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got a PA permit only a few weeks sets for a cat in the snow found tracks cant get them to come in to my sets

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I'm not familiar with PA rules, if you can use snares?, set on the tracks/trails you've found would be about as good as any. Bobcat have a habit of walking in the exact same tracks. I once tracked a cat up a mountain road, then the trail split, then split again, 3 cats had walked in each others footprints, I'd guess over a half-mile. Looks like we're going to get more snow this weekend, if it stays cold a foothold would work, you'll probably need to remake the set every day or 2 to keep it from freezing down. Otherwise, a flashy dirthole is about as good as it gets. Just read a guys story in the AMERICAN TRAPPER, from PA, he used a squirrel tail for a flag, maybe the rules change in different areas of PA? If you have time, I'd spend a day following their tracks, (if you never have), you'll learn a LOT about bobcat, while you're crawling through the brush, never know, might even jump one. I did once, but have found several dens. [Smile]
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i think red snow hit er pretty well. when everything is covered with snow,it can be a good thing too. dark dirt sticks out real well in pure white surroundings. i've got the same conditions with 2 inches of ice covering everything under that.
it takes some time and some work,but i take a shovel or broom and clean out a 6 foot circle or so. then chip down to the bare dirt in that area, the whole time scattering your diggings out on the pure white snow. then chip in a big flashy dirt hole. if its frozen deep, them chip what you can, and finish it off piling a dead stump or some kind of smaller type cubby over what you have for a hole. i have to carry dry dirt with me, but i chip in my set. salt the heck out of it if you are in freeze thaw. if its going to stay below freezing the whole time i don't use the salt so it doesn't draw moisture to my set. personal preference there. but then when i'm done with the set i scatter some dry dirt all over the circle and just make a huge dirt mess on the pure white snow. you could see it for a half mile away. i've tracked cats going some distance away, see them stop and make a line right to the set. works for me in these conditions.

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The piece of that article that you mention Redsnow has raised the eyebrowes of some PA trappers. The regulation states that it is unlawful to BAIT a trap with meat or animal products if the bait is visible from the air. IMO the squirrel tail is not bait, it is only an attractant. Some may disagree, but if the purpose of the reg. is to keep raptors from being caught, I think it's a stretch to say what this guy did was endangering them. For that matter, if you stuff a chunk of bunny in a dirt whole of any significant angle w/o a wad of grass covering it up, a low and slow flying raptor would be able to spot it. Where does it end???? In a gray area I suppose.
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you might try slipping a trap under a ready made foot print in the snow if the snow is deep enough.
if you need support under the trap in deeper snow then set the trap on top of a brick.

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I don't want to drag the thread way off topic, but we also don't want to see "Fireman" with an appointment at the court house facing a big fine. Bait or "attractant", not much difference. Before I'd hang-up a squirrel tail near a set, I'd call your local DNR guy and ask if it's legal. Keep in mind the pamplet (you recieved when you bought your license) listing your regulations is a "summary" of game laws. Somewhere in Harrisburg is the "big book" listing all rules/regs. Chances are your local officer could shed a little light on the gray areas.

Another good cat set is the "buried skunk" set, mentioned above, leaves and pine needles scratched-up in a pile on top of snow, sticks out like a sore thumb. If you don't have a skunk, 4 or 5 drops of essence will do. Just my opinion, skunk juice and beaver castor are the best cat lures I've found. [Smile]

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