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Gats for Cats: The Best Guns for Bobcat Hunting

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Gats for Cats: The Best Guns for Bobcat Hunting

Bobcats are very difficult to hunt because they are among the most reclusive, elusive, and wariest animals on the North American continent. But they are relatively easy to kill because they are comparatively small animals, only about twice the size of a house cat or feral cat, with weights ranging from 9 to 30-plus pounds. A 30-pound male is a big bobcat; the average adult is about 20 to 25 pounds. You don’t need a lot of gun or a magnum load to kill a bobcat.

What you do need is a load that will anchor the cat right on the spot with a solid hit and a gun you can shoot very quickly with precise, first-shot accuracy. You’ll seldom get a follow-up shot. Bobcats, like all felines, are extremely resilient. If not hit “dead right there,” a bobcat will streak away like, well, a scalded cat.

A wounded or “dead later” bobcat can be very hard to find or track because they’re so small and naturally color-camoed, and they don’t leave big tracks or much of a blood trail (unless really ripped up). So unless you can deliver pinpoint accuracy on a target that’s small to begin with, which is likely to be showing you only a small part of itself in the first place, in a sudden and short window of opportunity, you’re not going to have much chance of success. No matter what you’re armed with.

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