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Missouri’s Bobcat Season Set to Open Mid-November

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Missouri’s Bobcat Season Begins November 15th

Missouri hunters are marking their calendars for November 15, the opening day of the state’s bobcat hunting season, which continues until the end of February. The season offers a unique opportunity for hunters to engage with the wilderness during the colder months.

Bobcats, a native species in Missouri, are easily distinguishable from domestic cats by their larger size, distinctive coat of yellowish to reddish-brown with black streaks, and their short, bobbed tails. These animals are known for their agility, being proficient swimmers and climbers, and are often spotted on field cameras.

The species exhibits little physical differences, with both males and females sporting a broad face with pointed ears, often highlighted with black spots and tufts. Adult bobcats typically range from 18 to 50 inches in length, with their tails contributing an additional 3 to 8 inches. Weights can vary significantly, from 8 to 49 pounds.

Missouri’s bobcats prefer densely forested areas with ample underbrush, interspersed with features such as rock outcroppings and clearings. These habitats provide the necessary cover for hunting and shelter, with thickets, caves, and crevices serving as rest and den sites.

Bobcats are year-round active predators, with a hunting schedule that peaks during twilight hours. Their diet is diverse, primarily consisting of rabbits but also includes small rodents, squirrels, and birds. They are also known to prey on deer, particularly fawns.

As the hunting season approaches, the Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters to familiarize themselves with the specific regulations and secure the appropriate permits for hunting bobcats. This ensures a sustainable approach to wildlife management and conservation.

1 thought on “Missouri’s Bobcat Season Set to Open Mid-November

  1. The bobcat & bear hunting are outrageous! I could see shooting them if they were a threat to your own livestock or family. But you should not kill what U will not eat! This is wrong!!

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