tman308 wrote:If you don't mind me asking what are the dimensions of your traps and what do you use as a lure?
Good looking cats and man that is alot of bobers.
I really have not been cage trapping that long and prove that it isn't rocket science to catching bobcat. The first step is to use quality cages. Many cages on the market have poor pan design. Much of the pan is dead, meaning it takes a whole lot of pressure to engage it. Also the locks many companies use are cheap and simple. If the cage falls over, the cat can get out. I have some swing door cages, but I invest now in guillotine door style. Some will argue the point but I feel bigger cats feel more comfortable going in bigger cages. The cages I use are in 4 cage clusters so I can get as many as possible in the back of my truck. The sizes are-
Small- 9 x 18 x 42
Medium- 10.5 x 19.5 x 42
Large- 12 x 21 x 42
X-Large- 13.5 x 22.5 x 42
I catch nice bobcats in all of them.
This last season I used Briarpatch bobcat gland lure, Cat-man-do, and Pride Rock in the cage with a call lure 6' above the cage. There are lot of other little secrets I do to entice the bobcat to notice my set and go into the cages.
As I said I am far from a pro and feel fortunate I live in an area with a high population of well spotted bobcats.