Distribution occurs across the state, with particularly dense populations in units 39, 40A, 40B, 41, 42, 43A, 43B, 44A, and 44B. On occasion we also hire qualified, licensed guides to assist in the hunt. It's your choice to stay at Bearpaw Outfitters old farm house or at a motel in town. For the bowhunter, the obvious choice is a takedown recurve or longbow that makes it easy to stash in your daypack, and assemble it once your cat is safely up a tree. In 1994, anti-hunting groups, backed by the Humane Society of the United States, bankrolled Measure 18, a ballot issue that prohibited the use of dogs to hunt black bears and cougars. These elusive carnivores are rarely seen because they travel mainly at night and are very sneaky. Because Mountain lion hunting can be a lot of walking, being in good physical condition is an absolute must.
Winter mountain lion cougar hunts offer a great opportunity in the off season for big game hunting. Here a happy hunter shows off his big tom mountain lion. When a fresh snow blankets the mountainside in the middle of the night before a hunt, hunters are given a major advantage. This will ensure that you will have the best chance to harvest a trophy mountain lion. Vocally, the cougar is a quiet cat — until it screams at you in the night. These breeds have incredible noses. They typically have no reason to fear four-footed predators.
Shop our today and overcome your quarry. Mountain lions are also the perfect for bowhunters to hunt because most shorts are at a relatively close range. It is very well known that this is the place to hunt, if you want to take a giant Idaho mountain lion. Cashier's check, money order, personal check and all major credit cards are all accepted. Catching Up for the Kill Equipped with the , you'll be ready for the harshest weather. Contact Us Today Call or with any questions or to book a hunt.
Electronic calls are legal, so bring along your FoxPro. Rifle, handgun or archery hunt available We don't recommend archery though Most shots at lions will be 30 yards or less and over the years we have found that a open sight lever gun such as a. The guides may also hike into remote areas looking for cougar tracks when necessary. Between here and Montana, which is several hundred miles, there is very little to no human encroachment. If you feel confident enough in your shooting abilities, or are willing to invest in additional range time to improve marksmanship, a powerful handgun's as easy to pack as anything around, slipped into a daypack or worn on the hip in classic fashion. Check regulations for the state you will be hunting, as many have strict stipulations as to what constitutes a legal cartridge, normally based on case length. In this life-and-death struggle for survival Neolithic man turned to the dog, manipulating its instinctive hunting style into a convenient collaboration.
The initiative was narrowly approved by Oregon voters 52-48 percent. They couldn't be more wrong. Plus, most of the hunting is done on dry ground, requiring a very savvy pack of cold-nosed dogs and a houndsman that is part lion himself. Not included in the cost is license and tag, sales tax and gratuities. Our method of lion hunting is a time proven tradition. Miles knows these hills and the places where he can find the cats. The goal of the dogs and the hunter is to run the cat until it climbs a tree or bays against rocks.
For the rifleman, the classic lever-action saddle gun makes a super choice -- easy on the knees when slipped into a saddle scabbard while riding, lightweight and easy to strap onto your daypack when you need hands free. Most hunters hire a guide with dogs, but it's important to note that the tag holder must be present when the dogs are released and present at all times during the chase. At times you'll need a mountaineering boot to assure a sure grip on rocky, slippery terrain, but these can leave your toes numb, especially while riding a snow machine or mule. We quickly became hunting buddies, except he did most of the work. As soon as the dogs smell the track and catch the scent of the raccoon, the chase is on. That said, time spent in the company of a grizzled desert rat and his dogs can be extremely rewarding. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our use of such cookies.
One dog has more energy than ten people, and ten mountain lions for that matter! However, the second tag is good only in hunt areas 5, 6, 7, 8, 15, 16, 19, 24, 25, 27, and 31. Because mountain lions are both large and formidable, mountain lion hunting with hounds usually involves larger breeds to handle the tracking and treeing duties. Restaurant meals are not included in the hunt. So, you'll also need a daypack with ample compression straps to securely anchor articles of clothing while stripping down during the heat of battle. You are hunting an apex predator on his turf. Snowmobiles are extremely popular because they can travel over the top of snow and hunters can cover lots of ground in a very short period of time looking for tracks.
The first provide a low-pressure opportunity that begins earlier in the year; the second enable hunters unlucky in the draw to purchase a tag and still hunt until harvest objectives are met. But a pair of good old fashioned ears will also work well. Hunting cougars with dogs was outlawed in the mid-1990s. Call now to book your hunt! In poor hunting conditions we use rig dogs and the dogs will strike bark from a platform on the hunting truck if we cross a track. Telemetry collars are often put on each dog so hunters have a general idea of where the dogs are as they chase the cat across backcountry wilderness. Idaho is without question one of the premiere hunting states with more mountain lion in the Boone and Crockett record book than any other state. Gratuities are not mandatory, however, it is customary to tip your guide, packer and cook if you feel they did a good job for you.
Being a good lion hunter requires having good lion hounds. Mountain lion are extremely elusive animals seldom seen in the wild and require the aid of well trained hunting hounds to acquire this magnificent trophy. The time can be more wisely spent locating a cat that you want. Hunting with hounds is our personal favorite hunting sport. If you're looking for the easy score, hound-dogging isn't for you. Clients are responsible for letting the outfitter know of any special medical and dietary needs prior to trip. To our trained eyes, male cougar and their tracks look much different than female cougar and their tracks.
This is understood from the outset or everything to follow is rendered worthless. Whatever method we use on your lion cougar hunt it will be a memorable trip. Choose a cartridge based on realistic shooting abilities and not ego. While it's legal to hunt lions with dogs in Idaho, the state does close certain periods to the use of hounds. On a recent hunt, a friend and I eagerly chased a mountain lion with a handful of dogs for over six hours. Blue tick coonhounds are the preferred choice for most, but black and tan hounds, leopard curs and redbone hounds are also used.