ARIZONA MOUNTAIN LION or COUGAR
Guides and Outfitters
Nothing gets the blood pumping more than coming up on hounds that have bayed or treed a mountain lion! Our lion guide offers 5-day cougar hunts behind well-trained dogs in the rugged mountains of Arizona. The guide is recognized as one of the top houndsmen for dry ground cougar hunting. Opportunity is normally high on these hunts if you are in good shape. Mountain lion hunting is conducted in various regions around Arizona, depending upon where a lion is located during scouting. Hunters typically fly into Tucson and rent a vehicle to meet the lion guide at a designated hunting area.
Please note: Lion hunts can be physically demanding at times because hunting is done in mountainous terrain. Hunters are encouraged to condition themselves before arrival in order to increase their odds.
Seasons: The best times to hunt are during the cooler months of November through March.
Licenses/Tags: Arizona lion tags are over-the-counter or can be purchased by mail before you arrive. There is NO DRAW. Tag fee for non-residents: $75.00 and hunting license for non-residents is $160.00.
Weapon Types can be archery, muzzleloader, centerfire rifle or centerfire handguns. Shots are typically within 100 yards, so weapon choice is not as critical as other big game hunts. The .223 bolt action to .30-30 lever action will work fine. Ideal Handgun calibers are .41, .44 or similar.
Rates for 2016
5 day Guided Mountain Lion Hunts are $5,000.00 per person.
Package includes: Meals, field transportation, field accommodations (bunkhouse, tent camps or trailer), packing out of animal, trophy prep and a guide.
Airport pickup is not available for lion hunts. Flying hunters will need to rent a vehicle and will be notified where to meet.
Cost for licenses and tags, butchering, shipping of meat, hotel stay before/after hunt, rental car (if flying) are the hunter's responsibility.
A minimum 50% nonrefundable deposit and hunt contract is required to book a hunt. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior.
Lion Guide Randy with a big Northern Arizona Tom mountain lion.
Latest Mountain Lion Photos
A big Tom mountain lion caught by guides Andy and Randy (Feb. 2016)
Southern Arizona Mountain Lion taken by Claude Sanchez. Notice: dry ground, no snow.
A big snow storm allowed easy tracking for Randy and the dogs. Northern Arizona
Another Tom taken in the snow. Northern Arizona.
Barry Hickerson from Nevada with a giant Tom mountain lion. Northern Arizona.