Cougar encounter

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
dave gaines
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Re: large Cougar territory
In reply to Gary Blake, Apr 15, 2013

Gary Blake wrote:

Dave,

... The plan for this fall is to use a remote game camera to narrow down time and location and then tree stand or boat blind out on the water. You will never get close if you are on the ground they will pick up your scent and be gone.

Hi Gary,

East of the Rockies, the eastern US is much more densley poulated. Even if the lot sizes are larger, there are many more roads and other barriers to animal migration and the movements of large predator animals. Yes, big cats require large areas. And we've divided up the natural wild lands into smaller parcels through development and highways. We build superhighways without considering animal crossing bridges or underpasses.

Your plan sounds good. A friend of mine uses remote cameras on his apple ranch to capture shots of deer, raccons, cougars and his horses wandering around the fields at night. I think to find cougars you may need bait. The tree chair and boat blind sounds good. The boat will have to be very steady to shoot at night. A remotely triggered camera with flash could be fun, if you know where they are going to be. Pre-set focus & exposure, remote trigger with remote side-lighting flash? Hmmm...

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