Trapping Techniques for bobcats

Discussion in 'Trapping' started by lmcquinn, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. lmcquinn

    lmcquinn 6 pointer

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    Very new to trapping but am going to give it a try. Have read several publications on trapping, sets, etc. but they all primarily deal with coyotes. I have had several bobcats showup on my trail cams on our farm and am going to try to harvest one soon.

    Anybody give me any ideas on how to trap a bobcat? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. wolverine1

    wolverine1 12 pointer

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    Go to www.trapperman.com and look in the "Archives" section under "bobcats". You will get alot of great information!!!!
     
  3. screamin6x6

    screamin6x6 BBBC Members

    Here's a set that works for me. This chunk of wood has been good for 2 cats everytime I've trapped this area for the last few years. It's located on top of a brushy point that has an old logging road going down it. I do best on cats in near really thick places. Bait is placed back in the center of the bend.


    The Set....
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    And the Tom I had in it the next morning.

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  4. abssprint

    abssprint 8 pointer

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    Definitely not a bobcat pro, but everything I have read and experienced says to make the sets extra flashy. We always hang a wing and scatter plenty of feathers on the ground. I'm probably jinxing myself, but I actually don't think they're that hard to catch if you have them in your area. Here's a brush pile set..We actually had 2 wings hanging here, you can see one of them.

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  5. erwin1

    erwin1 10 pointer

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    I agree with abssprint they arent that hard to catch if you can get thier attention use plenty of flash chicken wings hanging over trap rabbit hair in bait hole feathers or fur on ground ive even caught one with a half skinned [ossum for bait Now after saying that probably wont catch one this year
     
  6. lmcquinn

    lmcquinn 6 pointer

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    Thanks for all the assistance as it is greatly apprecaited!!! Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can get out and give the various techniques a try. If that doesn't work I may be sneaking around the woods looking for screamin6x6's bobcat stump to borrow up on my farm!
     
  7. screamin6x6

    screamin6x6 BBBC Members

    I haven't been up to check on it this year yet. It may be already gone. LOL
     
  8. I have had luck with single turkey feathers hanging. Or even tinsel like on a Christmas tree. The idea is a cat uses its eyes more than its nose. Get their attention and like the old saying goes curiosity kills the cat. A cat will tolerate more guiding into a set as well. Here is a pic of one of my cat sets and the cat the next morning. It was placed in the corner of a field that you can see in the second pic. One edge of this field is a very large and thick hillside. The other open oak flat with a old logging trail coming down off of a point into the corner. I have seen countless sets of tracks on this old road.
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  9. mhounshell

    mhounshell 6 pointer

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    John is that cat from this year or last year. You just saved several turkeys lives come on spring
     
  10. lmcquinn

    lmcquinn 6 pointer

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    Nice looking bobcat for sure and really appreciate the picture of the set-up and advice.

    So, is a Duke's #3 coilspring traps appropriate for bobcats? Am buying myself a few traps for X-mas so as to target bobcats and coyotes and the occasional fox. From what I've read these should be good traps for my intended purposes but one can't argue with results so I'll take any advice you guys have.

    Thanks.
     
  11. I personally like smaller traps. I use 1.65 Bridger, they are fully modified, 4 coil, laminated jaws, base plates w/ center swivels, three swivels, good chain, you get the idea. I got them this way because they are a little small for yotes and cats. I have caught a few big male yotes that paws about filled them up. But the traps showed no signs of any wear and tear. I think #2s would be a good choice though.
     
  12. Last year, looking for some dry weather in the forecast.
    Or was you hoping the feeder was back up there.
     
  13. mhounshell

    mhounshell 6 pointer

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    Still not us to the feeder being in the new location. Did you get it up and running again. I'm going to try my luck this weekend, how much snow is on the ground up there. See ya soon
     
  14. 5"-6" Good luck I may see you there.
     
  15. rme hunter

    rme hunter 8 pointer

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    #3's may be overkill. I used the bridger 1.65 for a long time and now I like a 1.75 sleepy creek. It doesn't take much to hold a cat they don't seem to fight like a coyote.
     
  16. wolverine1

    wolverine1 12 pointer

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    My new go to trap for cats and yotes is the Montana #3... I also like the Montgomery #2.. rme hunter is right, cats dont fight a trap like a coyote. They fight hard when they are first caught, then again when you show up at the set.. I've caught and held them in MB 450's.
     
  17. fullstrut1

    fullstrut1 12 pointer

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    The MB 450 is a great cat trap.
     
  18. wolverine1

    wolverine1 12 pointer

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    Traps are a matter of personal preference mostly.... There was a poll on Trapperman a few months ago about the most popular size of cat trap, #3 hands down.....
     
  19. erwin1

    erwin1 10 pointer

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    i personally set only #2 or #3 like 2 very well but 3 is really impressive
     

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