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#3257746 - 11/17/20 03:28 PM Need help baiting for Bobcat
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Got no shortage of rabbits and it appears Bobcats. Would like to live trap one. I have read about every artical on Predator Masters and now suffer from information overload. I need a sensible strategy for live trapping. I have two cages a bottle of Cat man Do lure, some chicken feathers and two dead squirrels.

The plan is to set one trap up wind of a thicket near a hay field where I have seen the cat twice. The other in a gully where I am finding tracks next to a creek.

I will use the chicken feathers (or Turkey) as a visual. Scatter feathers around the trap and inside over the dirt covered floor. The squirrel tail I will hang in the back by wire and add a bit of lure. Also was going to place lure on a stick outside. I will of course brush in the trap and stake down.

Does this sound like a plasible plan? Thought about Bobcat Urine but read that it attacts to many other critters. Also does anyone have experience with the cat man do?

I know I may be over thinking this but that is the way I am. I put a lot of effort into my projects. Thanks for your help.

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#3257821 - 11/18/20 08:48 AM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: Mtns2hunt]
spotstalkshoot Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2408
Loc: so.mn
Cat man do is a good predator lure, I don't have bobcat in my area but I have and do use it for a change up at coyote sets(dirtholes). Follow the label information. Your plan sounds solid, cats don't seem too attracted to rotten bait. I have heard from other trappers that an flashy cd hung up to spin with wind 4-6' above a set is a good attractor. You just want it to spin with very little flutter.

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#3257864 - 11/18/20 02:58 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: Mtns2hunt]
gotspots Offline
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Registered: 08/25/13
Posts: 253
Loc: Western Colorado
If you have access to beaver, a beaver carcass will draw the cat in. once he starts nibbling on it put it in a cubby with the cage in front. Or cut the carcass in half and wire it in the back of the cage. Cover it well to keep the birds out.

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#3257900 - 11/18/20 08:46 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: spotstalkshoot]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: spotstalkshoot
Cat man do is a good predator lure, I don't have bobcat in my area but I have and do use it for a change up at coyote sets(dirtholes). Follow the label information. Your plan sounds solid, cats don't seem too attracted to rotten bait. I have heard from other trappers that an flashy cd hung up to spin with wind 4-6' above a set is a good attractor. You just want it to spin with very little flutter.


Thank you for the feedback. I will try the CD!

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#3257901 - 11/18/20 08:50 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: gotspots]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: gotspots
If you have access to beaver, a beaver carcass will draw the cat in. once he starts nibbling on it put it in a cubby with the cage in front. Or cut the carcass in half and wire it in the back of the cage. Cover it well to keep the birds out.


I don't have access to beaver. However I am told they are considered a nuisance animal and the county next to mine has a open season on them all year. I will ask around to locate one. Thanks, really appreicate the feed back.

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#3261173 - 12/14/20 03:38 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: Mtns2hunt]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Has anyone had any issues with bears coming after the bait?

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#3261321 - 12/15/20 05:21 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: Mtns2hunt]
beaverquack Offline
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Registered: 12/02/15
Posts: 226
Loc: Oregon
Yup. Also cougars and coyotes.

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#3261378 - 12/15/20 08:34 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: beaverquack]
spotstalkshoot Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2408
Loc: so.mn
All predators love beaver meat, a small amount of castor works well in predator lure mixes. Curiosity gets the cat.

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#3261613 - 12/16/20 11:03 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: beaverquack]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: beaverquack
Yup. Also cougars and coyotes.


Did the bear tear up your trap? Something tore up one of my rabit box traps last year. Took the screen off the back and left just rabbit fur.

This year I found a bear pile twenty yards from one of my bobcat live traps and would like to avoid cage damage. Should have shot the bear when I had the chance. Hoping he will hybernate.

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#3261614 - 12/16/20 11:09 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: spotstalkshoot]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: spotstalkshoot
All predators love beaver meat, a small amount of castor works well in predator lure mixes. Curiosity gets the cat.


Have not been able to find beaver meat in my area yet, Still looking. I have some Cat man do lure and "Cavens Gusto." So far only caught a possum. What does castor oil do? Enhace the smell? Both mixtures stink to high heaven even though I have them wrapped three times in plastic bags, coffee cans and a 3 gallon bucket. LOL

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#3261866 - 12/18/20 03:43 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: Mtns2hunt]
AWS Online
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Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 6157
Loc: NM
It is not castor oil which comes from the castor bean but from the scent glands of a beaver called "castors" you can usually purchase it from dealers selling lure ingredients.

https://www.minntrapprod.com/Beaver-Castor-ground-Lure-Ingredients/productinfo/LIBC01/

You could mix it with beaver oil or catnip oil

you might try some cheap fishbase catfood, I use that for catching feral house cats, "FERAL" not free roaming pet cats. These will about tear you a new butt hole if you try and handle them, they are truly wild.


Edited by AWS (12/18/20 03:53 PM)
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#3261895 - 12/18/20 07:45 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: AWS]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: AWS
It is not castor oil which comes from the castor bean but from the scent glands of a beaver called "castors" you can usually purchase it from dealers selling lure ingredients.

https://www.minntrapprod.com/Beaver-Castor-ground-Lure-Ingredients/productinfo/LIBC01/

You could mix it with beaver oil or catnip oil

you might try some cheap fishbase catfood, I use that for catching feral house cats, "FERAL" not free roaming pet cats. These will about tear you a new butt hole if you try and handle them, they are truly wild.


Castor which comes from the beaver makes sense. I will order some. thanks!

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#3262213 - 12/20/20 09:25 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: Mtns2hunt]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Well, crazy things do happen. I have been trying to get a Bobcat for years by calling and missed the only chance I have had. Decided to try live trapping so that I could get one and if it was little let it go.

I was deer hunting the other night and a very large doe came flying out of the thicket. Thinking that a buck might come behind I was amazed when a cat came charging out right behind the doe. The doe was running down the field with the cat paralleling her. When he turned to intercept her he provided a partial broadside shot which I took at about 70 or 80 yards. Really blew my mind after all the effort I have been puting into trapping one.

I did shoot the cat with a 30-06, same rifle I took a mtn lion with. Fortunatly the bullet never expanded and just drilled through like a steel rod. Cat must be very fragile because I broke the off side shoulder and the bullet never expanded. I hope the picture is visible through the below link.

I will contnue to try to trap one and really appreaciate all the helpful information.

https://u.cubeupload.com/Robsum9/Resized.jpg


Edited by Mtns2hunt (12/20/20 09:28 PM)

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#3262270 - 12/21/20 09:47 AM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: Mtns2hunt]
spotstalkshoot Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2408
Loc: so.mn
Very nice. My all around predator bait, ground up canned mackerel, any type ground red meat. Muskrat,beaver,deer,mice,BOBCAT,honey 3-4 oz/gallon to thicken and preserve and muskrat gland lure 1/3-1/2 oz per gallon of bait. Glycol and salt can be added if temps are above 40.

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#3262495 - 12/22/20 03:00 PM Re: Need help baiting for Bobcat [Re: spotstalkshoot]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: spotstalkshoot
Very nice. My all around predator bait, ground up canned mackerel, any type ground red meat. Muskrat,beaver,deer,mice,BOBCAT,honey 3-4 oz/gallon to thicken and preserve and muskrat gland lure 1/3-1/2 oz per gallon of bait. Glycol and salt can be added if temps are above 40.


Thanks for sharing! Not having much luck so far but its early yet. Might give your recipe a shot if things don't pick up.

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