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.
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.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.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (12)
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 (54)
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 November 2019 31 March 2020
South American Diamond Award Gun Package Argentina
10 days all inclusive Big Game RIFLE Hunt on 1x1, with English speaking guide. The price includes: 1 Red Stag up to 229 SCI 1 Water Buffalo up to 70 SCI 1 Puma Bronze Medal 1 Mouflon up to 101 SCI 1 Fallow Deer up to 150 SCI 1 Axis Deer up to 90 SCI 1 Blackbuck up to 47 4/8 SCI 1 Hybrid Sheep up to 85 SCI 1 Multi Horn Ram up to 49 SCI 1 Feral Goat up to 56 SCI 1 Wild Boar up to 5 SCI*
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 March 2020 31 August 2020
Fully Guided 1x1 Mountain Lion Hunt Mexico
We provide fully guided mountain lion hunts on horseback behind experienced lion dogs in Sonora, Mexico from November through March. The ranches that we manage are located near Banamichi, Sonora. Bananichi is an easy 3.5 hour drive from the border. Mountain lion hunts are 5 days and 6 nights in duration and take place on ranches between 30 and 50 square miles in area. This is a horseback hunt following dogs, which is an incredible experience. Rustic ranch house accommodations are provided with beds, bathroom, and a hot shower. You can expect traditional Mexican food meals with plenty of fresh flour tortillas. Our staff will obtain your Mexican hunting licenses, tags, and gun permits. In addition, we will have processed Mexican CITES Permits and US Customs & US Fish and Wildlife documentation if you wish to import your trophies back to the States. Rustic ranch house accommodations are provided with beds, bathroom, and a hot shower. Meals are traditional Mexican with lots of fresh made tortillas. Our staff will obtain your hunting licenses, tags, gun permits and US Customs & US Fish and Wildlife documentation to import your trophies back to the States. While hunting on the ranch we utilize and maintain off road vehicles including a Yamaha Rhino 660, Honda Pioneer 1000, Polaris Ranger and a Jeep Rubicon. We require $1000 US deposit at time of booking, $1000 on September 1st and the balance 30 days before the hunt. Non Hunters $350
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 December 2019 4 February 2020
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