Carbon Express Arrows
Calling
cougar
Contributors to this thread:
Blade 07-Feb-18
Paul@thefort 07-Feb-18
Brotsky 07-Feb-18
Irishman 07-Feb-18
LINK 08-Feb-18
DanWesson357 08-Feb-18
Blade 08-Feb-18
Paul@thefort 08-Feb-18
Brotsky 08-Feb-18
LINK 08-Feb-18
Destroyer350 08-Feb-18
Destroyer350 08-Feb-18
Blade 08-Feb-18
From: Blade
07-Feb-18
Has anyone intentionally called in a mountain lion? No gut/bait piles or electronic calls or dogs...just manually calling. If so, I'd like to hear about the set-up and scenario whether or not that you harvested the animal.

From: Paul@thefort
07-Feb-18
Yes, mouth call, Raspy Rabbit predator call. Colorado, early January. 2 ft of snow, just off private property. Had see a Mt Lion during the Sept archery deer season. Went back to the same spot. Wind was not great until 1/2 hr before sun down.. Standing next to a large pine tree, in snow camo, back from the drop off into the shallow canyon. wind was now good. Called off and on for 1/2 hour. Nothing. Called some more, Nothing seen. Switched to a coyote howler and called a few notes. Later,Glanced to the left and here come a Mt Lion sneaking through the trees at 25 yards. I raised my compound bow, added the release, and started to draw. The cat saw the movement and was gone never to be seen again. I tired elsewhere but never saw a cat or tracks. Neat experience. A year later, hired a cat guide and bow killed one.

Find tracks, find cat kill, evidence a cat is in the area. They range and can travel a lot and seek deer in the winter so find a good concentration of deer and you might find a cat. Cat take their time coming in so stay in one place for up to an hour and important, play the wind.

I carried a 9mm sidearm and a can of "bear" spray just in case.

From: Brotsky
07-Feb-18
There are guys here in SD that are masters at this. We have a lion season which does not allow dogs. Guys track them and call them in. Some of them are unbelievably good at it.

From: Irishman
07-Feb-18
I've called in two while trying to call in elk. So if they come in to a bugle, then I would guess that would come into the call of just about any animal that they think could be a dinner.

From: LINK
08-Feb-18
Brotsky what call all they using? Rabbit or dawn distress?

From: DanWesson357
08-Feb-18
Successfully doing this would be the most amazing hunting experience I could think of.

From: Blade
08-Feb-18
I have called 2 in, unintentionally, while calling coyotes. One in a lot of trees and scrub oak that came within 20-25 yards that spooked when I stood up and saw him and yelled. The other came within 15-20 yards in a more open area with boulders and brush and slightly above me. I spotted it around 50 yards clawing the ground and finally spooked after yelling and blowing on a regular whistle. Had "long" walks back to the truck watching to make sure I wasn't being stalked. An outfitter had a lion come in to cow calls and ran it off with his client and himself standing and yelling. Just curious about intentional encounters when calling for lions.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Feb-18

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I used this Quaker Boy Fawn In Distress call for lure in this bear to within bow range. It would work on mt lions. Many predator calls can be modified to sound like a "wounded" deer, rabbit, etc.

From: Brotsky
08-Feb-18
Link, I understand a lot of guys use fawn in distress but the guys that are really good at it use other sounds and they are more likely to give you a crack at their wife then tell you what that sound is. Ha! It's amazing how many of them tell stories about jumping the cat while tracking it and then calling it right back in. I'm seriously impressed with their ability to get it done year after year.

From: LINK
08-Feb-18
Well if they ever give you a crack it.... their calling that is. PM with the details. ;)

From: Destroyer350
08-Feb-18

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The past 6 years I have tried to call and track Mountain Lion's without success. I have called in a few during Turkey season. I posted the stories on Rainshadow's website - check it out if you haven't. There is a bunch of call in stories as well as tactics. He even has a few call ins on Youtube.

I was Turkey Hunting here in Colorado a few years back on the Front Range. I drove 35 minutes from my house to a spot that I had been seeing lots of Turkey sign. When I got to the spot where I was going to park I saw another guy had beaten me to it. I figured I would try to get around him and go in deeper so I wouldn't mess up his hunt.

I walked a logging road down that was in between 2 ridges and it led down to a canyon. I thought I would walk down the road call and see if I could get reaction gobble. I walked the road and used my box call every 80-100 yards. I walked to the end where there was private land, had a snack and started walking back the direction I came in. As I was walking back I did the same thing - called every 80-100 yards.

As I was about a quarter of a mile from where I had parked I could hear the other hunter calling on top. I got to a point of the road where you could look down in between the ridges to the canyon. As I looked down I could see a Cougar standing about 40 yards away from me looking through the grass and I froze. The cat calmly turned around and ran up the other side of the ridge not making a single sound when he ran off.

The cat had to of followed me out of the canyon beside the road and I had spotted him when I got in between the lion and the other hunter. I have been back to that area several times to try to call a mountain lion in without any luck.

From: Destroyer350
08-Feb-18
My buddy, who I had taken out a few times Turkey Hunting that year, was having a blast and really getting into it. We were going to try out a new area that I hadn't been to but thought it was worth checking out. I figured we would get in there mid day and look around to see if we could find any sign. It was an area where we would have to cross a river and hike in so I knew not a lot of other people would be back there.

We got across the river at approximately 11am and started to hike through this huge canyon. It was an area that didn't have a lot of cover due to a fire 15 or so years back. As we were walking I was calling every 100 yards to see if I could get a reaction on the other side of the canyon where I figured turkeys had gone for the day. My buddy had a different idea and thought we should split up and go check out the other side. I kept explaining to him that we needed to stay together in case we were in a calling scenario and the turkey would lock up out of range. The discussion quickly turned into an argument and I kept going up hill while he lagged behind me 100 yards back.

He stopped to sit on some rocks where I had lasted called. I motioned to him that we should get on top to see if there was any sign. Once he got up to me we stopped to drink some water. As soon as I took a sip of water I looked down from where we came from saw 3 animals and I thought "Dangit" someone's dogs are following me.

As soon as I thought that it quickly registered in my brain - Lions!!!

They walked out from the other side of the canyon right across the rocks my friend has just been sitting on. If he had not moved 5 minutes earlier he would have had 3 mountain lions on top of him. Since it was a very open burn area we watched them go down into the valley we had walked into where it was very thick brush.

We waited 30 or so minutes and talked about how we witnessed something not a lot of people see in their lifetime but we still had to get out of there and our exit was right where we saw the mountain lions go through. As we were walking out we were trying to make plenty of noise so we wouldn't surprise the mountain lions when we got to the valley.

Once we got there I looked over about 75 yards there was a mountain lion looking right at us. I didnt see the other two. That one disappeared into the thick stuff and we quickly made it back across the river.

I think it was 2 sub adults that hadn't left their mom and they were looking for a turkey dinner.

My friend still hunts with me to this day and if he says something about going in the opposite direction I give him a hard time reminding him that if he didn't listen to me things might have not of turned out so well for him!

From: Blade
08-Feb-18
There are other stories on the Colorado region under the title "Calling all lions-no dogs or electronics"

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