Mountain Lion Puma hunting

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72 hunting trips from 34 outfitters starting from $2,655

72 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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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 (72)

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

Mountain Lion Hunt United States

With Five Star accommodations at the ranch and some of the finest Lion country in the west, our Mountain Lion hunts are unparalleled. You will be guided by our friend and neighbor Fred Thomas who is a World Class Hounds Man with a lifetime of experience. The tag is guaranteed over the counter and the season runs from October to March of the following year. We typically try to wait until November when the rest of the hunting season has quieted down. Hunters can expect the most physically demanding hunt of your life so be in shape! Again, because we take a limited number of hunters, we are very flexible based on your schedule and the weather, which greatly increases success rates. Fly-Fishing can be added to the hunting trip what is world class and very unique because or steams are pure Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout fisheries. Quite a hot ticket for those fishermen in pursuit of their North American Cutthroat Slam. Fly fishing days: $1,000 per day - single, $750 per day - double, $500 per day - three or more. Please inquire for available dates.

Trip duration: 5 days

Hunting season: 1 Oct 2019 31 Mar 2020

$6,000 for 1 hunter
La Pampa Ranch Big Game Hunt '2020

La Pampa Ranch Big Game Hunt '2020 Argentina

Perfect combination: Big game hunting and wing shooting from the same lodge. Just add the species you would like to harvest. The hunting operation is Free Range Estancia, a 36.000 acre agricultural and stockbreeding farm that combines flat areas, forests, low hills and an incredible challenging landscape that any hunter would love to face. This farm is a natural habitat for Red Stag, Fallow Deer, Axis Deer, Blackbucks, Wild Boars, Water Buffalo, Mouflon, Four Horned Sheep, Scottish Black Face, and Wild Goat among others. It is one of the most remarkable hunting regions in Argentina with excellent big game option and also with the chance to do wing shooting from the same lodge in less than 2 hours. Wing shooting hunting day is $600 per day per hunter. Accommodation is single room based. Please inquire for available dates.

Trip duration: 5 - 9 days

Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 31 Aug 2020

$7,150 for 1 hunter
Cougar Hunt

Cougar Hunt Canada

Join us on this adventure of dog chasing cat! This is our cougar hunt! We offer a 7-day, fully guided hunt that takes place in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Our area holds some of the top 10 world record cougar scores and generally proves on average to have large cougars. We hunt from the truck with snowmobiles, quads or whatever is beneficial for the weather conditions. As the guide is looking for tracks, you can try your hand at coyote calling, using our electronic callers. This is an experience in itself, trying to outwit the nose and keen eyesight of the wiley coyote. When the desired track is found, we collar up the dogs with telemetry and GPS collars and get them started on the track. We then use the receivers, to follow the race and get us as close to the action as possible. When the dogs are treed, we will walk into the tree and check the animal to verify the trophy for you. This is a very exciting time, as you walk into the tree, and view what this wild cougar uses as his haunts. Once at the tree, we will tie the dogs up for safety reasons and prepare you for making a good shot.

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 15 Nov 2019 15 Feb 2020

$8,500 for 1 hunter
Mountain Lion Puma

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