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!!!
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...