From fall to spring, bobcat hunting season is in effect throughout Kentucky. Therefore, now is the perfect time to brush up on the rules and best practices for this unique sport, as well as to gather the proper hunting apparel and accessories. If you’re gearing up for a productive season, use the following guide to make the most of the months ahead.
FAQ About Hunting Bobcats
When is the ideal time for hunting bobcats?
This season, bobcats can only be hunted in Kentucky between November 28th, 2020, and February 28th, 2021. Hunters may begin a half-hour before sunrise and are then restricted to daylight hours only. Bobcats are most active around sunrise until about 10:00 a.m. (and again at dusk), which is why it’s crucial to get an early start.
What should you include in your hunting equipment?
One of the most important tools in your bobcat hunting kit will be a mouth-blown or electronic predator call. These will mimic the sound of a bobcat’s prey, such as a wounded rabbit, which will lure the predator closer.
You might have to continue using the call for around 10 to 20 minutes before you see results. It’s also important to stock up on scent lures, which will summon the bobcat with the odor of fox, coyote, or cat urine.
What hunting apparel should you wear?
Cats are excellent at picking up visual cues, so it’s important to dress in camouflage that matches your hunting location. At the least, you should stick to neutral colors like tan, green, and brown.
Due to the bobcat’s hunting seasons, you’ll want to keep warm with boots, gloves, and a hat. It’s also important to wear a mask or find a hat that shades your face from view.
What is the ideal caliber or trap for hunting bobcat?
If you’re hunting for bobcats in Kentucky, you’ll be limited to five, and no more than three should be taken with a firearm. To protect the pelt, most hunters stick to non-explosive bullets, such as the .17s or .22 WMR. From further distances, the .22 centerfire is recommended. For trapping bobcats, you can go with a coyote or fox spring trap.
If you’re hoping to stock up on hunting apparel or accessories for the upcoming bobcat season, head to Glauber's Sports. This Carrollton, KY, gun shop has been supplying local hunters with supplies for over 150 years. In addition to firearms, they also stock a wide variety of clothing, from jackets and boots to gloves and hats. To stay warm and out of sight, stop by their shop and pick up your supplies before you head out in the wilderness. You can also visit the website or call (502) 732-4005 to learn more about their inventory.