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#718253 - 01/22/06 03:20 PM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
rufous Offline
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Registered: 07/13/01
Posts: 1245
Loc: Dixie, WA
I wish I could afford a full body mount but I am thinking seriously about starting to make my own wine to sell so if I do that I will need all of my extra pennies. I used my 300 Win Mag with a 180 Barnes TSX. That is my main big game rifle and load. We got the cat out this morning. It was an adventure. Here is a photo of the canyon. I took the shot from about the middle of the photo and I took the photo from where the cat was at the shot.


I took in a plastic toboggan and we strapped the cat to it and then pulled it up the steep hill hand over hand up to the old road. Here are my cat packing buddies.

From there it was an easy drag.

The tom weighed 81# without the innards so its live weight was probably about 95#. It was 76" from tip of nose to tip of tail. Here are a couple photos of me with the cat.

And one from the front.

The cat is skinned out and the carcass is hanging in the garage. I am going to cut up the tenderloin and backstrap now. Rufous.

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#718254 - 01/22/06 03:22 PM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 6016
Loc: Cowlitz County
Rufos, Great job man that is so awesome. You got the fire burning. I know what I'll be doing next weekend!!! What were you shootin?? CD
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#718255 - 01/22/06 04:42 PM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
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Registered: 01/07/06
Posts: 16
great story and GREAT Pic's
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#718256 - 01/22/06 05:09 PM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
Jamie Online   content
Campfire Guide

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 3718
Loc: Oly.WA
Good job Rufous, A cougar has been on the top of my list of critters I want to get for along time.

Jamie

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#718257 - 01/22/06 08:02 PM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
Okanagan Offline
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Registered: 01/25/01
Posts: 3688
Great story! Good hunting and superb shooting. Way to go.

I wonder if the reason you caught up with the cat, when its tracks appeared two days old, was that it had killed something in the canyon bottom and stayed there for the last day or so? Looks like it would be too rough a trip back just to find out for curiosity's sake.

Thanks for the stories and pics.

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#718258 - 01/23/06 05:19 AM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
SU35 Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 08/13/02
Posts: 11762
Loc: Yavapai County
Very Cool!


Spike eat your heart out....

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#718259 - 01/23/06 05:31 AM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
rufous Offline
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Registered: 07/13/01
Posts: 1245
Loc: Dixie, WA
I am far from an expert at judging the age of tracks. It could be that they were made the night before. This cat did not have a full belly. I believe he was on the hunt. Rufous.

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#718260 - 01/23/06 05:32 AM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
rufous Offline
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Registered: 07/13/01
Posts: 1245
Loc: Dixie, WA
Did Spike ever finish his cougar story?

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#718261 - 01/23/06 07:08 AM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
SU35 Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 08/13/02
Posts: 11762
Loc: Yavapai County
"Did Spike ever finish his cougar story?"


What cougar story.....he wishes he had one.

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#718262 - 01/23/06 09:15 AM Re: Just tagged my second cougar
Boise Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 02/05/01
Posts: 4125
Loc: Rapid City, SD, US
Good job on both the story and the cat. Sounds like you have a wonderful place to hunt cats.

Just a suggestion but how about offering the tanned hide to the land owners? They may find it worthy of mounting, especially since it came off their property. Also, the offer should be well received and provide you with a place to hunt in the future.

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