Pennsylvania Game News - December 2015 - 34

Christmas
C

HRISTMAS MORNING started
like any other. My little sister and
I woke before dawn, then rushed
downstairs to begin unwrapping presents.
But what I wanted most wouldn't be
found under the tree.
I was hoping, however, that after nearly
three seasons of unsuccessfully trapping
for bobcat, my trapline on Christmas
morning might finally provide the one
thing that had long topped my list.
The morning after the 2011 deer season
ended, my Dad and I set out a trail camera
to see what might still be out there.
Scrolling through images of
crows, woodpeckers and foxes,
two pictures caught our eye.
They were of a large bobcat.
During the ensuing bobcat season in
early 2012, we set traps hoping to catch
this cat. Some of the traps were new and
some belonged to my great-grandfather.
We checked those traps early each
morning excited to see if we had caught
anything.
Our first catch was an opossum.
Even though it wasn't a cat, we were
happy to have at least caught something.
Several raccoon catches followed, and
then, the best catch of the season - an
ermine. We celebrated as if it was New
Year's Eve when it turned up in one of
our sets.
But when the season ended, seeing
tracks and other traces was as close as we
came to catching a bobcat.

34

By Rebecca Case

During the fall of 2013, we bought
a dozen new MB-550 traps and a few
bottles of different lures. We read up on
trapping bobcats and learned as much as
we could.
We put the new traps together and
engraved our last name on them. Then,
we boiled the traps in a mixture of sumac
berries and black walnut hulls.
We talked about what it might be like
to find a bobcat in a trap. Just the mere
thought motivated us to continue our
preparation.
During deer season, we saw a large
bobcat track coming out of the swamp.
And when the bobcat trapping season
arrived, we made nine new bobcat sets,
three of which were cubby sets.
We made each set precisely - digging
the trap beds, sifting dirt and placing lure.
We were careful not to use our bare hands
because we didn't want to leave human
scent around the set.
The bobcats, however, eluded us.
Finally, Christmas Eve came. As usual,
we spent it at my grandparents' house,
with the rest of my family.
After a day of opening gifts, spending
time together, and just being excited for
the day ahead, it was finally time to say
our good-byes and head home for the
night.
While giving out hugs, Dad asked everyone - before going to sleep that night
- to say a prayer for us to catch a bobcat.
Everyone laughed and we went home.



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