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Best Ways To Attract And Trap Bobcats

Are you tired of having your livestock and poultry eaten by bobcats? Have you ever wondered if it’s really possible to catch them and prevent this from happening? Well think no more; here we will give you detailed explanations of how to attract bobcat and some bobcat trapping tips.
I believe people need answers to their questions, that is why I have put together this article to help them same way it has helped countless other.
Before we get down to it, we first have to know what bobcats are because you can’t catch what you don’t know. This will help us fully understand our prey and make bobcat hunting easier for everyone for a long time.
Bobcats also known as (Lynx rufus) 

Head shot of a lynx or bobcat looking in the camera.

Is a North American cat, they are known for their short bobbed tails, and they measure at about 21 inches high and 30-50 inches long. They possess the same appearance as their cousin the lynx but slightly smaller. Bobcats have a life span of 7 years and can feed on any variety of animal species, animals like rabbits, rats, deer, bats, mice, chickens and sometimes, home cats and small dogs can be taken if they are left unattended.

How to attract bobcats

Where and when to hunt bobcats

  • Bobcats have been spotted throughout North America, they can adapt well to their environments deserts, swamps, forests and even suburban areas. They like brushy draws and creek bottoms; sometimes they look for old abandoned houses to live in because they can easily find rats and snakes there.
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) sitting in a desert

Bobcat Sitting In A Desert

  • Hunters have to scout for tracks, scent posts and toilet areas in order to know if a bobcat has been in that area, you can also search for rabbit holes and droppings, because bobcats will likely be in that area to find food. Keep in mind that there are prescribed seasons for hunting bobcats. Remember to check your states wildlife code regulation before going bobcat hunting.

Animals Track

Using the right tools:

Using items like camouflage cloth, hand gloves, jacket, boot, catnip, food, anise oil, feather, string, corn, mineral lick and whistles can attract a bobcat.

  • Camouflage Provides cover for a hunter especially if you are hunting animals like bobcats that are known for their keen eye sight. The best place to wait for a bobcat is preferably by staying on higher grounds. It’s important to use camouflage when hunting cats, but there are many professional hunters who have killed bobcats without camouflaging themselves.
Hunter sitting in the swamp in the forest and aiming at the bobcat

Hunter sitting in the swamp in the forest and aiming at the bobcat

  • Feather and string Bobcats are very curious animals, they are noted to hunt by sight so hang the feather with the string on a bush approximately 3 feet from the ground, when breeze blows it, the bobcat will respond out of curiosity.
  • Corn, catnip and the mineral lick should be placed on the floor to attract other small animals and then the small animals will result in attracting bobcats.
  • Whistles can make the bobcat think it’s a distress call from a rabbit or bird; bobcats are familiar with this sound and would be happy to get an easy meal. So blow the whistle gently and then increase the sound gradually, make the call for at least 30 seconds and then pause, then again. Sometimes it can take bobcats 20-30 minutes to leave their hiding spots. There are different types of whistles that can attract bobcats like the mouth-blown predator and closed-reed, barrel-type and open-reed whistles. Bobcats can become call shy if they continue hearing a distress call from the same spot all the time, so learn to switch locations. You can check on Amazon to get your own hunting whistle now.
Hunter's Whistle

Four wooden hunting decoys on a white background.

  • Jackets, boots and gloves These items are important if you are going hunting in cold areas.
Hunting Clothes

Trapping the bobcats.

  • Hunters use chunked meat mixed in bobcat scent glands as bait or they can also use live animals like rabbits to lure the bobcat out of their hiding spots towards the trap. If you want to kill the cat, you can set a death trap by digging a big hole and placing the bobcat gland bait on one side and bobcat urine on the side to guide the bobcat into the hole fill the hole with sharpened sticks, so that when the bobcat falls in, it gets killed instantly.
 A Bobcat Chases a Gambel's Quail

A Bobcat Chases a Gambel's Quail

  • Hunters use chunked meat mixed in bobcat scent glands as bait or they can also use live animals like rabbits to lure the bobcat out of their hiding spots towards the trap. If you want to kill the cat, you can set a death trap by digging a big hole and placing the bobcat gland bait on one side and bobcat urine on the side to guide the bobcat into the hole fill the hole with sharpened sticks, so that when the bobcat falls in, it gets killed instantly. Or you might to watch this video:

CONCLUSION

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Note that bobcats are expert hunters with amazing instincts, do not under estimate them because they can be very dangerous, when you call a bobcat they don’t just run towards the distress call, they sneak up on you. Remember to place traps at their favorite locations because there will likely be bobcats there. Also be careful because other wild animals like bear can be attracted the same way. I highly recommend you follow these techniques I listed and you will be on your way to trapping your first bobcat.

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