we dont have many lions round these parts...as a matter of fact, supposedly, we have none, but i know there are some up north of I-80. Personally i wouldnt shoot one, because its a cat, and i wont eat a cat (mind you i also wont shoot wolves or coyotes either 'cause i wont eat a dog)
congrats on your kill though, i hear those are some tough suckers to hunt, even tougher without hounds.
Greybeard, this is a new one fresh out of the wodds on Sunday!
The Backstraps and the hind quarters are very good eating I had some for dinner last night. My wife and son also had it. Can't really tell it's much different then beef or pork when processed properly. The front shoulders are way to filled with tendons that are tougher then bungie cord to cut through much less eat!
That has got to be the best hunting picture I have ever seen
You should get some kind of award for that one, I love it. Thanks for sharing it. As far as which is the proper forum....for that one...I think G.B would make an exception, and you could post it anywhere you wanted to. Definately 'Hunting picture of the Year'.
They call that a Bearcat dont they??I tried some a buddy brought up from Idaho i thought it was very good.Nice Cat and Good Photo thanks for sharing,Merry Christmas to you and your family.
It was everything I could do to hoist it up like this for the photo. It would have been easier if it were a barbell because there are no good handles on a lion! I don't think I had it up off the ground completely or for more then a couple seconds.
Might as well quit lion hunting I'll not likely ever beat this one! Now I guess I'll just hunt for the dark one I saw a couple years ago. We were driving up the road and saw what I said to my partner looked like a Black Lab in the road running ahead of us. When my lights hit the tracks I saw they were lion track!
About 50 more yards and I could see plain as day a black animal in the road and it takes two jumps and a leap right up the side of the bank. We stopped and saw the tracks which were 100% lion tracks. Then I looked up the bank and it was well over 8 foot high, no dog is gonna jump that!
Was it just shadows that made the lion look black? Was it a melonistic lion? Who knows but I would sure like to find that one in good day light to see it better! Having a black mountian lion would beat the 200 pounder anyday in my book!
First, congratulations on taking such a BIG cat!! That is the biggest cat I have ever seen!! And to take it while predator calling, that must have been exciting!!
What gun & load were you using? Where did you hit it? What was the animal reaction / how far did it travel?
I've eaten cat also, ate the lynx that I trapped and have rug mounted on my wall at home. It smelled 'different' when my wife was cooking it, and she wanted to throw it out, I convinced here to finish cooking it. When we sat down for dinner, I put a fair amount of it on my plate, and my wife didn't take any. I talked her into trying on piece and she really liked it! She used her fork and drew a line down the middle of the lynx meat on the plate and scooped "her" half on her plate!
That ain't no kitty cat?? I have been seeing large cat for years in the higher elevations of Vermont and a few years ago I got a glimse of one at night in my headlites at near my camp up there. Everyone I talked to about it said noway I just thank God my wife and son were with me to witness it too. Its big just like yours now there are no deer in my area at all no deer tracks in the snow. I read that these mountainlions kill a deer every 3 days and this is why there are no deer. More and more of these big cats are being seen even where i live in Connecticut they are making a comeback. These cats(mountainlions) are being seen in mass. and maine too there is a mountainlion site on the net also for reporting sightings too. BigBill
I have to add I showed this picture of the cat here to my son, he looked at it and said its as big as the one we seen in Vermont. And guys don't think for one minute you don't have any mountainlions in your area they are very elusive and will avoid contact with you. I first seen tracks in the snow for years then finally seen it. Now i see more scat in the trails going into and out of the apple orchards. So the more proof of them is being seen means the more the population of them is increasing. As all the preditors are making comebacks here the mountainlions, coyotes, and bobcats we are starting to see more family pets disappear and i'm sure attacks on people will soon follow like the attacks in California lately.
Initial examination of road kill mountain lion indicates the animal was wild.
Cougar's physical condition and stomach contents support MDC belief that the cat was free-ranging.
JEFFERSON CITY --A necropsy of the mountain lion killed Monday night by a motorists in Callaway County indicates the animal migrated to Central Missouri from the west. That is the preliminary finding of a team of Missouri Department of Conservation wildlife biologists who examined the cat Wednesday.
"Our examination found nothing that indicates the mountain lion had been in captivity," said Conservation Department Wildlife Research Biologist Dave Hamilton. "It had no tags, tattoos or wear on its claws and pads that is typical of animals that have been kept in concrete-floored enclosures. Its stomach contained a single gray squirrel, which probably means it was feeding in the wild rather than being fed by humans."
Other findings of the necropsy are as follows:
* The animal likely was 1 1/2-to-2 years-old based on the presences of dark barring on the fur, which normally disappears by age 3.
* The overall health of the animal was good. Its death probably was instantaneous, as the impact with the automobile separated the cat's neck vertebrae and broke both its front legs.
* The pad of the cat's left forepaw was missing in addition to the missing toes from that paw. It is possible that the injury was sustained in a fight with a larger mountain lion or perhaps a bear several months ago, perhaps even a year ago.
Tissue samples taken from the mountain lion have been sent to a lab for DNA testing. Animal hairs contained in the cat's lower intestine also are being sent to a lab for identification. It will be several weeks to several months before the Conservation Department receives the lab results.
Hamilton said as mountain lion populations continue to grow in western states cougar sighting may increase in Missouri and other Midwestern states. He said young males often wander long distances in search of areas not already occupied by adult male lions.
Since 1994 eight instances of mountain lion have been confirmed by the Conservation Department Mountain Lion Response Team (MLRT). The MLRT investigates all credible reports of mountain lions sightings. To report a mountain lion sighting call the nearest conservation agent or Conservation Department office.
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