Was in contact this morning with a landowner where i usually hunt and they warned me of a cougar sighting in their back fields.
The report goes that another hunter that hunts the property where I hunt, was set up in a particular field with his son. His son decided to go for a looksee at a couple of adjacent fields on his own. Typically, the turkeys would come out into this field to strut/feed as I've seen many times myself. Well, the son doesn't find a turkey but instead sees a cougar. Apparently close enough he could hear the cat growl. Needless to say, the hunter and his son vacated the woods toute de suite. The son was quite shaken and word is spreading that if you're in this area, to keep an eye out.
Which brings me to my question. I've never hunted with an eye over my shoulder. I've shared the woods with coyotes and have heard stories of bears being in a given area, but I've got to admit, this one has me a little nervous about going back to my hot spot. What precautions should I take or are there any? Would there be any legal ramifications if I'm forced to defend myself?
I know there are hunters out there that deal with venomous snakes and the like, none here yet. But, wonder if anyone has had experience with these big cats and if there are particular does and don't when hunting in their area.
Does explain perhaps why I've seen fewer turkeys around this given area when in the past, they are alot more plentiful.
Funny that I was just reading in our Ontario Out of Doors magazine, that the Ministry of Natural Resources has finally admitted there are these cats in Ontario.
Any comments would be great and thanks guys,
Happy hunting and keep an eye out.