Mathews Inc.
My Utah Lion
cougar
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PAstringking 19-May-16
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PAstringking 19-May-16
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Kevin Dill 19-May-16
PAstringking 19-May-16
iceman 19-May-16
drycreek 19-May-16
rattles33 19-May-16
pav 19-May-16
lunatic 19-May-16
HoytsDad 19-May-16
PAstringking 19-May-16
Dennis Razza 19-May-16
sureshot 19-May-16
YZF-88 19-May-16
elkmtngear 19-May-16
flyingbrass 19-May-16
trkyslr 19-May-16
Wayniac 19-May-16
Destroyer350 19-May-16
Bou'bound 19-May-16
GhostBird 19-May-16
TREESTANDWOLF 19-May-16
BoonROTO 19-May-16
yukon roz 19-May-16
trail hound 19-May-16
IdyllwildArcher 19-May-16
Bowboy 19-May-16
Huntcell 19-May-16
Shiras 19-May-16
ilandhunter 19-May-16
Mark Watkins 19-May-16
Mudslinger 19-May-16
otcWill 19-May-16
BOWUNTR 19-May-16
ben h 19-May-16
LUNG$HOT 19-May-16
JohnB 19-May-16
CD 19-May-16
Grunt-N-Gobble 19-May-16
T Mac 19-May-16
BULELK1 20-May-16
Nick Muche 20-May-16
SteveB 20-May-16
Elkhuntr 20-May-16
PAstringking 20-May-16
lewis 20-May-16
buzz mc 20-May-16
OFFHNTN 20-May-16
stoneman 20-May-16
PAstringking 21-May-16
Bou'bound 21-May-16
PAstringking 21-May-16
Bou'bound 23-May-16
Southern draw 23-May-16
huntmaster 01-Jun-16
Shug 01-Jun-16
From: PAstringking
19-May-16

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I wanted to start a thread reflecting on my December 2015 Mountain Lion hunt in southern Utah.

Dont really have time for the whole story... but on Day 6 of 7 we had run our third big cat. Hours and hours and hours of driving and waiting for this moment. We rechecked a kill we found 5 days earlier, and had checked every day with no luck, but today there were tracks leaving the scene of the crime.

With 16" of fresh powder on the ground it was hard to determine much about the tracks but we knew from previous days that the lion that made this kill was a big Tom. The tracks left the kill and went up this mountain.

From: PAstringking
19-May-16

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The track from a few days prior

From: PAstringking
19-May-16

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The dogs took off from the truck and didnt make a peep!! Very odd I thought...but later to find that the track was so fresh and hot that they started cutting off the lion tracks and heading in a straight line towards the lion.

Within 20 minutes all 6 dogs were showing treed on the GPS. I was starting to get excited at this point but knew that only a few days earlier we were in this same position and the old cat slipped away.

We drove the truck around the mountain and got to within about 900 yards, as the crow flies. It was great hearing the baying dogs at a distance. Knowing there was some light at the end of the tunnel.

From: PAstringking
19-May-16

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For anyone that has never done it...this was probably one of the toughest climbs of my hunting career. 16" of fresh powder over loose slippery rock and a really steep incline....made this a slow and steady pace. Not to mention that we were close to 7,000 feet and I live at 250 feet above sea level.

Anyway...as we closed the gap we could see the lion in the tree with its back end facing us. This really helped us approach undetected. As we peered around the edge of the large red rock...my guides say "well...I see nuts!!"

That was great news!!

From: PAstringking
19-May-16

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This part of the hunt is what I had been dreaming of and waiting for...for quite some time. Seeing the cat react to the dogs and the dogs have zero fear of anything. They are so focused and proud to have worked hard for you.

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19-May-16

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Dogs at work

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19-May-16

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The picture that took my breath away...

19-May-16
Such awesome pics of the treed cat and dogs!!

From: PAstringking
19-May-16

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The shot...as some of you may know...can be somewhat easy. This was one of those easy shots. About 8 yards and a slight uphill angle.

My 410g arrow tipped with a 125g Hellrazor blew through the quartering away lion and disappeared off the side of the mountain. The lion had no idea what hit him and within 20 second laid dead in the tree.

It was over. All that time dreaming, all that fuel burned, all that anxiety of "am I going to be one of those 3 trip cat guys?"....all over in a matter of minutes.

An incredible experience that I would suggest to any hunter.

From: PAstringking
19-May-16

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That night we went out looking at the local Mule Deer

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19-May-16

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Little guy....ugghhhhhh

From: Kevin Dill
19-May-16
Spectacular images! Thank you!

From: PAstringking
19-May-16

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And was left with this great sunset on my last evening in Utah....

From: iceman
19-May-16
Incedible pictures!! Congrats on your cat!

From: drycreek
19-May-16
Man, that was short.........but sweet ! Great looking cat and really beautiful pictures.

Especially love the one of the cat looking down on the red hound !

From: rattles33
19-May-16
Absolutely beautiful pictures!

From: pav
19-May-16
Fantastic photos and recap! Thanks for sharing.

Congrats on a great cat.

Paul

From: lunatic
19-May-16
Unreal !!! Thanks for sharing !!!

From: HoytsDad
19-May-16
Congrats.

What camera do you use?

From: PAstringking
19-May-16
Nikon P510

From: Dennis Razza
19-May-16
Awesome Chris! That is a fine looking cat!! I'd like to have a drift snag from the tree he was in... would be a great addition to any cougar mount.

From: sureshot
19-May-16
Congratulations! The photos are absolutely beautiful.

From: YZF-88
19-May-16
Awesome pics. That thing is so big compared to that dog!

From: elkmtngear
19-May-16
Incredible photos...nice cat!

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: flyingbrass
19-May-16
I'm not sure if you are the string king because that would be hard to measure but you most certainly are the king of mountain lion pics. I really like the one with the dogs baying in it. Maybe the best lion pic I've ever seen.

From: trkyslr
19-May-16
Awesome pics and cat!! Congrats!! I want one!

From: Wayniac
19-May-16
Congrats on the successful hunt, awesome memories, and excellent pics.

Thanks for sharing!

From: Destroyer350
19-May-16
Sweet pics! Thanks for sharing and congrats!

From: Bou'bound
19-May-16
spectacular in all regards. Fantastic cat, photos, story, and experience. so excellent!

From: GhostBird
19-May-16
Congratulations... beautiful cat and spectacular photos.

19-May-16
Great pics Chris.

I remember knee deep snow, ice and rock underneath. Great workout! :)

Congrats!

From: BoonROTO
19-May-16
Fantastic, thanks for posting.

From: yukon roz
19-May-16
Awesome pictures great memories to have.the cat will look good in your house for sure.Hound hunts are definitely exciting .Good job with the camera.

From: trail hound
19-May-16
What an amazing animal! Congrats!

19-May-16
Grats on your cat!

Wow, those were some incredible pictures!

From: Bowboy
19-May-16
Congrats on a great cat!

From: Huntcell
19-May-16
Super pics! thanks!!!! Up close and personal.

From: Shiras
19-May-16
Fantastic pictures and thanks for sharing. Looks like almost as much snow as when I got mine in SE Utah on the last day of my second hunt.

From: ilandhunter
19-May-16
Congratulations, Great pictures

From: Mark Watkins
19-May-16
Fantastic Tom, hunt and pics!!!

Congrats on all three!

Mark

From: Mudslinger
19-May-16
Congrats!! Awesome pictures!!

From: otcWill
19-May-16
Awesome pics!! Congrats and thanks for posting

From: BOWUNTR
19-May-16
Outstanding and a big congrats. Ed F

From: ben h
19-May-16
Dennis, That's a great idea to have some of the dead wood from that tree as part of the mount (pretty cool to be the tree it was shot in too). That particular tree has plenty of dead wood to do so and has great character in my opinion.

I'd frame the photo of the baying dogs right below it too. All those were great photos, I just have a thing for working dogs; can't believe some of the crazy stuff they do.

From: LUNG$HOT
19-May-16
Great photos!! Thanks for taking the time to post it up.

From: JohnB
19-May-16
Awesome pics; congrats on your dream hunt! I am with you it's a blast to watch the dogs work not just for them but for us as well. Could not have picked a much prettier place for the tree either!

From: CD
19-May-16
Great photos for sure! Congratulations!

19-May-16
Congrats and great pictures.

From: T Mac
19-May-16
Outstanding pics and adventure congrats on your cat!

From: BULELK1
20-May-16
Ya did great!

Thanks for sharing

Good luck, Robb

From: Nick Muche
20-May-16
Great photos! Congrats!

From: SteveB
20-May-16
Awesome Chris!

From: Elkhuntr
20-May-16
awesome stuff. congrats, and thanks for sharing.

From: PAstringking
20-May-16
Thanks guys. It was a great hunt and amazing experience.

From: lewis
20-May-16
Great pics. And congrats on a great cat what lense were you using btw Lewis

From: buzz mc
20-May-16
Awesome pictures. Just curious, but how do you keep your composure while taking pictures? I would think that I would want to hurry up and get an arrow in that cat before it has a chance to split.

From: OFFHNTN
20-May-16
HOLY SMOKES!!! Fantastic pictures!!! Congrats on a gorgeous cat as well!

From: stoneman
20-May-16
The pictures will add to your memories for years and years! Congrats on your lion.

From: PAstringking
21-May-16
Lewis: the camera has a built in lens. I sold my DSLR years ago because it was to big and cumbersome. This little Nikon takes great pictures and has awesome zoom.

Buzz: yes... I was a little nervous but had a great guide and houndsman who kept my cool. After I took the close up picture of him hissing at me.... I remember saying to him "ok... I'm done... Let's shoot now". After all my somewhat bad luck I didn't want to let this opportunity pass.

From: Bou'bound
21-May-16
where is the video to this. I think I remember seeing the shot, but can't find it.

From: PAstringking
21-May-16
Bou, it was on YouTube until it was put on LiveLeak. The antihunters really made the comment section pretty bad and my wife got freaked out.... So now it's private

From: Bou'bound
23-May-16
It was a great video but it makes all the sense in the world to keep it private. no upside to promoting it. beautiful cat, story, and documentation.

23-May-16
Congrats !!

From: huntmaster
01-Jun-16
Sweet! Congrats Chris!

From: Shug
01-Jun-16
Great pics...congratulations

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