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.
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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 1x1 2020 United States
Our hunts are five full hunting days beginning on December 1st with a maximum of one client per week. Snow is a very big factor and if clients can come on call or be flexible with their schedule the odds of harvest is increased greatly. If needed a day or two can be added on at the pro-rated cost. We start early in the morning driving roads in the dark looking for tracks. Once a track has been located we continue trying to freshen up and shorten the track. If we find a track then at daybreak we can put the hounds on the track and the fun begins! We utilize a custom build hound truck, snow mobiles, four-wheelers, and side by sides to get as close as we can to the treed cat. Please note, there is always some walking involved in a mountain lion hunt.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 30 Nov 2020 22 Dec 2020
Mountain Lion Hunt '19-20 United States
What a RUSH! This is the most enjoyable, exciting and fun hunt you'll ever experience. We have lots of nice lions in this area to hunt from November to March each year. We offer the best in Colorado Mountain Lion Hunts with a very well trained pack of cold nosed hounds, 4x4 trucks, and ATV’s with track systems. A typical day starts early in the pre-dawn hours looking for a fresh track, once we cut a track the hounds are released and the hunt is on. We will be going through rugged terrain following the hounds to where the lion is treed. Depending on the freshness of the lion track, hunting can be very demanding physically. This offer includes a 5 day fully guided lion hunt per $6,000. Additional non-hunter/ guest are an additional $200 per day. We run our hunts Monday through Friday. Mountain Lion Licenses can be purchased over the counter when you arrive for your hunt. The Colorado Division of Wildlife does require all hunters to complete an online Mountain Lion Identification Course before purchasing a hunting license. Please contact us at any time regarding license questions.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 20 Nov 2019 31 Mar 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 Dec 2019 4 Feb 2020
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