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#6675420 - 02/15/17 07:33 AM What's everyone thoughts on bobcats?
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I never pass on yotes or hogs. Should I leave the bobcats alone?
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#6675463 - 02/15/17 08:17 AM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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Registered: 09/13/11
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Never pass on yotes or hogs.
Shot a few bobs in the past and they are almost too easy.
Now, I just watch them.
Had a mom raise two kittens in a creek bottom near one of my feeders.
Had a few good shows of her stalking the rabbits that came to the feeder, both in person and on game camera.
In the picture below, you can see the reflection of the rabbit's eye to the right of feeder leg.




Edited by Vern1 (02/15/17 08:18 AM)
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#6675474 - 02/15/17 08:26 AM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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Yotes and pigs are S.O.S.rifle

.....I give a pass to cats and foxes..... cheers
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#6675482 - 02/15/17 08:32 AM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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Kill them on sight.

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#6675548 - 02/15/17 09:16 AM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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I pass on bobcats and foxes. Too much fun to watch, and also, wife will cut me off if I kill them. Coyotes, hogs, skunks, and raccoons do not get the same considerations.
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#6675549 - 02/15/17 09:16 AM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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On my place, coyotes and bobcats get a pass. On the places were I do hog control, I do what the landowner says, which has been always kill coyotes and sometimes kill the bobcats.
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#6675592 - 02/15/17 09:43 AM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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I have shot bobcats from time to time, but prefer watching them. Pretty cool creatures.

I got an interesting perspective on yotes from a rancher I work with. He is a veterinarian and very active in national cattle organizations, will soon be president of one. He runs about 6,000 head. Yotes are not a concern to him and he knows folks will disagree with him. They take out the weak, not the healthy. In his many years of ranching he feels yotes just haven't been a problem....and I tell you he has a lot of them. Flip side, he says there needs to be a balance. No yotes means many things such as rabbits survive more often. For him, rabbits are a significant issue in causing damage to his pastures. I don't know enough to comment on all that, but this is a highly regarded rancher and veterinarian whose family has been ranching in Texas since the early 1800's. I figger he knows better than me... I still shoot the yotes though...

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#6675841 - 02/15/17 12:24 PM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: dfwroadkill]
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Originally Posted By: dfwroadkill
I have shot bobcats from time to time, but prefer watching them. Pretty cool creatures.

I got an interesting perspective on yotes from a rancher I work with. He is a veterinarian and very active in national cattle organizations, will soon be president of one. He runs about 6,000 head. Yotes are not a concern to him and he knows folks will disagree with him. They take out the weak, not the healthy. In his many years of ranching he feels yotes just haven't been a problem....and I tell you he has a lot of them. Flip side, he says there needs to be a balance. No yotes means many things such as rabbits survive more often. For him, rabbits are a significant issue in causing damage to his pastures. I don't know enough to comment on all that, but this is a highly regarded rancher and veterinarian whose family has been ranching in Texas since the early 1800's. I figger he knows better than me... I still shoot the yotes though...


He is absolutely right, take out yotes 100 % in an area and watch it go to crap,,,, Like every thing else,they do have a purpose here...


Edited by 2hellandback (02/15/17 12:30 PM)

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#6675944 - 02/15/17 01:25 PM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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#6676002 - 02/15/17 02:19 PM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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Up to this point I haven't been going out specifically to look for predators, so I only see bobcats on game cameras. Hogs are always Shoot 'em All, and coyotes are Shoot if it doesn't mess up the hog hunt, unless they make it really easy and I can't pass up the shot.
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#6676034 - 02/15/17 02:47 PM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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I've killed one cat it was smaller than I thought so I would have passed on it if I knew it was small. I will shoot another one but it will have to be a big and pretty cat that I want to mount other than that they will get a pass unless a landowner specifically says kill them if I see them. Coyotes, coons, jack rabbits,hogs, skunks are all shot on sight and have shot a couple foxes but also let a few walk.
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#6681405 - 02/20/17 12:20 PM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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As a rancher I will tell you that if you are not having any varmint problems, leave well enough alone. You shoot all the coyotes, another batch will move in and they might be much more aggressive. I have ranched for 15 years and never had a varmint take down a calf. Dogs are much more of a problem along with buzzards and Mexican vultures. Dos will pack up to hunt, coyotes vary seldom will.

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#6682250 - 02/21/17 08:01 AM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: WIP Ranch]
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Originally Posted By: WIP Ranch
As a rancher I will tell you that if you are not having any varmint problems, leave well enough alone. You shoot all the coyotes, another batch will move in and they might be much more aggressive. I have ranched for 15 years and never had a varmint take down a calf. Dogs are much more of a problem along with buzzards and Mexican vultures. Dos will pack up to hunt, coyotes vary seldom will.


WIP you are correct in all my years i have seen yotes pack up twice,,, both times there where no rabbits of any kind and lots of snow,,,, Food was very scarce... they packed up to bring down antelope both times i saw this ! They would take turns running down the weakest animal until the antelope could no longer run !


Edited by 2hellandback (02/21/17 08:03 AM)

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#6683730 - 02/22/17 12:05 PM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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We ranch small animals as well as cattle. Any coyote or red fox gets whacked. Our trapper has a permit to shoot black-headed vultures. Grey foxes and bobcats get passes. No hogs, thankfully, and we don't have feeders, so coons get to live. As for rabbits, etc., I don't mind letting the 10/22 help control the population when the need arises.
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#6685109 - 02/23/17 02:03 PM Re: What's everyone thoughts on bobcats? [Re: daniel1381]
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Bobcats and Foxes get a pass from me, Raccoons, yotes and skunks go down.
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