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Old 02-08-2019, 12:15 PM   #1
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This is just out of pure curiosity. I have seen several videos of people who have caught bobcats in foot traps, take a catch pole and release the cat. What is the purpose of this? I guess my real question is, why set a trap if you arenít going to take what is caught? Bobcats are just as much a predator as a coyote.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:22 PM   #2
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This is just out of pure curiosity. I have seen several videos of people who have caught bobcats in foot traps, take a catch pole and release the cat. What is the purpose of this? I guess my real question is, why set a trap if you arenít going to take what is caught? Bobcats are just as much a predator as a coyote.
Weíre these in Texas? There are a lot of states where Bobcats are off limits or there is a season limit. I want to say PA has a very limited and restrict bag on trapping bobcats (like a drawn permit). I have to assume if you trapped a bobcat in a state like that you would be releasing them?
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:25 PM   #3
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:33 PM   #4
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I have heard him say they dont think bobcats are too hard on the deer. They are after coyotes.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:33 PM   #5
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We used to live catch the first 2 for bait production. Not sure if this is what you saw or not. We never released a bobcat, ever
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:36 PM   #6
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brianlg31 - good question, I also was watching and wondering. Thanks for bringing this up.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:44 PM   #7
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This is just out of pure curiosity. I have seen several videos of people who have caught bobcats in foot traps, take a catch pole and release the cat. What is the purpose of this? I guess my real question is, why set a trap if you aren’t going to take what is caught? Bobcats are just as much a predator as a coyote.
Cause they want them to grow and be shot for the west Texas big bobcat contest or other calling contest. Possible 47k bobcat. I know many predator hunters that don’t kill cats till calling contest season. And if trapping coyotes with snares or leg traps, try to let cats go.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:53 PM   #8
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Maybe encinal will post cause every video I’ve seen of releasing bobcasts on Instagram is from his place. Says in the comments that bobcats aren’t the target species and they aren’t as worried about them killing deer as coyotes
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:56 PM   #9
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Strange practice
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:13 PM   #10
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I always released bobcats when trapping coyotes. I just put a 5 gallon bucket over them, pulled the caught foot out and released the trap. Now getting the bucket off a mad cat proved exciting a few times....
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:16 PM   #11
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I think allot of people like bobcats on the land. They take care of pests. I don't really have any interest in killing them myself and I don't have a problem with people that do either.
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:20 PM   #12
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Maybe they don't hate bobcats, and didn't want to kill them? Bobcats are great rat control
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:34 PM   #13
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I personally love watching bobcats, I don’t get the reason to kill them. Now coyotes is a different story! That’s target practice all day long ��
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:37 PM   #14
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I personally love watching bobcats, I don’t get the reason to kill them. Now coyotes is a different story! That’s target practice all day long ��
Me too. I've killed one just because I wanted a mount (that didn't turn out so well)
I've seen a few while hunting and have given them a pass. If I catch one in a foot trap I'd probably release it too.
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:48 PM   #15
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If I catch one in a foot trap I'd probably release it too.
Be sure to provide video.
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:21 PM   #16
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you ought to see the video of the fella releasing a grown mountain lion from a foothold trap....
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:29 PM   #17
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It's not that difficult. A half sheet of plywood is all you need with a notch cut in the bottom of it. Place the wood between you and the cat. The notch will go over the foot trap and cats paw. Then you release the trap. No one gets hurt. If you want coyotes taken alive they are even easier. Grab them on the back of the neck behind the ear and they won't hardly move.
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:10 PM   #19
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Maybe encinal will post cause every video Iíve seen of releasing bobcasts on Instagram is from his place. Says in the comments that bobcats arenít the target species and they arenít as worried about them killing deer as coyotes
My buddy in Howard County says the same. I have varmint hunted there numerous times and they are off limits. Matter of fact fixing to varmint hunt it again pretty soon. Yotes and fox only.
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:18 PM   #20
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This is just out of pure curiosity. I have seen several videos of people who have caught bobcats in foot traps, take a catch pole and release the cat. What is the purpose of this? I guess my real question is, why set a trap if you arenít going to take what is caught? Bobcats are just as much a predator as a coyote.
Most of those videos should be Marcoís as mentioned already. Bobcats are bycatch to them and they believe they do not affect the deer population as much as coyotes do which is their main target.
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:24 PM   #21
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Up here cats are good money and most trappers will release the females to help keep the population healthy for future trapping.
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:30 PM   #22
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I’ve released a couple that I’ve caught while targeting coyotes. I put a plastic tub over them, pull tree trapped paw out and open the trap. The impact they have on deer vs the mice and squirrels they get is worth it.
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Old 02-08-2019, 08:39 PM   #23
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When we used to do this it was to move them to the interior of a ranch away from any public roads. Once released, after a bit we would turn the dogs loose for training purposes. Probably sounds mean to some folks, but we were working for West Texas ranchers. Their livestock is their lively hood. It was a good dog training mechanism.
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https://youtu.be/jKrvYkNyPsM


This^^^^ video is releasing a bear, but this is the same way I release a bobcat. I use half a sheet of plywood. Notice the notch in the bottom.



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This ^^^^^ is how I get a coyote out. Once you grab them there they are harmless
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:19 PM   #25
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I have heard him say they dont think bobcats are too hard on the deer. They are after coyotes.
This. I do the same, we also release badgers. We hammer the coyotes and coons.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:49 PM   #26
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This ^^^^^ is how I get a coyote out. Once you grab them there they are harmless
That takes a pair! What do you want it alive for? .22 pistol range is about as close as I'm willing to get to an unhappy trapped raccoon, much less a coyote.
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That takes a pair! What do you want it alive for? .22 pistol range is about as close as I'm willing to get to an unhappy trapped raccoon, much less a coyote.
I don't like killing any animals in my traps. I will usually reset them, but if there is blood spilled then I have to move them. I take hogs out of my traps alive also. If I shoot a hog in the trap it will be weeks before the return.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:56 PM   #28
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:03 PM   #29
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I cut them out of snares if they are still alive. Don't hurt anything and I think they help quail. Huge part of their diet in pack rats. Park rats will raid quail nest.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:32 PM   #30
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It's not that difficult. A half sheet of plywood is all you need with a notch cut in the bottom of it. Place the wood between you and the cat. The notch will go over the foot trap and cats paw. Then you release the trap. No one gets hurt. If you want coyotes taken alive they are even easier. Grab them on the back of the neck behind the ear and they won't hardly move.
Well of course! Hell! Thatís what I do too, but I have also mastered the judo chop...

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Old 02-08-2019, 10:46 PM   #31
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I have released every bobcat I have ever snared....they were dead when I released them but they were released.
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If it's worth money and I'm putting forth an effort to catch things so I can make extra cash then it's getting shot and then released. I don't know why someone would let a bobcat go. There's no shortage of them.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:12 AM   #33
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I was in south tx with a trapper pulled up on a young cat, he released because the pelt wasn’t worth anything. That’s all he targets is bobcats for there pelts.
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Pretty cool to see we’re getting talked about on another platform.

We try not to kill them because they aren’t a major predator on deer compared to our target, coyotes.
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This is just out of pure curiosity. I have seen several videos of people who have caught bobcats in foot traps, take a catch pole and release the cat. What is the purpose of this? I guess my real question is, why set a trap if you arenít going to take what is caught? Bobcats are just as much a predator as a coyote.
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Pretty cool to see weíre getting talked about on another platform.

We try not to kill them because they arenít a major predator on deer compared to our target, coyotes.
Your questions have been answered from the source of the videos. You may close your thread lol
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:15 AM   #36
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I was thinking the same thing! Learn something everyday!
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