Mountain Lion, Black Bear and Turkey Hunting

Guided Mountain Lion hunts are booked during winter months, and there are several Jicarilla tribal members with packs of experienced hounds for these exciting hunts. The abundant mule deer and elk herds provide a plentiful prey base for the big cats, and 150-200 lb. toms are fairly common. Mountain Lion permits are sold first come-first served, and hunters can book a hunt with a guide with an open date. Snow cover is vital for a successful lion hunt, so maintaining flexibility in hunting dates allows the client to hunt when weather conditions are favorable. Contact the Jicarilla Game and Fish Department for additional information.

Black Bear are found throughout the Jicarilla, and can be hunted during both spring and fall hunts. Bear hunting is done over bait or with hounds, depending on the guide and hunter preference. Bear permits have been reduced in recent years in response to continuing drought, but some excellent boars are taken every year. Contact the Jicarilla Game and Fish Department for details and guide recommendations.

Merriam's Turkey are abundant on the Jicarilla, and are the only big game that can be hunted on your own; no guide is required. A series of mild winters and good polt survival have resulted in record numbers of turkeys, and hunting success rates reflect the high number of gobblers available. This is a top quality, do-it-yourself, spring turkey hunt in some of the best Merriam's habitat in the southwest. The month-long season allows for ample hunting opportunity for dedicated gobbler hunters. As with all of our other hunts, permits are limited to maintain quality hunting conditions, and are issued by random draw in late March. Check the Hunting Proclamation for details.

For Those hunters who wish to hunt with a guide, guides are available upon request.