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dirtygrass
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Dec-16-16, 
07:40 AM (MST)
"How to call Mt Lions"

I have been hunting Mt Lions for a long time, I have never killed one. I have used different strategies over the years but in a nutshell I find a fresh track and follow it, calling in different intervals, usually sit for 20 minutes and then move. I have a ton of cats in my area as my trail cam shows, I have several pictures of at least 4-6 different cats in the last 2 months. All of my photos are during the dark. I hunt around an old burn in Colorado, and the cats are killing a lot of deer, I found 2 does and a 182 buck killed by a cat in one day.

I do have a guy that has dogs but its difficult to time everything right do to the poor access into this area.

I was hoping for some insight into calling cats, my way sure as hell doesn't work.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: How to cal...  Mbogo      Dec-16-16   1 
  RE: How to cal...  176mulie      Dec-16-16   2 
   RE: How to cal...  live4muleys      Jan-07-17   3 
    RE: How to cal...  264mag      Jan-08-17   4 
     RE: How to cal...  dirtygrass      Jan-09-17   5 
      RE: How to cal...  dirtygrass      Jan-09-17   6 
       RE: How to cal...  lang      Jan-13-17   7 
        RE: How to cal...  Gator      Jan-16-17   8 
 RE: How to cal...  gonzaga      Jan-28-17   9 
 RE: How to cal...  muleskinner...      Mar-28-17   10 
  RE: How to cal...  dirtygrass      Jun-30-17   11 
   RE: How to cal...  dirtygrass      Jun-30-17   12 
    RE: How to cal...  dirtygrass      Jun-30-17   13 
     RE: How to cal...  Homer      Jul-01-17   14 

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Mbogo
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Dec-16-16, 
02:02 PM (MST)
1. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

Heeeeereee, kitty kitty kitty . . .
Heeeeereee, kitty kitty kitty . . .

Hope you at least smiled at that.

Personally, I think you are making a mistake calling after tracking them for a while. I would try two things.
First, do you have a partner that would go with you? If you want to try tracking then follow a fresh track but have the second hunter stay about 200 yards behind the first one. Cats will almost always here you coming and sneaking up on them is just about impossible in my mind. But, they will loop back on their track to try and see what it following them. Have the second hunter looking uphill from the track. Sometimes you can find them watching over their backtrail and sometimes the second hunter is just too much pressure and they will bust out. I know a pair of guys that have killed multiple cats this way and missed several more. (They have a lot of cats in their area as hound hunting is illegal and the deer pour into their private ground during the winter.)

If you want to call I would go in to a likely area before dark and sit until first light. Then start calling. People who have been successful at this have said cats take a lot longer than coyotes or foxes, they are more suspicious or curious for some reason. A lot of times they will hang up at a brush line or tree line and try to get a visual on what is making the noise. If you are able to make a natural blind before light that you can glass from that would be even better. Guys say they will call off and on for an hour or more before leaving to make a new set. I don't wait more than 20 or 30 minutes before moving when calling coyotes.

Good luck and let us know how you do.

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Dec-16-16, 
07:17 PM (MST)
2. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

I've by freak accident called one lion in. Needless to say wasn't what either me nor the cat were expecting. Besides that every thin I have read is they come in slow and it can take an hr or 2 of calling. Another option is ifor you find a fresh kill is to sit it and hope it shows back up in the day light.

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Jan-07-17, 
10:10 AM (MST)
3. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

182 bucks?

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Jan-08-17, 
10:27 PM (MST)
4. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

>182 bucks?

" and a 182 buck" inches

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Jan-09-17, 
10:28 AM (MST)
5. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

182 inches

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dirtygrass
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Jan-09-17, 
10:29 AM (MST)
6. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

Thanks for the advice.

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Jan-13-17, 
05:53 PM (MST)
7. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

http://www.rain-shadow.com/
These guys have more info than anyone I've seen. They can't use dogs in their state so they had to learn another way. I've called in a couple with a fawn in distress. Only tagged one while elk hunting-not sure if it came to calls or not as we hadn't called for about an hour and had been moving. All of a sudden it was 20 yards in front of us! One of those once in a lifetime hunts I'll never forget.

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Jan-16-17, 
02:26 PM (MST)
8. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

That a good website for getting started.

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Jan-28-17, 
07:20 AM (MST)
9. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

I've had the best luck with deer distress sounds. Although we did call one in using a rabbit distress call in '15.
They see any slight movement so take that into consideration when setting up on a stand.

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Mar-28-17, 
01:33 PM (MST)
10. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

That cat was busy! He killed a buck every 8 seconds for 24 hours? Where are you hunting? Why does he like bucks vs doe so much? Did it look like a battlefield?

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Jun-30-17, 
01:19 PM (MST)
11. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

Hunted pretty hard all season long, never really received enough snow to track them or run with dogs. 2 weeks after season closed I was driving in and he was standing off the side of the road about 50 yards away. My neighbor saw him a week after I did and I got a picture of him on my game cam 5 days before season closed,

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Jun-30-17, 
01:24 PM (MST)
13. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

I get the Euro head back this weekend, I will post pictures, the damage the cat did to his face was pretty impressive.

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Jul-01-17, 
09:46 PM (MST)
14. "RE: How to call Mt Lions"

https://elknetwork.com/mountain-lion-stalks-takes-down-deer/

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