Bobcat Hunting News

Iowa DNR to Hold Public Meetings to Discuss Fall Hunting and Trapping Regulations

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting public meetings tonight to discuss possible changes in the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall.

The changes would affect deer and waterfowl hunters as well as hunters and trappers who pursue bobcats and otters. Proposed changes would stabilize deer numbers in some areas, potentially add a third zone for waterfowl and increase the harvest number of otters and bobcats.

West Virginia's Trapping Seasons End Soon for Mink, Raccoon, Fox, Muskrat, etc.

West Virginia trappers are reminded that the various trapping seasons for affected species will be ending soon, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

New York DEC Releases Draft Bobcat Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the release of a proposed five-year bobcat management plan for public review and comment. "The plan, once final, will guide the management of bobcat in New York State for the next five years, a wildlife species which continues to fascinate and intrigue both the hunting community and nature observers," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

How to Avoid the Capture of Bobcats While Trapping Other Furbearers

Although bobcats are considered a game species, they are currently classified as "Endangered" in New Jersey and are therefore managed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program. There is no open hunting or trapping season for bobcat, and it is illegal to intentionally take, kill or attempt to take or kill one in the State. Bobcats legally harvested in other U.S. states or Canadian provinces may be possessed provided the pelt is affixed with a CITES tag from the state or province of harvest.

Late-Season Hunting Opportunities End Soon in North Dakota

Late-season hunters still have time to get out in the field and enjoy North Dakota’s deer, waterfowl, upland game, turkey, small game and furbearer opportunities.

Iowa Bobcat Season Closed Monday

The bobcat quota has filled and the season is closed as of 11 a.m., Nov. 28. There is a grace period for trappers to report any animals to a conservation officer and receive their proper tags.  The grace period officially ends at midnight Nov. 29. 

Otter, Bobcat Quotas Filling Quickly in Iowa

After 10 days in to the furbearer season, Iowa furharvesters have reported 372 otters and 114 bobcats as of Nov. 15.
Furharvesters must call a conservation officer or designated DNR employee within 24 hours of capturing an otter or harvesting a bobcat.

Iowa Furbearer Season Begins Nov. 5

Iowa’s furbearer seasons open statewide on Nov. 5 and for the 14,000 dedicated furharvesters, the outlook is good.

“We are expecting a good season because our wildlife surveys confirm larger populations of most furbearing animals, the crop harvest and tillage is well ahead of schedule which concentrates furbearers in the remaining areas of good habitat, and the weather forecast looks favorable,” said Vince Evelsizer, furbearer/wetlands biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  

Rescued Dogs Helping Determine Wisconsin Bobcat Population

UW Stevens Point partners in project involving Conservation Canines.

Dogs rescued from shelters have been trained to detect the scent of the elusive bobcat in Wisconsin to help scientists determine how many of these North American mammals are at home in the Badger State’s central region.

Roughly two years remain on a three-year joint research project involving the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point that started because of increasing interest in this nocturnal, solitary, and secretive animal.

CITES Seals Needed for Bobcat and River Otter in West Virginia

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) advises trappers and hunters to obtain a CITES seal for each bobcat and river otter pelt from animals harvested in West Virginia.  The plastic seal is necessary only if the pelts will be shipped out of the state.  Federal law requires the seal on all bobcat and river otter pelts if they will eventually be shipped to international markets such as those in Canada.  The seals must be obtained from the state in which the animals were harvested.