About Lion Hunting
The Lion is the King of the Beasts and if you have a TV or internet connection, he has also been in the news a considerable amount lately. The USFW agency has currently suspended imports of any sport hunted lion to U.S. citizens that was dispatched anytime after January 2016. SCI and other hunter advocacy groups are continuing to work with U.S. and African countries in attempts to get the restrictions reduced and allow importation to resume. If you happen to be a Canadian or Mexican citizen you don’t have these restrictions.
Why should I go on a lion hunt
Despite controversy, lions are legally hunted in Africa year after year in order to manage the species similar to any other animal under the care of national parks and wildlife agencies. Helping to manage the lion population provides much needed capital to the parks departments. In addition to pride management, the hunter will be in close proximity to one of Africa’s symbols and a full fledged member of the Big Five.
We have different lion hunting opportunities ranging from remote camps in Zimbabwe to convenient hunts in South Africa. To find the right hunting combination for your needs we invite you to view the hunting packages we have.
Lion hunts are always directed at getting the main trophy – a mature male or nonproductive female lion. In the case of a wild lion in a safari area, normally several baits consisting of available antelope species will be placed in known or likely lion locations. Since the client will typically be along on the trips to place the baits, there may be a good opportunity to take a Buffalo or other game specimen that is desired and use the carcass still as bait.
Once a lion has visited one of the bait locations, a suitable blind is constructed and the wait begins. When the lion returns to the bait, the client should be able to observe and hopefully place a well-aimed shot to take the trophy.
What makes hunting the lion unique
The lion hunt is unique as it requires the hunter to be in a blind and await the arrival of the lion. The hunting party must be alert, quiet and willing to put in the time silently sitting in the blind. The client must be very sure of accurate shot placement. Otherwise you will have to follow up a lion that has (possibly) been wounded and could directly charge you.
Due to wildlife conservation efforts, clients should check with JD African Safaris and local agencies regarding available lion importation procedures and quotas. U.S. Fish and Wildlife will require an import permit to bring your trophy back to the U.S. (Note: at this time it is unlikely that USFW would issue an import permit. This situation may change with the new administration. Citizens of Canada or Mexico may import lion trophies but should check directly with wildlife authorities in their location).
If your future adventure includes lion hunting, contact us for a free quote. The quotes are free, but the experience is priceless.