Conditions were rough on this Idaho mountain lion hunt, because there was no snow. We rode lots of miles on the horses, but never could cut a fresh track on the dry ground. We found a lot of kills, but they were mostly wolf kills. Wolves and hounds don’t mix.
On the third evening of the hunt, we finally got a little skiff of snow.
The guides split up with one group going up a ridge and the other group stayed in the river bottom. All the first group found was a dead cow moose in the creek with a wolf eating it and some deer. They were training a new pup (Poncho) and had to have some “trashing” lessons. My group and the hunter Earl were riding down the trail on the horses and we actually spotted a cougar above the trail. I wasn’t quite sure because spotting a mountain lion is a rare thing, so I told Earl that I was going to walk up and check it out.
Sure enough, there were lion tracks!
We turned loose the hounds Sue and Rosie and the chase was on. The lion went up and over a mountain and the hunter couldn’t make it, so they walked down to the horses to ride up the trail. In the meantime, the first group heard dogs barking “treed” and their dogs took off in that direction. They got to the tree first and enjoyed about an hour of taking pictures and just having fun before they showed up. Earl liked what he saw and the hunt was over.
We saw a ton of game on this hunt.
Hundreds of elk, lots of bighorn sheep, wolves, coyotes, mule deer and lots of bald eagles. This outfitter also offers a great mountain lion hunt in Nevada. Having the right gear for a mountain lion hunt is very important and can’t be stressed enough!
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