Where to hunt Hyena
Africa’s second largest predator. Three species of hyena occur in Africa. The most widely distributed and most commonly hunted is the Spotted Hyena occurring from West Africa across to East Africa, down to Southern Africa. This species can be hunted in the savannas of the Cameroon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. Striped Hyenas occur in North and Central Africa and can be hunted in Tanzania and Uganda. The Brown Hyena can be hunted in the mountainous areas of Northern South Africa and the arid regions of Namibia and in Zimbabwe.
In Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique you will be required to book a minimum of a 7-10 day hunt, with a daily rate of $600-$700 and pay a trophy fee of approximately $450-750 in Zimbabwe. Trophy fees for hyena in Mozambique costs $1,400-2,400 and in Zambia you will pay approximately $1,225. While in Tanzania, a minimum 10 day hunt will cost approximately $1,200-1,700 per day with both Spotted and Striped Hyena trophy fees of $700-$1,300. In Namibia and South Africa, the daily rates range from $350-$450 per day with a trophy fee of $1,850-5,000. Brown Hyena trophy fees in Namibia and South Africa range from $900-3,500.
When to hunt Hyena?
Hyena may be hunted year round In South Africa and Zimbabwe. In Mozambique the season is open from April 1 to November 30. The Zambian hunting season runs from the beginning of May to the end of November. In Tanzania the hunting season is from 1 July to 31 December. The Namibian hunting season is from February 1 to November 30. The best months to hunt Hyenas are the cooler winter months especially if you are baiting as the baits last longer before going really rancid even though hyenas are not averse to eating really rotten meat.
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Hyenas may be hunted as a trophy of opportunity during a hunt but in most instances it takes some effort. If you are hunting lions or leopards you can use the same bait to lure in a Hyena. Also being nocturnal they are not very active during the day. Striped and Brown Hyenas are great scavengers and can be baited with some effort. However a successful hunt may take some patience and best is for the Outfitter to pre-bait prior to your arrival. Spotted Hyenas may be hunted the same way but hunting most of their own prey, they can be enticed to a bait by using a predator caller where permissible.
Why hunt Hyena?
These bone crushing scavengers make impressive full mounts. Due to the fact that they have incredibly powerful jaws, their skulls make an interesting skull mount to compare to the other large predators in your trophy collection. They also play a big role in various African folklaw and witchcraft stories which just adds to the aura of mystery surrounding these animals. In certain areas they may become problem animals, especially to stock farmers, so if you want to get on the right side of a farmer or community by helping him with their predator control program, you will always be welcomed back for another hunt.
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