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Old 11-07-2017, 09:30 AM   #1
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So far this season I have taken 2 and missed 1. Posted online and both times bashed by a couple friends/non hunters in person who seen the post. Yes they are beautiful creatures but they not only hurt quail, turkey, squirrel, rabbits but also deer. This cat here is a big cat (I did not shoot it). I took one Saturday this size and ended up missing another from the same setup Sunday. No different than coyotes they are powerful predators and fast! I prefer to see deer roaming my place over anything and any opportunity I get to take a shot at a bobcat I will!

Back in October I had deer blowing upwind of me. I knew they weren't blowing at me but figured maybe they had seen my truck and alerted every other deer around. Not 5 minutes later squirrels starting barking and I decided to look behind me. Sure enough here come a Bobcat sneaking up. Every move I made it became more curious. Fortunately I was able to get an arrow through it at 15yds. Was it after a deer before no telling but I know I don't have to worry about it. I'm covered with cats at my place and still know of 3 throughout the property. May be time to set a few traps as well.

Do you shoot cats every chance or pass?
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:31 AM   #2
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man I would like to see that video
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:32 AM   #3
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I will never pass a shot on a bobcat
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:34 AM   #5
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man I would like to see that video
Me too! 903 outdoors posted asking to see it. Hope he post it.
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Plano has bobcats. Come over Jason and our neighbors won't hate one bit. Good harvest
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:37 AM   #8
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So far this season I have taken 2 and missed 1. Posted online and both times bashed by a couple friends/non hunters in person who seen the post. Yes they are beautiful creatures but they not only hurt quail, turkey, squirrel, rabbits but also deer. This cat here is a big cat (I did not shoot it). I took one Saturday this size and ended up missing another from the same setup Sunday. No different than coyotes they are powerful predators and fast! I prefer to see deer roaming my place over anything and any opportunity I get to take a shot at a bobcat I will!

Back in October I had deer blowing upwind of me. I knew they weren't blowing at me but figured maybe they had seen my truck and alerted every other deer around. Not 5 minutes later squirrels starting barking and I decided to look behind me. Sure enough here come a Bobcat sneaking up. Every move I made it became more curious. Fortunately I was able to get an arrow through it at 15yds. Was it after a deer before no telling but I know I don't have to worry about it. I'm covered with cats at my place and still know of 3 throughout the property. May be time to set a few traps as well.

Do you shoot cats every chance or pass?

I was hunting in Irion County several years ago and watched a bobcat run down the hill and jump on the back of a small doe that wasn't fast enough to get away. She dropped her butt to the ground and swung that cat off. The cat rolled, sat up, and I whacked him with my 7 mag. Made a beautiful rug.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:38 AM   #9
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I shot one bob cat to get mounted but didn't know I had to get it frozen pretty quick and the taxi couldn't do it. I will shoot one more to mount then i will give bob cats a pass.. I don't really care to shoot them other than for a mount but doesn't bug me when people do..
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:40 AM   #10
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I won't shoot them, but have no problem with people who do. Just a personal preference.

Sounds like you need some new friends OP.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:40 AM   #11
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I don't shoot them but I don't have many (saw one in 7 yrs of hunting my place) so I don't have to worry about them much.

If I had a bunch, I would thin them.

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Old 11-07-2017, 09:42 AM   #12
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:42 AM   #13
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I shot one bob cat to get mounted but didn't know I had to get it frozen pretty quick and the taxi couldn't do it. I will shoot one more to mount then i will give bob cats a pass.. I don't really care to shoot them other than for a mount but doesn't bug me when people do..
All I have killed have been tanned. I have 2 in the freezer now and only 1 has minimal damage for a full body. Luckily it's my biggest cat. The one I missed Sunday was same size and very similar to the one pictured above color and size wise. If I can get him down before the other heads to the taxi I just might be out $2k and have them both done in the same scene. Crazy what they cost but a good cat taxi isn't cheap! After that tanning is all I will do.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:44 AM   #14
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I won't shoot them, but have no problem with people who do. Just a personal preference.

Sounds like you need some new friends OP.
LOL... They are actually good people. Don't care about me killing deer as we eat them. Even they eat deer. They just don't see the point of killing cats, coyotes or foxes.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:45 AM   #15
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:45 AM   #16
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They're considered a furbearer here and there is a season on them. But from the start of December to the end of February I shoot them. I'd probably pass on a little one but I shoot them to make money and the little ones don't bring much. Beautiful ain't got nothing to do with killin nothin. Some people just have it in their mind if you can't eat it,don't kill it. Well....eat it then if that's your philosophy. Nobody ever said you can't eat predators. I ain't....but if you think that way...eat up. I think that whole thing about eating what you kill is a load of horse hockey anyways. The people talking like that better be having mouse kabobs when they have a rodent problem cause I guarantee you they ain't killin everything just to eat it.

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Old 11-07-2017, 09:45 AM   #17
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I have shot several of them. You couldn't get me to pass up a shot at one. Now not so much. I have a nice rug & a nice life size mount. I think I would just rather watch them now. With that said, my sister in-law wants one for a life size mount. So if a good one comes by I will shoot it. We have a bunch of them on the property we hunt. See several every season.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:46 AM   #18
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I think bobcats are pretty cool animals and love seeing them; that being said I will shoot them if/when I see them. I know we have them, but don't don't see them on a regular basis at our ranch.
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All I have killed have been tanned. I have 2 in the freezer now and only 1 has minimal damage for a full body. Luckily it's my biggest cat. The one I missed Sunday was same size and very similar to the one pictured above color and size wise. If I can get him down before the other heads to the taxi I just might be out $2k and have them both done in the same scene. Crazy what they cost but a good cat taxi isn't cheap! After that tanning is all I will do.
Where do you get yours done? Was gonna have mine done at gods creations. Never thought about getting two done.. that would be cool with some quail..
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:46 AM   #20
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I shoot every one I can, probably the best meat in the wood.
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I think bobcats are pretty cool animals and love seeing them; that being said I will shoot them if/when I see them. I know we have them, but don't don't see them on a regular basis at our ranch.
I had only seen one in the wild my whole life then at the lease last year I saw 3 playing together while deer hunting. Called another in the next day within 5 yards!
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:49 AM   #22
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Where do you get yours done? Was gonna have mine done at gods creations. Never thought about getting two done.. that would be cool with some quail..
I am trying to decide actually. God's Creation has some impressive work. Mark Couture I believe is his name and I'm pretty sure a member here. He charges $950 for the cat and then the scene is extra. Im also thinking about using my main Taxi (TexanTax) here on TBH. Haven't really decided yet.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:50 AM   #23
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I shoot every one I can, probably the best meat in the wood.
Ive heard the meat is good but haven't set my mind to tasting it. I just might have too. Processor in town swears by it and makes stew.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:50 AM   #24
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:50 AM   #25
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Personally I won't shoot a bobcat only because I rarely see them. We have one on our Kerr County property that I have watched a few different times. I don't care if others kill em, but I won't simply for the fact I have seen so few. Same with mountain lions
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:53 AM   #26
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Whack em and stack em. Wait till u look up from ur pop up and see one staring at u from 5 yds. NOT cool
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:58 AM   #27
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I have shot several over the years. The largest one I had mounted and I have to say it is one of my favorites. However, I quit shooting them awhile back and now enjoy watching them when I see one. I have no problem with people who blast them, and I understand the need for predator control in deer management. I just personally quit faulting them for doing what the good Lord created them to do.
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I have shot several over the years. The largest one I had mounted and I have to say it is one of my favorites. However, I quit shooting them awhile back and now enjoy watching them when I see one. I have no problem with people who blast them, and I understand the need for predator control in deer management. I just personally quit faulting them for doing what the good Lord created them to do.
Very good point. I debated shooting the one Sunday. After missing it (chip shot) I started to wonder. Watching it move through the grass was neat. Stopping every 10-15 ft and only thing moving was it's tail. If it wasn't for that I wouldnt have known it was there. Fawn crop was weak this year. Not that they weren't born but disappeared. I figured Coyotes for one were the issue but in the last month every camera check has shown Bobcats.

This was my last camera check. Coyote with a deer leg. (Thought maybe youth wknd someone shot a deer and disposed of legs but didn't hear any shots.) The cat was Saturday. I killed a big Tom at 7:30. This cat came by 700 yds from where I liked the other at 9:20. Sunday I shot at a darker cat back at the same setup I killed the other Saturday.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:41 AM   #29
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Kill em all. We've killed 15 or 16 (lost count) on our lease in 2 years. They take a toll on the quail, turkey, and deer, no doubt.








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Old 11-07-2017, 10:42 AM   #30
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For the naysayers- here's a bobcat attacking a deer.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:47 AM   #31
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Cats have to eat too. And no matter what I think about the other animals they prey on, I'm doing pretty much the same darn thing when I hunt. So mucho respect to a fellow predator - who has more to die for living daily than I do.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:50 AM   #32
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I enjoy seeing them.
Should I be afraid?
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Cats have to eat too. And no matter what I think about the other animals they prey on, I'm doing pretty much the same darn thing when I hunt. So mucho respect to a fellow predator - who has more to die for living daily than I do.
Me too. Even though we will get flamed, thats how I see it.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:02 AM   #34
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I've never shot one and don't plan on it, but to each their own. They are rare on our place and are cool to watch.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:10 AM   #35
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I've always passed, but probably won't this year. Had a cat and cub last year that my wife and I saw on a few occasions. Every road on our lease has cat "piles" on them. Seeing several on cameras also. A couple years back, I was hunting a friend's hay field for hogs at night. Had 3 doe in the field. Drove towards em in the Jeep and when I got about 60 yards from them, a bobcat jumped up about halfway between us. Guess I changed his dinner plans.

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Old 11-07-2017, 11:10 AM   #36
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My dad always told me if you see a bobcat then that means you have too many of them. He believes these cats are too good of hunters to be seen. Which makes since. If they are over populated they will be more prone to putting themselves out in the open to get food. It's like big cats such as mountain lions. We know they are in Texas but sightings are not that often.

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Old 11-07-2017, 11:13 AM   #37
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I have a place in maddisonville, we have a lot of cats. I really enjoy taking my grandson out and using the callers. He loves to blow them and call the cats. I have never shot one with him, I always let the cats win. This year we will get one as he wants to have the skin tanned and put in his room. If we killed all the cats we would not have them to go play with. Also I believe that since the cats have always got away, when we do get one it will be more special to him.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:16 AM   #38
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My dad always told me if you see a bobcat then that means you have too many of them. He believes these cats are too good of hunters to be seen. Which makes since. If they are over populated they will be more prone to putting themselves out in the open to get food. It's like big cats such as mountain lions. We know they are in Texas but sightings are not that often.
It's funny how rare people really think bobcats are. People rarely see them because they don't want to be seen. I'd be willing to bet Texas has the highest population of bobcats than anywhere in the United States by far. If you're only hunting during the day time your chances of seeing a bobcat are already pretty slim. They do most of their hunting at night. I'd bet it would really,really surprise people that never see them if they took a predator call out at night since it's legal in Texas and shined for eyes all night.
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it's funny how rare people really think bobcats are. People rarely see them because they don't want to be seen. I'd be willing to bet texas has the highest population of bobcats than anywhere in the united states by far. If you're only hunting during the day time your chances of seeing a bobcat are already pretty slim. They do most of their hunting at night. I'd bet it would really,really surprise people that never see them if they took a predator call out at night since it's legal in texas and shined for eyes all night.
exactly!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:38 AM   #41
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MOst time yote and cats get a pass unless I see them close to the house. Only thing I never pass on is pigs.
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It's funny how rare people really think bobcats are. People rarely see them because they don't want to be seen. I'd be willing to bet Texas has the highest population of bobcats than anywhere in the United States by far. If you're only hunting during the day time your chances of seeing a bobcat are already pretty slim. They do most of their hunting at night. I'd bet it would really,really surprise people that never see them if they took a predator call out at night since it's legal in Texas and shined for eyes all night.
I know bobcats aren't rare. I have killed a many of them. Majority at night while calling, and a few during the daylight hours. But for the op's question I was basically saying if you see a cat to shoot it because they really shouldn't be seen. Especially during the daylight hours if you are seeing them a lot then there might be a overpopulation in the area and can turn into big problems with other wildlife.
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It's funny how rare people really think bobcats are. People rarely see them because they don't want to be seen. I'd be willing to bet Texas has the highest population of bobcats than anywhere in the United States by far. If you're only hunting during the day time your chances of seeing a bobcat are already pretty slim. They do most of their hunting at night. I'd bet it would really,really surprise people that never see them if they took a predator call out at night since it's legal in Texas and shined for eyes all night.
20+ yrs hunting Jack Cty multiple rolls of 35mm film developed and not one bobcat. Yeah they were around but rare! My dad killed the first bobcat off that place 3 yrs ago a couple weeks after getting it on camera. Move to East Tx 9 yrs ago and multiple cameras out. Get a cat on cam once or twice a year. Buy 88 acres next door to us and have 8 cams out. Every camera has a pic of a bobcat almost every check every week! Not rare at this place but overpopulated! I'm almost 32 now and have seen more bobcats in my last 2 sits at my place than I have ever seen hunting. In the last month I have seen 5 during daylight hours. That should say something there.

Put it this way, I had seen more mountain lions in person than bobcats before I purchased this place.
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I know bobcats aren't rare. I have killed a many of them. Majority at night while calling, and a few during the daylight hours. But for the op's question I was basically saying if you see a cat to shoot it because they really shouldn't be seen. Especially during the daylight hours if you are seeing them a lot then there might be a overpopulation in the area and can turn into big problems with other wildlife.
I agree. I know you didn't say they're rare but I know some people think they are. Even here I know folks that have never seen a bobcat and have lived here all their life. I've shot my fair share of them calling and have trapped a bunch. I just chuckle at how amazed people are when I show them pictures of cats that I've shot. They aren't like coyotes and just come out into the open where anyone can see them. You might see one cross the road at night every once in a while but they're very sneaky so it's no wonder nobody ever gets to see one. It doesn't take much cover at all and they seem to just disappear. Just like a big buck or anything else that's learned to use the dark or thick cover to their advantage. They're true survivors.

I wouldn't necessarily use the word smart to describe bobcats but they definitely aren't dumb. They know how to get around and make a living by not being seen.
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Most hunters are sitting early AM or late Afternoon. It is during these periods, predators start to move. Either on the end of the night's hunt (AM) and or the beginning of the night's hunt (PM).

They aren't as mysterious to see as many think. I've seen many of them and in the areas I've noted them in, and the sightings are typically within 2 hours of either sunrise or sunset. More noted within the 30 minute period on either end. Kerr, Webb, Kendall, Brazoria, Guadalupe & Robertson Counties.

Killing cats doesn't float my boat. They are solitary hunters, not pack driven, and their numbers are never close in count to match coyotes. Which compete against everything the Bobcat pursues.

Fox are pretty much the same as Bobcats - in may ways. And I've watched many of them as well. A couple typically work together, and if several are spotted, they are typically a recent litter that will eventually move on to forge elsewhere as they mature to points to move on.

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Old 11-07-2017, 12:16 PM   #47
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I usually shoot 4 to 5 every year on our place, they don't get a pass.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:19 PM   #48
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20+ yrs hunting Jack Cty multiple rolls of 35mm film developed and not one bobcat. Yeah they were around but rare! My dad killed the first bobcat off that place 3 yrs ago a couple weeks after getting it on camera. Move to East Tx 9 yrs ago and multiple cameras out. Get a cat on cam once or twice a year. Buy 88 acres next door to us and have 8 cams out. Every camera has a pic of a bobcat almost every check every week! Not rare at this place but overpopulated! I'm almost 32 now and have seen more bobcats in my last 2 sits at my place than I have ever seen hunting. In the last month I have seen 5 during daylight hours. That should say something there.

Put it this way, I had seen more mountain lions in person than bobcats before I purchased this place.
That's pretty wild. Some places do seem to have more than others but it also depends on the habitat I believe. For example I have a buddy down state that catches his limit of bobcats every furbearer season which is 20 per person. He has a high concentration of cats but there's a lot more cover down in that part of the country. A big male bobcats range is like 8 square miles. Here where the trees and cover are scarce they have to extend that range to be able to hunt and still feel safe and having a place they feel safe to stay during the day. That's not to say there aren't a bunch here they're just more spread out because for the most part their solitary animals. They don't travel in packs or anything. About the only time you'll see more than one together is if it's a mother with kittens.

So naturally he gets to see more and take more every year because where he lives their ranges pretty much overlap.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:34 PM   #49
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I drew back on one Saturday evening. Never gave me a shot and walked right under my stand.


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Old 11-07-2017, 12:39 PM   #50
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Video was posted on 903 Outdoors Facebook page. Will see if I can download here. Crazy
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