In the area I hunt, the season for Mountain Lion lasts from Aug. 30 to March 31st this year. I'm not a fan of hunting with dogs, and even if I wanted to I don't have any So does anyone have any tips for hunting big cats in a scrub desert area? My plan is to spend some time watching in the evenings, to see if I can spot where and when they are moving, then during the season I should know where I need to be. I'm hoping to get a deer, elk, and cougar this year in addition to regular small game hunting, so I'll be a busy man Also, while we're on the subject, mountain lions don't have armored carapace in their chest or anything do they? A .243 ought to be enough with a chest or neck shot, eh?