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Head out on a lion hunt tomorrow!
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Hessticles 09-Dec-16
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From: Hessticles
09-Dec-16
Friend and I are heading to Wyoming tomorrow to chase lions! He's the shooter on this trip as ive already killed 2 cats with my bow. Sounds like they should be getting snow the next few days!

From: Scoot
09-Dec-16
Sweet! Good luck!!! I did my first and only (so far) cat hunt last year and I had a really great time. Definitely a unique experience for me. Enjoy!

From: Mark Watkins
09-Dec-16
Good luck and keep us posted!!!

Mark

09-Dec-16
Story and pictures!! Good luck!

From: Medicinemann
09-Dec-16
Make sure he takes the meat home......good stuff!!

From: Hessticles
09-Dec-16
Yeah I kept the meat off my cats! It is tastey

From: t-roy
09-Dec-16
Good luck and stay safe!

From: t-roy
09-Dec-16
Good luck and stay safe!

From: Owl
09-Dec-16
Good luck. Take pictures.

From: Bowboy
09-Dec-16
It snowed the other day, but there talking more in the next couple days. Good luck.

From: BULELK1
10-Dec-16
Travel safe and have fun!

Good luck, Robb

From: drycreek
10-Dec-16
What orionsbro said !

From: Hessticles
16-Dec-16
Well this adventure has been a crazy one to say the least! Sunday we cut a male and female track heading into a nasty canyon so we were gonna wait for them to hopefully come out. Monday we cut a male track in a easy riverbottom but he headed right for private ground so we never let the dogs go. Tuesday we had 3 other guys beat us to the mountain looking for tracks, but thankfully it didn't stop my friend from checking and he doesn't miss tracks! He checked it and cut the Tom track, so back to the house to get the dogs! We get everything rounded up and we go back in to try and cut his track again to figure out where he went and we cut his track running down my buddies snowmobile track, so this track wasn't even an hour old! We cut the dogs loose and the chase was on! The lion headed back towards the nasty canyon where we didn't wanna go, but Gps was showing us 2 dogs were treeing 450yrds straight down the canyon! Off we go, wasn't to bad getting to the cat and when we did we couldn't believe how big this cat was! My buddy Tom got his bow ready while I was taking pictures. It all happened so fast I didn't get any video cuz the cat was getting nervous and we didn't want him to bail and head deeper into the canyon where it's easy to lose a cat! He had a small window to shoot through and made a great shot and the tom came crashing down and took off! I followed the cat before we let the dogs go again so they didn't bite into the broadhead. The cat went 100yrds downhill again and piled up! I didn't see a broadhead so yelled at my friend to let the dogs go! Dogs got there and we let them chew on the cat for a bit to reward them. Took some pictures and tried to figure out how we were gonna get the cat out! We decided it might be easiest to drag him straight down to the bottom and come in from another way to get him. We get about halfway down and it's super steep and the cat got away from us sliding off a 20 foot cliff. We got to the cliff and figured out there was no way down. So we leave the cat and head back up! We were still missing 2 dogs, we could faintly hear 1 of them and it sounded like he was treeing on the opposite side of the canyon! On our way out we found the 3rd dog. By the time we go out and all the way around to the other side it took us about 3 hrs. We bail of the side to find out the other dog Ruby had another female treed and kept her treed for over 3 hours! We couldn't believe it! We took pictures and let the female cat go! So we head to the bottom of canyon to figure out how to get to the dead cat! We hike in bout 2 miles through some of the nastiest shit I've ever seen! We get back there about 430 and realize by time we cross the river and get up to the cat we would be spending the night on the mountain, so we back out and head back in the morning! We get everything rounded up and our crampons put on! The crampons were lifesavers, without them we wouldn't have got to the cat! We get to the cat and build a small fire, take some more pictures and start skinning! The hike out was pretty tough with the hide and meat on our backs. At one point a boulder fell and I barely jumped out of the way before it landed on my leg. We get out safe and head back to the shop to warm up and celebrate a little! We check the cat in the next day and now today we are making the long trek home through blizzards to Nebraska! My hunting buddy Tom and I are bringing home his 175lb stud of a lion! I'll post some pics off my phone, but the tree pics are on my good camera so ill have to wait till I get home to post them!

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16-Dec-16

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From: Destroyer350
16-Dec-16
Awesome story and congrats to your buddy! Cant wait to see pics!

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16-Dec-16

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From: lyons707
16-Dec-16
Great job. I'm heading to B.C on January 13th to chase me down a kitty. your thread got me pumped, thanks!!

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From: Mark Watkins
16-Dec-16
Congrats!!!

A great hunt and thread!!!!

Mark

From: smarba
16-Dec-16
Congrats!!!

Glad to hear you saved the meat, it really is delicous and I encourage everyone to salvage it, regardless that some states don't require it.

From: Scoot
16-Dec-16
Awesome- congrats!

From: Grubby
16-Dec-16
Awesome!

From: Bowboy
16-Dec-16
Great cat and thanks for sharing.

From: njbuck
16-Dec-16
Wow, what a tom! any idea on what he weighed?

16-Dec-16
That's some crazy stuff! Grats on a great adventure!

From: Bou'bound
16-Dec-16
that is a monster to be sure

From: Hessticles
16-Dec-16
175lbs

From: trkyslr
16-Dec-16
Awesome!!!

From: GhostBird
16-Dec-16
Congratulations on an awesome looking hunt!

From: sureshot
16-Dec-16
That's a big kitty! Congrats on an awesome adventure!

From: T Mac
16-Dec-16
Wow what an adventure in some rugged country. Congrats to your buddy on his beautiful cat. Who was the outfitter?

From: t-roy
16-Dec-16
Congrats!

Lion hunting is a blast!

From: Ron Niziolek
16-Dec-16
Great stuff Tanner!

From: Hessticles
16-Dec-16
Wind river backcountry outfitters

From: SteveB
16-Dec-16
Congrats, good stuff! Thanks for sharing with us!

From: StickFlicker
16-Dec-16
Holy crap, that thing's huge! Congratulations!!

From: Maverick7
16-Dec-16
Congrats on a monster cat

From: steve
16-Dec-16
I want to do this soooo bad!! Beautiful cat. $$$................................

From: Iowahunter
16-Dec-16
I just got back from a cat hunt around Laramie and south near Colorado. No luck and terrible conditions. I traded two Iowa late muzzle loader or bow hunts and some cash for this hunt .the hunters come to our place in January . Congrats wish I did the dame

From: Drahthaar
16-Dec-16
Awesome. Forrest

From: Shiras
16-Dec-16
Nice job Tanner. Safe travels!

From: TEmbry
17-Dec-16
Awesome cat and story. A Cat will most likely be the next hunt I leave Alaska for. Awesome critters!

From: BULELK1
17-Dec-16
Damn nice!

Thanks for taking us along with you guys

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: Owl
17-Dec-16
Great story and photos. Love the skinnin' fire.

17-Dec-16
great HUNT, congrats !

17-Dec-16
That's a beauty, congrats

From: Paul@thefort
17-Dec-16
GOOD WORK BY ALL PAUL

17-Dec-16
Congrats and God Bless you men

From: Hessticles
18-Dec-16

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Picture of the Tom in the tree!

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18-Dec-16

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Picture of the female I passed on!!

From: loopmtz
18-Dec-16
Sweet!

From: Barty1970
19-Dec-16
Tastes like top class lean pork, according to Casey of Hushin.

From: Hessticles
19-Dec-16
Thanks everyone!! it was one of my hardest hunts to date! Nobody could deserve it more than my friend Tom!

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