Southern British Columbia has long been recognized as one of North America’s premier cat hunting destinations. Big mature Toms in the area tip the scales at 150-190 pounds, with 14 to 15 inch skulls taken annually. Arcadia Outfitting offers hunts for all three of the cat species found in British Columbia: Cougar, Lynx, and Bobcat. All of our winter cat hunts also offer the opportunity at wolf and coyote.
Guide Outfitter Cougar Hunt
WHAT TO EXPECT
Arcadia Outfitting uses well trained hounds and experienced guides who know the area like the back of their hands. A combination of track driven snow machines and 4×4 vehicles are used to locate fresh tracks of the chosen species. Once our guides have located fresh tracks, our experienced hounds are used in hot pursuit.
Depending on your ability and desire to join in on the adventure, it is possible to either stay in camp or in the warm vehicles with another employee while our guides run logging roads to find fresh tracks. If you wish to come along and see the country while searching for your animal, you are more than welcome to come along as well! Many hunters choose to relax while they can, knowing that once a track is found, the Game is on and all their energy is needed in order to get to the treed animal. Trekking to your treed cat can be physically challenging, wading through deep snow or walking with snowshoes, something most people are not used to. Hunters need to come prepared for moments of down time interspersed with high energy rushes chasing the cats along with the hounds. It is a thrilling adventure everyone needs to experience.
Cougars in the area are numerous, as are their smaller brethren the bobcat and lynx. If a hunter desires to do so, two cougars may be harvested while on the hunt, for an additional trophy fee on the second animal. Two large males are not an option however. A hunter may only harvest one mature male. The second cougar must be a management tom (young male) or a barren female without kittens.
The smaller cats can be added onto the adventure for the cost of the hunting license, and once harvested, a trophy fee for each animal harvested is required. Bobcat and Lynx are challenging adversaries and will give the dogs a run for their money, making both dogs and guides think to get the job done.
They are a beautiful addition to your cougar hunt. Both bobcat and lynx are best hunted before January 15th, before snow conditions become too deep for the dogs to keep up.
- Our hunts are scheduled mainly around optimal snow conditions, so a flexible schedule when booking is recommended for best success. Hunts will be conducted in order of deposits received.
- Wolf and Coyote are also available on all hunts, mainly as an incidental animal. Hunting licenses for these species may be added onto the price of the hunt, with a trophy fee upon successful harvest.
November 15 – February 28
Trophy Cougar hunt
(7 day Hunt) $8,700 USD
2nd Cougar Trophy Fee
Full Mixed Bag Predator Hunt
(10 Day all inclusive, no trophy fees)
(6 day hunt)
Lynx Trophy Fee
Bobcat Trophy Fee
Wolf Trophy Fee
Coyote Trophy Fee
Management Cougar Hunt: $6,000. This cat hunt is the same as normal, although we will not focus strictly on big, trophy cougars. The first good track we cross, we chase and try to harvest.