- Apr 13, 2012
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I have a historical question about leopard hunting that that perhaps some of the members of this forum can answer. In the early 20th century, leopard hunting (such as Jim Corbett's hunts for two famous man-eaters) often took the form of a hunter concealed in a tree and live bait, often a goat, staked out on the ground. It wasn't necessarily a universal practice, but it certainly was common. Somewhere along the line, this procedure for taking leopards was reversed, with the hunter now in a blind on the ground and dead bait tied in a tree. I don't recall ever seeing this change in tactics discussed in any memoirs or other publications, although it might be a faulty memory on my part. Did this change originate in Africa, when did it happen, and does anyone know who began it and why? Thanks very much.