Just back from guiding a successful Idaho cougar hunting trip in the Frank Church Wilderness. Shane, the other guide and I had some good luck and found a fresh kill on the first evening. The mountain lion had just killed a cow elk minutes before we got there and drug it down to the ice by the creek. It was snowing hard, and when we found the kill, there was no snow in the tracks… now that’s fresh!
We saddled up the next morning and rode out with the dogs to pick the track back up. We were hoping that the lion had returned to the kill during the night. It had snowed a few inches that night and we cut the track again just a few hundred yards before we got to the kill. The dogs had the cat “treed” up in a rock bluff minutes after they started on the track. It took us about 45 minutes to get there and the lion jumped out just before we arrived. The dogs took chase again and caught the lion in a big dead pine tree about half a mile away. We were there in just a few minutes and admired and took pictures of the cat for quite some time before the hunter decided that it was one that he would be happy with. We were able to film the entire hunt. I haven’t seen the footage yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be good.
Idaho cougar hunting can be difficult at times, so I’ll take those easy ones any time I can get them because I know that I’ll end up paying for it eventually. I really enjoy lion hunts because you are in the back-country at a time when no one else is around and you see a ton of game. On this trip we saw elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, bald eagles and a ton of pretty country.