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!!!
All of us, at one time or another have gone on a hunting trip and had what we call “Blue Bird” weather. Warm evenings and almost hot days. We hunt in our t-shirts and enjoy the sunshine. We are way up in the mountains and have a whole week to hunt. How could it get any better?
That is, until we score on that big buck or bull. We work to get it out of the field and skinned as quickly as possible to cool it down. But try as we might, we just can’t get...