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#2655775 - 03/14/14 10:59 AM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
mercer lawing Offline
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Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 91
Loc: California-USA
Thinkinthebox- I expect to see you at the NV convention in Ely August 2nd.

You too Trappingal.

ML

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#2657205 - 03/17/14 07:49 AM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
huntingal Offline
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Registered: 12/27/05
Posts: 388
Loc: sw colorado
Here is an example of patience and persistence. I set a trap in a "catty" location around the first of January. I didn't see any real cat sign, it just looked good.

I had a small cat, probably YOY in and out of the trap within the first week. It never stepped on the pan.
Then for the next 2 months-nothing-but I kept the cage looking and smelling good.

The last day of the season called for a big storm, and I didn't want to fight the rain and mud, so I was picking up traps a day early. I got to this last trap-the last of the season- and low and behold, I had a cat!


She was an adult, and very nicely spotted, but she was worth more to me raising more kittens than on a stretcher, so I let her go.

This trap could just as easily held a big tom-patience and persistence- till the end.
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#2657886 - 03/18/14 12:39 PM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
thinkinthebox Offline
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Registered: 01/08/10
Posts: 184
Loc: NW CO.
OK I'll be there Mercer as long as you show me how to play golf!!!

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#2657890 - 03/18/14 12:44 PM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: huntingal]
thinkinthebox Offline
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Registered: 01/08/10
Posts: 184
Loc: NW CO.
Huntingal I can see you and I run about the same on our trap line.
Patience, persistence is big if you trap snow and cold.
If you don't have those you are in for a lot of work moving things that may not need to be.
I like the pictures one day I need to get my act together and post a few!

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#2663534 - 03/27/14 11:11 AM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
mercer lawing Offline
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Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 91
Loc: California-USA
Teach you how to play golf? I don't think 10 handicaps are supposed to give golf lessons.

I was just checking my work schedule and it looks like I am off the week of the CO convention.
Might end up going to that one for the first time. A long haul but might be worth it. Golf, prairie dogs, trapping convention. Swing by Cortez and pick up huntingal and her calling rifle on the way east. Make a few stands along the way. Sounds like a heck of a week.

ML

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#2664052 - 03/28/14 07:49 AM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
elkhunter2002 Offline
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Registered: 01/24/09
Posts: 181
Loc: Eastern Nevada
Mercer, you better save your best stuff for the Nevada rondy. We have some girls in Ely too!

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#2664665 - 03/29/14 02:25 PM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: elkhunter2002]
huntingal Offline
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Registered: 12/27/05
Posts: 388
Loc: sw colorado
Whoo-hoo! Road trip! w00t

But wait, I think archery season opens that weekend too.
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#2664983 - 03/30/14 08:36 AM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
mercer lawing Offline
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Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 91
Loc: California-USA
I hope you guys still have the rifle shooting contest at your rondy! (NV)

Ely Nevada? That is one cold son of a gun there. Them women must be tough.

I used to work that fur sale with member Joe Maes and his wife Melanie, before he passed. Did you know him elkhunter?

Huntingal then maybe I will bring my bow. Dan has me buying a D-E-071-01-A deer tag to have when he takes me elk hunting. I haven't even looked on the map or the season. 71 is down by you I think?

ML

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#2666044 - 04/01/14 08:59 AM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
huntingal Offline
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Registered: 12/27/05
Posts: 388
Loc: sw colorado
Unit 71 is east of 711(where I live) and in the high country-think Rico. There are some nice deer up there, but you had better get your lowland Cali lungs and legs in shape before you come w00t
Most deer tags that I know of are good for both units.


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#2667067 - 04/03/14 10:50 AM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
Lance Crowther Offline
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Registered: 03/10/14
Posts: 3
Loc: Flagstaff Arizona
What's all this digression into big game hunting talk??? I wanna hear more from the experts about cage trapping! lol! Big game hunters are shady people... wink Gotta watch out fer em!

I'm interested to hear what your stats were last year? How many cages you all ran? How many nights did you trap during your season? What state are you trapping? I know every area is different and there are slow weeks and good weeks but How often did you catch on average for your time spent? Bobcat, fox, average one a week, 2 or 3 a week? how many total? What style of cages did you use? How long were your trap lines?
I know every area and situation is different so I'm not going to think any less of you for not having as much as the next trapper. It's all fun!
Would also love to hear where you all sold your furs and your averages if you don't mind?
I think that's all fun info that every one would love to read through while waiting for trapping season.

Thank you.
Lance Crowther.

PS. you can talk big game hunting all you want, and I wont hold it against you. wink


Edited by Lance Crowther (04/03/14 11:02 AM)

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#2667985 - 04/04/14 10:34 PM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
COCat Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/10/11
Posts: 47
Loc: Colorado
ML, Daniel will not stear you wrong, you better grow some lungs is right. He is part mountain goat you know.

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#2668178 - 04/05/14 11:02 AM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
mercer lawing Offline
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Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 91
Loc: California-USA
Yes - Dan is tougher than most. Younger than me but he has little short legs. I haven't hunted above 6500 feet since my bow hunting days above Beaver Utah. 9,500 ft plus and it was hard then - that was 20 years ago. I am gonna have to exercise a little before Sept. I think...

Huntingal: Planning a trip the first week in May. Keep an eye on our Pdog honey hole for me and give me a report, please.

Lance Crowther - the next big thing in bobcat cage trapping. Sure was a nice cat your son had in the T&PC magazine. Gave me an idea on where to go scouting this summer...

These days I burn all my vacation time going to conventions and family trips. So I run with a partner. The last three years it has been a young guy who I have been friends with since he was in high school. I took him out for a couple of years and he really got interested. The last three years he saved and burned his three weeks vacation for trapping. Pretty good deal if you ask me. I provide a place to stay, all the traps, all the lure, all the gas and all the cages. Everything he owns for trapping fits in a tool bag. He has developed a pretty good touch for location. Every once in a while I have to knock him down a peg, for the sake of my own ego as well. This year he had been driving by a spot everyday that was no more than 300 yards off the freeway and 20 yards off the side of the road. I told him to put a trap there when he had time. We caught three cats and a coyote in that cage. Our best spot of the trip. He told me that he never would have though about setting there. I told him in 20 years or so he would have thought of it. lol

ML



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#2669349 - 04/07/14 01:04 PM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
Dan Uhrich Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 28
Loc: Loma,Co
Mercer I have a 36" inseam. I just have a short torso ... LOL. Otis I hope that you are not referencing the part of the mtn goat that smells ?? LOL.

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#2669466 - 04/07/14 05:09 PM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
Lance Crowther Offline
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Registered: 03/10/14
Posts: 3
Loc: Flagstaff Arizona
Mercer
Thanks for sharing the info. That's awful nice of your helper to let the old man sit up on the high horse now and then. Good help like that can be hard to find! wink
And I had no idea my boys picture was in the magazine. Do you know what issue it was? I'd love to get a copy of it for him.

Any one else want to share their results from their fun last season?

Thanks
Lance.

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#2671767 - 04/12/14 09:08 PM Re: Cage Trapping Bobcats tips [Re: mercer lawing]
huntingal Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/27/05
Posts: 388
Loc: sw colorado
Mercer-the P-dogs have wintered well and nobody has harassed them-yet!

Lance-I trapped the whole Colorado season-3 months, running 16 cages total. I averaged a cat every 3-5 days, plus a few porkys and badgers for added interest. There are not many fox where I trap. I caught all my critters within a 15 mile(as a crow flies) radius of my house. I had an above average catch rate this year due in large fact to the absence of snow, allowing me to trap areas that are usually under 3' of snow.
I also think I am 'getting it' as far as where to set. Last year I recognized a good place to set, a place that I had driven by for 3 YEARS. I set a cage there and the NEXT MORNING had a huge tom.

I think I posted pics of my cats and what they brought under the 'cat prices' topic.
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