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Old 11-23-2011, 07:35 PM
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I was in the woods the other day and was watching a whitetail doe. It was cold with a light drizzle. My dad had decided to take a loop through the brush and try to kick out one of the bucks we have seen on our game cameras. A little while after he left I saw a bobcat trotting across the field. I knew it was rare for the bobcat to be in the open field, and he quickly went into the brush towards the doe that was about 50 yards from me. The bobcat then mildly went at the deer, and she ran off. The bobcat then trotted off in the opposite direction. I later was hunting on a different piece of land and I shot a very nice 10 point. He walked out about 150 yards from me. He walked straight to me within about 75 yards and turned broadside. I shot him with my Thompson Center Icon 243 and he ran a little ways and died. Very pleased with everything about my hunt.
Has anyone else seen a bobcat chase off a deer? Just curious never heard of anything like that happening from anyone I know.
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:39 PM
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No, but here is a picture of a bobcat that eventually killed this deer.
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Old 11-25-2011, 04:02 AM
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Wesson is not a bob cat but thinks he is a lion or tiger.
My neighborhood is over run with deer. The deer have gotten use to people, they don't panick when they bump into people..
Apparently Wesson finds the deer in his yard offensive, so he runs them off. There's some thing absurd watching a 15 pound cat chasing 3 or 4 white tail does out of his yard.

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Old 11-28-2011, 10:55 AM
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Several years ago I was hunting in Stewart County, Tn. on some Westvaco property. This was a pretty big chunk and through the years I had some good success hunting there. Anyway, one day overcast and cold with a couple of inches of snow on the ground, I watched a doe and fawn walk out into sight, about 100 yards away. They fed quietly for perhaps 20 mins, when all of a sudden the doe got nervous and they both left quickly.

The wind was fine and it was not me that had bothered them, so I kept glancing in the direction they seemed to be looking just prior to spooking. A few minutes later I saw a bobcat come from that direction and decided to have a go at him(?). I squeezed the trigger of my BLR/.358 as it paused on a log about 90 yards away. My investigation of the site showed me the same thing my eyes had a few minutes prior; a clean miss.

Never a doubt in my mind though that it was the approaching bobcat that had scared those deer off that afternoon.

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Old 05-15-2012, 02:51 PM
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Me and my bud were on our way home from a beerjoint in Al. 0200 after stricking out with the local bar flies when we came by a rather large bobcat just standing by the dirt road. We thought he might have been sick, so we stopped and slowly walked up to him and I took my jacket off and threw it over to catch him. He tore me up so bad we had to go home in the freezing weather and stripdown outside and squirt me with a water hose to see how bad it was because I was covered with blood and couldn't go in side. After a visit to the hospital and 30 stiches later, I was as sober as a preacher. That was the good part, the rabies shots in the stomach was the nightmare.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:57 PM
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Wouldn't it be easier to just leave them alone, especially when you're drunk?
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:01 PM
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Didnt you ever hear about drunks who could "whip their weight in wildcats?"

He aint one of em.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:54 PM
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Lumpkin, I have been tore up from the floor up, but I have never thought it to be a good idea to hand capture a live bobcat. Wow, you should really stay away from the "fire water"!!
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:03 AM
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I always said I ain't affraid of nothing, but times change and when it comes to firewater, I seem to grow a couple of feet taller . I'll admit, I ain't the brighest star in the sky when I'm drinking.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:15 AM
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I watched a neighbor leave his small wite dog out to chase the deer of his property. Chased a fawn (4-5 months old). Mom didn't like that one bit. Doe attacked the dog and stomped it into the ground for about 5 minutes, it was just a lump of furn and red.

Police came and asked me what I saw; I laughed and said the deer went that a way. Cop ouldn't understand why a woman would use a 'puppy dog' to get rid of deer. I figure a bobcat with a mature deer, especially a buck would be hurting.

I watch bobcats from my deer stands often; seen them go for quail, rabbits, snakes, and coons. I've seen them watch deer and crouch like their instinct taught them...but never saw one charge an adult deer.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:19 AM
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I killed a bobcat chasing a doe about 18 years ago in Alabama. I will say one thing, the bobcat in gomerdog's post is a BIG least compared to what I'm use to seeing here in TX. Wow.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:53 AM
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I've seen some 35+ pound bobcats. Males...easy to see as they strolled past me.

They can really jump high from a standing start; watched one try to get a dove. Beautiful, I can still see it in slow motion as it went up and turned and threw a swipe at the dove. missed by inches while on it's back 4 foot in the air. I was unseen, only 10 foot away.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:30 PM
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Not a bobcat, but this morning at 6:45, a large black bear chased an adult whitetail doe across a field where I was hunting turkey in Pennsylvania. I sent a note to the owners of the property, about a mile from mine, that a bear trying to catch a deer for breakfast might become dangerous and should be converted to a rug and stew as soon as its legal to do so.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:56 AM
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We may need to create a new forum for the benefit of our more adventurous members. We could call it 'Don't do this' and move really bad ideas into it. A jacket full of bobcat, and punching a Grizzly with a .22-250 would be two recent ones worthy of admission.
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