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Other Hunting => Coyote, Small Game, Varmints => Topic started by: bsharp on November 27, 2020, 05:11:09 PM

Title: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: bsharp on November 27, 2020, 05:11:09 PM
Over in Okanogan County hunting this weekend.  Had this bobcat come into my Ecall about 1/2 hour into the stand.  I was playing a jack rabbit in distress.  I couldn't believe it when I saw it.  I'm really new to predator hunting and have decided that I'm eventually going to take a lion.  This was great practice!!   So much fun!

Cheers, 

Tim
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: X-Force on November 27, 2020, 05:28:37 PM
Very cool
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Bango skank on November 27, 2020, 06:02:33 PM
Awesome, thats a real feat there.  Think just as sneaky as a lion but smaller and more camo, harder to see.  Gotta be the hardest critter to call in and kill.  Hoping ill get one someday.  Hunted an area with a ton of bob tracks yesterday.  Ill be spending more time calling there this winter.  Only aware of one bob that ive ever called in and the sucker busted me.  Didnt even know it until after the fact when i cut his tracks in the fresh snow.  He made a beeline for me, snuck into a clump of brush, busted me and left without me ever knowing he was there.
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Bango skank on November 27, 2020, 06:07:13 PM
What did you shoot him with?
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: bsharp on November 27, 2020, 06:10:22 PM
What did you shoot him with?

Shot him with a 243 which was definitely overkill.  Wish I had taken him with a smaller round.  Hopefully the taxidermist can salvage him. 
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Bango skank on November 27, 2020, 06:26:43 PM
Taxidermists can do some amazing stuff.  Several years ago i killed a gorgeous yote in late november with a neck shot with my .308.  Really wanted to rug him but told my taxi it was probably a loss.  He said bring it in, checked it out, hey no problem.  Hell of a messy exit wound but wasnt an issue.  You may be surprised.
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: bsharp on November 27, 2020, 06:51:27 PM
Taxidermists can do some amazing stuff.  Several years ago i killed a gorgeous yote in late november with a neck shot with my .308.  Really wanted to rug him but told my taxi it was probably a loss.  He said bring it in, checked it out, hey no problem.  Hell of a messy exit wound but wasnt an issue.  You may be surprised.

Thanks for the info.  Gives me hope that I can get it mounted. 

Cheers,  Tim
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: pashok23 on November 27, 2020, 07:37:24 PM
Congrats on a nice cat.
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: bsharp on November 27, 2020, 07:40:59 PM
Congrats on a nice cat.

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: bsharp on November 27, 2020, 07:41:22 PM
Very cool

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Norman89 on November 27, 2020, 08:10:14 PM
Skilled hands skinning and fleshing the hide when it's all clean and ready to be sewn you would be surprised how well exit wounds close up. If there isn't any leather missing it's very easy to do. Look up coon creek outdoors on youtube he has a vid sewing up a coyote he should shot with a 12ga slug. Hole big enough to fit your arm through and once stitched and dried it went to market with the rest and many would be non the wiser nice little cat there  :tup:
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: RB on November 27, 2020, 08:49:44 PM
Right on that is cool! And I will back up others, a quality taxidermist can make it look good. Took in a Bobcat shot with a .270 and had a rug made if you know where to look and get close you can kinda see the fix, but standing a little bit back cannot.
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Jingles on November 27, 2020, 08:54:25 PM
Can't say anything on the ability of a Taxi fixing the hole but can and will say Congrats on the bobbie
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: bsharp on November 27, 2020, 10:28:02 PM
Can't say anything on the ability of a Taxi fixing the hole but can and will say Congrats on the bobbie

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: nwwanderer on November 28, 2020, 05:48:44 AM
Jealous, coyote and bobcat, far from easy, thanks!
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Southpole on November 28, 2020, 07:18:06 AM
Dude, you're on a roll, first a coyote now a bobby. Nice job!
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: pianoman9701 on November 28, 2020, 09:25:35 AM
Nice cat!
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: bsharp on November 28, 2020, 11:26:37 AM
Dude, you're on a roll, first a coyote now a bobby. Nice job!

Thanks so much.  I think I've found my "calling".  :-)

Went out looking for a lion this morning.  Nice time in nature but no kitties. 

Cheers,  Tim
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Mtnwalker on November 28, 2020, 11:41:14 AM
Pretty cool! Back when I got my first (and only) Foxpro, very first sit I ever did with it we called in a Bob at about the 20 minute mark. I thought “wow these things are amazing, like shooting fish in a barrel!” To my recollection I don’t think I’ve had another cat to that caller since :chuckle: at least you were able to get yours killed!
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: bsharp on November 28, 2020, 06:36:31 PM
Pretty cool! Back when I got my first (and only) Foxpro, very first sit I ever did with it we called in a Bob at about the 20 minute mark. I thought “wow these things are amazing, like shooting fish in a barrel!” To my recollection I don’t think I’ve had another cat to that caller since :chuckle: at least you were able to get yours killed!

My first two kills with my Lucky Duck Revolt seemed very easy.  I'm sure that it isn't always like that.  I'll take it though.  Now I need to see a Cougar!!  :-)
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Bango skank on November 28, 2020, 06:42:42 PM
Pretty cool! Back when I got my first (and only) Foxpro, very first sit I ever did with it we called in a Bob at about the 20 minute mark. I thought “wow these things are amazing, like shooting fish in a barrel!” To my recollection I don’t think I’ve had another cat to that caller since :chuckle: at least you were able to get yours killed!

Ive never called in a predator other than an owl with an ecaller.  But same expierence last year with an open reed howler first time i tried to call in a yote with yote vocalizations.  Made one howl, dog came running in a minute later, boom, done.  I thought man, that was easy, i shoulda been doing this years ago!  Nope.  Followed it up with dry set after dry set.  Nothing like beginners luck to give a guy a false sense of confidence.
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Fl0und3rz on November 28, 2020, 08:12:13 PM
That's very cool. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: csaaphill on November 28, 2020, 08:29:16 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Birdguy on November 28, 2020, 09:12:17 PM
Super cool! Awesome cat! We hunted Okanogan for deer this year. Opening morning had a bob walk right through our little ravine we watch (stellar jay chased him up and over the hill) we elected not to shoot as the boy had a .270 and I had my .257 mag figuring too much damage we let it walk hoping to call it in over Christmas. Buddy sitting in deer stand for late archery saw two in same ravine Thursday morning. I bet we never see one but cool to think we could.
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: bsharp on November 28, 2020, 09:24:32 PM
Super cool! Awesome cat! We hunted Okanogan for deer this year. Opening morning had a bob walk right through our little ravine we watch (stellar jay chased him up and over the hill) we elected not to shoot as the boy had a .270 and I had my .257 mag figuring too much damage we let it walk hoping to call it in over Christmas. Buddy sitting in deer stand for late archery saw two in same ravine Thursday morning. I bet we never see one but cool to think we could.

Okanogan County is where I grew up and mostly where I hunt.  I know that they are around but usually they are hard to see.  I think that there's just a lot of cats in the woods but they tend to be hidden.  Bringing one to a call is an amazing thing.  Imagine seeing a Cougar walk up to one. 

Cheers!!  Tim
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Axle on November 29, 2020, 07:22:20 AM
If you want to bring in more bobcats to shoot, just get some chickens at your house.
Bobcats tacos are really good too  :tup:
Title: Re: Took my first Bobcat!
Post by: Caseknife on November 29, 2020, 08:29:25 AM
Bobcat camo is the absolute best.  Even if you see them move, when they stop it is very hard to pick them out of the landscape.