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Still overrun with bobcats #7431577
12/14/21 07:43 PM
12/14/21 07:43 PM
Joined: Mar 2009
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wantage n.j.
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eric space Offline OP
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wantage n.j.
I have stated on this forum before that we have more bobcats than fox. The state of NJ is in denial and calls them an endangered specie. The past few years I have not snared fox or coyotes in order not to catch bobcats. This year I decided the heck with it I am snaring some fox. I have skipped many ideal snare locations as they were also where I expected to catch a cat. Have not used big (or small) baits for the same reason. Skipped setting crossing logs, in years past they were my #1 sets, sometimes getting up to 40 fox on a single log in a month. What I have done is place my snares far out in open fields, not near trees or woodlines, where cats should not roam. The results: I have only set about 20 snares and in four nights I have caught 4 red fox, three of which were killed by bobcats, and 6 bobcats. It is so frustrating!! I have tried big loops, small loops, oblong loops, loaded loops, high snares, low snares, 5/64 and 3/32 cable either 7x7 or 1x19. NOTHING keeps a cat from getting caught if you do not want him. I swear that if they were legal and I went all out snaring I could top 100 cats in 14 days.
Sorry to rant but I waited my whole life to be able to trap like crazy when I retired and now that the time is here I can't do it. Here are todays catch, 1 dead fox (cat killed) and 2 cats which I released.

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Re: Still overrun with bobcats [Re: eric space] #7431581
12/14/21 07:49 PM
12/14/21 07:49 PM
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Eau Claire Wi
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Eau Claire Wi
Thats rough.


Life sure is tough when you don't learn from the mistakes of others.
Re: Still overrun with bobcats [Re: eric space] #7431589
12/14/21 07:57 PM
12/14/21 07:57 PM
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The Hill Country of Texas
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If the state would git out of the way then you could cut a wide swath.


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Re: Still overrun with bobcats [Re: Leftlane] #7431660
12/14/21 08:53 PM
12/14/21 08:53 PM
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Maine
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Eric
Thanks for sharing



Re: Still overrun with bobcats [Re: eric space] #7431723
12/14/21 09:53 PM
12/14/21 09:53 PM
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new york
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new york
Overrun with bobcats and black bear!

Re: Still overrun with bobcats [Re: eric space] #7431825
12/14/21 11:24 PM
12/14/21 11:24 PM
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fayette,al.
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Nice kitties

Re: Still overrun with bobcats [Re: eric space] #7431954
12/15/21 06:24 AM
12/15/21 06:24 AM
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Michigan
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I hear you we have try over an over to get are bobcat catch numbers raise ,but dog hunter keep saying they want them lower, we are a loud two cats here in the U P of michigan , I know of people that release 12-15 a year , i have had to release 5 in 5 days , dog hunter's say they can't cut a track mad

Re: Still overrun with bobcats [Re: eric space] #7431968
12/15/21 07:16 AM
12/15/21 07:16 AM
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Kansas
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Kansas
That's frustrating for sure. I try to avoid them early in the season before they prime up and still catch them out in open pastures where you wouldn't think a cat would be. They are about like a opossum, they'll work any type of set and are not trap/set shy. I've caught them in footholds, bodygrips, snares and cages. Hopefully your trappers association can keep track of how many are being caught to help lobby for a season.

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