Bobcat Set critique, thoughts?

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Three pics here show my set , dirthole is circled in red; two trap set up, natural log on left to guide in. Three feathers attached by wire above with dunlap gland lure on it. critique?
 

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A cat will come in from the back side. I will always have backing (rock) with a dirt hole that they won’t like reaching over. Also add guides such as sticks or rocks to either side. 10 to 15 yards away from set, hang your flag ( tinsel, wing feather,CD)
 

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A cat will come in from the back side. I will always have backing (rock) with a dirt hole that they won’t like reaching over. Also add guides such as sticks or rocks to either side. 10 to 15 yards away from set, hang your flag ( tinsel, wing feather,CD)
Even if it’s a slant on hill there , they will come in from back ?
 

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Just my thoughts on your set....... 1 trap is enough with cats, use the 2nd trap to make another set and up your odds. By leaving the set "unblended" you gave them a nice clean place to step, cats love that. 👍 I personally would add some larger sticks to the set in a V formation, dirt hole being in the point of the V. You can use guide sticks heavily around your trap just nothing large enough for them to step on. As WLF mentioned above, block the back side of the set. As far as visual attractors go, part of a wing suspended 4' - 5' above the set will grab their attention from a distance. Scatter feathers around the set as if a bird was caught, those inner down feathers have more movement and eye appeal than say wing feathers. Cats are simple to trap, you just need to be on location. For me personally, I wouldn't make a cat set without Dobbins' Purfect. Great Grey Fox lure too by the way.
 

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As said in the above post guides and blocking make the cat step where you want him to . My experience’s with cat you can’t have enough guide’s or blocking they will get around some really tight spaces.
 

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You can pretty much tell a cat where to put his foot, not so much with yotes. As said above, more guiding. Good luck 😁👍
 

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Just my thoughts on your set....... 1 trap is enough with cats, use the 2nd trap to make another set and up your odds. By leaving the set "unblended" you gave them a nice clean place to step, cats love that. 👍 I personally would add some larger sticks to the set in a V formation, dirt hole being in the point of the V. You can use guide sticks heavily around your trap just nothing large enough for them to step on. As WLF mentioned above, block the back side of the set. As far as visual attractors go, part of a wing suspended 4' - 5' above the set will grab their attention from a distance. Scatter feathers around the set as if a bird was caught, those inner down feathers have more movement and eye appeal than say wing feathers. Cats are simple to trap, you just need to be on location. For me personally, I wouldn't make a cat set without Dobbins' Purfect. Great Grey Fox lure too by the way.


oops, I blended it by adding leaves. should I not?

and ye, I have two for each set, overkill?
 

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You most definitely can blend with leaves, but they need to be broken down to crumbles. Cats don't like to step on anything unbalanced or noisy. Two traps isn't over kill if that's your preference, but two sets ups your odds versus one set. A cat is a cat, a lion does the same thing a house cat does, just one catches zebras and one mice. Lol Watch a barn cat and how he moves, where he places his feet, you'll learn a lot doing this.
 

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You most definitely can blend with leaves, but they need to be broken down to crumbles. Cats don't like to step on anything unbalanced or noisy. Two traps isn't over kill if that's your preference, but two sets ups your odds versus one set. A cat is a cat, a lion does the same thing a house cat does, just one catches zebras and one mice. Lol Watch a barn cat and how he moves, where he places his feet, you'll learn a lot doing this.
I went back last night, added sticks to make more funneling. hoping that helps. thanks for the feedback and DVD link , just bought his DVD after watching him do a yote video on whitetail properties youtube i figure he explains things nicely. hoping.
 

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Throw another set in there close , put a rub post set in with a good cat gland and some beaver castor on it around knee high . Majority of the cats I’ve caught in a rub post has been by the back foot where they had turned around to pee on the limb that I put in the ground . I’ve took a lot of Tom’s this time of the year with that set they are starting to move around in search of females.
 

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Just my thoughts on your set....... 1 trap is enough with cats, use the 2nd trap to make another set and up your odds. By leaving the set "unblended" you gave them a nice clean place to step, cats love that. 👍 I personally would add some larger sticks to the set in a V formation, dirt hole being in the point of the V. You can use guide sticks heavily around your trap just nothing large enough for them to step on. As WLF mentioned above, block the back side of the set. As far as visual attractors go, part of a wing suspended 4' - 5' above the set will grab their attention from a distance. Scatter feathers around the set as if a bird was caught, those inner down feathers have more movement and eye appeal than say wing feathers. Cats are simple to trap, you just need to be on location. For me personally, I wouldn't make a cat set without Dobbins' Purfect. Great Grey Fox lure too by the way.
I second scattering feathers all over the set.
 

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Be careful scattering too many feathers around. I’ve seen some accidentally catches of birds of prey that got too curious. Its no fun releasing a great horned owl when you have nothing but a jacket to subdue it.
 

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The wife runs a cage trapline with nearly 40 cages operational through the most of season. She has added some dp's into the mix this year. Duck carcasses are the best bait we can find for cats in the cages. We have to release a raptor a couple times a year.
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Just my thoughts on your set....... 1 trap is enough with cats, use the 2nd trap to make another set and up your odds. By leaving the set "unblended" you gave them a nice clean place to step, cats love that. 👍 I personally would add some larger sticks to the set in a V formation, dirt hole being in the point of the V. You can use guide sticks heavily around your trap just nothing large enough for them to step on. As WLF mentioned above, block the back side of the set. As far as visual attractors go, part of a wing suspended 4' - 5' above the set will grab their attention from a distance. Scatter feathers around the set as if a bird was caught, those inner down feathers have more movement and eye appeal than say wing feathers. Cats are simple to trap, you just need to be on location. For me personally, I wouldn't make a cat set without Dobbins' Purfect. Great Grey Fox lure too by the way.
Shanman, was it 7 cats that you and Gene caught here in one check?
 
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