Here “Kitty kitty!” A guy (Scott) I recently met got this picture of a huge bobcat on his Cudde-back trail camera. Scott hunts coyote and bobcats during the winter months, after deer season. He hunts in a huge swamp, not far from Clare. He probably wouldn’t appreciate me getting very specific, as to where, but I was out there with him today. He uses a dying rabbit predator call, after checking the pictures left on several trail camera’s he has out. He called in two cats for a couple friends, and both were tagged. One was a nice 30 pounder and the other was a bit smaller. He said this cat would go close to 40 pounds. Scott doesn’t believe in over hunting an area so he let this big boy go, along with a couple females, that he hopes will meet up with him.
When I was with Scott today I saw a couple sets of “cat” tracks, coyote tracks, but very few deer tracks. I think the deer are a little deeper in this thick swamp. Scott also showed me several pictures of bear on his cudde/back, and one is a “bruiser!” He’s hoping for a bear permit this year. They hunted last year, but couldn’t get the big smart bear to commit before dark. I shared with him a couple of the secret weapons we use on big shy bear, and he said he’d give them a try. While looking at his pictures I came across one that really caught my attention. It was a mountain lion, and I could tell the picture was taken where the other ones had been snapped. Scott said they have seen the lion on a couple different occasions (always on film) and thinks it is a juvenile. If it is momma and daddy are around somewhere. I’m going to try and get him to send me a picture of the cougar.
It was a great day in the swamps and woods of Michigan, and I’m always amazed by the beauty and diversity of nature. We live in a great state!