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Mountain Lion Hunting

The 2019 mountain lion season in the Pine Ridge will take place Jan. 1-Feb. 28, 2019, with an application period from Sept. 4-Sept. 28, 2018.

Mountain lions have recently recolonized three areas in Nebraska: the Pine Ridge, Niobrara River Valley and Wildcat Hills. Dispersing mountain lions have been documented throughout the state including agricultural areas where suitable habitat may be limited. In order to provide hunting opportunities for this species the Commission approved Nebraska’s inaugural mountain lion harvest season during 2014. A second season will be held in 2019.
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The application period for the 2019 season will take place from Sept. 4-Sept. 28, 2018.

Only Nebraska residents are eligible to apply. The $15.00 nonrefundable application fee will not be applied to other units for unsuccessful applicants.
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2019 season information

  • The 2019 regular mountain lion season will take place from Jan. 1-Feb. 28, 2019 The use of dogs will not be permitted during this season.
  • The application period for the 2019 season will take place from Sept. 4-Sept. 28, 2018.
  • A harvest season will be held only for the Pine Ridge area, which has an established population that can sustain a harvest.
  • The proposed season will allow up to eight mountain lions to be harvested, with up to four of those being females.
  • There are two sub-units in the Pine Ridge: a north sub-unit (north of U.S. Hwy. 20) and a south sub-unit (south of U.S. Hwy. 20). Sub-units are designed to distribute harvest throughout the Pine Ridge. Up to four mountain lions, and no more than two females, may be harvested in each sub-unit. Public lands are closed in the north sub-unit to focus harvest onto private land in Sioux and Sheridan counties, where the majority of landowner input has occurred. The south sub-unit includes public lands for expanded hunting opportunities.
  • Once four mountain lions, or two females, have been harvested in a sub-unit, the season in that sub-unit will close.
  • If the limits and/or sub-limits have not been reached in a sub-unit by Feb. 28, then a limited number (equal to the animals remaining in the limit) of permittees will be allowed to hunt with the aid of dogs in an auxiliary season. Permits for the auxiliary season will be granted to unsuccessful permittees from the initial season via a lottery. If the auxiliary season occurs, it will take place from March 15-31.

For more information on mountain lions in Nebraska including sightings, research, management information and more, visit the mountain lion species page.