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Edelweiss
04-03-2012, 06:09 AM
Anyone doing any bear and mt lion hunting with hounds?

hvfd21walker
04-03-2012, 07:30 AM
Killed a lion in January with hounds. We can't run bears in Montana with dogs.

xtreme
04-03-2012, 05:11 PM
Hunted bear with hounds last year and have another hunt next month, bear with hounds. The hounds we use will also work on cats.

Drhorsepower
04-03-2012, 05:28 PM
Used to run hounds, lots of work but very rewarding!

mntnguide
04-03-2012, 07:02 PM
one of my favorite hunts to guide and be part of. LOVE chasing a pack of hounds bawling through the hills after both bear and lion.

Muleys 24/7
04-03-2012, 11:22 PM
I've been out a few times with hounds going for bear, it's cool to hear them echo through the forest....but it's a bummer when the dogs get way out there in deep canyons and don't come back for a long time. That's when it go's from a bear hunt to getting the dogs back to the truck before it gets dark.But that's just part of the fun.

Edelweiss
04-04-2012, 02:02 AM
Looks like I need about $20,000 worth of trained dogs to get going on lions, and another 5 or 6 dogs to deal with a bear.

Figure $5000 per dog.

Drhorsepower
04-04-2012, 06:08 AM
Looks like I need about $20,000 worth of trained dogs to get going on lions, and another 5 or 6 dogs to deal with a bear.

Figure $5000 per dog.

And spend 40 hours a week to keep them in shape/ trained

xtreme
04-04-2012, 06:26 AM
Single game (bear) dog are about $2500. Its the dogs that run both bear and cat that comand up to $7500. Bargain.

mntnguide
04-04-2012, 09:15 AM
In reality you definitely dont need 20,000 in dogs....my two dogs cost me a whopping $50 a piece as pups and turned into dang good lion and bear dogs both. If you want an already started dog, then yes your looking at a decent price, but you can get along without a trained dog as well. It just depends on what you know and how much time you are willing to put into training. Hounds are a dangerous thing to get into, as they require massive amounts of time if you want to have great dogs. Also, dont forget all the tracking equipment, dog boxes, snowmobiles...etc... that go into successful hound hunting.

xtreme
04-04-2012, 09:23 AM
Spot on mntnguide

Ikeepitcold
04-07-2012, 10:15 AM
I will be hunting with hounds if I draw Nv bear tag. A good buddy of mine is a Gov trapper in Nv and I have a open invite for him to come along. Also may use him in Cali this year.

sjsmallfield
04-07-2012, 12:59 PM
I will be hunting with hounds if I draw Nv bear tag. A good buddy of mine is a Gov trapper in Nv and I have a open invite for him to come along. Also may use him in Cali this year.

Hey IKC shoot me a PM if you are looking for any areas in CA. It won't cost you much. Lol

AZbwhuntr
04-17-2012, 09:16 PM
As a kid my Dad and I tried to train lion dogs with little to no success. We busted our humps, bought pups from good bloodlines, to only have them chase elk, deer, wild horses, but never treed a cat. It was rewarding workin with the dogs and was a lot of fun setting a scent trail and having them bay at the hide in the tree. Lack of time was the demise of our project, if you have the time it can be done. Full Cry is a awesome magazine if you decide to give it go.
Good luck!

bigshot
04-20-2012, 10:02 PM
I used to run Star Mtn Plotts and had a great time doing it for about twenty years. I ran Bear, Coon, Lion, and hogs. I started from pups and trained them myself. I then became burned out from all the politics involved with it and decided to quit for a while. I will probly get back into it when I retire. When I did run hounds that was all I did. I considered everything else to be trash. You have to dedicate your life and family to them if you want top hounds capable of treeing a high percentage of the game they run. Right now I'm enjoying hunting other things that I have not pursued or taken, like "Trophy" Deer, Elk, Antelope, Moose, caribou...so on. Everything that doesn't climb a tree :D. I'm thinking about trying to hunt bear this fall without hounds. Just to see whats its like. I have taken soooooo many bears in the past, miss eating that delicious peppered bear jerky....

tree talkin
04-25-2012, 11:33 AM
Just like everyone else said. Lots of work but lots of fun too. They take you places you would never even think about walking to. And don't forget how addicting they can be:)

HuntWYODon
08-09-2012, 09:30 PM
I used to run Star Mtn Plotts and had a great time doing it for about twenty years. I ran Bear, Coon, Lion, and hogs. I started from pups and trained them myself. I then became burned out from all the politics involved with it and decided to quit for a while. I will probly get back into it when I retire. When I did run hounds that was all I did. I considered everything else to be trash. You have to dedicate your life and family to them if you want top hounds capable of treeing a high percentage of the game they run. Right now I'm enjoying hunting other things that I have not pursued or taken, like "Trophy" Deer, Elk, Antelope, Moose, caribou...so on. Everything that doesn't climb a tree :D. I'm thinking about trying to hunt bear this fall without hounds. Just to see whats its like. I have taken soooooo many bears in the past, miss eating that delicious peppered bear jerky....

Bigshot,
You are the only person that has done more and killed more game in Ca. Than me. What bothers me most is that you are younger than me. Keep kickin ass my young friend !