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#3301074 - 07/10/22 05:02 PM What kind of trap
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Need some advice. Struck out last year on Bobcats after killing a nice one year before. Normally I like calling them, but I currently have one crossing a creek on a log.

How would I set a coil spring trap at the end of the log where he steps off? I thought about putting a sanded area at the end of the log to see where he crosses to see exactly where he steps and then later when season starts bury a trap or two. Wondering if I should bait as his nose is down sniffing the whole time. I could not find any reference material on this type of set up. Thanks for any info.

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#3301081 - 07/10/22 10:31 PM Re: What kind of trap [Re: Mtns2hunt]
Softpoint Offline
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Registered: 02/24/16
Posts: 386
Loc: Washington
Can you snare?

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#3301083 - 07/11/22 01:51 AM Re: What kind of trap [Re: Softpoint]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: Softpoint
Can you snare?


Yes, snares are legal here.

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#3301088 - 07/11/22 08:15 AM Re: What kind of trap [Re: Mtns2hunt]
ToddNE Online
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Registered: 11/03/12
Posts: 336
Loc: Nebraska
logs across a attract lots of critters to cross so I'd avoid using a snare, I would use a cage trap set just off the trail with visual attractant along with bait

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#3301090 - 07/11/22 09:06 AM Re: What kind of trap [Re: ToddNE]
Softpoint Offline
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Registered: 02/24/16
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Loc: Washington
I have never caught a non-target using a properly set bobcat snare. The loop is to small and to high for anything else out there.

Two large nails in the side of the log and 10 gauge wire as a snare support. The loop I use is 5 - 6 inches at 12 inches off the ground or log in your case. (12" from the bottom of the snare loop to the ground.)

A 1/16 inch 7x7 snare with a snare support is all you need. Due to the natural forced trail of a log success is very high.


Edited by Softpoint (07/11/22 10:36 AM)

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#3301112 - 07/11/22 07:39 PM Re: What kind of trap [Re: ToddNE]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: ToddNE
logs across a attract lots of critters to cross so I'd avoid using a snare, I would use a cage trap set just off the trail with visual attractant along with bait


You are correct. I have pictures of squirrels, hawks and a Turkey on that log. I was thinking that may be part of the attraction for the cat.

I tried live traps in same location, no luck. I like the idea of snares because they are light and portable.

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#3301444 - 07/17/22 09:12 PM Re: What kind of trap [Re: Mtns2hunt]
spotstalkshoot Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
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I would try to establish a scent post/stratching pad before trapping season using fresh bobcat urine/catnip near the log crossing. Where the soil is good for bedding a coil spring. Than hang a fresh bird wing directly above it when the trap is set. If you can't get the marking post established you can then snare off the log itself as a backup set. It helps with cats to have large brushpiles nearby.


Edited by spotstalkshoot (07/17/22 09:13 PM)

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#3301829 - 07/29/22 11:58 PM Re: What kind of trap [Re: spotstalkshoot]
Mtns2hunt Offline
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Registered: 08/26/16
Posts: 155
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: spotstalkshoot
I would try to establish a scent post/stratching pad before trapping season using fresh bobcat urine/catnip near the log crossing. Where the soil is good for bedding a coil spring. Than hang a fresh bird wing directly above it when the trap is set. If you can't get the marking post established you can then snare off the log itself as a backup set. It helps with cats to have large brushpiles nearby.


I think this is really good advice as the log lends itself to placing a coil spring. The log is situated such that the cat has only a narrow trail to step onto the log. A snare as back up is also good. I had not thought of a scratching post but have placed some Bobcat urine on the log. Unfortunately, the weather has been really hot, humid and rainy that I have not had the chance to check the camera to see if he has returned. Thank you for the information.

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