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#3140879 - 01/26/13 10:49 PM Calling All Bobcats
Mike Belt
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How many of you guys specificaly hunt bobcats and how successful are you? It's a different ballgame from calling coyotes and foxes.
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#3141161 - 01/27/13 10:19 AM Re: Calling All Bobcats [Re: Mike Belt]
CATCHDAWG
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I target cats every now and then, totally different approach from calling yotes. Bout the only time I call for them any more is when someone else wants one. I would guess my success ratio to be about 1 out of 25 sets. I don't know if that's good or bad but about what I average.
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#3141228 - 01/27/13 11:50 AM Re: Calling All Bobcats [Re: CATCHDAWG]
Mike Belt
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I haven't predator hunted in several years but I was into it pretty heavy at one time. I had some neat hunting experiences along the way and particularly with hawks and owls. When I sat up for coyotes if I saw no action in the first 30 minutes I was gone. Usually if they were in the area they were there within 10 minutes and in most cases less time than that. For bobcats I never even thought about moving for the first hour. In most cases a cat would never show himself for the first 30 minutes.

How long do you stay on a spot for cats before moving?
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#3141415 - 01/27/13 03:44 PM Re: Calling All Bobcats [Re: Mike Belt]
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For cats, one hour at the least.
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#3141532 - 01/27/13 06:12 PM Re: Calling All Bobcats [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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Are you calling the whole time?
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#3141536 - 01/27/13 06:14 PM Re: Calling All Bobcats [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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Have to stay on the set longer. Seems to be best with higher pitched distress sounds and you have to keep them interested. I ive called them before be watching them coming in and stop to chase a grasshopper etc. They get side tracked very easy. Good thing is they will normally come in close and be a lot more careless than a dog if you get busted. Oh and my success rate sucks. lol
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#3141542 - 01/27/13 06:17 PM Re: Calling All Bobcats [Re: Roost 1]
Mike Belt
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I called intermitantly. A cat will "slink" in a little at a time and sit and watch. I had as many shots at cats sitting as I did moving.
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#3141568 - 01/27/13 06:28 PM Re: Calling All Bobcats [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
I called intermitantly. A cat will "slink" in a little at a time and sit and watch. I had as many shots at cats sitting as I did moving.

Exactly. I had one last year came from around 300 yards trotting and setting. When he finally made it to about 75 yards he set on a stump just a perfect shot. I settled the cross hairs on him and right before I sqeezed a round off a doe come out of no where and ran the cat off! I cursed all the way back to the truck.
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#3141620 - 01/27/13 07:07 PM Re: Calling All Bobcats [Re: DIRTTRAX]
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Yep they come in much slower and take longer. And I agree they are prone to sit and watch for awhile. I don't target them specifically as I like the faster bust in action with coyotes-at least the ones I see!
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#3141675 - 01/27/13 07:46 PM Re: Calling All Bobcats [Re: Plateau Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Plateau Hunter
Yep they come in much slower and take longer. And I agree they are prone to sit and watch for awhile. I don't target them specifically as I like the faster bust in action with coyotes-at least the ones I see!




x2. we have called and killed a lot of them. most of the time now, we want shoot one unless it is a big tom. much rather match wits with a yote.
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