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To all who have hunted and taken a lion, qualifying or not fro Pope and Young, what did your cat weigh?
I am asking since i may have an opportunity to hunt them in the near future, and would like to have an idea on size and weight. I know they will vary in skull size from one area to another, but am trying to get a ballpark idea.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, and if you dont wish to share on the open forum, pm’s are fine also.
Colorado, gutted in the field, weighed @ the Warden check in 157 lbs.
Skull final/dry measure just shy of 15.
I'll try and find a field pic to post.
Good luck, Robb
My WY cat weighed 180lbs ungutted. We weighed it on certified grain scale. Skull was measured just shy of 15.
So sounds like we only shoot huge cats here on bowsite. Great trophies!
147lbs-14 6/16 133lbs- 13 9/16 158lbs- 14 8/16 123lbs- 13 3/16 168lbs- 14 14/16 142lbs- 14 9/16 162lbs- 14 15/16 this one had a caved in cheek bone that was rubbing his jaw bone from a previous injury otherwise would’ve easily passed 15 In Colorado 90% of cats that weigh 130lbs will score 13 8/16 which used to be p&y min but I don’t know if that’s changed And females rarely exceed 110lbs but ones that big will have a track the same size as 130lb Tom. Another thing that affects weight is if they have a full belly which will add 15-25lbs. Cats that are 50-53” nose to base of tail are 125-145lbs And 53-55 are 145-160lbs 56-57 are 160-180lbs
181 1/2# on a certified scale… 14 12/16”
KOM and a cat, nice Shug!
90 pounder out of my back 40. Deer eating machine….WAS! See, bowsiters do shoot small ones.
Great cats guys! Whip, those are great numbers and exactly what i was looking for. You dear sir are a cat killing machine!
Im hoping to do this trip once and get a good cat. I know a few people have had to make several trips to get a good one, and these kind of replise will help a bunch.
Thanks to all who posted, and keep them coming.
125lbs (empty stomach) Tom, Arizona dry ground, mid 13's skull.
Colorado 14-1/16" Tom cougar that was 3.5 yrs old weighed 143#s (weighed by CO Div of Wildlife) with an empty stomach, not gutted.
Cat was ear tagged around Ten Sleep, WY in 1982. I shot it west of Golden, CO, in 1985. It had moved 357 air miles from where it was tagged, the furthest known dispersion for a cougar from where it was tagged at that time. Today via GPS collars they know they travel a lot further.
He was # 6 in the LHS record book for quite a few years until all those 'uge Canadian Tom's started to dominate the record books
Yes, the ole round ball and patch .58 caliber muzzy-loader, 40-50 yard accuracy.
Good luck, Robb
Not certified weight the guide was guessing mid 150s Skull was just shy of 15