Hunting caracal South Africa
Caracal scientific name: Caracal caracal
Hunting caracal South Africa is doing a favor to most sheep farmers and to many game farmers. A large male caracal can hunt an impala male and only eat prime cuts from it. Same applies for other smaller game species like duiker, steenbok and rabbits. During the lambing season caracal can and will hunt juvenile animals such as blesbok and will even attempt to hunt juvenile red hartebeest. Caracal are extremely agile and can clear any fence up to 7 foot from a standing position.
Several bird species like guineas, francolin and ducks are preyed upon by this predator supplementing its varied dietary requirements. Farmers try to recover the cost of stock losses incurred from these mega hunters. Caracal are seldom seen during the day and predator callers can be used to attract them. At the smallest sense of danger, they will run away not to be seen again.
Caracal general information
Large caracal males stand as tall as knee high for the average man. They have a deep reddish-brown color, have a much lighter underbelly and long legs. Two striking features are the stubby tail and the tufts of black upright hair on both ears. Caracal are experts at climbing trees and will often climb trees to escape any form of danger.
Caracal hunt mainly at night, but have been noted to hunt birds during the day. They are opportunistic hunters that will take a wide variety of prey as and when encountered. Mice, birds, some reptiles, wildlife and livestock all form part of its diet.
The terrain in which caracal thrive is varied which assists in its ability to reproduce. 1 – 6 kittens are born mainly from October to March and they become independent after approximately 12 months of age. Caracal can be found in savannah- and mixed woodlands to high mountainous regions. Lack of permanent water sources does not influence the occurrence of these beautiful cats. Moisture is supplemented from prey taken.
Information on hunting caracal South Africa
Caracal hunting prices South Africa
The cost to hunt caracal in South Africa for the 2019 hunting season is $ 1 500.
Our caracal hunting prices in South Africa are set for the whole of this hunting season subject to major international happenings. However, once we have committed to a caracal safari hunting price you can be assured we will stick with the price agreed upon.
Best caliber for hunting caracal
The best caliber for hunting caracal South Africa would be a small- or big bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting caracal South Africa:
- 12 ga shotgun or any other comparable caliber.
Best ammunition for hunting caracal
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris recommends you only use solid ammunition for hunting caracal in South Africa. This does not imply that using soft nose ammunition will not get the job done. Soft nose ammunition certainly will get the job done but you can expect quite a bit of trophy damage in the event of using a high-powered high velocity caliber like 338 Lapua. Our suggestion is to use a harder type soft nose projectile like Barnes TTSX, or a shotgun with smaller pellets.
Best gun scope for hunting caracal
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. It is our experience that the more costly gun scopes like Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. The single most important issue would be for the gun scope to be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.
In our opinion the best gun scope would be the one you have on your rifle. Unless you become a professional varminter we feel it would be a fruitless operation to buy a very expensive scope to shoot a solitary animal.
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting caracal in South Africa due to a wide zoom range and a long eye relief which will allow for greater flexibility to view the reticule quicker.
Caracal average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting caracal South Africa is 20 to 80 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Shot placement on caracal
The shot should be placed in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.
Quartering to shot
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the same height as for a broadside shot trying to hit the opposite shoulder.
Quartering away shot
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Facing on shot
The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.
Tips for hunting caracal South Africa
A really large tom caracal is about knee high and becomes a difficult target when further away from the hunter.
Hunting a caracal successfully is done by one of three ways:
one – to come across it by accident when hunting something else,
two – hounds
three – construct a blind at an own kill
Coming across the remains of a caracal’s own kill and setting up a blind is most likely to work as they habitually return to feed.
Best time of year for hunting caracal South Africa
Best time of year to hunt caracal is when you are here. It is infinitely easier to hunt caracal during the dry season from May to October when it is easier to spot them.
South African hunting safari packages 2019