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Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by longrangehuntr, Jun 21, 2010.
Anyone had any success with calling in a mountian lion and if so what call were you using?
I personally know of two different occasions when Elk hunting that the hunters were resting, mid day, and cow calling now and then, only to look up and find a Mountain Lion also looking for lunch.
The problem with calling Mountain Lions is that they usually are very careful and slow with their approach, so if you do not see them coming in you could become Lion poop.
Animal distress calls and calf elk calls work great for calling them although I would never do it myself. As was previously stated they are a very skilled stalker. Cougars are highly skilled predator. Most succesful ways to hunt them are with dogs first and formost and if you live in a state that does not allow dogs then to cut some fresh tracks and chase them. Calling them into you is not a very safe way to hunt it gives them an advantage, better to not let them now or to scare the crap out of them with dogs.
yes, I have called in 3 now, not to mention numerous bear.
deer distress, mtn. lion squalls, elk calf, elk cow, etc.
e-calls work great if legal in your state. most cats and bears take a long while and e-callers are a huge benefit unless you were in the band and have huge lungs
great way to learn more is listen to this...
The Predator Hunting Talkcast
episode 16 on Mtn. lions
thanks i am getting into the calling since i don't have 2500 to pay a guide with dogs.
there are a bunch of mule deer and elk where i am going to hunt them so that should work well.
good luck man.... patience is key !!
im new here but wanted to share some info with yas.down around burns oregon and in the steens cats are everywhere.we were calling yotes and had a problem with cats showing up.the steens has been hit hard by the cats.not what you folks use,i use a bone stock savage 22-250 LA with a bushnell chief 3x9.its old but still shoots.
I called one in using a fawn distress call. He came in at about the 20 minute mark. Luckily(for him), he saw me first. I bent over to pick up my rifle and he was gone.
Good luck with your hunt,
Lots of info here:
mountain lion » Wildlife Callers
These guys (website owners) focus almost exclusively on mountain lion, because of the challenge involved. They use e-callers and typically set up 50-100 yds off the speaker. They do a lot of homework & scouting, so they know they are not wasting their time. They use trail cams, etc. Out west, lions seem to like the "hardpan" washes as travel corridors. Only one in three or four set-ups are successful and do not always ensure a shot. A lion's area is so large, that they come through a targeted wash only once every 3-4 days. It is luck of the draw if you are calling when they are coming through. They prefer a .308 for shooting the big cats because they are so tough. I hope to eventually try it myself, but for now - I am focussing on coyotes & fox (climbing the learning curve). Good luck to you.
I've had lions come into me closer than I care for callings coyotes with a rabbit distress call. Even had a close encounter while turkey hunting...came into me when I was mimicking a hen.
those big cats arent really that tough. dont want to get an argument going just off my experience. i nailed one 2 januarys ago that i glassed up while glassing for javelina. shot it at 397 with a 223, i didnt calculate for the wind quite enough and hit liver but it went down within 30 yards. was a 55 grain soft point
i agree with this quote....(lion poop) and there is no second chance
Have you had any success longrangehuntr?
any success lately?