Lion General Any Weapon Season

Unit 53
Unlimited Tags

8/30/2011 - 3/31/2012

Mountain Lion, Cougar, or Puma (Puma concolor)
Either-sex Mountain Lion
Neither spotted mountain lion young nor female mountain lions accompanied by young may be taken.
Any Weapon
Rifle, Archery, Muzzleloader, Shotgun, or Handgun.

  • Motorized Hunting Rule (MHR): Motorized vehicle use by all big game hunters is restricted to established roadways legally open to travel by full-sized automobiles. The motorized hunting rule applies only to big game animals, including moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats, in designated units from August 30 through December 31. Learn more about the Motorized hunting Rule at
  • Dogs Prohibited.

Dogs prohibited Oct. 1 - Nov. 30

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Hunt Area

Unit 53
All of Unit 53. Area Size: 1,176,420 acres
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More information about the Game Management Unit(s) in this hunt: 53


General Season Harvest Statistics

Year Weapon Unit Hunters* Harvest Success% Days Lions Lionesses Hounds Incidental Predator Call
2014 Any Weapon 53
2013 Any Weapon 53
2012 Any Weapon 53 1 1 1
2011 Any Weapon 53 1 1
2010 Any Weapon 53
Source: Mandatory Harvest Reports and Check Station Records
* In 2000 hunter information not collected.

Big Game Mortality Reports

Weapon Year Unit Harvest Avg. Days Guided Predator Call Bait Hound
Handgun 1994 53 2 3 0 0 0 2
Muzzleloader 1984 53 1 3 1 1 0 0
Source: Mandatory Big Game Mortality Reports
* Includes all animals harvested regardless of sex or special restrictions.

Tags, Permits & Fees

Resident Tags, Permits, and Fees

  • Adult Mountain Lion Tag $11.50 2012
  • Adult Mountain Lion Tag $11.50 2011
  • Hound Hunter Permit* $12.75 2012
  • Hound Hunter Permit* $12.75 2011

NonResident Tags, Permits, and Fees

  • Adult Mountain Lion Tag $186.00 2012
  • Adult Mountain Lion Tag $186.00 2011
  • Hound Hunter Permit* $169.75 2012
  • Hound Hunter Permit* $169.75 2011

A valid hunting license is required.
* Indicates this item is optional.

Where to purchase

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Landscape Characteristics and Access

Surface Management

For government land, these data show the managing agency of the land, which may or not be the same as the owning agency.

Graph illustrating 64.1 percent Private 64.1%
Graph illustrating 28.65 percent U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 28.65%
Graph illustrating 3.32 percent State of Idaho 3.32%
Graph illustrating 2.7 percent U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) 2.7%
Graph illustrating 1 percent Other 1%
Graph illustrating 0.21 percent U.S. National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) 0.21%
Graph illustrating 0.01 percent U.S. National Park Service (NPS) 0.01%

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Land management via Inside Idaho

Access Yes! Properties

Access Yes! is Fish and Game program designed to improve hunting and fishing access to private land or through private land to public land by compensating willing landowners who provide access.

No properties are currently available in this hunt area.
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Forest Service Land

Check for road and area closures on National Forest websites

No National Forest lands overlap this hunt area.

Federally-designated Wilderness Areas

No motorized vehicles are allowed in these areas.

There are no wilderness areas in this hunt.

Land Use/Land Cover

Graph illustrating 37.86% Rangeland 37.86 %
Graph illustrating 34.08% Irrigated-Gravity Flow 34.08 %
Graph illustrating 23.36% Irrigated-Sprinkler 23.36 %
Graph illustrating 1.79% Riparian 1.79 %
Graph illustrating 1.26% Urban 1.26 %
Graph illustrating 0.85% Water 0.85 %
Graph illustrating 0.7% Dryland Agriculture 0.7 %
Graph illustrating 0.1% Forest 0.1 %
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1990 Land Use/Land Cover based on Anderson et al scheme via Idaho Department of Water Resources