Alberta Professional Outfitters Society

Cougar

Species available to hunt in Alberta

Choose Alberta for your Cougar Hunt

Alberta possesses the largest subspecies of cougar on the continent and, as a result, Alberta consistently enters numerous cougars to the annals of the Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young record books.

Search for Fresh Tracks

A recent snowfall is best.

A cougar hunt in Alberta usually begins with the search for a fresh track. For this reason optimum conditions require a recent snowfall.

Cougar country in Alberta is found in the foothill/mountain zones throughout the western part of the province.

Cougar population densities are related to prey population. Deer, moose and elk numbers (the cougar’s most common prey) are experiencing all time highs and their health is reflected by the population densities of the associated predators.

Cougar season in Alberta occurs from December 1 through the end of February and few locales are without snow for very long during this period.

Once a suitable track is found and the dogs are released, the fun begins! Once overtaken, cougars may not accommodate your expectations and simply climb the nearest tree. Even with a treed cougar a few meters away, only a neophyte would believe in a for-gone conclusion.

Top Ten in Alberta: Cougar


#ScoreYearOwner
1 16 2/16 2005 Joseph Gore Jr.
2 16 0/16 1999 T.Klassen & J.D. Gordon
3 15 15/16 2000 Roy LePage
4 15 15/16 1973 Walter L. Weller
5 15 14/16 1988 Robert Bryant
6 15 12/16 1954 Edward D. Burton
7 15 12/16 1999 Jesse Dutchik
8 15 12/16 2003 Whelm (Bill) Wrath
9 15 11/16 1985 John Cassidy
10 15 10/16 1998 Brent Salmon

* Indicates taken with a bow