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Location: Washington's Back Country
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I have got a buddy that is making his own home made predator calls. His website should be up here pretty soon. it's http://www.ProwlerFoulerPredatorCalls.com. He makes them himself on a wood lathe.....pretty tedious process.....the results are phonomenal though. When we had some good snow he killed a good share of cats this year with them.

Location: Duvall, WA
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I use a rabbit in distress call, modified a little bit. Typically I start with a yellowhammer woodpecker soft for first two call sequences. I call for 30 seconds pause for 15 seconds and call again for 30 to 45. Then If I don't see anything, I switch to the cottontail distress. The woodpecker is a bit softer, so it won't be to loud to scare any close by cats away at first. Cats will evacuate if the call is too loud for them. I call for 30 to 45 seconds and pause for 30 seconds. I call each set for a minimum of a hour, some cats come fast, some come slow. A cat when coming into the call doesn't loose its curiosity, the slightest movement in the woods can distract them. Keep calling, if he is in the area, he will come. I have taken many handfuls of bobcats calling this way. some in the day but most at night. Keep at it, sooner or later you will call a cat. They are fun to chase and even funner at the fur auctions.
heres a couple I took like the method I explained.

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Location: Covington, WA
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Dang it!!! That's it, Steelie.....you have to take me out cat huntin' with you. My two kittie cats at home would friggin' freak big time if I ever came in the house with a bobcat, let alone one that big....NICE!

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Location: Montana
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Steelie, beauty cats, eh!!!!

Didnt get to hunt em this year, i strolled into my licence dealer the day after the deadline. I didnt know I had to buy my trappers license before a deadline to hunt cats. Learned a valued lesson, let me tell ya. Save a few for next year, i suppose.

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Very nice Cat man congrats Thumbs up

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Location: OlyWa
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I called these two in this spring with a closed reed call making fawn in distress sounds. They both came in after about 20 minutes. It was neat to get the pics, but I was trying for bear.

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Were you hunting a cut? Very nice pics man.

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What were you using for a camera, and how far were you? That first one came out GREAT!!!!

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Location: OlyWa
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I was hunting on the coast of Washington for spring bear in a unit near the Olympic Rain Forest. This unit is owned by a timber company and is planted/logged as needed. Most of it is very thick.

The first bobcat was called at the end of a spur road near a small swamp surrounded by thick reprod. He came out to the edge and watched me for who knows how long before I saw him. He was ranged at 100 yards. Here are a couple more.

The second was a week later. It was downhill at the edge of the timber and a patch of 12 ft reprod. When I saw him he was already looking my direction. I didn't have my camera so I went to the truck a couple hundred yards away and came back. He stayed another 10 minutes or so and was ranged at 130 yards if I remember correctly.

I watched both bobcats for about ten minutes before they left. Both were called in between 10 and noon.

The camera is a Canon Powershot S2 IS, 5 megapixel, 12x optical zoom. Last year it cost me $350, but can be found for $250 now. I am not a photographer, rather an outdoorsman who just started taking pitures. The camera is not hard to use, though it is packed with features.

Here are a few more pics I took with it this spring. Remember that these are downsized for the web. The full versions look much better.

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billythekidrock, Great photos! Thanks. Thumbs up

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