Well, I got lucky and drew a cougar removal tag in Washington. I get to use hounds for hunt for Cougars. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif We were out all last week looking for cats. We found and few tracks and tried to run it down with the dogs, but they were too cold. But on Friday, we got about 8 in of snow in the mountains. At about 7:00 am we found two tracks running together and turned the dogs loose. HOLY SH!T. those dogs went absolutely nuts. They ran over the next mountain chasing those damn cats. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif I have never seen anything like it. We could here them barking through the woods, then they were just gone. We tried to cut them off, but that ended up in a 5 mile walk through the woods just to end up right back were we let them loose. /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif Them damn dogs crossed back over the road where we dropped them off. We looked at their tracks going across the road and it seemed they were chasing DEER at this time. Now we were pissed. We figure the dogs treed the cats then got board and started chasing deer. Then, at about 2:00pm, we heard them barking up the hill. I started after them to get them back to the truck and do some dog beating. I had only my rifle and belt with some water and my knife. (note to self: get a flashlight on my belt). After walking up the hill about 1 mile, I found the dog tracks again. This time, they were on a Cougar!!!!! Dave, the dog’s owner, was still at the bottom of the mountain at least a mile away. Now it was almost 3:00. He told me over the two-way radio that if there is a cat, tie the dogs up and shoot the cougar. About 1/2 mile later, I found the dogs with a cougar in the tree! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif There was no way I was going under that tree to get the dogs away with that cat 15 ft above me. The dogs eventually came to me and I tied them up. That damn cat was watching me the entire time. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif Then I got pissed at myself for forgetting the digital camera and camcorder in the truck. Then, I lifted my gun and shot. That thing came out of the tree like a friggin rocket. It flew right past me about 6 ft away and was hauling ass down the hill. I just turned the dogs loose and they went running. About 50 yards down the hill, the dogs were finishing off the cat. One had a death grip on the cat’s neck. I let him keep on that until the cat stopped breathing. By then it was getting dark. I started working my way down the hill. I had to tie the dogs up, drag the cat down the hill a ways, come back and untied the dogs, they would run right to the cat and start chewing on it again. I would catch up, tie the dogs up and do it all over again. I did that at least 15 times before Dave made it up the hill to me with his atv. By then it was pitch dark. Got back to the truck and was finally able to get pics of the thing. I guess I didn't think I would be alone in the woods staring at a Cougar in a tree. I though Dave would be there next to me the entire time. He has been doing that stuff for years. But what a rush, I can't wait to do that again.