Where to hunt Bobcat
The Bobcat, along with Eurasian Lynx, Iberian Lynx, and Canadian Lynx, belongs to the genus Lynx and is the smallest of these species.It is highly adaptable and can thrive in various habitats from boreal forests to semi-deserts. Its distribution covers almost all of the Lower 48 (with the exception of the Midwest),Canada just a bit to the north from the border, and the northern half of Mexico, and hunting opportunities exist from British Columbia to Arizona.
The most affordable bobcat hunting opportunities are predator calling hunts in the southern part of its US range; these can go as low as $350 a hunter a day. A 5-day outfitted hunt near the US-Canadian border, with lodging and meals, will set you back by $4,000-$5,000. The most expensive offers combine Bobcat with Cougar and/or Lynx hunting over hounds; these can run into $10,000 and more.
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Hunting predators with packs of hounds has an ancient history and stirs a lot of emotions. Often the emotions are the result of incomplete understanding of the hunt and what goes into it. Bobcat hunting over hounds is not much different from a similar pursuit of the Cougar, the subject of this blog story.August 10, 2017 Cats, Dogs and Mixed Emotions: Hunting Mountain Lions with Hounds.
When to hunt Bobcat?
Bobcat hunting seasons in the states where it is treated as a predator may be generous and can run from August to March. In the more northern parts of its range, where it is considered a furbearer, the seasons are focused on the time when the fur would be in its prime, that is, winter. For hunting over hounds, the amount of snow cover is essential: you need some to locate the tracks, but at the same time not so much that it impedes with your movements.
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Bobcats are more common and less nocturnal than other feline species, and sometimes can be quite successfully harvested simply by still-hunting the likely places with a rifle at the ready. Calling is perhaps the most efficient way to get a Bobcat, with prey in distress calls drawing them real well. But by far the most exciting Bobcat hunt is to pursue them with packs of hounds. In the first stage of this hunt, the hunters must find a track of a suitable animal. Correct track identification is essential, as Bobcat shares habitat with other felines. When the track is identified, the hounds are released and the pursuit begins. To follow the hounds across all kinds of impossible terrain, to stalk the cat when they bring it to bay, and to make a careful shot overcoming fatigue and excitement is much, much easier said than done.
Why hunt Bobcat? All hunts (13)
Felines have historically had a strong emotional significance to us humans. Paradoxically, the yellow and black spots of a leopard act as a sign of danger, while the purr of a domestic cat is one of the most pacifying sounds in existence. Once you understand this paradox, the draw of Bobcat hunting will become more understandable. The elusive creature is not so easy to outsmart. It is small enough to evade a human easily in the dense forests; it prefers to kill its own food, and therefore not easy to attract by baiting; it is as much at home on treetops as on solid grounds, adding to escape strategies; it’s always on the alert, and is unlikely to let you come anywhere near itself if you try to track it through the snow. The challenge of the pursuit adds to the excitement of Bobcat hunting, and and makes the soft, beautiful spotted fur so much more valuable.
Mountain Lion & Bobcat Combo United States
What a RUSH! This is the most enjoyable, exciting and fun hunt you'll ever experience. We have lots of nice lions in this area to hunt from November to March each year. We offer the best in Colorado Mountain Lion Hunts with a very well trained pack of cold nosed hounds, 4x4 trucks, and ATV’s with track systems. A typical day starts early in the pre-dawn hours looking for a fresh track, once we cut a track the hounds are released and the hunt is on. We will be going through rugged terrain following the hounds to where the lion is treed. Depending on the freshness of the lion track, hunting can be very demanding physically. This is a 5 day fully guided lion and bobcat hunt per 1 hunter at $7,800. Additional non-hunter/ guest are an additional $200 per day. We run our hunts Monday through Friday. Mountain Lion Licenses can be purchased over the counter when you arrive for your hunt. The Colorado Division of Wildlife does require all hunters to complete an online Mountain Lion Identification Course before purchasing a hunting license. Please contact us at any time regarding license questions.
Trip duration: 5 days
Trip available on: 1 December 2019 28 February 2020
Cougar, Lynx & Bobcat Hunt (1x1) '19/20 Canada
We hunt cougars during the winter months using hounds and fresh snowfall to pick up tracks. Our cougars average around 150 pounds and there is true potential for a 180 lb. plus cat. Due to the large amount of ungulate winter range in the territory we have very healthy populations of these elusive cats. We also have great lynx and bobcat populations. Hunts are conducted by truck and ranger while searching for tracks, and then on foot when a large track is found.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 November 2019 28 February 2020
7 Day Mountain Lion & Bobcat Combo United States
Our mountain lion hunts are definitely one of our favorites. They are also one of the most unpredictable. We use highly trained hound dogs and enthusiastic lion chasing guides. This can be one of our most fast paced hunts. With temperatures sometimes ranging from -30 degrees and snow all the way up to t-shirt weather and no snow, it's anyone's guess here in Wyoming! What we can be sure of is our dogs and guides are ready to work for you! Whether we are on a hot lion track or sipping coffee watching the snow fall in sub zero temperatures, we will do our best to make sure you have the hunt of a lifetime! The hunt includes accommodations and transportation during your hunt, with meals, trophy and meat care also included. Your hunt price is for one guide for two hunters, one on one hunts can be arranged in advance.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 November 2019 31 March 2020
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