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Old 01-13-2020, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Bobcat hunt - Bow vs Gun

So I have always wanted a mounted bobcat in the trophy room and finally started getting one coming to one of my stands pretty regular.

I think I am going to get some dedicated sits in to try and take one. The question is, do I go with the Bow or the gun?

I have been hunting for over 10 years and never had the opportunity to take a bobcat. Part of me wants to try and take it with the bow to make it more of a trophy but the other part wants to just take the gun out and try and increase my chance.

What say you?
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:00 AM   #2
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Chances are you won’t see that thing when you hunt for it. If it’s a bobcat what you want, take the gun.
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Old 01-14-2020, 01:36 AM   #3
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They're tough animals and can run a long ways mortally wounded and they'll die in the thickest,nastiest stuff they can find. I'd use a gun but that's just me. Enough gun to kill one on the spot.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:39 AM   #4
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Bow if your going to call in day time. Probably gun for night calling. Good luck, your local bird and rabbit population thanks you.
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:34 AM   #5
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12GA is what I am going to use. I have a big Tom roaming the feeders I need to deal with.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:05 AM   #6
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A GOOD bobcat mount is expensive
a lot of bad ones out there
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:31 AM   #7
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They're tough animals and can run a long ways mortally wounded and they'll die in the thickest,nastiest stuff they can find. I'd use a gun but that's just me. Enough gun to kill one on the spot.
Whats "enough" gun for one?

I have a 223, 308 or a 20/12 gauge
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:32 AM   #8
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A GOOD bobcat mount is expensive
a lot of bad ones out there
My taxidermist does them for like 1200ish. They look great
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:36 AM   #9
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I have shot them with a 223 and 17 HMR both work well.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:36 AM   #10
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Whats "enough" gun for one?

I have a 223, 308 or a 20/12 gauge
Of those I’d use the .223 for anything beyond 50 yds, shotgun inside of 40-50 yds. Carry both to your stand ideally.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:44 AM   #11
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Bow, I took mine with a longbow.
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:10 AM   #12
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12GA is what I am going to use. I have a big Tom roaming the feeders I need to deal with.
I have killed somewhere near a dozen cats with 7 1/2 shot. They die quickly with little pelt damage. The one I shot with a .257 STW was pretty rough.
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:17 AM   #13
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Use the 223 with least exploding tip you can find.
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:33 PM   #14
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Whats "enough" gun for one?

I have a 223, 308 or a 20/12 gauge
I like a .223 using Hornady 52gr.BTHP's but a v-max,softpoint or anything but a full metal jacket will work fine. You want a bullet that'll expand or fragment inside the bobcat,dumping all of its energy inside its body and shutting it down quick. A full metal jacket will blow straight through. If you do blow a big hole in it a taxidermist can fix it. If you shoot it with a bullet that doesn't expand or too small of a cartridge or bird shot in your shotgun you're not gaining anything. If it runs off you can't do much with it.

12 gauge with BB shot or #4 buck will shut one down and not cause much fur damage.
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:42 PM   #15
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Whats "enough" gun for one?

I have a 223, 308 or a 20/12 gauge
I've shot them with 17hmr, .221 fireball, 22-250
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Old 01-14-2020, 01:44 PM   #16
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I think I am going to try with the bow.

Will report back here when I miss and wish I had my gun.
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Old 01-14-2020, 03:41 PM   #17
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Use a bow. You can call a cat within 20 yards anytime you see one with your hand/lips. Even when it pinpoints you a cat doesn't blow out like a coyote. They just ease away casually. East animal to take.
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Old 01-14-2020, 04:17 PM   #18
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Really want to increase your chance to like close to guaranteed. Put in a dirt hole set. Bobcat's are pretty easy to catch once you know were they're at. And the pelt will be perfect. Unless that ruins it for you.
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Old 01-14-2020, 04:20 PM   #19
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Good luck. I like your style. I have taken 2 fox with a bow, if I can hit a fox you can easily hit a bobcat!
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:41 AM   #20
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like my coyote, if not with a bow, no mount. Doing the same with fox or bobcat.
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Went for 2 days straight and he never made an appearance. Tried calls, baits and lures.
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I strictly bow hunt so if course I’ll say bow! I shot my first ever this year with a bow in the National Forest and so glad I used my bow. More of a challenge so it meant more to me.
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I’d use a .17 so you hopefully don’t damage too much hide.
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They're tough animals and can run a long ways mortally wounded and they'll die in the thickest,nastiest stuff they can find. I'd use a gun but that's just me. Enough gun to kill one on the spot.
I gut shot one a couple of weekends ago thinking the .270 would drop it. Found about 3 ft of intestine in the woods, but never found the cat. They’re really tough.
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