the leopard weighed 45 kilos (100 lbs) and the PH said it was fairly young. average size in that area i do not know. length from nose to tail 2 meters. i really like the HUGE teeth he has. i have seen bigger cats in other forums, but this was the only one i saw, and when the PH says shoot, i try not to argue, unless i do not have a good shot opportunity. he is supposed to be the ultimate judge of trophy quality, especially in a low lite situation. a big old tom is a matter of luck.
My first leopard was a bit smaller than yours and I still remember how I felt. Sure, a big 80-90kg cat would be nice, but I'be a pal who's a vet and as he says, a 3kg cat will put you in the emergency room, a 40kg cat will put you in the ground!
If a leopard charge, the charge will be under 3 seconds on a 100yrds, so any cat that weighs only "40kg (100lbs)" will seem enormous for the hunter...Just to steady your aim is already a big success...Congrats!!!
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...