Where to hunt Mountain Lion Puma
Mountain Lion, also known as puma, cougar, and under many other names, inhabits a wide variety of habitats throughout western Canada, the western United States, and in some areas of Mexico, Central America, and into South America. Mountain lion hunting seasons are open in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, North Dakota and Texas, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. There’s also some puma hunting in Mexico and Argentina.
Mountain lion hunts may sound expensive, but considering how much goes into preparation of the hunt - keeping and training a pack of hounds is a hard job - they are relative bargains. The prices start at about $3,500, and on the average cost $7,500-$8,000, depending on the area’s and the outfitter’s reputation for producing quality trophies. Mountain lion hunts can be combined with hunts after other felines, such as bobcat and lynx.
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There are lots of misconceptions about hunting cougar in general, and hunting the cats with packs of hounds in particular. It’s not much of a stretch to say there are two kinds of hunting: those who have reservations about hunting mountain lion over hounds, and those who participated in it. Our blog story tells you why it is an exciting and 100% ethical pursuit.10 Aug 2017 Cats, Dogs and Mixed Emotions: Hunting Mountain Lions with Hounds.
When to hunt Mountain Lion Puma?
The season for mountain lion hunting may start as early as August, and last until January or February. Some states which believe to have an overpopulation of cougars have an additional hunting season in the spring as well. The length of the season often depends on whether the harvest quota has been met. Mountain lion hunts often depend on the snow. It is more difficult to see the tracks on dry grounds, and only the best hounds and houndsmen can shot consistent success without snow. Where snow cover is an uncertain thing, “on-call” hunts, when the client waits for the outfitter’s message to come and hunt are sometimes a good option.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (13)
There aren’t many options available for a cougar hunter. Baiting is impossible, as as they prefer the animals they killed themselves. The puma is too secretive and nocturnal to allow spot-and-stalk hunting. Calling is possible but success is very rare and even if a cat is enticed to come in you will have a hard time determining the size. By far the most efficient, and the most exciting way of hunting mountain lions is with packs of hounds. Hunters scout until a fresh track is found, and then a pack of dogs is released. The hounds will typically chase the cat until it trees, where they hold it at bay until the hunters arrive. The hunt is not a sure thing; the terrain is often extremely challenging and it is not always possible to get to the treed cat, and sometimes the lion gives the dogs the slip.
Why hunt Mountain Lion Puma? All hunts (55)
Mountain lion is the fourth largest feline in the world, much larger than leopards. And yet, in spite of a dramatic increase in attacks on people, for its size, ability and distribution, the mostly shy and elusive cougar kills or maims a surprisingly small number of people. This is probably due to the fact that the pumas have never met with humans who wouldn’t be well-armed and competent hunters. To maintain the perception of people as not acceptable food, some degree of hunting pressure must be maintained. This concept is not easy to grasp for many people, because large felines raise a lot of emotions in humans. But this very fact ensures that hunting mountain lions, a time-honored tradition in the West, is also an extremely exciting (and very demanding physically) pursuit. Watching the hounds work and following mountain lions through rugged canyons is a one-of-a-kind experience.
La Pampa Ranch Big Game Hunt '2020 Argentina
Perfect combination: Big game hunting and wing shooting from the same lodge. Just add the species you would like to harvest. The hunting operation is Free Range Estancia, a 36.000 acre agricultural and stockbreeding farm that combines flat areas, forests, low hills and an incredible challenging landscape that any hunter would love to face. This farm is a natural habitat for Red Stag, Fallow Deer, Axis Deer, Blackbucks, Wild Boars, Water Buffalo, Mouflon, Four Horned Sheep, Scottish Black Face, and Wild Goat among others. It is one of the most remarkable hunting regions in Argentina with excellent big game option and also with the chance to do wing shooting from the same lodge in less than 2 hours. Wing shooting hunting day is $600 per day per hunter. Accommodation is single room based. Please inquire for available dates.
Trip duration: 5 - 9 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 31 Aug 2020
Wilderness Mountain Lion Hunt United States
It doesn’t get any more unique an adventure than a Salmon River cougar hunt. Either fly in on skis or make the trek via our heated UTV with tracks. We will travel to the remote Salmon River tributaries when they are least accessible. A winter adventure like none other, we will hunt mountain lions in some of the most rugged canyon wilderness with the help of hounds and horses. Depending on time and location we will either stay in deluxe wall tents, a yurt, or cabins. In addition to hunting for a trophy tom, activities such as chukar hunting over pointers, wolf hunting, snowmobiling and hot springs can be arranged. This is a very exclusive hunt with only 2-3 spots available each year. Hunts are 7-10 days, fully guided, and all meals and accommodations are included. Contact us for more info.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 Mar 2021
Last Spots! Dry Ground Mountain Lion United States
This hunt is primarily conducted off horses and mules. We ride deep into cougar country following travel ways and scrape lines left behind by giant toms as they roam around in search of promising females. A scrape is a way cougars use to communicate to one another about each others territory and boundaries. Scrapes are also used as a calling card to bring breeding pairs closer together. Not an activitity that happens as regularly during winter months. Having keen knowledge of these special behaviors and the areas they take place, gives us huge advantages in locating and harvesting these magnificent creatures.It is hard to describe the pleasure one gets watching his hounds learn and progress. Nothing puts their skills to the test like free casting them off horse back in bare ground condition. They learn to work as a team by fanning out and individually searching for the smallest amount of cougar scent. Then they ban together, noses to the ground helping each other move the track forward as fast as they possibly can without making mistakes. Often times this happens in conditions where there is no visible sign for man to see. This leaves us nothing to rely on but the narutal instincts of their noses. No other time of the year can you experience this type of spectacular hound work. Please note that education course is obligatory for this hunt. Last dates available for this hunt: March 23rd-27th, 2020 April 20th-24th, 2020
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 15 Feb 2020 15 May 2020
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