I Gerard “Jerry” Devine of Leraysville, PA would like to take the opportunity to thank Vince Cocciolo and Total Outdoor Adventures LTD for enabling me to fulfill my dream of taking a lynx with hounds.
I arrived on Sunday, November 26 th 2017 at Prince George in Northern British Columbia. I then met with my guide Jacob Blair and we proceeded to travel to Bear Lake.
On day one of my hunt, Monday the 27th, we cut five different lynx tracks and dropped the dogs, while trying to get ahead of the dogs we came upon a really fresh set of running lynx tracks. We dropped one dog and that chase was on. We both thought it was the first lynx and waited for the other dogs…We were wrong!! Two different chases! Jacob and I decided to pull the dogs off of the first chase. We then tried to get in front of the other chase. After two hours, the lynx was treed but in a place only accessible by snow machine, After another few hours we were able to get the snowmobiles close to the tree and unfortunately the lynx jumped and we pulled “Oakley” the lead dog off as it was getting too late in the day. What a First Day!!
On the second day of my hunt we cut two fresh tracks. The snow was rather deep, so Jacob put two dogs on the track. The chase ended up in a thick swamp. The dogs had a very tough time as the lynx made circle as circle. We moved in and pulled the dogs off. On the third day was uneventful as conditions were tougher with no fresh snow and no tracks were fresh enough to run. A rest day for the dogs.
Day four greeted Jacob and I with a fresh snow fall. It took very little and we cut a very fresh track. The chase was on! After five hours, and over ten miles, the dog was making tight circles about 600 metres from the road. We started for the dog, knowing the lynx had to be somewhere near where the dog was circling. Jacob got to the location first and spotted the lynx treed. I arrived shortly after and figured the lynx to be about 50 feet above us porched on a limb. One well-placed shot with a 22 magnum and my quest to take a lynx with hounds was fulfilled.
I also want to acknowledge Jacob’s Helper Stacey Beard, who helped all around our accommodations. His outdoor knowledge and experience were only surpassed by his culinary skills.
I again want to thank Vince Cocciolo and Jacob Blair for some of the best four days of my hunting life. Least but not forgotten a huge thanks Oakley, Buster, Sam, Luna, Trump and Blaze for making this all possible!
Gerard “Jerry” Devine (570)-744-2941
- Gerard “Jerry” Devine