Bobcat taxidermy

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  1. Blaster

    Blaster PMA Member

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    We caught our first bobcat trying to trap coyotes. Any recommendations for taxidermy in Iowa? We haven't decided yet if we are going to mount it or tan the hide. What would you guys do?
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  3. MuddyHntr

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    Mount it thats a once in a lifetime for where I am at. If you get another then tan it, who knows you might never get another.
     
  4. Daver

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    Just going by the one picture...that looks like an average cat in terms of the pelt. (No offense intended, my first one was just about the same.) Before springing for a full body mount, I would wait until you get a real "looker" if it was me. If you are anywhere in the south half of the state, you can get another one next year. IMO, there are too many of these things and I would favor increasing the take every year. I would look to tan that one, as it is cool to have those pelts to look at. Congrats on the nice catch!

    Oh...you said you are trying for coyotes and snagged the cat...I have done exactly that too. There is NO BETTER coyote set than one that had a cat in it IMO. I would reset that place pronto and I might even add a second trap 5 feet away or so too. As a couple of years ago we caught a cat, reset it and snagged a coyote that night...and the coyote had apparently been traveling with one or more other yotes as the snow surrounding the set was COVERED in coyote tracks just outside the catch circle. I took it from the sign present that once Wile E. Coyote #1 got snapped that his partner(s) did not leave the area immediately and would have been caught themselves if I had another trap or two in the immediate area as just about every square millimeter had a coyote track in it for the surrounding 15 feet. Good luck!
     
  5. LoessHillsArcher

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    I second Daver - cats are really cool to catch but I'd wait on a full body mount for a better looking cat but if you want to preserve the memory go ahead and mount it... with that said I don't have any taxidermy suggestions like you were asking for. haha The guy I used has moved out of state.
     
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    That's the problem. I will not trap much in southern Iowa. The county that I trap you cannot keep cat's. And this was my oldest boys first trap set with me and we caught a bobcat! So that was pretty cool! The other problem is the ground that I caught this cat on we can no longer trap next year so I would have to find new ground down south to catch another cat. The CO that tagged him said the same thing. 2 year old male but still a nice cat.
     
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    Then mount that kitty kat! Sounds like some great memories with the boy.

    I've been holding off on getting some critters tanned, waiting until my son is old enough to come along. Makes the mount/tanned hide mean that much more and hold a better memory vs one I shot/trapped myself.
     
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    Personal opinion from reading and observing trapping forums. Buy once, cry once. I'd make the trip south to Missouri and find someone who is very good. Timberland Taxidermy in Missouri has turned out the best cat and small mammal mounts I've seen
     
  11. Thinkin Rut

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    I picked this one up Friday from Timberland.
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    I see no reason why not to.... mount it up..... final answer!
     
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    ^^Listen to the wise man
     
  14. Daver

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    That's both a beautiful cat AND a very good looking mount.
     
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    Congrats on a mighty fine catch! If it were me, it is probably a once in a lifetime harvest. I would have a hard time no going all out on a full mount.
     
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    A buddy of mine just took one down there to the same guy... Pretty sure thats the same pose/mount hes getting. He was told $1400 and 12-14months, said he had roughly 200 cats in front of him.
     
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    Mount it. It’s more about the memories. I had one tanned about 5 years ago. First one I caught that I got to keep. Nice cat and congrats! Super cool animals.


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  18. Thinkin Rut

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    Thanks Daver...I'll pass that on to my son. I believe he caught it a few weeks prior to your son's bobcat.
    $1050 and 2 years for that one. I checked the new price list and it said $1100?

    My vote is to get that cat mounted Blaster!
     
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    Yep 1100 for the mount itself... But 1400 out the door once you add the habitat similar to yours
     
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    Timberland is worth every penny and the wait. Cole has serious bobcat talent. You will be thrilled with the final product.
     
  21. Thinkin Rut

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    That’s my opinion also. It wasn’t a hard choice.
     

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