Lion camp is set [aka- this winter's time with the dogs]

kotikant

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We'll be in the area of Caliente/Pioche this weekend after chukar/quail, maybe grouse if we're lucky and we'll be on the lookout for cat and yote opportunities, too. No dogs, just a lot of footwork for us. Only an overnight trip so we'll need a good dose of luck along with hard work to make things happen. That camp setup looks sweet.
 

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In camp now. Snowed all day. Found a tom track and a female with two kittens. Turned loose on the tom track and it snowed on is 3 more times. No lion in a tree. Staying tonight then hunt tomorrow.
 

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We'll be in the area of Caliente/Pioche this weekend after chukar/quail, maybe grouse if we're lucky and we'll be on the lookout for cat and yote opportunities, too. No dogs, just a lot of footwork for us. Only an overnight trip so we'll need a good dose of luck along with hard work to make things happen. That camp setup looks sweet.
Good luck on your trip.
 

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Well, I screwed up.

Found a fresh track this morning.
It stopped snowing last night around 10. I put the dogs on it at around 9 and they appeared to trail it and got out of the little canyon we were in. The temp was about 15 degrees.

I caught up with the dogs on the other side of the hill, and they were just hunting, not on the cat I turned them loose on. I gathered them up, went back around and turned them loose again. This time I followed them up the same hill, and a few minutes later saw them going over the top of another hill 600 yards away. My daughter and I then went up the ridge a ways then dropped down to the four wheeler. On the way, we found the track. It turned left, and the dogs kept going straight. I missed it as well.

It was about 2 more hours and several miles before i finally caught all the dogs. By that time it was after one and i had 5 worn out hounds.

I am not hunting my two best dogs this year due to them getting quite old and having a hard time getting along. I have put a lot of trust in them over the years, which has done me well.

Looks like this year, I need to help the dogs out a little more, especially on these cold days. The scent is just not as apparent to them.

But here is a pic of the track anyway. Church tomorrow then will give it a shot Monday. 20191130_090821.jpg
 

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We caught one today and my daughter got her first lion. Turned loose on what I believed to be a night old track. The dogs trailed into a nasty rock pile, jumped the tom out and caught him in a big juniper in the next canyon near a road.

She shot the lion with one shot from a 300 BLK pistol with 130 grain Speer flat points. The lion bailed and nose dived into some willows. Perfect lung shot.
 

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Gerald Martin

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Congrats! We've had so little snow here this year we've only been out one morning.
 

thusby

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Nice cat! Looks like great conditions with the slightly wet snow.
 

mevertsen

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Congrats! We've had so little snow here this year we've only been out one morning.
That sucks. Conditions haven't been great either.

I turned loose on an old lion track a couple weeks ago and either caught a bobcat or fox on bare ground but couldn't get to the tree in time to take care of it. Jumping bugars.
 

EYJONAS!

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Thats awesome congrats on a great cat! We need some damn snow here.........
 
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