COLORADO MOUNTAIN LION $6000
PAST 13 YEARS 136 HUNTERS
KILLED 125 LIONS, 117 WERE TOMS
This is without a doubt one of the best lion guides in the west. He hunts 6 different units near his home in western Colorado in all weather conditions. No doubt snow is a game changer and many guides say their dogs catch cats on dryground, but few are successful, this outfitter canand does kill lions consistently on bare ground. If there is no snow, his advantage that he has some great mules that go where a truck cannot and bycovering ground his dogs find lions. Bobcats canbe added for a $1,000 trophy fee plus tag and they kill several every year.
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 coun- try until the dogs picked up fresh scent.
Winter of 2016/2017 produced 10 toms and 2 females, along with several bobcats for 14 hunters.
Winter of 2015/2016 he had 12 hunters kill 11 toms and one hunter basically got rained out on a late April hunt due to torrential downpours. Three of the toms were expected to make Boone and Crockett. He also treed about 15 bobcats and they took a few of the bigger males.
Winter of 2014/2015 his 10 hunters tagged 9 cats, 8 toms and 1 female, including a 14 year old tom and 2 more that will come close to book.
Winter of 2013/2014 his 14 hunters took home 12 toms, including a couple real old big toms.
5 day hunts from late November to end of April are $6,000 guided 1×1. November and April can be dry ground hunts and he normally allows a couple more days if necessary. Hunters typically stay at a cabin near the outfitters home in Rangely or possibly a travel trailer depending on where the hunt takes place and meals are included. Mosthunters fly into Grand Junction, where you are met by the outfitter. He is equipped to take a couplebuddies at the same time and normally extends the hunt to 8 days. He has plenty of dogs and employs a couple died in the wool cat guides that assist when necessary. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been onthis hunt. Hunt ML675. ML675 Hunt Photos.
COLORADO LION HUNT $5500
COMEBACK FOR HALF PRICE
IF NO LION IS TREED
2018 – 2 HUNTERS 2 TOMS
2017 – 7 HUNTERS 7 LIONS
That’s right! 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.
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.
Winter of 2016/2017 this houndsman had 7 hunters kill 7 lions, 5 toms and 2 females, including one returning hunter that took his cat.
Winter of 2015/2016 his 5 lion hunters killed 4, including one female in their better deer areas.
Winter of 2014/2015, this outfitter took 3 tomsfor his 3 hunters and 2 were really big old mature cats.
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 halfprice if he fails to tree you any lion. License isabout $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 Decem- ber 10 and run into late February. Hunt ML21. ML21 Hunt Photos.
BRITISH COLUMBIA MOUNTAIN LION
7 DAYS $6000 ADD BOBCAT $750
Winter of 2017/2018 he only took one hunter and he arrived in poor physical shape. They got a cat treed, but the hunter wasn’t physically able to get there. They treed a second lion, but it turned out to be a female and the hunter passed and went home empty.
Winter of 2016/2017 this houndsman took 3 hunters and they killed 3 super big toms with 15 inch or better skulls! The heaviest cat went 180 pounds and another was larger in size, but skinnier.
This is a family operation that his father owned and managed their concession for over 40 years. They hunt their 3,500 square mile area bor- dering Washington State very lightly, typically 3 or 4 cat hunters per year. Washington is closed to mountain lion hunting attributing to the large size of cats in the area.
The price is extremely low at only $6,000 plus license and tax for a 7 day hunt compared to other outfits in this area that charge $7,500 to $10,000with less hunting days. The scenery is fantastic and you won’t find a more enjoyable hunt. Hunters are also allowed to take a bobcat on a $750 kill fee.
Hunting methods are normally driving logging roads by pickup or snow machine looking for tracks. Nice lodge accommodations make this an excellent hunt for husband and wife or taking a spouse as a non-hunter.
Hunters fly into Spokane, Washington andrent a car for the short drive across the border, nocharter flights. Next available opening is winter of 2019/2020. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz, scored on a bigcougar on this hunt. Hunt ML140. ML140 Hunt Photos.
THE BEST LYNX HUNT
IN NORTH AMERICA $7000
ALSO MONSTER COUGARS $10,000
Over the past 13 years this small personal outfitter has taken 66 lynx for 73 hunters, just incred- ible, 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 areawas 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 7 years 68 out of 70 hunters took home a cougar.
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.
2016/2017 he had all 12 cougar hunters score and a few added a lynx or a bobcat. He took 3 straight lynx hunters and all took home a beautiful cat.
2015/2016 season 9 cougar hunters killed 9 cats, they intentionally took 2 females out of his bighorn sheep area. 2014/2015 winter 11 lion hunters scored on 10 cats, including 9 toms. 2013/2014 winter produced 11 lions for all 11 hunters including 3 monsters that weighed in the 180 to 200 pound class. In 2012/2013 winter his 12 cougar hunters took home 11 cats. In 2011/2012 all 6 hunters took home toms.
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.