Kinney says he hunted in the Carson National Forest. "The area Alan hunts has a lot of lions. Alan maintains a 100 percent success rate on lions by having three or four 4x4 trucks out looking for tracks. This hunt is weather-dependent and requires snow. Alan likes to have hunters on call when snow comes. The forecast was for snow, but it rained. When snow came, we took my cat."
In a follow-up phone call, Kinney told us, "Bennett is an honest, ethical, hard-working young outfitter. He is a really super-hard-core hunter and houndsman. The area he hunts is about 60 miles from the nearest motel in Bloomfield where hunters are lodged, and that can mean several hours of driving to get the hunter to and from the motel, especially in the snow. So on my hunts, we just stayed on the mountain for several days, looked for tracks all night, sleeping in the truck as we needed. That wouldn't be for everyone, but for me it was a big part of the excitement of this hunt. If you want a more civilized hunt, and to sleep in a bed every night, it's going to mean a lot of driving.
"That said, the terrain is easier here than other places I've hunted cats in Colorado and Utah. An extensive network of oil exploration roads makes it easy to reach most places, and it would be hard to tree a cat more than two miles from the truck. Likewise, the change in elevation from where you park won't be more than 200 or 300 feet. You are hunting at 7,000 to 10,000 feet, but the terrain is easy and forgiving.........(continued)