We skinned the lion and were headed to the truck when I noticed 2 of my hounds were missing. I knew they were with us at the tree when John shot his lion, but now they were long gone. I put the other hounds in the trailer and John waited at the truck while I went to find the them. With the help of the telementry collars, I found the other dogs with a second lion treed about a mile further on.
At the time, we hadn’t realized that the female was running with a tom. It’s not uncommon to find toms and females running together, especially in March and April. I took this photo, gathered up my hounds and left him sitting in the tree. Great hunting day!!
The next day I went back to where I’d left him in the tree. The hounds trailed him back to where he and the female had killed a deer, then trailed him across the Middle Fork of the Gila River. The dogs were going pretty good on the track when it started raining. In a matter of minutes, the scent was wiped out and that ended the hunting for that day.