- Jul 1, 2008
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- Central Illinois
IL just opened its first bobcat season and lucky me I caught a big male right in front of a trail camera! Had two coyotes come in during night and pester the cat but did not attack it?
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Momma wants a full mount done! OK by me...
Ugh...that's terrible to hear! What an amazing experience, but what an absolute shame that the system was gamed like that. I am so sorry to hear that you had to turn that fine cat loose.
I know it's not likely, but I sure wish you luck in the future in getting one of the tags and finding another cat. Either that, or get your tail up here and we'll go find you a lynx instead!
Well Brian and Bushwack there is a story for sure on this! I wanted to be clear on the laws before I dispatched the kitty - at first it seemed all I had to do was buy a $5.00 pelt permit within 48 hours of the kill - peachy. But, thankfully I contacted a retired CPO and he said no I had to have been one of the lucky 500 draw permit holders first - Grrrr And to make matters worse these permits were only $5 and a large PETA group that had fought this new season in IL had hundreds of members apply for these coveted permits thus few actually reached the sportsman's hands that deserved them. What the hell good is a season if the participants can't access the permits! What BS!!!!!!
So I had to get a 3 foot piece of 1 1/2 in pvc tubing, run a doubled up piece of wire down it to make a loop and then open the MB550 trap with my feet while this mad SOB was tearing at my leg with its paw and bit through my boot once when I lost my balance and let it get too close... He was not hurt foot wise and ran off just fine, but I will never do that again. My dogs sat in my truck watching and trying to get out to help, but had ringside seats to quite a dance! I had taken my trail cam down so missed a great chance to see that clown act!
What really burns me is someone could easily get bit - then you are looking at rabies shots - infections etc - this is a ridiculous law and probably ruined my once in a lifetime chance at a beautiful mount... Not to mention saving a lot of my local deer in the future...
Anyway I got some cool pics!
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This is why we have to buy a license before applying for permit hunts. There was a time the anti hunting groups put in for permits in Alaska to keep hunters from drawing the tag.Man that sucks! I can't believe the PETA people actually could do that! The Fish and Game in Illinois need to do something about the law to change that! What a crazy experience you had releasing that cat! Reminds me of a video I saw on the news yesterday about a rabid bobcat in Florida. Check it out.
Did you get bit or scratched? If so, maybe you should get it looked at to be sure you didn't get rabies.