Well, made a late season dash to Zambia to try for leopard one more time for 2017. Earlier this year, I had two trips to Zimbabwe in order to try to catch up with Mr. Spots and was unsuccessful. Luckily my wife and children obliged and set off for Zambia to hunt with Alister Norton, Makasa Safaris, and give leopard one last chance. I had been wary of Zambia due to the price, but after two trips to Zimbabwe was game to try, especially with late season discounts. Let me tell you it was well worth it. Zambia is wild Africa and beautiful to say the least. Frequently from our camp we would watch elephants, hippos, and crocodiles along with many species of plainsgame. The weather was hot and humid. My dad and I planned this trip for after corn and soybean harvest so new it would be late and a little bit wet. Indeed it was wet, the rainy season was just beginning and 3 times we were properly stuck. Arrived Lusaka on Monday night (11/27) and stayed over at a lodge. The next day we were picked up and on the road for an 8 hour trip, which was half paved and half pasture roads. We settled into camp around 2 in the afternoon and confirmed our rifles. I had only one thing on my mind and that was to get some meat in the tree. In Zambia prebaiting is not allowed and I knew the clock was ticking. Luckily we came about a Lichenstein’s hartebeest. He was above average and a very nice specimen, but I couldn’t help but think of meat in the tree the whole stalk on him. The next morning we hung four baits from him in trees that earlier in the summer had leopards feeding on baits. It rained and rained the next few nights and all that fed was a female.