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Helluva Day

K, a I'll try to condense this and give a quick synopsis of the days events. Left at 5:30 am after getting 4 hours of sleep. Drove down I-25 thru fog as thick as pea soup. Got to my calling area and darn near froze my gonads off. Had coyotes vocally respond on the majority of stands, but not one darn rascall come in to play. Walked a mile thru snow and mud to a nice looking ridge with trees in the middle of the prairie to call and right when getting close to my chosen spot think to myself "this looks like a perfect spot a coyote would be napping" and one nano second later see a yote lighting out that I spooked from this ideal spot. Also, my mojo critter quits working on me then my foxpro quit working on me. I thinks 'ok' I could use some practice handcalling anyway. Get into some howling matches with coyotes front, left, center, and behind me, but again, nothing comes in. Wore the wrong boots feet got wet and cold. I'm thinking mayby I should have stayed home today. Leaving my last set of the day heading back to the truck and catch movement to my left, it's big darn big, I think it's yote about a hundred yards off. I get down on a knee get it in my sights and it stops and turns broadside and I finally see what it really is, I shoot and down it goes and it's big! Bigger then the last one I got, in fact the biggest I've taken gotta be over 30 pounds. I'm stoked again and a day of frustration is instantly made allright with one quick stroke of hunting luck. The 22-250 did the job and very minimal fur damage bullet didn't exit and small entrance hole. I say again I love hunting!

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Very nice !!!!! ;)

SoCo,

Now thats a cat ! Great job ! :thumbsup1:  I have had the priveledge to get some huge bob's and that one is right there with the best of them. I would rug him for sure.

The biggest I ever got was in a trap and he wieghed 36 pounds. Congrats again and keep knocking those predators in the dirt. Yes

Quinton

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Quinton! I took both cats to a taxidermist Monday and unfortunately I don't have the funds for a mount or rug, but I am having both pelts tanned and the larger of the two I'm having the skull bleached. The taxidermist told me with the way the pelts are treated I have about a years time to take it back in for a rug or mount if I wanted and I might do that. It's going to be a few months till their done and really looking forward to seeing em. Giving one to my dad as a gift. I'm pretty fortunate in that my two main calling locales are pretty loaded with cats. Seen many in both places over the years. Hoping I can get a few more fore season ends. Be nice to get a honker like that again.

Take er easy and good hunting!

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Very nice

That looks like a good day indeed. 

You made a good call getting the hides tanned and the skull preserved too. 

It would be tempting to get the full body mount done, but they are pretty expensive. 

When you get the hides and skull back I'd like to see pictures if you don't mind sharing them. 

Another option to consider (maybe for the second skull) is to do it yourself.  It's not that expensive and really not that hard, it just takes some time and is a little messy. 

Just another option to throw out there for your consideration.  There are skull cleaning kits available by mail order and sevarl places will do it for you pretty cheaply by mail order too.  It might be worth a quick google search to compare prices to what you were quoted. 

 

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Mike, when I get em back I'll throw some pics of the pelts and skull up. I'll check into that kit as well although I think my wife would kill me if I was boiling a cats head at the casa. ::help1  Just kidding I'm guessing you use chemicals or something similar for the job.

Quick update on my recent predator expeditions. Got out Christmas Eve morning for a quick hunt on my buddys property which is about ten miles south of Pueblo. Pretty low country where the flats meet the rolling hills. As I'm getting ready to make my first set I catch movement on the ridge above me and am shocked to see a beautiful six point bull elk. He was broadside about 150 yards away. Didn't see me at first but caught my movement as I'm fumbling to retrieve my camera. I got a couple of shots which I'll throw up but their kinda crappy you can barely see him and can't see his rack very well. He turned around broadside the other way and then started to saunter up the ridge. I decided to try and get closer and then noticed he was with another six pointer a bit smaller but still a nice one. Had it been season and a tag in my hand it woulda been curtains for that big one! Broadside calm at 150 too easy.

Didn't call anything on that first stand after the elk left, but on my second stand up by where the elk had gone I was settling in and heard barks way off in the distance and thought it's either a ranch dog or yotes and it sounded more like yotes. I hit a female bark howl on the Foxpro and and about five minutes later about four hundred yards below me I see one, then another, then a third, and then two more yotes coming out of the thick stuff below me looking up in my general direction and moving my way. I held tight as they were moving in and then a second later I see my rancher buddy driving his truck up the back road angling into their path. I figured they were going to spook any second and when one of them stopped for a moment I drew on him and let one fly. I missed Confused ! I had held right on thinking that range was about 260 or so yards and after walking it off found it was actually a little over 300 and I should held on the top of his back. I was bummed especially since I think I would have gotten a shot alot closer since they were coming in but that's the breaks. Headed home after that.

Today, New Years day headed out to my other area about sixty miles southeast for a very cold day of predator hunting. First stand called one on my first set on the ridge where I spooked one the day I got the cat. Hit him with the 30-06 at 200 yards and then dry the rest of the day. I was better prepared for the day and even though it was below zero with the wind chill I was pretty comfy and warm, good to have good cold weather gear. Guess the yotes were smarter me then me and stayed holed up though. Anyway  it's always a good day when you be out in the country enjoying it.

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Really Nice Bobcat!

That's a really nice cat, for sure!

Is there any bounty on them out there? How about on coyotes?

I know that years ago it was common practice to offer bounty on many predators, but here in Michigan they took it off many years ago.

Hunters are starting to call for a bounty on at least coyotes - they are getting way too plentiful and way too bold at coming into people's yards and on their decks.

 

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not on cats jaybe, although you can sell a prime bobcat pelt for around 3 or 400 dollars. I think in some counties in Colorado at one time you could get a couple bucks for a set of ears or something like that on coyotes. Not sure though. My wife wanted me to sell the pelt but I told her it was my trophy and if'n I got any others I'd consider selling em.

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