These folks are so sure that you’ll have a chance at a lion that they offer this guarantee: If we fail to tree you a legal lion, you will be welcomed back at 1/2 price. If we fail to tree a legal lion on your return trip, you are welcomed back for free. A legal lion is a male or an adult female without kittens.
Hunts are held in western Colorado in December and January. The season runs longer than that but hunting conditions can be very difficult in February and March plus harvest quotas are often hit after January. Mode of transportation is 4×4’s, snowmobiles, and leg work. Hunters may use rifle, pistol, muzzleloader or bow.
Hunters are required to take a mountain lion education and identification course before they will be issued a license. The test can be taken online or at any DOW office. Licenses are over-the-counter and are based on a quota for the areas. Cost is $41 for residents and $351 for non-residents. A $10 habitat stamp is also required.
Many clients bring their spouse or a friend on this hunt. The outfitter’s wife will take wives of hunters on day trips sight seeing. Non-hunting guests can also accompany the hunter during the hunt. Cost for non-hunting guests is $150 / day.
If two hunters book together, they will have 10 days to hunt as a 2×1 hunt.
Airport pick up and drop off can be arranged to either Grand Junction or Montrose airports - cost is $150 for round trip.
Includes meals, lodging, guides and hounds.
5 Day Hunt - $5000
This is a hunt where the chase leading up to the kill is as exciting as the kill itself! The outfitter only takes 2 mountain lions per year so book early to hold your spot. Hunts are typically held from December 1 - February 28. Can also add a bobcat or lynx for an additional fee - see below. Lynx can only be hunted during December.
May use rifle, blackpowder or bow. If you thrill to the sound of hounds and want a big cat, this is your hunt.
All hunts are scheduled for 7 days but end when the animal(s) you are hunting is taken.
Hunters can fly into Cranbrook, B.C. and be met at the airport or fly into Kalispel, MT., rent a vehicle and drive 2 1/2 hours to meet the outfitter. Another option is to fly into Spokane, WA and drive to meet the outfitter. Airfare at Spokane is usually more affordable.
License cost: Mountain lion $230; bobcat $40; lynx $40.
Included: meals, lodging, 1×1 guiding, care of trophy.
7 Day Hunt - $6500 US
7 Day Hunt - Mountain Lion / Bobcat $8000 US
7 Day Hunt - Mountain Lion / Lynx $8000 US
7 Day Hunt - Mountain Lion / Bobcat and Lynx - $9000 US
Additional costs: 2.5% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) & $200 NRHPF (Non Resident Hunting Preservation Fund)
This hunt is conducted on private and/or permitted public lands near Sheridan with 90+% success rate.
Two hunters can come at the same time and each will have their own guide and dogs.
This an exciting hunt starting with locating a fresh track, listening to the dogs work and then tree the cat. The guide and hunter work their way to the treed cat and determine if the cat is large enough to harvest or if another cat needs to be located.
Snow greatly increases the odds of success. This area normally has snow from Nov 15 on but waiting until early December is a safer bet. Also the primary hunting area has an 18 cat quota - when the quota is hit, hunting is shut down. This normally happens in late December.
Licenses are available over the counter. A hunter’s safety card is required if born on or after January 1, 1966.
Includes: 1×1 guiding, in field transportation, meals, lodging, skinning of lion, airport pick up and drop off at Sheridan, WY airport.
7 Day Hunt - $5500 (Nov. 15 through end of Dec.)
Hunt the beautiful Big Horn Mountains for North America’s largest feline. Hunting is done by dogs and hunters have enjoyed a 90+% success rate with this outfitter. Hunt takes place on private ranches, national forest and BLM land.
Once a track is located in the snow, the hounds are set free and the end result is a cat in a tree. Many large cats have been taken.
The outfitter can handle up to two hunters at one time. Each hunter will have their own houndsman and dogs and hunt in a different area.
Snow greatly increases the odds of success. This area normally has snow from Nov 15 on but waiting until early December is a safer bet. Wyoming units have a quota on harvested cats and once the quota is hit, hunting is shut down for the season. This normally happens in late December on the east side of the Big Horn Mountains. This outfitter also hunts the west side of the Big Horns which rarely hits their quota but it is extremely rugged country consequently hunters must be in good shape to hunt the western side.
Includes guide (1 hunter/guide) lodging, meals, transportation during the hunt, delivery of mount to taxidermist, airport pick-up and drop-off (Sheridan airport).
5 Day Hunt - $5000 (Nov. 15 through March). Licenses are available over the counter. Cost is $362 plus $12.50 conservation stamp. A hunter’s safety card is required if born on or after January 1, 1966.