Limited-tag and quota hunts in Utah
This Utah outfitter is primarily a houndsman and feeds as many as 21 dogs to ensure that he has fresh hounds to chase your cougar. He has been taking hunters for Hunts.Net since the late '80s.
He hunts in several parts of Utah, including the Oak Creek and Pahvant units near his home, the Pahvant area, the Book Cliffs and other mountain ranges. He also is licensed in eastern Nevada.
Over the past 30 years hunter success has averaged about 90 percent. If you don't have a chance to take a cougar, he offers a return trip at a reduced rate.
You may buy tags over the counter to hunt in Nevada and in parts of Utah. Tags must be purchased before your trip. To hunt in parts of Utah you must draw a tag in a permit lottery. Applications are due in mid-October. The Utah tag drawing takes place in November. The best hunting is usually in December, January and February. In some areas the outfitter can go until March.
The outfitter likes to rise several hours before daybreak to look for fresh tracks, usually by four-wheel-drive vehicle, but he also employs ATVs, snow machines and horses and mules. If he can't find a track, you'll often ride mules along ridges between roads to look for cats that have not crossed roads recently. This has proved to be hunting. There are some very big lions, including Boone and Crockett class animals, taken in each unit. The outfitter is organized and dedicated.
No drawing necessary in Nevada
Nevada lion hunting regulations are more liberal. Not only may you buy your tag over the counter but hunters may take two cougars. Our outfitter might allow a second cat at an additional fee.