Colorado is just one of the states that is increasing lion quota harvest numbers starting in 2021. Past surveys show the increased number of mountain lions are hurting the elk and deer populations. If you have a mountain lion hunt in your future plans, you may want to think about doing it sooner rather than later.
COLORADO MOUNTAIN LION $6000 PAST 15 YEARS 156 HUNTERS KILLED 142 LIONS, 130 WERE TOMS
Here is one of the top lion guides in the business, period. He hunts 6 different units near his home in western Colorado. His success continues even in poor weather conditions. If it gets tough he has some great mules that go where a truck cannot and by covering country his dogs find lions on bare ground. Bobcats can be added for a $1,000 trophy fee plus tag and they kill several every year.
Winter of 2019/2020 he had 10 lion hunters kill 8 cats, including a booner taken by HCU’s Jim Elker. Last winter saw some very tough hunting conditions.
Winter of 2018/2019 his 10 hunters killed 9 toms, including one Boone and Crockett lion. Winter of 2017/2018 he had 12 lion hunters kill 11 cats, including one female. Weather conditions were extremely bad and they only killed 5 lions in tracking snow, 6 were taken on bare ground. Success was achieved by riding mules cross country until the dogs picked up fresh scent.
5 day hunts from late November to end of April are $6,000 guided 1×1. November and April can be dry ground months and he normally allows a couple more days if necessary. Hunters typically stay at a cabin near the outfitters home or possibly a travel trailer depending on where the hunt takes place and meals are included. Most hunters fly into Grand Junction, where you are met by the outfitter. He is equipped to take a couple buddies at the same time and normally extends the hunt to 10 days. He has plenty of dogs and employs a couple died in the wool cat guides that assist when necessary. HCU has worked with this outfitter for over 10 years. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this hunt. Hunt ML675. ML675 Hunt Photos.
COLORADO LION HUNT $5500 COMEBACK FOR HALF PRICE IF NO LION IS TREED
If this lion outfitter fails to tree a cat during your hunt, he will bring you back for half price. His main goal is to get everyone their lion.
2019/2020 winter produced 5 cats for 7 hunters, including 2 females, one of which was over 12 years in age with teeth worn to nubbins.
2018/2019 winter he took 6 lion hunt- ers and killed 6 cats, 4 toms and 2 females. Terrible snow conditions, with ice made for tough hunting.
2017/2018 winter had terrible weather conditions with little or no snow so this outfitter had several hunters postpone until the 2018/2019 winter. He did take 2 hunters and both got nice toms.
This is a very personal family operation that offers 5 day hunts for $5,500 with accommodations in the outfitters ranch house. If 2 hunters come together he will allow them to stay 10 days. The outfitter also offers a return trip for only half price if he fails to tree you any lion. License is about $350 and round trip airport pickup in Grand Junction is $150.
HCU has had several hunters take their spouses on this hunt and the outfitter’s wife will take them on some real nice day trips to surrounding towns for sightseeing and shopping. Non-hunter pricing is $150 per day. Hunts start December 10 and run into late February. HCU has worked with this outfitter for over 20years. Hunt ML21. ML21 Hunt Photos.
THE BEST LYNX HUNT
IN NORTH AMERICA $7000 ALSO MONSTER COUGARS $10,000
Over the past 15 years this small personal outfitter has taken 77 lynx for 85 hunters, just incredible, no one has lynx success like this. He has a 3,500 square mile area located in prime lynx, cougar and bobcat habitat in southern British Columbia just north of the state of Washington. The area was owned and run by his father before him and he has been making a living in this area his entire life.
His mountain lion hunts are also very successful, as well as being known to produce some really big toms. In the last 9 years 82 out of 89 hunters took home a cougar.
2020/2021 Canada border closed due to Corona virus.
2019/2020 winter was hampered with some really poor weather conditions, es- pecially for the lion hunting. He ended up killing 7 lions for 10 hunters, 6 were toms and included 2 weighing over 180 pounds. All 6 lynx hunters took home a lynx and one bobcat was harvested.
2018/2019 winter produced 7 lions for 8 hunters, 6 were toms and 3 of the toms were 10 to 12 years old with 15 inch skulls. The smallest tom had a 14 1/2 inch skull. He had 5 lynx hunters and all were successful and they also took 4 bobcats. Really didn’t have much of any snow up until February, but was still successful.
2017/2018 winter his 10 lion hunters killed 9 cats, including 2 females taken from his sheep area and the unsuccessful hunter passed on a big female. He had a total of 7 lynx hunters harvest 6 lynx and they also took a few bobcats.
He starts mid November and runs through January. 7 day lynx hunts are $7,000 or $10,000 for cougar. After your initial kill you can continue hunting at $750 per day for additional species, bobcat or lynx, and there are no trophy fees. There is a 6 percent HST tax and hunters stay in the lodge by the house and are picked up in Penticton, British Columbia. HCU has worked with this outfitter for over 15 years. Hunt LX292. LX292 Hunt Photos.