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Since we have Ohio bears and coyotes thread, why not an Ohio Bobcat thead... Lets see some pix...
Last winter or maybe the winter before got into a good discussion over on the main forum with one of the experienced trappers and talking about fur quality and grading of bobcats pelts... He was from one of the northern states, I think maybe Minnesota, but anyhow I guess color phase has much to do with their worth and if I remember right along with size a lot had to do with the white patterning of their under belly, I think the spots patterning in the white and the amount of white fur on the belly... I think it was the less white on them the higher the grade and the much more money they brought from the furriers...
What do these Ohio Bobcat bellies look like?
Gary, We have a lot of bobcats.
I stopped saving bobcat picture after a while. This year I had a camera that in a matter of a few weeks I had multiple pictures of coyotes, sometime several together, bobcats, and two different house cats. I don't think that the house cats lasted long. I would be more willing to trap if I did not have to worry about releasing a bobcat from a leg hold trap by myself. I spoke with ODNR about 5 years ago and they thought that we would have a bobcat trapping season within two years. The populations are high enough. A couple of years ago, they said that the politics were not right to have a season.
A few years back ODOW proposed a limited bobcat trapping season but the idea got shot down after some public uproar. That's about all I can recall off the top of my head. I'll have to try to google up some of the details.
In my home state of Connection we have so many bobcats that we call in ten bobcats to every one coyote. It’s ridiculous.
No season for Bobcats in CT either. It’s ridiculous but since liberals run our state we know it will never happen. But I can’t understand why ohio doesn’t have a season yet.
I could get into hound hunting bobcats...
Cool pix Cliff, thanks for sharing...
they have been here for over 40 years. was chased by two when I was 20. Im 63 now.
I'm 63 also and when a kid probably 50 years ago, there were rumours of them in a certain area locally, so yeah, I believe the 40 years part, but not so sure about the chasing part though...8^)
I had no idea! Cool pics Cliff!
We unfortunately have way too many and the fawn population is getting hit very hard on my property.
Three known successful litters on the farm:
Lots of good pics - they are a beautiful creature. Caught one in early 2021 trying for coyote.
Just a couple of the better captures.
Found this thread and when I get some good ones I'll add. They are thick around us as Goyt said.
Buddy got a good one at his property this spring turkey season.
Made a framed one of this for camp.