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Old 01-01-2013, 03:24 PM
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Re: Mountain Lion hunt from wheelchair

Great article in Hunt'in Fool (December) about a wheelchair bound hunter that got a trophy Elk.

I love stories and endings like that.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:00 PM
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Re: Mountain Lion hunt from wheelchair

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I was thinking hounds with me on a horse with a high saddle.
If you can safely ride a horse then it should be doable.

The problem is you'll have to shoot from the horse.

Horses are very unstable shooting platforms and in spite of what you see in the movies most of them do not like being shot off of.

Also unlike the movies the last thing you want to do is shoot over or beside the horses head.

Not knowing your condition or physical limitations in detail the best I can suggest on this idea is to talk to some guides and see what you can work out.

Most may well be resistant due to liability fears should something happen.

Riding a horse is not like sitting in a chair and generally requires a good bit of upper and lower body work to keep you centered and upright and even much more so on steep, rugged terrain like big cats tend to prefer.

Best of luck.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:05 PM
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Re: Mountain Lion hunt from wheelchair

They kill a lot of mountain lion every year in the Black Hills of South Dakota and hounds are not legal. I think they upped the quota to 100 cats this year. Vast majority are taken by calling.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:27 PM
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Re: Mountain Lion hunt from wheelchair

Lots of variables, and challenges. If you can find the right folks, and stay persistent, until the right race comes along anything is possible. No real advice just encouragement, and hope that you make it work. I recall a couple of occasions that races were short, and the cat treed in pretty accessible spots. Good luck.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:56 PM
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Re: Mountain Lion hunt from wheelchair

I'm hooking up with Travis Reggear in Idaho for bear hunt with hounds in May 2014. If it works out well, I'll go back with Travis and do cats in February 2015. He's never had a paraplegic and wants to test the waters with a bear.

Thanks for the suggestions and thanks to Shawn Carlock for the referral.
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