By: Jana Waller
Moving out West over a decade ago was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only is Montana a hunter’s paradise filled with a plethora of big game but her beauty rivals any state in the nation. Public land opportunities are plentiful but knowing that I would be sharing the land with grizzlies, black bears, wolves and lions lead me pick up my first handgun. I conceal-carry for two legged predators but hip carry for the 4-legged kind in the backcountry. A few years ago I decided to try my hand at hunting with one.
My first big game animal that I took with a handgun was a Texas hog a few years ago. A Glock 10mm, my bear country accessory, was my weapon of choice for that hunt but last year I was introduced to the Desert Eagle .429 by Magnum Research. I got the opportunity to design the pistol’s look thanks to Outlaw Ordnance, a custom engraving shop who turned my DE into a one-of-a-kind work of art. I decked it out with a Vortex Razor 3MOA site which would withstand the recoil. After taking it to the range it was my goal to hunt black bears and lions with .429, two hunts that offer up close and personal shot opportunities.
Powerful yet stealthy, lions flow through the landscape like water, with effortless ease. Scaling steep rugged canyons, often through deep snow, is easy for these athletic predators. When it’s time to attack they hit with the force of a freight train, often suffocating or paralyzing their prey with a strategically placed bite around the face or neck. Mountain lions, also known as cougars or pumas, are undeniably beautiful but deadly. And in certain areas of the West…overpopulated.