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.August 10, 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.All types (11)
Why hunt Mountain Lion Puma? All hunts (41)
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 Hunt '19-20 United States
Lion Hunts are offered beginning in December and are run out of US Forest Service , Montana DNRC and private timber leased land in the Swan Valley as well as west of Kalispell. We utilize experienced hounds men and dogs to “tree” cats. This is a unique experience and we have great cats. It will be necessary to apply for a special permit in either Hunting District (HD) 102, 103, 120 and 130, or you can buy a winter license and hunt HD 132.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 December 2019 15 March 2020
If you've never hunted using hounds, this could be just the thing to round out your hunting experience. A hot track, hounds baying, the elusive predator somewhere up ahead. The excitement is definitely in the chase. We have an excellent cougar population and well trained hounds that love to hunt the big cats. Whether you choose to use black powder, rifle or archery equipment, Small game such as Bobcat, Wolf or Lynx can be added for an additional fee One hunter per guide
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 December 2019 31 January 2020
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
Trip available on: 1 January 2019 31 December 2019
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