Mountain Lion Hunts in Texas – Rewind to February of 2012 and picture having to call Rick and let him know that we were going to have to reschedule Dick and his Mountain Lion Hunts in Texas. Well you can imagine as any hunter would be, they were pretty disappointed. Well we told them to figure out when they could reschedule and let us know and we would make their mountain lion hunts in texas happen! Neither Rick or Dick could take the time off till November so we rescheduled for November 5th. The hunters were scheduled to fly in to the midland airport on Sunday and we planned to start hunting Monday morning to begin their 5 day Mountain lion hunts in Texas calling and hound combo hunt. Sunday morning I made my way to Fort Davis where we would call home for the 5 day Mountain lion hunts in Texas. I made my way out to one of the ranches we would be hunting to hang some baits we had been saving in the freezer for this particular hunt. Joe one of our guides was in Midland to pick the hunters up and bring them down to Fort Davis. The plan was to hunt with dogs with our West Texas partner, professional hunter Tye Vick by day and do some predator calling by night. As I was out hanging baits at the ranch I would drive up to the top of the mountain were I could get cell service to check if the hunters had made it in or if Tye had called to make plans for the next mornings Mountain Lion hunts in Texas with his dogs. A little after noon Tye had called me and said one of his ranch managers had called him and told him he had just found a fresh kill that appeared to have been made by a pretty big mountain lion and said he was going to go check it out if I wanted to meet him at the ranch and take a look. Well now that was exciting news so I dropped what I was doing and called Joe who had just picked the hunters up and was in the process of getting them legal for their Mountain Lion hunts in Texas. I explained the situation and told him to get the hunters to town and get settled in the Hotel that their keys would be waiting at the desk. I told him I was going to go check out the fresh kill and make a plan with Tye for the morning. I was back to town and headed out to meet up with Tye and when we met up we both knew the stars where aligning for what ever reason we had just caught a pretty good break. As we made our way into a canyon we met up with the ranch manager and he walked us down a trail and said ” there you go boys, What do you think? ” What did we think? Well we knew for sure we were standing at the site of a freshly slain Javilina and the probability of that being a fresh Mountain Lion Kill was pretty high. So Tye and I made a plan. We would ride into the canyon at sun up on horseback with the hunter and let the hounds do their job. With the plan set we parted ways and I made my way back to the hotel in Fort Davis. About an hour or so later Joe arrived with the hunters and I was glad to report on the prospect of having a good shot on a fresh trail in the morning. We decided to have dinner and get a good night sleep and prepare for the first morning of Rick and Dick’s Mountain Lion Hunts in Texas. With dreams of catching this Mountain Lion running through our heads I am sure sleep was as hard to come by for for everyone else as well. The plan was to meet Tye at the turn off to the ranch at 6:30 am and head back to the canyon we had driven into the day before. We got there and unloaded the horses and where ready to go by 7:15. The night before over dinner we had discussed who was going to be up first. Rick graciously let Dick have the first crack at Mountain lion Hunts in Texas. So at 7:15 Tye opened the dog box and let out the dogs. As they filtered out of the trailer a few marked the new territory and a few where already nose down looking for lion sign. Tye, Dick and myself mounted up and started down the trail when we heard that truly awesome sound. If you have ever hunted with dogs you know what I am talking about. That hounds bawl cracked through the frosty morning air and made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. I was excited I knew the hounds where on the right track as more of the pack began to join in. We knew they where on the cat. After rounding a bend we cut across country to another canyon following the bawling hounds. We approached a Dry creek and decided that was probably going to be a good place to dismount and head in the rest of the way on foot. By this time we could tell the dogs had the cat treed or bayed a little further up the canyon on the first morning of the mountain lion hunts in Texas. I was trying to get the camera ready and Tye and dick where already headed up a little in front of me. We rounded a corner and could hear the dogs loud and clear as we made our way up the mountain. The hounds had the Mountain lion bayed on a huge rock structure.
The only choice was to head up and see if we could get a shot on the Mountain Lion. We started our way up and for a guide who was battling Strep Throat and running a high fever the altitude and the mountain was getting the best of me. As we approached the top of the structure the mountain lion was laying with the hounds keeping him at bay on top of the structure. We wanted to get a close up picture of the cat and the dogs. As Tye approached he snapped a couple more pics from a spot that was not quite to the top.
Shortly after we snapped this picture of the Mountain Lion laying on top of the rock structure he spooked and took the plunge off the rock structure and ran down to the base of the mountain out of sight. We quickly worked to get the dogs back down on the trail and they went back to work. within a few minutes the dogs had the Mountain Lion bayed on another cliff. As Dick and Tye made their way in for the shot I set up with the video camera to capture the outcome of Dick’s Mountain Lion Hunts in Texas. To watch the video click on this link Mountain Lion Hunts in Texas Video. With the camera rolling dick proceeded to move in for the shot. After a couple tense minutes Dick was ready to take the shot on his Mountain Lion hunts in Texas. As Dick readied the rifle Tye got his dogs attention and as he steps back Dick let the shot go and it hit home hard. The Mountain Lion went out of sight off the back side of the cliff. I watched through the viewfinder of the camera and knew the .243 had hit home and should have been an excellent kill shot. As Dick and I slipped around the base of the mountain Tye scaled the rock and looked down on the cat lying on the back side of the rock. After a few minutes we all realized what Dick had accomplished on his first morning of mountain lion hunts in Texas!! After some congratulations where shared we got the Cat down to a spot we could snap some pictures and relish the moment. Rick and Dick had hunted Montana and New Mexico in years past and where unsuccessful in their previous hunts. But in one morning of Mountain lion hunts in Texas Dick was standing over a 120 pound male Mountain Lion. After we got the pictures taken it was time to pack him out and share the experience with Rick and Joe who were waiting patiently back at the truck. Once there we took more pictures and shared the experience with Rick and Joe and got to work cleaning the mountain lion. With four more days of Mountain Lion hunts in Texas we were ready to get Rick out and get him a Lion on his Mountain Lion Hunts in Texas.
Over the next 4 days we hunted hard and left no stone unturned checking baits, running dogs, and calling looking for Rick a cat on his mountain lion hunts in Texas. We ran the dogs on several ranches and caught a few trails but we never could finish the deal for Rick on his mountain lion hunts in Texas. What a great hunt and to get a cat on the first day of the hunt was a great feat. Congrats Dick on your successful Mountain Lion hunts in Texas. Another great mountain lion hunts in Texas Thanks to Rick And Dick for working with us on the reschedule and we look forward to having them back in the future.