TheGary Gorney of Minot, North Dakota had a Mountain Lion encounter he'll never forget on Thursday.  Gary was enjoying a pleasant pheasant hunt Thursday near Garrison, ND when his afternoon changed suddenly.

Gorney said he was talking on his cell phone when his German shorthair, Milly, went on point. He put the cell phone in his pocket with the expectation that a rooster pheasant was about to flush. Instead, a large female mountain lion emerged from the tall grass and came right at him.

“I dropped my dad’s 100-year-old double-barrel, I don’t even remember doing that, and went for the sidearm that I carry with me underneath my jacket,” said Gorney. “My instincts as a military law enforcement officer took over. There was no thought process. It was self-defense.”

Gorney reported the incident to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. The lion was a female that weighed more than 100 pounds. It was the first mountain lion the long-time hunter had ever seen.

Gorney was hunting in the Custer Mine hunting area, located at the southwest corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and ND 37, also known as the Garrison turn.

The ironic thing is that I was also hunting pheasants west of Turtle Lake, North Dakota yesterday within 25 miles of the attack.�� Yet another reason to always be aware of your surroundings.  Here's my lab "Callie" with her hard work for the day.