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Old 12-24-2017, 05:00 PM
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Default Wisconsin bobcat hunting WTH! Any suggestions

We'll I've been out in seven different places in the last couple days. All places where we get pics of bobcat and nothing yet. Been throwing every distress call I have at them.

I've called in owls, hawks, and deer. Pretty sure one gray squirrel met his demise to the hawk that came in.

Do you guys think i'd have better luck at night?

When calling do you let the same call run the whole time or mix it up?

Thanks ahead to any suggestions.
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Old 12-24-2017, 06:24 PM
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Seams I do the best with cats the last hour before dark . I'm sure nite would b great but we don't have that in Alabama .
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Old 12-24-2017, 08:23 PM
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I called one in 2 years ago while I was calling coyotes,3ft of snow,in the woods at last light.walked right to the call that I had in a tree playing babybcotton tail I let it pass as I did not have a tag.I make alot of sets up here and Its the only one Ive seen. But dosent mean they are not around. Good luck
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Old 12-24-2017, 09:58 PM
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I've had much better success on bobcats after dark. Day or night, I like the bird sounds particularly Red Belly Woodpecker.
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Old 12-25-2017, 12:48 AM
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K thanks. I'll just stick to it. I'm sure after season closes I'll see one.
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Old 12-25-2017, 09:24 PM
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K thanks. I'll just stick to it. I'm sure after season closes I'll see one.
That's the right attitude for bobcats. Being out there where you "know they are" increases your odds. I don't hunt them anymore where I think they should be, I hunt with proof, trail cameras photos, sightings, tracks, toilets etc. Stick to the thick also.

They are crepuscular(low light hunters). The last two I have called in and got killed were at the edge of dark or late afternoon, 30 minutes of sunshine remaining. I focus on habitat, young pine growth with sign, tracks, trail cameras pix etc. Their preferred habitat is pines from 0-8 years old, undergrowth is perfect at that stage, so says several studies conducted by various universities wildlife biology departments.

1. A south wind helps, it is proven they move more on a southwind than any other.
2. A frontal system approaching helps, overcast.
3. The moon on the rising side from directly underfoot going up to directly overhead, not the other side going down.

The sound you use is almost irrelevant, birds or rabbits both work, high pitch, rapid cadence. But curiosity kills the cat most often. We called one in and killed it last year in a pine thicket using Platinum Gray Fox trying to call foxes. Get in close to them, set up and call, also provide a motion decoy for attraction purposes once they come to the edge of their hidy hole to look see. They are so curious.

Stay after them, it works. good luck

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Old 12-25-2017, 11:14 PM
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Gave it one last try this afternoon and night. No luck. Would've stayed out longer but -4 and a 10 mph wind made it a little chilly even in my nanuk suit. Thanks for the advise. Hopefully better luck next time I draw a tag.
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Old 12-26-2017, 07:41 PM
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Well don't give up . An don't get discouraged it happens to all of us .
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