You’ve got nerve! That’s Good – because that’s a characteristic you’re going to need to go leopard hunting. We have different leopard hunting opportunities ranging from remote camps in Zimbabwe to convenient hunts in Namibia. To find the right hunting combination for your needs we invite you to find a leopard hunt now in our existing hunting packages! Or, click Leopard Packages in the sidebar.
Leopard hunts are always directed at getting the main trophy – a mature male leopard. In preparing to hunt the leopard, normally several baits consisting of available antelope species will be placed in known or likely leopard locations. These usually consist of trees with a suitable branch structure to hold the bait far enough off the ground to keep it away from competitor species. This is also how a leopard would place the kill. Since the client will typically be along on the trips to place the baits, there may be a good opportunity to take a plains game specimen that is desired and use the carcass still as bait.
Once a leopard has visited one of the bait locations, a suitable blind is constructed and the wait begins. Assuming the leopard returns to the bait, the client should be able to observe and hopefully place a well-aimed shot to take the trophy.
Why should I go on a Leopard hunt
Leopard hunting is different than other “big five” hunts, in that the hunt itself is altogether different. For example, there are tremendous differences between hunting a leopard versus a cape buffalo. Where as the buffalo is all “walk and stalk” the leopard hunt is a test of nerves and patience. The leopard is a very cunning, shy and beautiful creature that tends to stay out of sight. If you see one in nature you can count yourself as very fortunate. If you manage to take one hunting, this is a substantial achievement. To be successful the hunter and his party must have excellent planning, be very quiet, have adequate patience and a dose of luck always helps.
What makes hunting the leopard unique
The leopard hunt is unique as it requires the hunter to be in a blind and await the arrival of the leopard. This is sort of a test of wills and stealth and patience. The successful hunter will be alert, quiet and willing to put in the time baiting and silently sitting in the blind. If persistent, the client can come home with a once-in-a-lifetime trophy. While this sounds straightforward, this is more of a game of chess that takes steel nerves and precision marksmanship. The client must be very sure of shot placement. Why, you ask? Because, the leopard has a deserved reputation of stalking the hunter that didn’t get his shot right the first time.
Due to wildlife conservation efforts, clients should check with JD African Safaris and local agencies regarding available leopard importation procedures and hunting quotas. U.S. Fish and Wildlife will require an import permit to bring your trophy back to the U.S.
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