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properly bed the trap so that no part of it
will move beneath the cat's paw when
stepped upon.
As for lure, beaver castor works great
for bobcats, as does bobcat gland lure.
And bobcat urine can be applied to whatever backstop you use at a dirt-hole set.
A common trapping technique is to use
branches, sticks or other obstacles to help
guide the furbearer's paw to your trap's
pan, and with bobcats, you can get away
with tightly boxing-in your sets to force
the cat to step exactly where you want.
If you've made a dirt-hole set and want
the cat to approach only from the front,
don't hesitate to block off the back and
sides, perhaps by jamming several sticks
upright into the ground. The set might
look ridiculous. And it might be unlikely
to catch a fox or coyote. But it won't deter
a bobcat, and you'll be likelier to catch it.
Obstacles also can be used to increase
catch rates on known bobcat trails, where
blind sets - involving a concealed trap
with no bait or lure - are good options.
When placing obstacles, however, keep
in mind that bobcats will tend to step on
top of logs and larger-diameter sticks that
lie flat on the ground.
Meanwhile, cubby sets - in which a
concealed trap is placed at the entrance
or just within a baited, artificial shelter,
often constructed of stone or brush - also
are effective.
The size of the cubby is not important.
What's important is blocking the back of

PERMIT REQUIRED
Bobcats may be hunted or trapped during established
seasons by those possessing a furtaker license and a bobcat
permit. Permits must be purchased prior to the season. This
season the deadline was Dec. 16, 2017. Bobcat harvests
must be reported, online or by phone, within 48 hours.

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it so the cat comes from the front.

RELEASING NONTARGET CATS
If you set for bobcats in a good area,
you really can't avoid catching juveniles.
Often it's these smaller cats that are first
to visit a set. And if you're after a mature
cat, it means you'll need to release the
juvenile from the trap.
Bobcats are trickier to release than
many other non-target catches.
I recommend never using a catch pole.
Bobcats are easily suffocated, and if you
use a catch pole to snare it around the neck
in attempt to release it, you might end up
with your harvest tag on the cat instead.
The best method I have found for
releasing a cat involves, believe it or not,
a 2½- by 1½-foot plastic tub. I cut a small
"mouse hole" at a point on the open end of
the tub, and when I have a cat in the trap,
I put the tub over it, and pull its paw out
through the hole to release it.
The tub seems to have a calming effect
on the cat, and it's also handy for weighing
it. Just slide the lid underneath the tub and
cat, tighten a strap around it and pick it
up with a hand scale. I also use the tub to
carry traps, chains and other gear to and
from the set.

ENJOY THE PURSUIT
No matter where you are in Pennsylvania, chances are, there are bobcats around.
Does that mean you'll see them? Probably not. With as many bobcats as I've
caught, I've only seen one in the wild,
outside of trapping season.
They're almost ghost-like; that's part of
what makes them so fascinating.
But they're far from uncatchable. And
with scouting effort and proper licenses,
you, too, could walk out of the winter
woods with one of Pennsylvania's most
beautiful creatures over your shoulder.



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