Quick Tips For Scouting Bobcats

A clump of turkey feathers and bobcat tracks at the edge of a farm field are telltale signs that you’re in a good spot.

Bobcats are common where habitat quality is good, with the best habitat found anywhere there’s an abundance of small game, rodents and songbirds. The best habitat has early successional plant growth, such as fallow fields and clear-cuts. Where small creeks meander through good habitat, bobcats follow streamside trails where they take furbearers, including muskrats, nutria and beavers.

Hunters should look for bobcat tracks, trees marked by scratching, and tufts of songbird feathers with no bone or flesh attached because they usually eat the entire bird. Bobcats feed and rest on high points where they can observe their surroundings, including trees growing at an angle to the ground, fallen logs, stumps and piles of soil such as those created by field-clearing or ditch-cleaning operations. Sign at these locations includes claw marks, hair, urine scent and scat.

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