Pocket Howdah revolver
Was scouting around for more big cat tracks in the snow before buying a couger hunting tag this year, came upon a fresh kill.
I wasn't hunting yet, just looking around. Thought, just in case I'll just go ahead and slip my little stainless 44 mag Birdshead (BH) into my jeans back pocket, after stumbling acoss what looked like fairly fresh deer tracks - on a back country dirt jeep trail.
Wasn't gonna be long in the field on foot, just a quick look see, maybe 30-50 yards into the brush from my truck was my thinking. As I proceeded, saw a tiny bit of blood splatter on some oak brush about chest level, immediately my hand slapped at the easy feeling BH grip in my back pocket(loaded with very low recoiling 300g beartooth bullets). Hairs raised, my quick pointing Birdshead in hand .... I proceeded slowly, my head on a swivel scanning all around.
About 5 more steps, in just short order emerged into a clearing below a 10 foot ledge of some boulders. I mean to tell you, that 25 foot clearing was covered in fur, nearly dried blood dampened and trampled into the ground in the midst of all that hair. Kinda looked like an abrasive 1970's rusty colored shag carpet where you could lay down and take a snooze on.
Needless to say, will be lion hunting that area over the next 3 months. Plus glad I had something small and powerful in hand during that little shindig 🙂. Would have had my 4.75 inch 475 Freedom Arms holstered (loaded with low recoiling 400g bullets) but figured the big bear of the area was sleeping for the winter.
Nice to have access to the 44 mag BH (now my favorite 'pocket only' Howdah gun).
But WILL BE hunting with either scoped (or not) FREEDOM ARMS m83 and shooting sticks! Just need to find a higher boulder to climb on. Chagrin!