South Dakota’s 1000th Lion

Having to work opening day of the 2017-2018 mt. Lion season killed me. Know I could be out chasing cat and I was stuck running equipment. 

Second day of season I set out and got to my spot at about 10:00am. I did one set of call for a little over an hour. I had a trail camera not to far from where I was sitting that had a cat in it fairly frequently so I knew there was a cat in the area. After my first set I started walking with hopes of cutting a track. After about .5 miles I cut the track of the same cat I had in trail cam. After harvesting a 113 pound Tom last year with a print that was darn near bigger than my hand I knew it was a female. 

I walked to a steep cliff where the cat had been walking Just the night before I’m guessing. I set my call behind me and walked out to a point on the cliff and started calling. After about 45 minutes I had this cat a dead sprint straight down one Side of the canyon and up the other. Never in my life have I seen an animal move that quickly through the trees. It is something I will truly never forget. It started up my side of the canyon still at a dead sprint moving through some jack pine I could just see it’s tail bounceing around. Finally at 60 yards it hopped up in a big bolder and stopped for a split second and gave me a broad side shot. The .270 put her down. After shooting my tom last year 6 times with the 223 and Two days of hunting it it felt so good to see one shot one kill on a beautiful South Dakota lion. 

This cat weighed in at 86 pounds as a 5-6 year old. The gf&p also stated that since 1996 when they started tracking mortality of lions that this cat was the 1000th cat to die in South Dakota. Bring on another taxidermy bill baby!

Check out all the cats taken in the 2017-2018 season.

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