Lion General Any Weapon Season

Unit 53
Mountain Lion Tag Unlimited Tags

8/30/2019 - 3/31/2020

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

Unit 53
All of Unit 53. Area Size: 1,176,418 acres
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More information about the Game Management Unit(s) in this hunt: 53

General Season Harvest Statistics

Year Unit Harvest Males Females
2014 53
2013 53
2012 53 1 1
2011 53 1 1
2010 53
Source: Harvest Statistics Database compiled from Mandatory Harvest Reports and Check Station Records
* In 2000 hunter information not collected.

Resident Tags and Permits

  • Adult Mountain Lion Tag
  • Hound Hunter Permit*
  • Handicapped Motor Vehicle Permit*

NonResident Tags and Permits

  • Adult Mountain Lion Tag
  • Hound Hunter Permit*
  • Handicapped Motor Vehicle Permit*

A valid hunting license is required for all hunting and trapping activities.
* Indicates this item is optional.

Where to purchase

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits

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 64.12 percent Private 754,281 acres   64.1%
Graph illustrating 28.65 percent U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 337,037 acres   28.6%
Graph illustrating 2.96 percent State of Idaho 34,784 acres   3%
Graph illustrating 2.7 percent U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) 31,796 acres   2.7%
Graph illustrating 1 percent Other 11,788 acres   1%
Graph illustrating 0.22 percent State of Idaho 2,569 acres   0.2%
Graph illustrating 0.21 percent U.S. National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) 2,491 acres   0.2%
Graph illustrating 0.12 percent State of Idaho 1,445 acres   0.1%
Graph illustrating 0.02 percent U.S. National Park Service (NPS) 229 acres   0%

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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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Federally-designated Wilderness Areas

No motorized vehicles are allowed in these areas.

There are no wilderness areas in this hunt.