This New Mexico Mountain Lion Hunt Is Not Physically Demanding


Published: May - 2013

Subscriber Lane Kinney is very pleased with a New Mexico mountain lion hunt with Alan Bennett of Pinnacle Outfitters (304-667-8138; www.pinnacleoutfitters.com). Kinney took his cat, which he describes as "150 pounds, pending SCI number three," with a crossbow. (See Report 9034.) He had also previously taken a bear with a crossbow while hunting with Bennett and his hounds (see Report 9035) in October of 2012.

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)

 
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