Encyclopedia of African Huntable Animals
Hunting African Cats
Hunting African cats is a great challenge. From the diminutive genet to the fearsome male lion, Africa offers a good variety of huntable cat species. Some of the African cat species are not currently huntable. These cats are the black-footed cat, the golden cat and the sand cat. All the rest of the African cats may be hunted, but importing them may be restricted by law in certain countries. Currently, the cheetah is not importable into the US. Australia has banned the importation of spotted cats and lions. The European Union requires an import permit for African lions, and starting in 2016, so will the US. Leopard exportations are governed by the CITES Treaty, which sets export quotas for the various African countries that allow leopard hunting.
One of the most unique African cats is the cheetah. The cheetah once occurred throughout most of the African savannas and desert fringes. Today it has a patchy distribution and can only be hunted in limited numbers in Namibia and Zimbabwe. Once hunted with dogs, the taking of a cheetah is mostly now opportunistic, as the cheetah is a daytime hunter. A decision to hunt a cheetah will need to be made in advance, as a permit is required to harvest one.
The seval is a medium sized spotted cat that prefers areas of tall grasslands, reed beds ad forest edges. The serval will normally be located close to water. Serval are offered as trophies in South Africa, Tanzania and Burkina Faso at the present time. They are taken as animals of opportunity or are hunted at night with spotlights. Some outfitters also offer hunting with dogs as an option.
Caracal are medium sized cats and are known for their tufted ears that make them a prized trophy for those hunting African cats. The caracal is widely distributed in Africa, although most are shot in South Africa and Namibia, where they are considered problem animals in agricultural areas. They may be spotlighted at night or hunted with specially trained dog packs, as they will usually tree up when pursued for any length of time.
That leaves the leopard, African lion and the African wild cat as the remaining trophies when hunting African cats. The leopard is a powerfully built cat that has a tail almost as lomg as its body. It is one of the wold's most beautiful cats and is prized for its coat. It is arguably the most difficult trophy to aquire of all of Africa's cats. The lion is known both as the king of beasts and as the king of the jungle. It is the largest of the African cats and is prized by hunters as a sign of hunting prowness and dangerous adventure. An African lion hunt is considered to be the pinnacle of dangerous game hunting.
Finally, when hunting African cats, taking an African wild cat is a must. The African wild cat is a unique and special trophy. Similar in appearance to a domesticated cat, but with longer legs and a shorter tail, the African wild cat is mostly taken by spotlighting in grass fields where the wild cat will be found hunting mice. For the African cat collector, acquiring all of these species will lead to many great hunting memories.