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Mountain Lion #7345507 11/12/18 02:52 AM
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I saw my first ever mountain lion tonight! It was on the Fisher/Jones county line.

Has anyone else seen one in this area?

I heard what sounded like a cat around 5. My wife said it was a pig.
Right at sunset around 50-60yards from the blind there was a mountain lion, just walking on the edge of a tree line.

Because of the way we were sitting in the blind, with the door open, there was no way I could have got a shot without muzzle blasting my wife, so we just watched it walk by.

I was really surprised by how light colored it was, I think it was a female.

Iíd say around 80 lbs, my wife say 100 plus.

Why would it it be making noise? That seems weird to me.

The walk to and from that deer blind will never be the same!,

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It may have been in heat.

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Cool deal. I just seen one in Colorado last week and it was full grown. They are cool to watch for sure. I have no passion to kill one. They are just trying to survive in a mans world. IMO

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Did you check your game cam. A pic would be kool

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Cool, they are out there. Take a look at the mountain lions of Texas PDF file on this Link

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An awesome sight Iím sure.

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Never saw one in Texas however my wife swears she saw one last year from her blind here in Dickens county we now carry our pistols during archery walking in to stands in dark am. I saw a mother and 2 cubs while elk hunting in Co.

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Originally Posted by LKForkGuide Marc Mitchell
I have no passion to kill one. They are just trying to survive in a mans world. IMO


I feel the same way about all big cats.

Coyotes and feral hogs are a different matter.


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People that try to make a living raising sheep and goats, and to some extent, trophy deer, feel otherwise. 'Just a matter of perspective.


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Re: Mountain Lion [Re: Texas Dan] #7345651 11/12/18 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Texas Dan
Originally Posted by LKForkGuide Marc Mitchell
I have no passion to kill one. They are just trying to survive in a mans world. IMO


I feel the same way about all big cats.

Coyotes and feral hogs are a different matter.



Same here I would not shoot one but not gonna criticise somebody that does.

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right on man, they are a sight to behold


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That's awesome. Something that you will never forget. I've only seen one out in the wild and it's one of those memories that hasn't faded at all in over 20 years!!!!

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I would rather hunt lion than deer any day or any time. There is a reason that bounties are paid on lions in many counties and by many ranchers. If someone doesn't want to shoot a lion that is your business and I will admit that I have walked off from a tree with a young lion in it.
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I have heard stories for over 65 years of sightings in Williamson county. Have a friend who use to hunt around Bastrop, he saw one every year for several years.

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It may have been in heat.


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Originally Posted by fmrmbmlm
I have heard stories for over 65 years of sightings in Williamson county. Have a friend who use to hunt around Bastrop, he saw one every year for several years.


Not to dismiss your accounts, but Iím sure there are legendary stories in every Texas county of some hunter who claimed to have seen a panther.


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Supposedly have been verified in all 254 counties. I've seen exactly one. Laying in a wheat field just north of Brady. Near the 'Geographic center of Texas'. He was about 50 yards from hwy 377. We pulled over and watched it rolling around on its back. It saw the truck and ran straight across that wheat. Coolest thing ever.


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I have no passion to kill one. They are just trying to survive in a mans world. IMO


I feel the same way about all big cats.

Coyotes and feral hogs are a different matter.



Same here I would not shoot one but not gonna criticise somebody that does.

I feel the same way about bears and cats, but also wouldn't criticize anyone who hunts them. Just a personal preference.


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70 years old, hunted in Texas all my life, never seen one or heard one, but wish I had. And I wouldn't care if anyone believed me or not!


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I use to hunt a ranch on the San Saba McCullough border. Tracker called the ranch house once day stating that he tracked one to the fence and wanted permission to come on the property. Owners were real particular and refused to let him. Owners told me to shoot cats on sight and never report them. They did not want the attention. I found 2 deer that were killed or covered up by cats. One was a doe I lung shot late in the evening. It went down a steep creek bank and left it till morning since it was cold. When I found it the next morning a big cat had beaten me to it. As soon as I figured it out I backed out of there. A cat will always guard its kill. Brother and a friend of mine actually saw cats on the property.


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that's cool! i really haven't seen one in the wild yet but would really like to, and not sure if i would shoot one or not. if i did shoot one i would definitely mount it.

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i really i would definitely mount it.
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I have heard stories for over 65 years of sightings in Williamson county. Have a friend who use to hunt around Bastrop, he saw one every year for several years.


Not to dismiss your accounts, but Iím sure there are legendary stories in every Texas county of some hunter who claimed to have seen a panther. Never saw one, but the people who talked about it were cattlemen and hunters running dogs for fox and coons. the closest I have come is seeing tracks of a female and cub when hunting along Devil's Backbone near Wimberely many years ago. On opening weekend neighbor told me hunting would be bad that year because she moved back in, would show up every 3-4 years. The few deer we saw were so spooky. Couple weeks later saw tracks on a muddy trail the went about 10-15 ft. beside my blind.

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