Where to hunt Civet Cat
Civet Cat, in spite of catlike appearance and the name, is not a cat in the strict sense of the word. It belongs to the family Viverrids, small, omnivorous creatures that are great climbers, nevermind that their claws aren’t fully retractable. Various species of Civet exist in Asia, Madagascar, and even the Iberian Peninsula, but it’s the African populations that provide hunting opportunities. You can legally hunt a Civet Cat in Cameroon, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Civet Cat is usually an animal of opportunity, hunted as an addition to the general trophy list. To hunt a Civet Cat, add to the overall cost of the hunt $500-$600 in Zimbabwe, and about $1,000 in other countries of its range. Special night hunting packages in South Africa, that provide the best chance to harvest a Civet Cat, along with other night dwellers such as Serval and Caracal, are priced from $4,000 and up.
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When to hunt Civet Cat?
There isn’t a magic period when Civet Cat hunting is better than at other times. The creature is usually hunted opportunistically, in the course of a general ‘plains game’ hunt, or when it visits a bait laid for other animals. In many African countries the hunting season is officially open year round, but but the period from November to March is usually too wet and hot for comfortable plains game hunting.
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Civet Cats are usually hunted if an opportunity presents itself in the course of a safari. A hunter who is determined to harvest a trophy of all Civet Cat species that are legal to hunt will find this animal a worthy quarry in spite of its size. Outfitters don’t usually specify what species of Civet Cat are present on their territory, so if you’re after a specific one, it’s best to make sure in advance. Civet Cats are scavengers, so a hunt over bait is possible. Where legal, hunting at night, with night sights or artificial light, is perhaps the most efficient way of taking a Civet Cats. Some South African outfitters hold a special license for and specialize in such hunts where not only Civet Cats, but other nightly creatures including Serval and Caracal can be hunted.All types (8)
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Africans hunt Civet Cats both for their fur and for their meat. In fact, illegal harvest and habitat loss are the major conservation threats for Civet Cat. Hunting concessions work against these threats, by curbing poaching, and protecting wilderness from logging and conversion into farms and pastures, but most importantly, they give value to wildlife for the locals. But that only works if the species has value – that is, can be hunted. And if you try to get a Civet Cat, you’ll find that this small creature will tax your hunting skills like the hardest trophy you’ve ever got.
Plains Game Hunt Zimbabwe
Today, Bubye Valley Conservancy is among the premier hunting destinations in Africa, with over 30 species, including the Big Five. Herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and impala roam the area, as well as a healthy population of lion. We operate to strict quotas and please ensure at the time of booking your safari that the specific species you wish to hunt are available. Please inquire for available dates.
Trip duration: 7 - 10 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2019 31 December 2019
Cameroon Savannah Plains Game 1x1 South Africa
Best time is from 15 December to 15 April. You will be hunting with your dedicated PH and his team of trackers and gun bearers, and will be using a hunting vehicle to move in within the area. Usual way to hunt is to walk or drive around looking for a fresh track, and to follow it up on foot until we find the specimen hunted that day. Sometime the animal can be also spotted and stalked. The package is operating under C/ Secondary Species only hunting license and allows to harvest 4 species. The price includes hunting 6 days on 1x1, 2x1 hunting - $9000/hunter
Trip duration: 6 days
Trip available on: 15 December 2019 15 April 2020
7 day Smaller Antelope Safari 1x1 Cameroon
Since 1995 hunting has been selective and very conservative, which resulted in a dense game population and record-able trophies. The trophy lengths of the collected Derby elands all exceed 461/2 inches or 118 cm (Rowland Ward: spiral measurement) with a record, shot in 1997, of 531/4 inches or 137 cm. (Cameroon n° 1 (Rowland Ward ed. 2002)). The length of the lions varies from 1121/2 to 1196/8 inches (285 to 303 cm). The trophies of the western roans are between 24 and 299/8 inches (61 and 76 cm) and those of western Bushbuck 99/8 and 15 inches (25 and 38 cm). This safari is 7 days long and includes 4 different species from group II. and group III. Group II.: Western hartebeest, Waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Western kob, Red river hog, Warthog Group III.: Western bush duiker, Red Flanked duiker, Oribi, Baboon, Civet, White-tailed mongoose, Genet, Ichneumon (Egyptian mongoose), Python, Viper, Spotted hyena One single animal per species and only males can be shot.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2019 31 May 2019
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