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Old 02-17-2014, 9:24 AM
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Default EPIC Morning of hunting, up close Lion encounter

Alright so this is going to be a bit of a story but trust me, its worth it. I haven't been out hunting for the last month or so because my wife and I are getting stuff ready for our first little baby girl to arrive in May. I finally got a day off work today and decided to hunt all day. I was mainly targeting Bobcat today but hunted Gray fox early morning with a new hand call I was trying out. As I was driving out I literally thought to myself, "Man it would suck if I got killed by Mt. Lion and never got too see my little baby girl." I have never had that thought cross my mind before and as the day played out my fear almost came true.

So I got to my spot at about 6:30am this morning and hiked in about a half mile and set up and called with my new Dillon hand call. In 5 minutes a gray came in at 25 yards and I dropped him with the 300 Blackout. Kept calling and in another 5 minutes another came in and dropped him a few feet from the first.



I was kind of bummed I brought the Blackout because it tore up the fur pretty good, I almost always use a shotgun.


I hiked back to the car and put the two fox in the cooler on ice and grabbed the FoxPro Wildfire II and headed back out to try and get a bobcat. I hiked in about a mile and called again with bird sounds and a feather lure but nothing came in. After about a half hour I packed up and hiked in about another mile and a half to get to the bottom of a deep canyon that I think holds water. I haven't hunted it in a couple years. Set up the call and put on some cover scent. I only put the call out about 8 yards away and knew that if I shot something again it would be carnage so I has going to try for a head shot this time if something came in. I played sparrow-woodpecker distress for about 6 minutes as I layed on my back in a natural depression for cover. This is where things get crazy!!!!!!

I looked down for a second and when I looked up a large mountain lion walked out only 7 yards in front of me focused on the call. He did not see me and I immediately shut the call off. The lion froze in his tracks. I kept the gun on the lion just in case it turned and charged and tried to get my phone out of my pocket to snap some pics. (The thought crossed my mind, I am a dumbass to try getting my phone with this thing so close but all I could hear is "Pics or it didn't happen" playing in my head. I got my phone out as he stood there for about 10 seconds now. As soon as I got my phone out he saw me. That was the Oh **** MOMENT. He still stood there though trying to figure out if I was lunch or a threat.

Well here you go folks. I even managed to get video! Turn the volume up to hear it growl at me when he takes off into the brush.



Enjoy!!

Zoom in on the pics. The Iphone takes a really wide angle shot.




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Old 02-17-2014, 9:29 AM
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Close encounter for sure. Good eye, you almost never see them.
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That was great. Thanks for posting.
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Good job on the pics! I guess it did happen!
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"Time to leave big kitty"

that was a cool video, glad the cat took off.
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Awesome!! What a great experience!

I worked on the video a little to try and focus on the lion. Shoot me a PM with your email address and I'll send you a download link in a little bit. It's not the greatest, but it's right side up and I added some slo-mo.

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Old 02-17-2014, 12:43 PM
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Awesome!! What a great experience!



I worked on the video a little to try and focus on the lion. Shoot me a PM with your email address and I'll send you a download link in a little bit. It's not the greatest, but it's right side up and I added some slo-mo.



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Can't pull it up on the iPhone. I will have to log in to check it out.

1. Good eye
2. Good decision not to shoot it and then claim I was attacked.


"I said good day!"
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Can't pull it up on the iPhone. I will have to log in to check it out.

1. Good eye
2. Good decision not to shoot it and then claim I was attacked.


"I said good day!"
Even better decision not to shoot it and talk about it on interwebs...attack or no attack. Had a similar exp in Cache Creek at 30yards and the hair on my stayed straight for a week
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Wow. Great story! Glad he scurried away and you're ok!
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whoa! time for some new underwear. Great job getting the pics and video, no chance I could pull that off.
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Amazing, great camera and gun control.thanks for sharing. Glad you weren't hurt.
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Wow! don't see that everyday Good to see your ok
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I was expecting to see a skeleton with a beret on. Good job and thanks for ur help
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:41 PM
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I was expecting to see a skeleton with a beret on. Good job and thanks for ur help

No prob, thanks for sending me the pic of your sons success the other night. Anything I can do to help just let me know.
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Wow. Scary times, glad it all worked out ok.
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Well dang. I guess I'm going ahead and get me a 6.8 SPC II upper. I wouldn't want to be in that situation with a bolt gun.
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That would have been a dead kitten. But I'm old school.
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Wow! What general area were you in? Not looking for spots, just wondering SoCal, NorCal?

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Wow! What general area were you in? Not looking for spots, just wondering SoCal, NorCal?

Always be vigilant out there, gentlemen. It would suck to hear about one of us meeting our demise because of one of these.

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Awesome capture. Glad you didn't take the shot if not needed. I'm a firm believer in instinct and premonition.
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Like a boss! Putting down the rifle to take a vid.
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Like a boss! Putting down the rifle to take a vid.
I agree!
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Now, that is what makes calling fun!!!!!!

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That was awesome! glad u ok
Thxs for sharing,I would of piss my pants
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Nice, too bad you didn't have a tag for him.
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Nice, too bad you didn't have a tag for him.
What he said. ^
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Good job thanks for sharing
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Good stuff!! And glad u will see ur baby!
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The exact moment you pooped yourself can be heard at :51.

That was a crazy video man! You got some brass to not shoot! Good job
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The sad thing now is it knows human doesn't do much.. next time itll go a little closer to humans cuz the last encounter nothing happened.
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Thats pretty badass!
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Damn, that was a close call indeed! Glad you're ok. That growl was pretty scary.
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Bigger man than me I would of been spraying and praying.......after the pictures of course.
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Wow. Super cool.
Thanks for sharing!
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You definitely played it out like a boss.

got the cat on on video,
calling it your " kitty ",
telling him or her to politely leave rather than spraying & praying like*some*people would,(I would say like me, but I probably would have just froze up)
you have got your rifle barrel pointed in the right direction on the video,
AND you only said sh*t twice, I would have been swearing so badly and continuously until I left the area that even salty sailors would have left the forum.)

make that growl your ringtone.

and be extra careful until your daughter can go hunting with you and "cover your back".
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I added a link to a better Youtube video. Its right side up now and stabilized.
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