Welcome to the dark side, lots of enablers here that will get you headed to Africa in no time. Hold on to your wallet.
I bought otc lion tags and traveled around southern AZ predator calling for them in some of their favorite haunts. Galiuro Mts., Santa Catalinas, Rincons...etc. Lots of tracks but no visual contact.Welcome to AH.
I would like to hear about your DIY lion hunt. Did you have dogs, or how did you hunt one? I work cattle in New Mexico every year on a huge ranch that is thick with them. But we never see them by chance. The rancher is in his 50s and never lived anywhere else and has only seen two in his life. Fascinating, secretive animals.