Civet Cat hunting

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225 hunts
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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.

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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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Learn more from our blog story

If Civet Cat is not a cat, are there any small felines in Africa? When most hunters think about hunting predators, they think big: Lion, Leopard and Cougar, or the more familiar species like Bobcat or Lynx. But there are a number of small creatures that call Africa home: Serval, Caracal, and African Wild Cat. Read about what they are and how to hunt them.

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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.

Why hunt Civet Cat?

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.

Limpopo Plains Game Hunt 1x1

Limpopo Plains Game Hunt 1x1 South Africa

In Limpopo Province we hunt on and from our own ranch near the town of Lephalale (formerly known as Ellisras). The ranch is nestled in a beautiful valley, surrounded by the Waterberg Mountains. In addition to our own property; we have exclusive hunting rights to several other game ranches in our immediate vicinity. Terrain varies from rocky mountains to sandy thorn veld and densely wooded areas. Limpopo Province is arguably the most popular hunting destination in South Africa and our areas consistently produces excellent trophies. If you're looking for big kudu - Limpopo is the province and we have the areas and track record to get them for you. The hunt is conducted on a 1x1 basis.

Trip duration: 7 - 10 days

Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020

Price from $3,250 for 7 days, 1 hunter
7 day Smaller Antelope Safari 1x1

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

Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 May 2021

Price from $8,822 for 7 days, 1 hunter
Plains Game Hunt

Plains Game Hunt Zimbabwe

Plainsgame hunting is the perfect way to whet your appetite to African hunting and there is no better place than to do it in unfenced big wild areas. Plainsgame are added in all areas. These hunts are booked from between 5-10 days but why come all this way for only 5 days? Typical hunting is in the mornings and afternoon while you spend lunch and the heat of the day in camp. Most animals are spotted from the road and then stalked.

Trip duration: 5 - 10 days

Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 30 Nov 2020

Price from $3,100 for 5 days, 1 hunter
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