My wife recognized them as cougar dogs and before you know it, she had me set up for a December cat hunt (Did I mention how much I love my wife LOL).  We hunted for 6 days in 2006, treed a few cats but mostly small males or females before the season was shut down.  We tried again in 2007 and managed to get this guy on the second Sat in december.  It was a bitter cold day (-21 in Lethbridge when we set out) and even a little colder in the mountains.  After a 4 hour hike over a couple of mountain ranges, we managed to catch up to the dogs and the cat.  Not sure why the cats never follow the trails but it would make for a little easier hike LOL.  Anyway, I attached a shortcut to the hunt on youtube if anyone wants to watch.  The guide's brother is a professional wildlife photographer and came along this day and he managed to get some great photos.  My cat has been in a couple of magazines and was on the cover of the quarterly Journal of North American Bowhunting Associations - The Big Game Expeditions.

Lets see some more cat pics and stories in here.



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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2011, 02:30:13 AM »
Great hunt congrats.

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2011, 02:33:02 AM »
Here's my first cat hunt ever. Amazing hunt and expirence, and a very addicting hunt forsure. Unfortunatly not exactly the cat i was hoping for, oh well guess i gotta try again !!!



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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2011, 08:36:09 AM »
Pottymouth - Congrats and that looks like an awesome cat.  Mine was a good mature cat but he didnt have the huge skull I wanted either but oh well that's hunting.  Congrats again!!

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2011, 09:25:08 AM »
Congratulations to both of you...Weste, that photo with the mountains in the background is awesome
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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2011, 09:53:38 AM »
Great looking cat..

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2011, 08:58:54 PM »
Awesome video and pics guys.  I've killed one before and without dogs.    just got lucky once while Elk hunting late season in the porcupine hills when I was 14.  I would love to chase a cat with a dog one day. 

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2011, 09:04:59 AM »
Gotta love hunting cats! The sound of the hounds hot on a track, and baying when they tree (or false tree) is AWESOME!

Here's my first and only cat. Was the result of three years of hard work and patience trying to connect on a mature tom.

He's a mature cat- very big body, just didn't have the skull size I was hoping for!!



Here's the finished mount. Still need to make room for him!!


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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2011, 02:17:13 AM »
Hey Doug, that turned out great ! Who did the work on him, and what did it cost you  ruffly......?

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2011, 07:18:38 AM »
Hey Doug, that turned out great ! Who did the work on him, and what did it cost you  ruffly......?

Thanks! I'm very happy with how he turned out.

Antler Hill taxidermy did their magic with him (cat and base). I built the pedistal. The wood is some old wood from a cattle feeder on my place. He was around $4K.

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2011, 12:16:26 PM »
Great Mount Doug.  I ended up making a combo mount with my wife's bear as I was running out of space as well.  Ended up putting the cat in a tree with the bear standing at the base looking up at him.  It is an awesome mount and a centerpiece when we have visitors (not sure they think I am sane though LOL). 

Originally I had the cougar and bear staring at each other but since these pictures I changed the orientation of the cougars head so that he stairs at people when they enter that room.  Freaks out one of my wife's friends so much that she won't even go in the room anymore.

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2011, 08:21:38 PM »
Thanks Weste. I'm happy with how it turned out.

Looks like you need an addition to your house. Plans for a trophy room?

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2011, 09:56:28 PM »
Thanks Weste. I'm happy with how it turned out.

Looks like you need an addition to your house. Plans for a trophy room?

Actually - I put a 20 X 20 room with 12' walls onto the house.  It has become the "Man-Cave" with all the mounts and the big screen TV.  LOL  It's actually become the central area of the house where we all end up now.  I figure I have room for another 4 mounts then I will have to make another expansion. LOL

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2011, 09:37:11 PM »
beautiful dogs... are they black and tans?

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2011, 10:23:06 PM »
beautiful dogs... are they black and tans?

You bet.  Black and Tan coon hounds owned by Brent Sinclair out of Pincher Creek.  Great dogs,  we treed quite a few before we were happy with this guy.

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2011, 06:25:50 PM »
Some pics from cat hunting this winter:
















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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2011, 07:06:19 PM »
Great Pics Steve!  Did you harvest one?

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2011, 07:16:01 PM »
Great Pics Steve!  Did you harvest one?

I was guiding. Those cats are all mature toms that hit the ground.

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2011, 09:15:20 PM »
Kinda figured.  Where are you guiding?

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Re: Mountain Lions
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2011, 11:40:08 PM »
Out of Cynthia AB