I was sitting at work watching the rain dump on my public land pig spot. Although it was duck season and the weather was perfect for chasing waterfowl, I decided instead to chase some public land pigs the next morning, since I still had 2 unfilled pig tags in my pocket. The next morning, I pulled up to the trail head at 4:30 and began the long 8 mile hike to an area where I have previously seen pigs. On the way up, I started checking wallows and ponds, in hopes of seeing fresh pig sign, with no luck. As I continued the long hike in, I began to see coyote and bobcat tracks covering the trails and roads. Because I had a bobcat tag in my pocket, along with my predator calls, I started to get excited.
As I reached the spot for my third stand, I spotted a bobcat crouched on a the top of a ridge, hunting mice. At first glance, he “looked” small. But, as I was about to pass on him, he pounced on a mouse! At that point, I realized this wasn’t a small bobcat. I let out a couple of mouse squeaks, but he wasn’t interested and kept hunting, working down the ridge top. As soon as he disappeared, I ran around the ridge and came along the back side, hoping I could sneak over and get a shot. As I was coming around the other side of the open ridge top, this big bobcat had already crossed over to the area where I was planning on hiking down to, in order to put a stalk on him. But, with the cat not responding to calls, and him moving out of the area, I had to get set up before he made it over a finger and out of sight.
I quickly ranged the bobcat with my Leupold RX-1000i TBR rangefinder, and it read 455 yards. Lying down on the hillside, I leveled out my AR15 with the U.S. Optics level, and locked it down with my Harris bipod. This rifles has the Nikon P223 4-12 600 BDC scope mounted on it, so I settled the 450 yard mark high behind the shoulder. I squeezed the 3.5 CMC trigger and sent the 55gr DRT HP bullet to its mark. The bobcat went tail up and rolled-over. My shot was perfect, and it connected on my biggest bobcat to date, weighing in at 38.5 pounds. To top it off, this was on public land!
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