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Old 03-03-2018, 12:58 PM   #1
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In January 2015, I went on my first Mountain Lion hunt near Glenwood NM. My guide was a full time rancher and part time lion hunter. This hunt was a 5 day hunt on horseback. The weather did not cooperate and we had no snow, so we dry land hunted. We covered vast amounts of land on horseback hoping the dogs would hit a hot track. The terrain was very rugged and we spent atleast 4 hours a day in the saddle and the rest of the time was leading horses out some tough spots. Temperatures never got above 50 degrees the whole time. A picture of my ride sweating after coming up out of a canyon. It was 38 degrees that day.


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Old 03-03-2018, 01:00 PM   #2
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:04 PM   #3
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I seen some of the purtiest country ever and enjoyed the hunt. Unfortunately a lion was not to be seen and I come home empty handed. I paid the man for the hunt and tipped him 10 percent. On my way back home, I spent a lot of time thinking about the hunt and I knew that sometime I would come back.
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Heck yeah! Another Radar adventure. IM IN!
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:06 PM   #5
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Uh oh! I may have spoken too soon.

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Old 03-03-2018, 01:12 PM   #6
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In January 2017, I met my new guide in Capitan NM. Dan is a full time guide and at one time he was a professional snow boarder. He had a bad pile up in a competition and got busted up real bad. After months of recovery, he was able to walk again but one leg is somewhat shorter than the other and he wears a thicker sole boot on that leg to keep him walking straight. I will also say that boy is tougher than hammered hell. He became a full time guide and works for several outfitters. After we met, a plan was laid out. Once again the weather was not cooperating but snow was due in a few days.
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:18 PM   #7
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If y'all dont know, a lion hunt is much easier when there is fresh snow. Tracks are easier to find and once tracks are found the dogs are released to chase the lion till it tires and goes up a tree.

We hunted hard for three days, hiking and driving in the mountains near Carrizozo and White Oak. There is an old mine in those mountains and a lot of mine roads and fire roads.

On the second to the last day the snow began to fall. Dan cut the hunt off early that day. He said he would pick me up at midnight and we would start diving those old roads looking for tracks.
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:27 PM   #9
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Now Dan drove a 90's model half ton 4wd Dodge pick up and he had a home made dog box that took up the whole bed. I reckon it could hold 10 or 12 dogs and had storage in the top of it for his hunting tack. It was the typical hunting guide truck, the floor board was ankle deep with trash of all sorts and smelled like a jar of catfish bait.

Anyway, about 4 in the morning we found a set of lion tracks going across the road. Dan stopped the truck and grabbed his flashlight and told me to sit there. He never took a gun just the flashlight and I watched him disappear in the dark. After about twenty minutes I started to get worried and thought maybe the fool had got ate or something.
He popped back up and said "I got good and bad news, there is four lions down in that valley. Two are young ones and two adults." I asked what was bad and he said that the lions had been chasing elk and there was tracks everywhere and his dogs would not be able to sort it out.
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:35 PM   #12
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Dan decided to drive the roads around the valley and see if we could find some tracks leading out of it. About 10 that morning we found a set of adult lion tracks coming out of the valley.

All the dogs had GPS tracking collars and each collar was numbered. The collars also have a sensor on them to tell you if the dogs are treed.

Dan turned the 7 dogs loose and kept two pups in the box. They hit the track and took off, after 15 minutes the dogs started running the track hard and they was a bawling and boo hooing. We sat and waited for about an hour and I asked Dan how far away the dogs was and he said two miles. He said that we needed to get up in the truck and head out. So we traveled the roads trying to stay close to the dogs.
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:35 PM   #13
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You are a hell of a story teller, really enjoyed your King Ranch hunt.
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:38 PM   #14
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Well the dadgum GPS unit was not getting a good signal all the time and Dan would roll his winder down and stick his arm out the window looking for signal. I asked him again how far the dogs was and he said 9 miles. The dogs had been running that lion for over two hours now.
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:45 PM   #15
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That Dodge truck started going faster and I knew something was up. He looked at his GPS and said "They treed and we got to go." I looked over at Dan and he had a death grip on the steering wheel. He was leaning forward and gassing that truck.

I bet we was going 30 mph on an old fire road that he said was short cut. All of the sudden the road was getting rougher and had ruts in it. We was going purty fast when we hit that wash out. I am fairly certain we was in air for a second because the truck got quiet and the trash in floor board was floating in air.
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:51 PM   #16
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We hit the other side of the wash out and it was bad. I looked at Dan and he gassed the truck and never said a word. I look out the back winder and that dog box was laying on one of the fender wells. I said "Dan the dog box has flipped up on its side and them two pups is in there". He said "Yeah".

We we kept going till the road ended at the base of a mountain. Dan looked at me and said leave the bow in the truck and grab your rifle. The trees on this mountain are small and bushy, there would not be a bow shot.
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:51 PM   #17
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:53 PM   #18
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:58 PM   #20
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Oh man....this is gettin' good!
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:00 PM   #21
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The dogs had treed the lion on the other side of the mountain so we walked up 7000 ft. I was keeping up with Dan on the walk up, the sun had been shining on that side all day and there was no snow. But when we got to the top and I looked down the other side, it was nothing but snow, shale rocks and scrub trees.

Dan took off and I could not keep up with him, I was scared I might bust up myself, so I walked slow. I lost sight of Dan and could only follow his tracks. Finally I got to the bottom and Dan come up to me and said the dogs got it treed in an old snag and its a male.

We started walking toward the tree and got 100 yards or so from it and the dang thing jumped out of the tree.
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:06 PM   #23
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I had never seen a lion before, and only caught a glimpse of its tail. He ran right back up the mountain we just walked down. This time I seen the dogs and the lion for just a second. They went about 3/4 of the way up the mountain and treed again.

Dan said there is only two big cedar trees up there and they aint but 30 feet tall. We hiked back up the mountain and Dan told me to hang back till he gets the dogs tied up.
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If you look at the cedar tree in the middle of the picture you can see a blob about 15 ft up. That would be El Diablo.
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:10 PM   #25
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:13 PM   #26
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It is important to tie up the dogs before shooting a lion out of a tree. A wounded lion can kill several good dogs right quick.

Dan got the dogs tied up and told me to load my gun. My gun is a Marlin 30-30 saddle carbine, dad bought it new in 1959.

I could not see the lion from the outside of the tree and Dan said "you will have to crawl underneath the branches and lay on your back and shoot him".
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:15 PM   #27
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Oh man, I'm chomping at the bit now. Type faster!

If a wounded lion would shred a dog, not sure I'd want to be under one when I shot at it LoL

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Old 03-03-2018, 02:20 PM   #29
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I loaded the gun and got on my knees and crawled underneath the tree. I laid flat on my back and looked up.

I could only see the lion's face and nothing else. I had to fish the gun barrel up through the limbs to get a shot. While I was doing this the lion was watching me. The dogs quit barking and everything got real still.

I made eye contact with the lion and we stared at each other for a second or two. Here I was, laying on my back, 15 ft from a lion in a stare down.

Sure did seem like the world around me blanked out. Nothing but me, the lion and this 1959 Marlin.
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I seen the devil in his eyes, 150 pounds of pizzed off lion.

I did not want to shoot El Diablo in the face and I hesitated for a second. One of the dogs barked and the lion stretched his neck out to look at the dog.

I shot.
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Get out of the way, he's coming out !
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:28 PM   #32
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Dan hollered at me "get out from underneath the tree, he is a coming out"

I rolled out from underneath the tree and El Diablo jumped out and hit the snow, graveyard dead.

The first time in my life, I ever shook after killing an animal. I would have to say that a Mountain Lion hunt is a total rush and killing one is a humbling experience.
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The first time in my life, I ever shook after killing an animal. I would have to say that a Mountain Lion hunt is a total rush and killing one is a humbling experience.
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:30 PM   #34
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:32 PM   #35
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Dan turned the dogs loose and let them maul around on the lion, it was their "reward".

We skinnt out El Diablo and headed back.
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:34 PM   #36
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Well, I finally got El Diablo back today.

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Incredible mount and story!
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:38 PM   #40
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I aint go no more. This wore me out. Lol
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Wow, what a great story and congrats
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Awesome story and that mount looks great!!
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Thanks for sharing! Turned out great
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Great story Radar ! Congrats to you ! That's a really good mount too. Congrats to the taxi as well.
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Great story and hunt! Top notch quality mount as well!
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WOW, awesome story! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful mount! Congratulations
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Glad I stuck with the story, read.....Awesomeness!!
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Awesome story and cat! Congrats!
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:51 PM   #49
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Love the way the story was presented. Thank you for sharing.
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Thanks for the write up.. really cool! Congrats on the lion
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