Submitted by Team Member Wade Chandler of Texas Predator Hunting.
Calling Cats in the Day Time
Calling bobcats is probably what I'm most passionate about. There's something about watching a cat come creeping in to the sound of a small bird, or rodent,or rabbit that gets my blood pumping. Especially during day light hours.
Often thought of as an impossible feat, calling day time cats can be achieved.
Where most folks fail is seeing the sneaky, stealth like hunter. Here's a few tips that may assist you in your next outing.
Often overlooked, yet one of the most important parts is scouting. Get out and scout your location. Find out where there is tracks and scatt. * check water sources and dry creek beds. As cats like to move about unseen.
Set up is another important factor in your pursuit of the bobcat. After you've concluded your scouting data. It's time for the hunt. Allways mind your wind. Set up in such a location that gives you a great advantage for seeing approaching predators. Not only do you need a good vantage point. It is all so important to be hidden within the darkness of Shadows.
Shadows will allow you more movement when the time calls for it.
Be sure and set up where the sun is shinning into the area of thick brush your calling to. For 2 reasons. 1 this will light up the dark areas of the thick brush edges. 2 this will put the sun into your predators eyes. Thus making it harder for it to see.
Always remember, a comfortable predator is much easier to call than a weary predator. What does this mean?
Keep this in mind while placing your decoy or caller. Perhaps there's a draw you can place the decoy in, but still see very well from your location.
Calls and decoys.
As cats are most certainly more motivated by vision more so than smell. A visual attraction is always a plus. Even if it's just a feather on a string. It'll give you a leg up in this cat and mouse game.
My personal favorite for cats is something smaller often more recognizable as some sort of bird.
E caller placement
My preference for day time cats calling is a electronic call. As this will give you another leg up on the cat. Cats will often move about thru thick stuff trying to get as close as possible to the sound source. Before giving it's self up. What does this mean? A well placed e call and decoy can draw the cat out of the thick stuff. Yet keep you in your hiding place, cat none the wiser.
Cats are smart nearly mythological hunters. With each step never taking its eye off its prey. Even feeling it's way with front paws, and stepping in its same track with its hind paws. As to not crush any unnecessary twigs or leaves. This can take some time. More times than not . Hunters call in cats. But, do not remain on stand long enough to see them. Cats will close large distance quick, then sit and wait,and watch the last 100 to 50 yards. So, a little longer in stand will usually pay off when targeting cats. They will ultimately make a mistake and show them selves after some time has passed.
While these aren't all the strategies to success. These are bullet points to consider in your pursuit.
Good luck and