Mountain lion, puma, cougar, panther, or catamount is second in size only to the jaguar among cats in the Americas. I was born into a family of Penn State alumni and as a child I knew the cat only as the Nittany Lion. Developing as a hunter and eventually becoming a Penn State Nittany Lion myself; I was clearly destined to develop a fascination with this powerful predator and no doubt eventually plan a mountain lion hunt.
I wanted to take a minute and send you a quick note on what was truly a memorable hunt for my son and I with Wayne Pennell of Cathedral Bluff Outfitters. I have had the good fortune of being able to hunt on the road quite extensively. Throughout my travels I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly with respect to outfitters and guides. Shortly after booking the hunt,
Day 1 - Prologue
From my current vista, I scan ridge lines and mountains 50 miles distant. The rugged landscape is breathtaking and dominated by towering cliffs, elevated mesas, vast valleys filled with brush and dark forest, and multi-colored bands of rock. Distance creates the illusion of calm tranquility.
The wind slacks for the first time in ten minutes and suddenly I hear the intense barking of dogs. It's coming from up canyon and farther North than we had expected. My cell phone rings and I snatch at it expectantly. It's Wayne and his words have me moving fast. A huge lion is pinned on a ledge 1,500 ft. down slope by a single dog. Every second counts.