To those who I have confused. I was done hunting as it had heated up and the deer I had seen were all bedded up. When I got out of the car for a second time I was only hoping to check out an area from a high ridge. That is when one ridge actually turned into three. However, on my turnaround and running into the lion on my fresh made trail, he was only some 500 yards from the road. Every hunter I have talked to said I did the right thing and that this bold lion was sizing up the situation. I have admitted that leaving the car unarmed was not bright. My future plans and preparation are forever changed. As for wrestling one of these guys I can't fathom that thought unless a last possible resort. I only posted this to warn my fellow hunters that these encounters are becoming more common in these parts. I was just thankful I was alone and didn't have my young son and future hunting partner with me.