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#3036298 - 01/22/17 10:02 PM PA bobcat
ANF Hunter Offline
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Registered: 08/10/16
Posts: 87
Loc: North PA Woods
Went out shed hunting yesterday way back into a beaver dam valley. after about an hour's walk in I arrived at a big swampy somewhat open area that I had identified on google earth. I planned on calling a little bit in that area so I took the 223 along for the walk.

It was just before noon and almost 60 degrees when I reached my destination. Had the wind in my face and figured where I was at was as good a place as any to set up. Sat down in front of some pretty thin brush and went at it with the rabid rabbit for about 15 seconds, then sat silent for about 10 minutes. I blew the call again but only for about 5-10 seconds this time. As soon as I put the call down something made me look behind me. Crouched not 10 feet away and obviously staring right at me was a bobcat.

I prefer that my immediate surroundings not include hungry bobcats so I was somewhat alarmed at its proximity to my face. I was on my feet and turned around in the blink of an eye, watching the cat run off a few steps. I had shouldered the 223, so when it stopped to look at me no more that 15 yards away i took the shot and dropped it right there. I've only ever seen one bobcat crossing the road here, and never before while hunting. Despite those facts I bought a bobcat permit months ago and I'm quite surprised that I actually called one in during our short season. I had seen a few tracks on my way in there but didn't really expect to see anything. It was a 15 pound female. 55grain vmax at 15 yards is probably not the best combination for a small bobcat, and there was a 2" hole in the chest but I'll do my best to sew it up.







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#3036304 - 01/22/17 10:21 PM Re: PA bobcat [Re: ANF Hunter]
MasterBlaster Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/31/01
Posts: 1366
Loc: SE. Iowa
Looks like an AWESOME place, Congratulations on I'm guessing your first cat!
Thanks for hunt
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#3036306 - 01/22/17 10:24 PM Re: PA bobcat [Re: ANF Hunter]
ANF Hunter Offline
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Registered: 08/10/16
Posts: 87
Loc: North PA Woods
Yep first one, thank you
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#3036313 - 01/22/17 10:42 PM Re: PA bobcat [Re: ANF Hunter]
weekender Online
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Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 3682
Loc: NC
Really nice bobcat, CONGRATS!

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#3036315 - 01/22/17 10:45 PM Re: PA bobcat [Re: weekender]
Dropadoglv Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/07/16
Posts: 1168
Loc: Night hunting predators....
Looks like a purdy nice size cat, bigger than 15lbs! congrats, Drop


Edited by Dropadoglv (01/22/17 10:46 PM)
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#3036344 - 01/22/17 11:57 PM Re: PA bobcat [Re: ANF Hunter]
hm1996 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 15530
Loc: S. Texas
Congratulations on the first cat.

Regards,
hm
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#3036356 - 01/23/17 12:37 AM Re: PA bobcat [Re: ANF Hunter]
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Registered: 12/13/07
Posts: 14187
Loc: Arizona
WTG there ANF. Loved your story. I understand your nervousness. I had a similar experience here once on an Indian rez except it was a mountain lion while set up for coyotes. I have since learned to keep boulders or at least a large tree behind to lean against in certain situations. While I had an opportunity to shoot the thing my lion tag was not good on Indian land so I did not. Being staked out on an ant hill was not the way I wanted to spend the afternoon. Lol
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#3036383 - 01/23/17 05:56 AM Re: PA bobcat [Re: ANF Hunter]
TommyP Offline
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Registered: 03/25/13
Posts: 405
Loc: Minnesota, USA
Nice job. Congrats on your cat.

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#3036647 - 01/23/17 06:12 PM Re: PA bobcat [Re: ANF Hunter]
moonshine44 Offline
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Registered: 04/20/01
Posts: 1370
Loc: The wilds of eastern Oregon...
Very cool!
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#3036775 - 01/23/17 09:50 PM Re: PA bobcat [Re: ANF Hunter]
masshunter Offline
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Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 1082
Loc: western mass
Nice cat !

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#3036856 - 01/24/17 12:04 AM Re: PA bobcat [Re: ANF Hunter]
DesertRam Offline
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Registered: 04/26/01
Posts: 8774
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
Nicely done. A bobcat with a hand call is something I'd love to do myself. Congrats.
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