Mountain Lion Puma hunting

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60 hunting trips from 35 outfitters starting from $2,655

60 hunts
$2,655 starting from
4 countries
2419km to the nearest trip

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.

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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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Learn more from our blog story

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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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 (60)

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.

Special! Puma Hunt in La Pampa

Special! Puma Hunt in La Pampa Argentina

The big hunting ranch is located in the Southeast of La Pampa province, Argentina. Has an extension of 37.000 acres non fenced area, of which 25.000 acres are covered with bush. Puma / Mountain lion is hunted by lying in wait, stalking or by using dogs to track them trough the bushes. Itinerary: Day 1: Reception at Ezeiza International airport in Buenos Aires city custom cleaning and transfer to Domestic airport to take a flight to Bahia Blanca city (2 hours flight). Reception at Bahia Blanca airport and transfer to hunting Lodge (2 hours drive). Reception at lodge, distribution of rooms, quick snack and enjoy a half day of Big Game Hunt. Day 2-3-4: Full Big Game Hunt Day 5: Half Big Game Hunting day, lunch and transfer to Bahia Blanca airport. Reception at Domestic airport in Buenos Aires and transfer to Ezeiza International airport. End of our services. The reception and the assistance in the airport and a bilingual guide included in the price as well. The package includes Wild boar FOR FREE!

Trip duration: 6 - 8 days

Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 31 Aug 2020

$9,490 for 1 hunter
Nevada 7 Day Mtn Lion Hunt Week 6

Nevada 7 Day Mtn Lion Hunt Week 6 United States

The day typically starts by waking up at 4:00 am and we are leaving camp or town by 5:00 am, each client has his or her own guide with a pack of 10-12 seasoned hounds fitted with gps tracking collars, horses/mules,side-by-side 4x4 truck equipped with 2 way UHF radios for comunications etc.. The guide will begin looking for lion tracks that have crossed two track jeep trails, ranching and mining roads or horse and game trails that cross cut the large mountain ranges that the large predators call home . Once the guide or the hounds find the track , the guide will determine age of track and size and sex of the animal and will decide if it a animal we should pursue or not. We persue these predators by putting our hounds on the track. Most weeks there are two hunters in camp for the week, possibly three hunters. TEAM WORK After the first animal is harvested all efforts of the the guides with their hounds horses and equipment will be focused on getting the second hunter an animal. This becomes a team effort and has allowed us to harvest large numbers of exceptional lions over the decades of hunting we have under our belts. Whether it be snow or dry ground conditions, we are consistent in harvesting large numbers of trophy toms, even in the most difficult conditions. We credit this to thousands of hours afield in pursuit of these animals, exceptionally driven and talented dogs that have been selectively bred for one purpose; to surpass and surmount even the most difficult scenting conditions and terrain with ease, and the years of experience the pursuit of these incredibly tough animals have given us as guides to be able to handle any situation that may arise. Our snow hunts typically run from November 15- March 31st and our dry ground hunts can be conducted year round. Short notice hunts and last minute hunts are also welcome. Feel free to contact me at any time for openings.

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 16 Jan 2021 22 Jan 2021

$6,000 for 1 hunter
Guided Mountain Lion Hunts

Guided Mountain Lion Hunts United States

We offer fully guided Trophy mountain lion hunts in Arizona and New Mexico. Great oppurtunity at huge toms in both Arizona and New Mexico. Click on the picture above to see more images of lions  Hunters are responsible for their own transportation from the airport to the hunt site

Trip duration: 6 days

Hunting season: 21 Oct 2019 1 Jul 2020

$6,500 for 1 hunter
Mountain Lion Puma

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