that Ive never seen before. A 50" bobcat! Thats right, 50" from the tip of the nose, to the BASE of the tail. It had a Wisconsin cities tag. The head was as big as a small mtn lions head. And they say everything is big in Texas?
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This is the untanned size, correct?
Was it stretched on a female mink board?
If it wasn't at least 8.5" wide at the hips / base of tail, and at least 7" wide from the neck to the base of the tail all the way down, it is overstretched.
He didn't say if it was skinned, tanned or mounted. Don't be such a neigh-sayer until you get all the facts!
Very interesting Old Shaver!
I mounted a bobcat from a ranch near Langtry on the pecos river
quite a few years back that was 41" on the carcass nose to base of
tail. I figured it was the biggest bobcat I would ever mount and was
shocked when I got a call from the same hunter the following year saying he had a bigger one. However he showed up a few days later
with the cat and it was 49" nose to base of tail . It weighed 48 lbs
after laying in the back of his truck for 4 days , I don't know how
it did not ruin. He said he thought it was a lion when he shot it
and in fact it was solid brown with zero spots, if it were not for
the super long ear tufts and short tail compared to a cougar ( altough it was about a foot long) it could have passed for a small lion. In fact I had to put it on a mountain lion form ( altered of
course). It was a male and had a head larger than some cougars I
have seen and almost all his teeth were broken. It has been 15 years
or so since and I have never seen one over 36" nose to tail base
again. I do however have a picture of a California bobcat that is
being held up that is huge and has super girth to boot.