COLORADO MOUNTAIN LION $6000
This outfitter is definitely a cat man and his hunts can be physically demanding. Bobcats can be added for a $1,000 trophy fee plus tag.
Winter of 2016/2017 produced 10 toms and 2 females, along with several bobcats for 14 hunters. The best cat of the year was one taken late in the season that exceeded 180 pounds and was in the top 3 ever taken by this houndsman, a true giant of a cat.
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, just unbelievable, and the heaviest cat at 180 pounds was not one of those three. 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. He hunts several different units in western Colorado. Hunters mostly stay at a cabin near the outfitters home in Rangely or possibly a travel trailer 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 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 on this hunt. Hunt ML675. ML675 Hunt Photos.
COLORADO LION HUNT $5500
COMEBACK FOR HALF PRICE
IF NO LION IS TREED
Last winter 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 toms for his 3 hunters and 2 were really big old mature toms.
Winter of 2013/2014 proved tough with poor snow conditions and they ended up killing 3 toms for 5 hunters. 2012/2013 winter produced 5 cats for 5 hunters, including 4 toms with 3 monsters going in the 160 to 180 pound weight class.
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. Hunt ML21. ML21 Hunt Photos.
BRITISH COLUMBIA MOUNTAIN LION
7 DAYS $6000 ADD BOBCAT $750
Last fall 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 hard working outfitter does all he can to be successful on his hunts. This is a small family operation that has owned and managed their concession for over 40 years. They hunt their 3,500 square mile area bordering 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 low at only $6,000 plus license and tax for a 7 day hunt compared to other outfits in this area that charge over $7,500 with 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 and rent a car for the short drive across the border, no charter flights. Next available opening is winter of 2018/2019. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz, scored on a big cougar on this hunt. Hunt ML140. ML140 Hunt Photos.
THE BEST LYNX HUNT
IN NORTH AMERICA
PLUS MONSTER COUGARS
Over the past 12 years this small personal outfitter has taken 60 lynx for 66 hunters, an unbelievable feat. 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 6 years 59 out of 61 hunters took home a cougar.
Last winter 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.
There is a 6 percent HST tax and hunters stay in the lodge by the house and are picked up in Penticton, British Columbia. Hunt LX292. LX292 Hunt Photos.