Mountain Lion

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Mountain Lion population is at an all time high in New Mexico. They range from the The Desert Plains of 4,000 feet to the highest peaks exceeding 10,000 feet. Cougars feed on small and large game from porcupine all the way up to the largest bull elk. Mountain Lions will vary from 100 to well over 200 pounds. 

Physical Condition

Must be able to hike at high elevations for long periods of time. 

Gear

Must have quality boots & cold weather gear.

Tags

  • Over-The-Counter (OTC)
  • Cougars TAGS Resident $43 Nonresident $290
  • Game Hunting License $65
  • Habitat Stamp $5
  • Habitat management & Acc Validation $4

What to expect

 Every morning we start out with a hearty breakfast before loading up the hounds and heading to the mountains, we will then drive the mountain roads looking for fresh Mountain Lion tracks. Once we cut track then we can determine size and sex of the cat based on the size of the tracks if we decide it's big enough to Pursue we will turn the hounds loose. With GPS tracking collars on them we can track their movements during the chase, after the hounds have either bayed or treed the Mountain Lion using the GPS we can drive in as close as possible to the hounds narrowing the distance. Then we will hike in to make sure it does not have any young and it's a cat the hunter wants to harvest. After pictures are taken and the Mountain Lion is harvested we will field dress the big cat and head back to the truck.