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A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) #959131 10/13/09 02:54 AM
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While I sit here writing this, it still seems like it was all just a dream. This past weekend I went deer hunting with my best friend just like I do every year. But this trip to his lease in Terrell county Texas was much different then any previous trip has been and most likely will ever be. After my buddy harvested a beautiful Pope&Young 10 point saturday morning we felt the weekend couldn't get much better, little did we know what would happen later that night. Although I love deer hunting, predator hunting is my passion and with that in mind I had loaded my calls and gun before making the trip. After Saturday evening's deer hunt we decided to make a couple calls before going to bed. This deer lease is bowhunting only until December for deer(the lease members made this rule it is not state law). After I suggested to go call my buddy said "Fine, but you have to use your bow". I said whatever it takes and we drove to a familiar area where we have called before. After gettin situated in the back of the truck I sat my E-call on top of the truck and turned it on, it blinked low battery and died instantly. There were four guys in the back of the truck, 3 that had called many times and 1 who was out on his first ever night hunt. Cameron was running the camera, Nick was running the light, and I was forced to call and shoot. As I began calling I figured we would be lucky to get a predator into bow range, much less shoot it but we had to try. After just two minutes of calling Nick(light man) tapped me on the shoulder and that meant only one thing, something was coming in. I gave him the call and picked up my bow ready to shoot whatever stepped out. I heard Nick whisper, "Its a cat, It's a cat!" The adrenaline began to flow as I thought how awesome it would be to shoot a bobcat with a bow on camera. We lost the eyes in the brush and Nick quickly panned the light back and forth until we saw a cat step out at 10yds. Nick's voice cracked as he said "It's a lion!" I quickly came to full draw, but just before I shot it turned back into the brush leaving me at full draw. Cameron whispered get the gun. The gun was unloaded and in the front seat of the truck. I hopped out of the truck as a chill went down my back and scrambled to load the gun and climb back into the back of the truck. At this point the cat had made it to 75yds and was in the thickest brush you have ever seen. Nick continued to call for 45min and the cat finally came 5 ft closer. I rested the 22-250 on Nick's shoulder and found the glowing eyes in the light. Nick said "you better shoot he has had enough." Putting the crosshairs between the eyes I tried to get steady for the most important shot of my life. As the crack of the rifle echoed up and down the river I thought I heard the smack that every hunter hopes for. Me and Nick walked into the brush armed with a 9mm and a tiny hat light, and we were both nervous as heck. The bruch was so thick we couldn't see 3yds infront of us. We finally saw hair and a long tail and the celebration began. This is the female cat shot right in the eye. I cannot begin to express how greatful and excited I am right now. I am 23yrs old and have come to the realization that there is a good chance I will never see, much less shoot a mountain lion again. Enjoy guys!

First the buck Cameron shot.


From left to right Me, Cameron, Nick, JC







Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: SnakeFarm250] #959152 10/13/09 02:58 AM
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Well this will answer some questions ppl have about cats congrats



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Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Kyle Johnson] #959181 10/13/09 03:06 AM
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Awesome!!! Congrats



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Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Kyle Johnson] #959185 10/13/09 03:07 AM
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A Game Warden told me last week that it was well over a $10,000.00 fine for shooting a mountain lion. Is this true ?



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Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Kyle Johnson] #959188 10/13/09 03:08 AM
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Congratulations!!! That will be a lifetime memory.


Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Kyle Johnson] #959189 10/13/09 03:09 AM
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that buck looks nice. but the cat and the story behind it i doubt you'll ever forget that story! congratulations! yall probably saved the lives of lots of deer by eliminating her.



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Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Kyle Johnson] #959193 10/13/09 03:09 AM
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well im certainly jealous


Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Rocksprings] #959194 10/13/09 03:09 AM
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no its not illegal, i would like to know what game warden said that



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Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Rocksprings] #959195 10/13/09 03:11 AM
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Originally Posted By: Rocksprings
A Game Warden told me last week that it was well over a $10,000.00 fine for shooting a mountain lion. Is this true ?


No thats a bunch of BS. Mountain lions are legal year round in Texas


Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Rocksprings] #959202 10/13/09 03:12 AM
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Originally Posted By: Rocksprings
A Game Warden told me last week that it was well over a $10,000.00 fine for shooting a mountain lion. Is this true ?


Just read the Outdoor Annual, it explains everything


Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Craig B] #959205 10/13/09 03:13 AM
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very cool!


Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: ouixch] #959210 10/13/09 03:16 AM
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where's the video


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i told my wife the other night if I ever shoot one we will be doing a full body mount, now I just have to see, then shoot one....I kept waiting for the..."we didn't find it" or it never came back, or I missed a chance of a lifetime, But to my surprise your story is a Success! congrats man, that is truely special



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Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: Clint778] #959213 10/13/09 03:17 AM
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I got the video, we didnt get the shot on camera. I couldnt see through the brush. It she would have stayed for about 2 more seconds we would have had her with a bow and on camera!


Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: hoyt0307] #959219 10/13/09 03:18 AM
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post video anyway, I'd like to see what you did capture



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Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: rstewlandman] #959222 10/13/09 03:20 AM
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ok, i still havent got in on the computer so it will be a couple of days before ill have time but ill get it up here for sure


Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: hoyt0307] #959247 10/13/09 03:29 AM
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Congratulations man, that is the kill of a lifetime! I'd take that cat over a book deer anyday of the year!!! U lucky sonofagun! Way to go!



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Holy Smokes! You just did the impossible!


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Originally Posted By: Rocksprings
A Game Warden told me last week that it was well over a $10,000.00 fine for shooting a mountain lion. Is this true ?


He, or she is completely full of cat chit! Where is the GW you are speaking of? If this is what they told you, that Warden should be reported to their captain!

My buddy is the Warden and last year a guy asked him in a resteraunt while we were eating if it was legal to kill a lion as he had one come out and sit in front of him in a sendero the day before. He said it was a huge male cat and that it sat on its arsh for 5 minutes, 50 yards from him facing the opposite direction. He basically gave him a pretty good toungue lashing and told him to read his book he should have gotten when he purchased his license!!!! That guy could have saved approximately a deer a week from this area! Not to mention I've heard guys that are in the know on lions say that they will typically go after the biggest deer they can, which means bucks!



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Originally Posted By: ILUVBIGBUCKS
Originally Posted By: Rocksprings
A Game Warden told me last week that it was well over a $10,000.00 fine for shooting a mountain lion. Is this true ?


He, or she is completely full of cat chit! Where is the GW you are speaking of? If this is what they told you, that Warden should be reported to their captain!

My buddy is the Warden and last year a guy asked him in a resteraunt while we were eating if it was legal to kill a lion as he had one come out and sit in front of him in a sendero the day before. He said it was a huge male cat and that it sat on its arsh for 5 minutes, 50 yards from him facing the opposite direction. He basically gave him a pretty good toungue lashing and told him to read his book he should have gotten when he purchased his license!!!! That guy could have saved approximately a deer a week from this area! Not to mention I've heard guys that are in the know on lions say that they will typically go after the biggest deer they can, which means bucks!


Yeah that was stupid. It cracks me up when people say stuff like this. Just say congrats or dont say anything at all. And next time look it up before you make yourself look stupid


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Originally Posted By: rebelbell24
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A Game Warden told me last week that it was well over a $10,000.00 fine for shooting a mountain lion. Is this true ?


No thats a bunch of BS. Mountain lions are legal year round in Texas

its true, send me a check of 5,000 and we will call it even



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Re: A weekend to remember (a must readw/ pics) [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS] #959284 10/13/09 03:46 AM
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what a flippin story!!!! YOU ARE THE MAN!

Thanks for sharing that, congrats to your buddy for the book deer. But heck i'd give up a WHOLE lot of things for a cat! Please post the video as soon as you can. I would LOVE to see it!

You really accomplished something awesome! Many hunters dream of that kill! It would have been unbelievable to see that kill on video with your bow. But heck if I were you i wouldnt think twice about it! That kill is significant no matter the circumstances. CONGRATULATIONS!!

please dont forget to post pics when you get the mount!!!!!!!!

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oh and how much she weigh? get any paw pictures????



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There are just a few seconds of the cat on camera but you can definately tell it's a lion. He is also recording when I shoot. You can see the bullet going but it just dissapears into black. Cameron was at a totally different angle with the camera.


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