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    Default Waiting on tag results... So here's a cat story!

    I've always struggled with the late January-March time period where most hunting is over with and fishing for the most part isn't really spectacular around here. A few years back I started tagging along with some friends who run dogs during this time of the year when conditions are right. These guys are incredibly nice and I can't even begin to fathom how much money they have into their set ups. Up to this year we'd covered more miles than I'd care to admit on turnouts without myself ever harvesting one. It seemed like I was cursed, every cat we'd turn out on would jump trees, fight, or just flat out go. Some of the country we run in is close to the state line so some cats are completely off limits just based on the direction they head. Some days other friends would be designated the shooter and they'd end up with a cat full from a fresh deer kill that would run 300 yards and tree, I was never so fortunate. Finally, this winter I got my opportunity on a big tom that gave us a buttkicker of a hunt but in the end was absolutely worth it. Lions are such an awesome animal and hunting them has given me so much respect for them. Hope you enjoy the photos.

    PS - every bit of him has been delicious, the sweet and sour lion recipe is one of the best things I've had.

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    sweet cat and pics man!

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    Awesome stuff man congrats!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Great views and pictures. Do you have a video to share?

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    Great photos! Congrats on an awesome critter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigGameDIY View Post
    Great views and pictures. Do you have a video to share?
    Thanks guys! Just a video of the harvest, I'm not sure how to post it.

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    That's a great cat. They sure are neat animals. Thanks for the great pictures. Makes us feel like we were along for the ride!!

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    Nice writeup! And a great lion too! I would love to get a lion someday with dogs. That is a dream hunt of mine.

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    Congrats! Looks like a big one.
    "Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance." - Theodore Roosevelt

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    Nice cat. Cool camera pics

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    Nice pics! Thanks for sharing. Some years conditions and individual tracks make it seem easy. Other years, every race has some sort of drama and obstacle. Your cat will mean all that much more since you had to work so hard for it!

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    Very nice cat. I can never get over how big their feet are.
    I work so I can hunt

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    Man that's awesome.

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    Very nice! But how many sets of tires does one man need? And what the hell is that dog doing in a tree?
    I'm turning off Real Life Drive and thats right I'm hittin Easy Street on mud tires

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    Very cool sir, thanks for the post!

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    Congrats! Looks like a blast!

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    Really cool write up and a great collection of photos.
    So how big WAS that cat?....
    and how in the heck is that dog getting down from his perch?haha

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    Awesome pics and cat!

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    great pics and write up. Not that the lion isn't impressive, but how the hell does the dog get down from the tree?

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    That looks like a blast, I'd love to do something like that someday. I grew up coon hunting here in Indiana, that looks like a bigger/rougher version of it.

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    Great lion. I think the dog in the tree stole the show. I can't stop laughing. How in the Hell!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hem View Post
    Really cool write up and a great collection of photos.
    So how big WAS that cat?....
    and how in the heck is that dog getting down from his perch?haha
    Thanks! The cat was an actual weight of just under 160.

    The dog tried to get at the cat in the tree and then when the cat jumped the tree the dog didn't know what to do. He eventually made his way down, not very gracefully though.

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    Congrats on the big cat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by confused coyote View Post
    Great lion. I think the dog in the tree stole the show. I can't stop laughing. How in the Hell!!!!!!
    This x 2
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    Awesome!! Definitely a bucket list hunt for me!

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