A Spot In British Columbia To Hunt Trophy Cougar


Published: April - 2009

I just returned from a winter cougar hunt in British Columbia where I checked out a lead from Phil Soucy (406-293-9192), arguably the world's best cat taxidermist and my "expert" on cougars. After telling him that I wanted to fulfill a lifetime dream of killing a monster tom, he gave me several options. The one that interested me most was actually a longshot. You see, none of Soucy's clients had ever killed a cat in the area he told me about because the outfitter there had only tagged two or three lions in more than 10 years of hunting! Why was I interested? Well, Soucy reminded me that toms must get old to get big, and the toms in this area had plenty of time to get old. He also told me that the World Record and Number Two cougars in Boone & Crockett had been killed within a few miles of this area. What's more, an outfitter with extensive experience chasing lions recently purchased the hunt area.

I contacted the new owner, Scott Odgers of Fraser Valley Outfitters, but I couldn't schedule my hunt until late February. When I arrived in camp, I saw pictures of two B & C toms killed by Odgers' clients on his earlier hunts, and a third mature tom that just missed making book. There is something special about a mature 170- to 180-pound tom, validating why it is at the top of North America's wilderness food chain. While you hear stories of 200-pound cougars, I have talked to outfitters who have hunted for decades in areas known for huge cats and who have killed hundreds, but they have only seen one or two honest 200-pound lions. Suffice it to say, two of the toms Odgers' hunters took this year were just about as big as they get and were firsthand evidence of this area's potential.

Unfortunately, my hunt saw me fighting crotch-deep snow and wind-chill factors approaching minus 40 degrees. When the weather broke, a chinook produced bare ground on the south-facing slopes and freezing/thawing conditions that ruined tracking. We still managed to find........(continued)

 
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