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#6891403 - 09/18/17 06:40 PM Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas...
HansETX Offline
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Registered: 07/12/17
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Loc: Ben Wheeler, TX
I wanted to share this video with my friends here in this forum. I post alot of hog hunting videos and a few days ago I had either a Mountain Lion, Cougar, or some type of Panther show up during one of my late night hog hunts. This has been a little secret of mine that I haven't shared with many people, mostly because I didn't want people around here in East Texas to think I was crazy, but I've had a Mountain Lion/Big Cat either living or hunting 100 yards from my front door for the past 8 months. In the past he's always eluded the opportunity for me to take a clean shot...until he showed up for the last time during the middle of hog hunt. From the video you'll see him amazingly jump 7 or 8 feet in the air after taking a shot to the front right shoulder. Be careful out in those fields chasing hogs guys, you never know what you might run into..

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#6891465 - 09/18/17 07:30 PM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
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Sucks you couldnt find him

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#6891467 - 09/18/17 07:32 PM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
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The grass that he was laying behind, I measured is two feet tall. Laying down with his head up he was several inches taller than that very tall grass. He was big, definitely wasn't a feral house cat, haha!. On thermal, it's really hard to see his size because he is directly facing me. It isn't until he jumps that you get to see how long he really is. But, before I flipped the camera on, I saw him walk over before laying down and I knew it was that Big Cat. Now it might be a panther or cougar, not really sure. I was just sad that I didn't get to recover him...
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#6891468 - 09/18/17 07:32 PM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
HansETX Offline
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I know!!! I'm sick about it...
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#6891487 - 09/18/17 07:44 PM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
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hopefully some one will find it, too cool an animal to just lose
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#6891492 - 09/18/17 07:52 PM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
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I haven't gotten a good night's sleep since. My biggest fear is my neighbor Paul finding it dead somewhere on his property and taking credit for shooting it, haha!
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#6891497 - 09/18/17 07:58 PM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
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No disrespect but my monies on a big bobcat. Not a cougar.
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#6891509 - 09/18/17 08:11 PM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
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No disrepect taken at all. I'm open to all opinions. I've shown the clip to many of the farmers around here and everyone of them said it was either a cougar or panther. I know it's hard to tell on thermal because the warmest parts of the body will glow a brighter white then say a foot or even tail. I did see him walk over to the spot where he laid down before I flipped the camera on and noticed the long time. The very first time that I saw him I thought the same thing, that it was just a huge bobcat, but every time I've seen him I've noticed the tail. At the end of the video, I freeze framed it to show how long the tail is, but that's the problem with not recovery him. We will never know for sure, you could very well be right..


Edited by HansETX (09/18/17 08:16 PM)
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#6891749 - 09/19/17 04:46 AM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
Brian C. Offline
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Outstanding looking shot. Bummer he hasn't been recovered. What caliber were you using?
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#6891954 - 09/19/17 08:55 AM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
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Registered: 12/28/12
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Loc: East Texas
How fast did you get a blood trailing dog out there? Hard hit Cats leave good blood trails. Once in a lifetime opportunity there.
When you saw him in the tree was he a mountain lion?


Edited by SheepHunter (09/19/17 09:11 AM)

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#6891979 - 09/19/17 09:12 AM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
HansETX Offline
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I was using a .223 with hog load ammo.. I don't know anybody with dogs and the grass was too thick to track him
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#6892035 - 09/19/17 10:16 AM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
Mike Savoy Offline
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Definitely appears to be a mt. lion. When you say panther you mean ?
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#6892125 - 09/19/17 11:20 AM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
HansETX Offline
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Registered: 07/12/17
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Yeah, I have no clue. I've heard that they are all the same thing but I know nothing about them other than some pictures that I've seen and articles that I've read..
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#6892719 - 09/19/17 07:34 PM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
Michael W. Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Central Texas / Comal County
Pretty sure its not a bobcat. Has to be a mountain lion. Hopefully someone comes across him. I would look for a trailing dog.
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#6892801 - 09/19/17 08:59 PM Re: Mountain Lion/Big Cat shot with Thermal in East Texas... [Re: HansETX]
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Loc: Ben Wheeler, TX
I've been calling around for dogs
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