We brought home 4 more large rescue dogs last weekend and they
have been barking non-stop most of the night since. Thats enough
to keep anything away and me awake. Good thing the dogs are
headed to new homes this weekend. In the dogs defense however,
they are trying to guard the property against the wild dogs. Our own
4 great pyreneese have equally as vocal.
RJM, I am thinking you got yourself a big cat or black bear roaming around your place! A bear would have finished what he was there for and more likely would have feed a bunch on that dead animal. I sure would have liked to see the wounds on that animal of yours!
Now when it comes to the caliber of pistol, I would lean toward the .44mag if it is a big cat (mountain lion) or a black bear using hardcast bullets. A lever action riflle such as the Marlin .444 or the 45/70 is evem a better option on such critters.
I know of a fellow, who tried to shoot a big tom out of a tree, using a .357 mag pistol after it was treed. He hit the cat but not solid in the vitals! The cat landed on him and torn half his scalp off and bit off his ear as well. It also killed one of the guides best hunting dogs that day. I want something more than a 30-30 or .357 mag pistol. A pump shotgun with triple OOO Buck will work up close and personal like, backed up with a slug does the job in spades but the Buck-Shot won't take care of things out in the field from you past 35 yards.
I would bait that critter using the dead animals, drag them in a big circle (leave some guts behind every 50 yards or so around the field and then straight to the area you want to set up the ambush site. You set up some 40 yards from the bait in a blind or something natural in setting. If you can get off the ground your better off scent wise, to the animal coming in on you. Keep us posted on how things turn out ok.
This was some interesting reading. Too bad I didn't find this thread when you first started posting. I'm ussually just snoopying around the gun threads.
I"m in MO also. If you ever find your hands full again, PM or email me. I can be out asap.
What ever it was, seems it either went to safer pastures, or became buzzard food its self.
Seriously, let me know.
Also, muzzle brakes (aka: recoil compensators) are your friend. Any decent gunsmith or even small machine shop can mount one on just about any rifle. Really helps the shoulder. And for quick follow up shots for semi autos.
I'm back. Finally. Things have been busy & hectic here.
As a followup.
Turned out we had 2 problem critters at the same time.
A new black bear and a big cat.
Bear is gone and no I have no idea on what happened to it.
Big cat is still around or was a few months ago. Found it's tracks in the
snow fairly close to the house. Don't know if it was my problem cat or
just 1 of the regulars that is always in the area. The problem cat has a
pretty good scar on it's left hip it got while raiding a neighbors chicken
coop and then neighbor stumbled across it but didn't get a clean shot.
He was startled to say the least when he came across it in the coop.
I never see the big cat but neighbors let me know when it's been spotted.
Dog healed up pretty good but it took months. Actually has hair on his
The normal black bears are out and about again after a long winter.
Heard mama bear making her normal daily trek to the river late yesterday
afternoon. Our dogs let me know when she made her return trip around
3am. Mama bear was in a foul mood as she was going by and making
lots of noise. She sounds like a huffing and puffing foghorn most of the
time. Guessing she has a least 1 cub with her and that's why she was
in a foul and loud mood yesterday and was probably warning everything
to stay away. It was good to hear mama bear go thru. It had been
months since she was around. She never causes any problems but will
let you know it if you happen to get to close to her.
I had game cameras out quite often but never did get a picture of either
critter. Got pictures of everything else including thousands of pictures
of falling leaves and wind blown bushes and trees.
Right now things are pretty quiet and that's a good thing.
We still have the occasional pack of wild dogs but not nearly as many
or as bad as in the past.