This year’s fall mountain lion season for hunting without hounds is underway and will continue until Nov. 28, or until pre-established harvest limits are met. Only 20 percent of the overall quota can be taken during the fall hunting season. Mountain lion hunting with hounds generally begins Dec.1.
"Though many lion hunters in Montana covet a trophy mount or lion pelt, more than 80 percent come home empty handed," said Rich DeSimone, a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist. "For the 2003-2004 lion season, 6,412 licenses were sold and 344 lions harvested, down from the 407 mountain lions harvested in 2002-2203 when 6,618 licenses were sold," DeSimone said.
In some areas, mountain lion season dates vary, so hunters should check the mountain lion regulations for details on seasons and quotas.