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This outfitter offers guided mountain lion hunts with top-notch hounds backed up by experienced houndsmen. They have more than 10 years of experience and will give you the best possible odds of a successful hunt.
New Mexico no longer has a closed season on mountain lion—you can go after them whenever you please, so long as you have a license. However, we recommend hunting between December and February because the snow makes finding tracks much easier.
This outfitter prefers to schedule hunts on an on-call basis to ensure that the weather cooperates. If that doesn’t work, they can reserve dates for you instead.
This is one our favorite hunts because the scenery looks so pure with the landscape covered in white. It is a bit physically demanding—be prepared for walking in snow and rough terrain.
The hunt lasts five days and is based out of Espanola NM. When you and your guides get to your destination in the forest, you will start driving around in the fresh snow looking for a lion trail. When you do find tracks, the adrenaline starts pumping and the guides get the dogs ready to start tracking the elusive cat.
After a fresh snow, the hunt begins by going out in multiple trucks very early in the morning hours and cutting forest roads for a fresh lion track until one is found. Once one of your guides discovers a fresh trail, he sits on it until it’s time to release the hounds.
The guides get the dogs ready by getting them out of the dog box and putting on the GPS collars. The dogs immediately know something is about to happen.
They get two or three dogs lined up and put them on the track. They immediately start to smell the trail; once the guides release them, the chase is on.
Usually, the outfitters will start the track off with just a couple of dogs. That way, there are fewer prints, making it easier to follow the cat’s trail. Depending on how fresh the track is, though, they may let more dogs go after it.
GPS tracking on the dogs keeps the guides in communication with them throughout the chase. Once they see “treed” on the GPS, the walking starts—though you can sometimes take a vehicle to get closer to the tree. Sometimes the walk is only a hundred yards long, but other times it’s more than a mile.
This is where it kind of gets a little tricky. These hunts are demanding from the start to the finish, but every hunt is different. One will be a breeze and another will be the hardest hunt of your life. You never know what to expect.
The outfitters also have a local taxidermist who does a good number of cats every year and they look beautiful.
The hunts take place in northern New Mexico. The landscape consists of mesas, rocky terrain and occasional steep canyons with pinion trees and pines. Usually the dogs will chase the lion up a tree, but sometimes the cat ledges up on the rocks or goes into a cave.
During this hunt, you will see herds of elk and some mule deer in the rut, so make sure you have the camera handy throughout the whole hunt. These mountain lion hunts are very scenic in the winter, so this is a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
We recommend the following local hotels: Santa Claran Resort and Casino (866-244-7625), Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino (866-257-5990), and Ohkay Hotel and Casino (877-747-1668).
You’ll fly into the airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is around an hour-and-a-half drive into Espanola. The outfitters can pick you up or you can rent a car and drive to your hotel.
One guide is provided per licensed hunter. All field handling and care is done by your outfitter. Not included in the price are applicable taxes (8%), tips for guides, and packaging and shipping of trophy, if applicable. Food and drinks are only provided in the field. Lodging is not included in the price.
A 5-day lion hunt costs $5,000. License not included. A nonresident license can be purchased online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us
These guided mountain lion hunts offer an incredible success rate for such an elusive and prized big game animal. There are no better outfitters for this magnificent feline.
$5,000 per hunter. A second Mountain lion may be harvested for $2900 if time and quota are available.
Lunch in the field
Transportation to the hunting areas and back
Field handling and care of your trophy
New Mexico State Sales Tax at 8%
New Mexico Hunting License ($65 non-resident)
New Mexico Cougar Tag ($290 good for two adult Cougars)
New Mexico Habitat Stamp ($5.00)
New Mexico Habitat Management & Access Validation fee ($4.00)
Lodging, Breakfast and Dinner
The Cougar or Mountain Lion is one of the required trophy species of the North America 29 and Super Slam of North American Big Game®.
An agent of Global Sporting Safaris has hunted with this outfitter and highly recommends this hunt. Call Rick Kennerknecht at 888-850-4868, Extension 702 for details.
Terms: Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check, as well as by Bitcoin. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in our New Mexico Mountain Lion Hunting trips above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All hunts are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your hunt date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.
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