Superslam #2 Mountain Lion

Superslam #2 Mountain Lion

The Mountain Lion…..I have to take a deep breath even telling the story, just the thought of this hunt takes my breath away. There are only a few predators that rank in this category and when you are face to face with one there is one thing you will remember, those eyes, they cannot be described. Whether it be a bear a wolf or a mountain lion it is unlike anything you will ever experience again.

I knew this stare I have heard about it and I wanted to see it for myself. I have wanted so badly to hunt the predator that, given the chance, would hunt me. I wanted to stand under the “lion tree” and face the lion that would take my life in a second, to see those eyes stare through me like I was as little a threat as anything else he encountered, So I did.

I never thought my lion hunt would come this early in my super-slam quest but I am grateful for every second of this opportunity. There are more reasons than just a super-slam requirement to hunt a predator, just a few are predators need population control it is estimated that a full size male mountain lion can eat approx 50 deer a year, the experience, the knowledge, the conservation efforts, but to hunt the hunter is something not everyone gets to do or will take the chance or time.

Hunting a mountain lion is far different than any other hunt I have experienced, The excitement I felt the day of the hunt isn’t something I can even explain to you, I get very excited. There is so much to consider, so much to learn, so much on the line each time I go out.

I cant project to you all of the feelings of excitement, anxiousness, concern, and disappointment that I felt on this hunt or tell you the entire story here on my blog but I do want to tell you a summary of it. One of the most important keys to my hunts is the guide or outfitter I choose, they always have such an impact on me, I put all of my trust in them to guide me and teach me how to hunt in an area for an animal whose patterns I am unfamiliar with. On this hunt I was very lucky to hunt with and learn from some of the best in the field, I was able to be successful in my harvest, and I made some amazing friends while doing so.

At the start of my trip I flew into Albuquerque, New Mexico which was still three hours from camp. I was met by a dear friend of mine Blake Marshall from King of Eights Outfitters out of Texas. We had both traveled a long way and Blake is one of the hardest hunting men I know, he had driven 10 hours swung out of his way to pick me up and we started our journey to camp. If you are ever around Santa Fe, New Mexico we found the best little bar/restaurant called the Cowgirl BBQ just about an hour out of Albuquerque, they have great food and super nice people.

We arrived at camp quite late and had a chance to meet my guide, he introduced himself, as Cody Milton, he was tired we were tired it was about 11 pm and we all had to get up at 4:30 am to hunt so we made introductions quick and found our places and finally settled in around midnight. Morning came early but breakfast smelled good and coffee was brewing and the chatter of getting the dogs around and talk of the plan for the day made any thought of sleep disappear. I was introduced to DJ at breakfast, DJ turned out to be a great guide and taught me a lot along the way, so we had a good crew and we were ready. I loaded up my gear and grabbed my bags and headed to the truck while the rest of the hunting gear and dogs were loaded.

Hunting with somebody as skilled and knowledgeable as Cody Milton was truly an honor.
I have hunted coyotes, raccoons and hogs with hounds and watched and spoke with many houndsman but having the opportunity to watch the working relationship between Cody and his hounds was quite an experience. The respect and the drive that both the dogs and the man himself is unma.

Cody has been hunting with hounds for bear and mountain lion most of his life as did his father and as I was told by a New Mexico fish and game commission officer “Cody is one of the only guys he has ever seen track a cat on dry ground.” Watching Cody track was unbelievable at times he would see tracks in the dirt just driving down a dirt road.

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