Ashnola hunts an exclusive 3,500-square-mile territory bordering the Pasayten Wilderness and Manning Park, both no-hunting reserves that grow large, older toms which roam into Schneider's hunting territory. According to Schneider, the average mature tom weighs 150 pounds, with 200 pounds not uncommon. They typically harvest from six to eight cats each season and usually one or two will make B&C.
Baumann gives the entire outfit excellent ratings for equipment, lodging, food and guiding. Accommodations are at a lodge. Hunting is done by 4wd truck and snowmobile to travel logging roads looking for cat tracks. The hunter normally waits with the truck while the guides run roads looking for tracks. A hunter capable of running a snowmobile all day can travel along. When the track of a mature tom is found, the dogs are turned loose. Once the cat is treed a guide typically hikes in to evaluate the cat before the hunter is brought in for the kill.
Among the highlights of the hunt, Baumann lists watching the well-trained, well-cared for dogs work and the beautiful scenery in the area. "I had a great time, good weather and good snow, which helps with the hunting," he says. Bauman tells us his hunt cost $7,500.