Bobcats and full moon
Posted 29 March 2009 - 03:58 PM
Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:39 AM
I do know, and this is a great "hand rule", if you will; that if you are not calling cats in the morning hours, do not leave the field or stop calling between the 10 and 3 hours of the day. Some of your finest calling will be at that time.
My own records show, 30+ years worth, that I have called far more bobcats at 2-2:30 PM that at any other time of day. A full 3 to 1 ratio over mornings and evenings.
But alot of this has to do with HOW I hunt bobcats too.
Moon phases simply do not enter into my hunting. Never has. Go hunting when you have the chance is my motto.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:57 AM
Posted 13 April 2009 - 11:20 AM
One of the reasons I call so many cats in the late afternoon is I am calling to them in their bedroom. You and I have to go to them later in the day. Get in the areas they are bedding down in and spend 30 minutes or more calling in open terrain. And your 10 to 12 in the heavy brush.
I have called several bobcats that I saw bedded down and it took over 2 hours before he would get up and come in, but they all came in after they decided to get up.
Cats are simply independant suckers! They do things on their time.......not ours. Lions too.
You are wise to call where you see alot of sign. You cant call them where they aint! But some cat habitats will show very little if any sign, yet will look "catty". I have called a pile of cats out of such stuff. I have seen areas where there were 1 to 3 Toms working their territories and six weeks later all gone for 2-3 months them full of cats again.
Variables...........just too many for us to completely understand.
I do not believe there are any "experts", and dont consider myself one. There is simply far too much to learn. Too much more to get to understand. My favorite quote is from a man I consider one of the wisest men I have ever known. He said." the more I learn, the more I see there is to learn". The more I have learned about lions, for instance, the more I know and see I am never going to learn all there is to know about them in this life. You and I can always get better and better in our interpretation of the quarry we are trying to kill or catch.
This is a great mystery that few understand. We can always get better. And interpreting what we see is our teacher. Sometimes our interpretation may be "off", but if we have an open mind, and we are "teachable" and dont get to the place where we think we know it all(internet experts) we will continue to learn more and more as our interpretation of a hunting or fishing situation gets better and better.
So to answer your first question.........no i do not think you are reading too much into the moon. I simply believe that more time under many, many situations is needed before you or i can make a final statement that the moon controls movement, activity, etc. Stay with it. Keep it in the back of your mind, if you will.
If I had to make a guess about the moon and movements(from my own interpretations of the situation), I would say that I find the first and third quarters, and 2 or 3 days on each side of them, provide the best hunting(daytime) for me.
I have also observed that prey movements are really up at this time as well.
These are my own interpretations and my own findings up to this point in time, in my own areas of AZ.
I have also found this to be true of Raccoon movement in Indiana as well.
Use this info as an aide only. See if it works that way in your area. It may or may not. But if you and I keep this info as an aide, we will not go off into some other world of this is the way it is type deal, and we will continue to get better and better as we begin to put it all together.
Sorry to carry on so long.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:23 PM
Take this to the bank. With a WT caller, I will call on the #5 setting on a still day. On a windy day, Max at #6 setting!
This is a huge mistake most feline callers will make. They dont call loud enough. Target cats.....call L O U D!
Many is the time I have been watching an area, only to look at the speaker and there is a bobcat with his nose in it at full volume. It doesnt "scare" them. If fact, I really believe it is an aide. They cant resist. Curiousity. We all know what happens to a cat that is curious!
Decoys area great aide as well.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:12 PM
I've never done night calling for anything except for a few times when I knew an animal was near and wanted to experiment or call it to where I could see it.
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