Mountain Lion Hunting in British Columbia With Otter Lake Guide


Published: June - 2009

Subscriber Bill Snow highly recommends a mountain lion hunt he and his son enjoyed in British Columbia this past December with Dave Wabnegger of Otter Lake Guide Outfittter, booking agent Tom Smith Safaris. They hunted in southern BC in the Tulameen Valley where Wabnegger controls 2,500 square miles of the Cascade Mountians. Snow says he and his son treed four cougars in three days. Snow's son shot a cat on the second day, and Snow took his on the third. The fourth day, his son shot a Canadian lynx.

Snow says that the outfitter already had two cats located when they arrived. Those turned out to be females, which they passed on. Snow says Wabnegger's technique is to find where a cat is crossing a road then cut big loops around the area to find where the cat entered the woods. When they have pushed the cat into a small enough area, they turn the dogs loose. Snow says each chase was no more than a mile before the dogs had the lion treed. Once the dogs bayed up the lion, Snow says it was no piece of cake getting to them. They often had to walk through deep snow and climb straight up or down, with elevations going 4,500 to 5,000 feet.

Snow says Wabnegger and his guides live in the area and know it well. Snow says this is a hunt for the hunter who can appreciate the team work required between the handlers and their dogs. He reports a cost of $7,500 for his hunt.

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