Cougar Hunting: Part II


Published: December - 1999

New Mexico (Department of Game & Fish): Hunters can buy a cougar license over the counter or by mail. Non-residents pay $200 for the license, plus $5 for a habitat stamp if hunting Forest Service or BLM land. Hunters must purchase licenses at least five days prior to hunting, but a new license is not required at year-end. All hunting zones in the state have harvest quotas. Call the number listed below for an update before going afield. Last year, 264 licenses were issued to nonresidents, and residents purchased another 1,221. These hunters killed 152 cougars. Harvest records prove that quality lion hunting is available throughout the state. The top five units last season were units 45, 6, 24, 37 and 23.

The Division of Law Enforcement in the Game and Fish Department is responsible for registering outfitters. A list is available at no cost. Or, you can contact the Council of Outfitters & Guides for their brochure and list. There are two outfitters I can recommend here. The first is Mick Chapel (New Mexico Professional Big Game Hunting), who hosts fewer than a dozen clients a year. Last season his nine hunters tagged seven mature toms. In addition, these hunters also tagged a number of bobcats - a bonus opportunity on Chapel's hunts. He charges $3,000 for a 10-day hunt on a l x 1 basis, with an additional cost of $500 for a bobcat. The second outfitter is Dave Handrich of Handrich Guides and Outfitters, who hunts both New Mexico and Arizona. He produces around 90 percent hunter success for up to a dozen hunters each year. Clients have tagged book heads in the past with this outfitter. Handrich charges $2,500 for seven days of hunting.

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