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Old 12-01-2017, 04:58 PM
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With MN Bobcat season opening last wknd 11/28 and me just finding this forum I thought this is the crowd that will enjoy the story the most.

I am fairly new to predator hunting and just entering my 3rd season. It all started in 2015 during our deer rifle season when I witnessed a large bobcat come feed on a gut pile from a deer taken 1st wknd. After watching this animal I was set on hunting one on our property. I jumped into researching how to go about hunting bobcat and started picking up things I needed. By the time I got things I was late in the game to the 2015 bobcat hunt but kept at it late winter for yotes and learning the ropes.

Enter 2016- I scouted all winter prior for sign and used Game cams through spring, summer, fall to learn patterns. I found several areas in our young pines they were heavily working for food and marking territory from winter prior. I also aligned that to several brush piles on neighboring land that is potlach(timber company). This is landlocked and when they did a thinning cut of pine sections they created huge slash piles that were def harboring cats.

Opening morning I put myself in our field that separates our pines and the big woods of potlach with brush piles. As hunting time began I fired up the Fox pro Snowshoe HP, let it run increasing sound over time. at the 27 minute mark of calling I had a cat enter the field just 15 yds away from me. I was completely exposed from that direction so stayed tight as I could with face turned away as much as I could. The cat trotted right towards my call and critter and as soon as it was looking away I rose my gun, I think the little sound I made was perfect enough to stop the cat in it's tracks at 20 yds away from me and that's when it happened. All the time invested and I had my first predator on the ground and it was a huge bobcat to boot!

As I sat there shaking with excitement I went to grab my phone and get a snap of my scene and cat down. Just as I was about to raise phone for pic I caught a glimpse of 2 more cats roaming through the same pines the 1st cat came out of. They made there way to the edge but would not commit to coming out and there was no shot at them. I flipped calls a few times to coax them out but no luck. Eventually they must have not liked what was going on and decided to leave. Lucky for me they made there way back to where I got my glimpse. At the time the call was off and one approached a small window where I would get my potential shot at about 50yds inside of the pines. When it stepped into the opening I made a vocal squeak and that was just enough to freeze it. It was now or never and I squeezed off on what will go down as my best day of hunting. One cat went down in my scope but right behind I saw the 2nd cat spin for a second and then went down. I had no idea they were standing shoulder to shoulder and because I wasn't sure the 2nd cat went down, I waited for what turned out to be the longest 30 minutes of my life. As I walked into the pines I approached both cats next to each other and the amount of excitement that hit me is what it is all about!

Not sure how many people can say they called 3 mature bobcats into one set...let alone get all 3 with 2 shots to boot?

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Old 12-01-2017, 05:00 PM
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:22 PM
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That’s freakin awesome man!!!!!
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:14 PM
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Wow! All that prep work paid off. Congratulations! Thanks for the replay and photos.
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Truly awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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Super cool story. Congrats.
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Thanks folks....looking forward learning more info
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With MN Bobcat season opening last wknd 11/28 and me just finding this forum I thought this is the crowd that will enjoy the story the most.

I am fairly new to predator hunting and just entering my 3rd season. It all started in 2015 during our deer rifle season when I witnessed a large bobcat come feed on a gut pile from a deer taken 1st wknd. After watching this animal I was set on hunting one on our property. I jumped into researching how to go about hunting bobcat and started picking up things I needed. By the time I got things I was late in the game to the 2015 bobcat hunt but kept at it late winter for yotes and learning the ropes.

Enter 2016- I scouted all winter prior for sign and used Game cams through spring, summer, fall to learn patterns. I found several areas in our young pines they were heavily working for food and marking territory from winter prior. I also aligned that to several brush piles on neighboring land that is potlach(timber company). This is landlocked and when they did a thinning cut of pine sections they created huge slash piles that were def harboring cats.

Opening morning I put myself in our field that separates our pines and the big woods of potlach with brush piles. As hunting time began I fired up the Fox pro Snowshoe HP, let it run increasing sound over time. at the 27 minute mark of calling I had a cat enter the field just 15 yds away from me. I was completely exposed from that direction so stayed tight as I could with face turned away as much as I could. The cat trotted right towards my call and critter and as soon as it was looking away I rose my gun, I think the little sound I made was perfect enough to stop the cat in it's tracks at 20 yds away from me and that's when it happened. All the time invested and I had my first predator on the ground and it was a huge bobcat to boot!

As I sat there shaking with excitement I went to grab my phone and get a snap of my scene and cat down. Just as I was about to raise phone for pic I caught a glimpse of 2 more cats roaming through the same pines the 1st cat came out of. They made there way to the edge but would not commit to coming out and there was no shot at them. I flipped calls a few times to coax them out but no luck. Eventually they must have not liked what was going on and decided to leave. Lucky for me they made there way back to where I got my glimpse. At the time the call was off and one approached a small window where I would get my potential shot at about 50yds inside of the pines. When it stepped into the opening I made a vocal squeak and that was just enough to freeze it. It was now or never and I squeezed off on what will go down as my best day of hunting. One cat went down in my scope but right behind I saw the 2nd cat spin for a second and then went down. I had no idea they were standing shoulder to shoulder and because I wasn't sure the 2nd cat went down, I waited for what turned out to be the longest 30 minutes of my life. As I walked into the pines I approached both cats next to each other and the amount of excitement that hit me is what it is all about!

Not sure how many people can say they called 3 mature bobcats into one set...let alone get all 3 with 2 shots to boot?

Location: MN
Gun: RugerM77 22-250
Ammo: Hornady Vmax 55GR
Call: FoxPro Banshee
Sound: Snoeshoe HP
what volume were you using and for how long?
thanks
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:59 PM
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Wow pretty cool story, congrats
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Great story congrats on the cats. Great choice of camo love the outfitter wool camo from Cabela's. I have been trying to kill a cat for 6years. I will continue to work at getting one.
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