Just curious who all would shoot one if they saw one while hunting? I think I would be un decided if one came out. I think they are some of the coolest animals out there.....I would love to have a full body mount though.
I killed on many moons ago that was killing calfs at my cousins ranch. I had the hide tanned and to it still a good trophy to me. If you can't afford a full body mount, tanning the hide is just another option.
I think if I saw 1 while in the stand with a rifle I would be so in shock that it may take me a minute to make a decision on shooting it. Last year I did have an encounter on our farm where I saw an animal come out into our hay field right at dark, I went and got a spot light and when I hit it with the spotlight it immediately layed down, few seconds later it took off running to the woods. It was about 200 yards away so it was hard to tell what it was FOR SURE but I do know that me and my father both saw that it had an extremely long tail and was very FAST when it ran to the woods. We both agreed that we thought it was a mountain lion and a couple of our cattleman neighbors swear they have seen them before. If I killed one it would definitely be a TROPHY OF A LIFETIME & I would full body mount it no matter the cost, I would mainly shoot 1 for the trophy and because of all the stories I have heard of them preying on deer as food and running deer out of an area.
After taking 4 Bobcats in years past, no way would I take another cat of any kind. 5 years ago within 1.25 mile Austin County Courthouse (Bellville) I saw a 6-8 foot black panther and let it go. Its been seen on several times by my FIL and his wife on their 60 acre. Neat to observe and watch. This cat went to the pond for a drink and was out of site in seconds. None of their deer seem to be missing.