Cougar Hunts: First Of A Two-Part Series


Published: November - 1999

It is time for my annual review of cougar hunting in the western United States. This month, I will focus on five states - Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Nevada.

Colorado (Division of Wildlife): You will need a free Conservation Certificate and a license to hunt cougars here. Nonresidents pay $250.25 for a license. While there is no drawing, there is a quota system by unit. Licenses can be purchased over the counter or by mail from DOW offices and most license agencies as long as the quota in the specified unit has not been reached. You can call the Division of Wildlife Mountain Lion Information Line for the current quota status. Some of the most popular units are 12, 22, 33, 57-581, 61, 69, 84, 85, 86, 140, 211 and 851. Last year, there were 400 cougars killed statewide out of an estimated population of 2,200 to 3,000 animals. Regarding outfitters, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies is responsible for registering them. Contact them at address and phone number listed below. A list of registered outfitters costs $11. You also can contact the Colorado Outfitters Association at the address and phone number listed below.

One outfitter who hunts this state, as well as Utah, is Chris Loncarich. He offers the opportunity to take two cougars on the same hunt by taking one lion in Colorado and another in Utah, if time allows. Loncarich hunts the Book Cliffs area which sprawls some 150 miles on both sides of the border between these two states. Last season, he hosted five hunters, with four of them taking a lion. The unsuccessful hunter left early even though they were running a lion the morning he had to catch a plane.

Loncarich charges $2,500 for his six-day regular hunt, meaning the client should kill the first legal adult cougar treed. He also offers a trophy tom hunt for $3,500 allowing you to hunt until you kill. During both hunts, the price of the second lion on a trophy fee basis is $1,500. Hunters stay in comfortable trailers........(continued)

 
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