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!!!
I have learned quite a bit over the past few years turkey hunting and the majority of it was how to get that tom within range. Every article you read is littered with talk of fighting purrs, flydown cackles and clucks. What they don't tell you is now that you've caught that tom's interest and he's coming on a string... now what? I have seen more blown or missed turkeys from lack of experience in this area than I can imagine. If you can't seal the deal than you may as well have left the...