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.
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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?
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.
Mountain Lion 1x1, Guided w/ Hounds United States
One of our Favorites! These hunts take place from December thru February. They are conducted with the use of 4 x 4, ATV, UTV, and snow machines. This hunt is a one on one hunt with multiple packs of hounds and hounds-men to accommodate multiple hunters. During the hunt it can get very cold while on the snow machine but then it can get hot while on foot tracking the mountain lion. Depending on the year it can get down to -20 degrees so it is important that you bring enough clothes to accommodate the weather change, from snow, ice or sleet. Please expect a rigorous hike, we can not pick control where the mountain lion goes. We will use snow machine to get as far as we safely can.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 30 Nov 2021 31 Mar 2022
Guided Mountain Lion Hunt United States
We conduct our mountain lions trips from October through May in the heart of Arizona and we can adapt to whatever diverse conditions we will encounter during your trophy mountain lion trip. Our hunts can be conducted in several different methods including calling them with a electronic predator call and utilizing hand calls, hunting them in the snow with trucks, utv's, but our preferred method is by pursuing behind our pack of lion hounds on foot on wet or dry ground conditions. Whether we are going to be calling or dry ground hunting on foot, our most proven method of hunting these magnificent and elusive western predators is on foot with our with our hounds. The typical day on our guided Arizona mountain lion hunts will begin before sunrise. Depending on the particular area of rim country or the other units that we have located a trophy tom mountain lion in. Some of the rim country where we conduct our mountain lion hunts has excellent road systems that we will utilize to cover vast amounts of country with trucks, & utv's in search of fresh tracks of a trophy tom mountain lion. If we are going to be lion hunting in a large expanse of rough and roadless country we will then free cast the pack of hounds while following them on foot as the pack searches for the fresh track of a legal mountain lion. Once a large tom mountain lion track is located either by us or by the hounds, the memories begin. The OTC tags and licenses for our trophy Arizona mountain lion trips are purchased over the counter and do not need to be drawn. Resident Hunting License ($37) Non-Resident License ($160) Resident OTC-Tag ($15) Non-Resident OTC-Tag ($75)
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Dec 2021 30 Apr 2022
Cougar Hunts with Dogs 1x1 United States
The cougar hunting here in Southern Utah is great fun. We run some very experienced and seasoned dogs, who come through for us under some of the toughest conditions. We cover ground each day looking for tracks, either by horseback, ATV, or truck. Once tracks are cut and look promising, we're off for what might prove to be a very physically demanding hunt. Quite often, we're hunting steep, snow covered mountains ...it's an experience of a lifetime! Season dates vary from unit to unit. Give us a call and we can provide suggestions. We'll be there with you until the cougar hunting season ends, or you take an animal! All prices include food, lodging, packing out of animals, scouting, and a 1x1 ratio of hunter to guide. We hunt cats in several different units. Please, give us a call and we'll give you more details on buying quota tags over-the-counter or applying for limited entry tags. Additional days $400 a day Additional guests $100 a day.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2021
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