Leopard hunting is 89 percent pure boredom and 1 percent absolute exhilarating excitement. Hunting the African leopard is comparable to taking an extreme roller-coaster ride at an amusement park: Your heart jumps to the top of your chest, and your stomach is only inches behind. So where does that leave the other 10 percent? That is reserved for the gut-twisting-mouth-as-dry-as-a-cork fear you feel as you track a leopard's bloody trail-a leopard that appeared to have been shot just right but fails to turn up under the bait tree! The fine print is in the "but." Some leopards run and run to hide in caves, but some do not. If you are lucky, some run and run and drop dead. The ones you need to worry about are the leopards that hide in the first thicket they find with the intent of turning the tables on you. It is for you to guess what yours did!
Of all of Africa's dangerous game, the leopard's solitary lifestyle and nocturnal nature make him the most difficult member of the Big Five to film. To do so in hunting concessions, under actual field conditions, with totally wild leopards demands total dedication and an understanding of leopard behavior. This understanding can only be gained through years of experience. Leopard hunting reverses the roles of the classic African hunt. You will not go after your leopard; you must bring him to you, lured to a remote piece of bush. There you will fight boredom, live in anticipation, and eventually squelch the lightning strike of adrenaline that sears through you as your cat steps out of your dreams and onto your bait branch.
This DVD contains a total of sixteen leopard hunts, all of them good big cats, some of them huge, and quite a few cats are dismissed as too small. Of course, not all are charges; in fact, some are far from it. Some hunts are straight-forward, cat-in-the-tree, one-shot and he-is-dead affairs. But each leopard hunt is unique, and each time you keep on thinking what if. . .
The production company was lucky to have obtained footage of two leopard hunts guided by the famous PH Ian Gibson before he was so tragically killed by an elephant. In one of these leopard hunts, viewers learn that Gibson was not a man to be easily afraid.
Whether you hunt a cattle-killer who never comes to bait and thus you must use dogs, or whether you shoot at night or make a machan in a tree to outwit a bait-circling leopard, it is all here in this entertaining movie. Adventure awaits you in this DVD that has spots all over it and emits grunts and growls with frequency.