BIG FAT LYNX STORY
Philadalphia & Colesburg
want to share a cat story with you, my best ever cat
called in, and then show you an even bigger cat
biggest cat was in Philadelphia Cape Town, a farmer
had been suffering with stock and cats killing them,
so I targeted this farm.
was without a doubt my most productive cat area
ever, on 6 hunts we called in 4 cats.
BUT THIS CAT! Was
the best one! They were all with hand calls.
went out with a friend after 10 days of heavy rain -
it was decided that the critters must be hungry this
first night of open sky so we took a chance, he had
a Toyota 4x4 Double cab 2,3 petrol, and man that
night I saw it goes just about anywhere! We went
through water, mud, slate and was like the camel
trophy! We made a set near a water catchment area in
open country to one side, trees the other and a
sloping mountain on the other, about 120 metres from
the wash. Cat area with plenty cover.
After calling 30 minutes with a hand caller I heard
birds flushing, then saw a set of red eyes running
in, at first I thought it was a buck, it ran like
crazy, I can still see it in my minds eye. It ran
like no tomorrow,
very UNLIKE a cat!
At 30m or so I actually shouted at it! It stopped
and Sean drilled it, as we approached it the size
was evident, this was a female, a massive cat. We
weighed it at the farm at 60,2 pounds this is very
big for a female.
had said to me he wanted to get a good mount of a
cat, and I told him to be patient and not take the
first one we called, BUT this cat had not much
bullet damage and very little patching was needed,
today he is proud to have that cat in his lounge.
you are all wired up after the call, and get down to
retrieve the cat and you stand over this you can
imagine how little chance if any at all an animal
stands once this cat has him in its sights, the lynx
is a savage killer, and extremely powerful, it can
also jump and spring mighty high.
is my biggest called in cat ever to date, I very
much doubt that I will get another this size or
bigger. Sean is holding it above his head and the
front paws are nearly on the ground. The cat was 32
cm wide at the width of the rib cage when lying on
After we loaded it up we never hung it from the side
of the truck as we did not want to damage or stretch
the skin at all, in case it complicated the
taxidermists job, so we lay it on the rear tailgate
– it was slightly to long!
love calling cats, they are elusive and NOT
predictable like a dog, your dog at home, you call
him - he wags the tail and comes to you, NOT a cat,
he will first think! Then maybe come over, just like
in the wild. Here is my biggest so far.
Now for an even bigger cat. This cat was called in
Colesburg. It was taken by Brian who holds up the
called cat. This cat was called with a favourite
caller I love to use, the Lohman MVP-4.
A huge Lynx. When I look at this I think MOUNTAIN
LION. Look at the rear paws!
Two pretty big pussy cats,
now imagine you are
Cat calling tip, if you are calling and in the
distance you see eyes, then after a minute or so
they vanish and are gone for 5, 10 or 15 minutes
then bang! You see them again 50 yards closer then
that’s a cat! This is how they operate. They blink
slowly and not often like a dog. If they blink fast
that’s a sign that your lights to strong and they
will or could vanish permanently. The big cat I
called ran in – very unlike a cat at all.