Colorado Mountain Lion Hunting Outfitters

Colorado Mountain Lion Hunting Outfitters

Colorado Mountain Lion Hunts

Mountain Lion Hunts in Colorado

Nothing stirs the mind of a big game hunter more than the Rocky Mountains, backcountry ghosts, and teeth/claws! The key to a great Mountain Lion Hunt is the quality of the dogs used in pursuing a Lion and the houndsman who is the keeper of the hounds.

The common perception of a Lion Hunt is a vision of a client shooting a Tom out of a tree, but there is so much more to the experience than just that. Hunting a Lion is more about the entire experience: finding the lion, tracking the lion, watching the dogs work, and learning from a houndsman with a ton of experience on not just the hunt and the hounds but the country itself!

Those who have booked with us describe the experience as spiritual. It is a long way from just shooting a treed Tom. It is a memory you will earn and never forget! 

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The Guided Mountain Lion Hunt

Our mountain lion hunts take place on thousands of acres of private land around the Front Range North and West of Denver, Colorado. We stage our clients in northern Colorado around the towns of Loveland, Fort Collins, and Wellington. We also run a couple of hunts on our Elk Ranches near Walden, Colorado, where we stage these clients.

We book our Mountain Lion Hunts to be very flexible, and we need fresh snow to find these elusive predators and fresh snow to track, so once a deposit is received, the client goes on the call list. Once we get a fresh snowstorm, we call the clients by order of the date the deposit was received. The best months for our part of Colorado are January - March, with February/March being the best 2 months to hunt, however, and early snow storm can lead to an early hunt, so clients should be ready to travel starting early December. We enjoy an opportunity rate of 95% - 100%.

We look to harvest Toms in the 140 lb—200 lb range, understanding that a 200 lb Tom is very rare. The average size Tom harvested is around 150 - 160 lbs.

Physically this is an extreme hunt, it's not for the faint of heart and clients must be in tip top shape to deal with the extreme country lions call home. It’s not just the terrain and the altitude that will affect the client. It's the constant adrenaline rush that takes over once a lion has been found, the dogs released, then coming face to face with a lion 30 feet in a tree watching below. This is hunting big game at its most intense, not to mention, a lion could easily eat you!

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CO Mountain Lion Hunting

Colorado Mountain Lion

Hunting Methods

We recommend either a pistol, bow, or a light 30-caliber rifle for this hunt. Weight is a huge factor as moving quickly across broken rough terrain and sometimes deep snow will take all of your energy; carrying a heavy rifle with a significant scope works against the client. Open sights are a must as most shots are in a tree with a lot of limbs and thick branches, it is also important to practice as most people do not shoot open sights, only scopes and this takes a bit of practice to be proficient. If you choose a bow or pistol, practice shooting at ranges of 10- 30 yards.

Season Dates

2024-2025 Colorado Mountain Lion Season Dates

Cougar Rifle Hunting Season: November 29 - March 31

Over-the-Counter License (All clients must complete the Colorado Mountain Lion online course and pass the test with a score of 85% or better) 

All Big Game Units in Colorado have a Mountain Lion quota. Once that quote is reached, that unit is closed to further cougar hunting until the next calendar year. 

To book your hunt, give Earl a call at 720-218-4677

Common Questions About Colorado Mountain Lion Hunting

What supplies do I need to bring with me when I hunt cougars at your ranch?

You will need to bring your weapon of choice, hunting clothes, boots, snow shoes, hiking poles, pack, binoculars, range finder, and camp clothes. All towels and sleeping gear are provided at the ranch, along with a fully stocked kitchen where our cook provides home-cooked meals. You may want to bring coolers or a freezer to get your meat home.

Will I be hunting private of public land in CO?

Both, we have permits on a ton of public land, but mostly you will be hunting on private land.

Do you charge Trophy Fees?

No, the price of the hunt applies for any lion harvested.

How big of a Lion can I expect to harvest?

We harvest Lions that weigh from 140 lbs. up to Lions that weigh 180 lbs. You have a great chance at a book Lion.

How much is a Lion Hunt?

See our mountain lion hunting packages on our rates page.

What is included in the price of the Mountain Lion hunt?

The price of the hunt includes meals, lodging, guide fees, incredible views, and an awesome experience.

What is NOT included in the price of the hunt?

  • Hunting license
  • Game processing (we will gut and skin your lion and prepare it for processing)
  • Taxidermy
  • Alcohol
  • Guide/Cook Tips (Recommend a minimum of 10% to guide, and $100/hunter or guest to cook)
  • Transportation to our lodge from your home (Once you are at the lodge, we transport clients to the daily hunting spots)

How many clients per each guide?

Our hunts are 1 Client for 1 guide.

How do I get a license to hunt cougars in Colorado?

Clients must pass an online test and get a certificate. Once you get your certificate, you can purchase your license over the counter. There is a unit quota; once that quota is met, the unit is closed to hunting, so we must check the quota every evening to make sure we can hunt the following days. If the quota is met and the unit is closed, we are done hunting in that unit for the year. If you still have hunting days, we will move those days to the following year or move to another unit if possible.

Do you help take care of my animal after it’s down?

Yes, our guides will gut the animal in the field. It will then be loaded up on our ranch equipment and taken to our skinning shed to be hung and skinned.

Do you have a list of references I can talk to who have hunted with you before?

Yes, we will provide references upon request. You can check out client reviews on our website's home page. Scroll down to the bottom to find the reviews, and you can also check out more reviews on our Facebook or Yelp pages.

How do I book a hunt with I&A Outfitters?

We require a 50% deposit to hold reservations. The hunt balance is then due either 90 days before your hunt start date or by July 30th if you are hunting in November.

What if I book a hunt and then need to cancel?

We understand that life sometimes interrupts your plans. Because of our hunt schedule and Colorado’s license system, we most likely will not be able to move you to another date in the same year. However, we do allow you to move your hunt to the following year provided that we are notified at least 60 days prior to your hunt start date; anything within 60 days of your hunt start date will not allow for any refunds or change in schedule. Cancellations are not allowed.

Do you offer any discounted pricing for youth hunters?

No, we work just as hard for youth hunters as we do for any other clients, so we do not offer any youth hunt pricing breaks.

Do you offer any discounts for more than 1 hunter in a group?

No, with our 1:1 client-to-guide ratio, we are set up to handle clients who come in by themselves or with groups.

What is the closest airport to your ranch?

Denver International Airport is 120 miles from our ranch. You can rent a car at the airport and drive to our ranch (drive time is approx. 3 hours). You can also fly into Cheyenne, Wyoming, or Steamboat Springs to shorten your drive by around 1-2 hours. If you have your own plane, you can land in Walden, Colorado, and we can pick you up! We DO NOT do pick-ups at any other airport.

What Game Management Units do you guide in?

GMU 6,16, 17, and 171

How physically demanding are your hunts?

Extreme. Our hunts are not easy. Deep snow and high elevation make chasing Lions in our country difficult. You will need snowshoes to get around, but most of your travel will be on an AT or UTV with snow tracks. You will still have to make the final stalk by foot, so snowshoes are a must!

What kind of weather can I expect on my hunt?

The Rocky Mountains have some of the most torrent weather in North America; it could be 20 degrees in the morning and 70 degrees during the day, and it could drop to sub-freezing in the afternoon if a storm blows in. One thing is certain: clients should be prepared for all seasons in one day!

What kind of success rate do your clients see?

100% Success

Do you charge guest fees for non-hunters?

Guests are allowed, and there is a fee, but guests are only allowed if we have room at the lodge. Our priority is the hunting clients, but if there is room we allow guests at a rate of $1,150 (3 Days), $1,750 (5 Days), $1,950 (6 Days), $2,275 (7 Days).

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