The honey badger or ratel Mellivora capensis is mostly hunted as an animal of opportunity while out hunting something else.
Honey badgers are from the weasel family and there are 12 subspecies ranging from Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Where To Hunt A Honey Badger
You can hunt a honey badger on a 21 day licence in Tanzania and on hunts in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.
Honey Badger Hunting Prices (For Informative Use Only)
In all honey badger hunting countries it is important to tell your outfitter that you want to hunt a honey badger. Some countries require a special permit for hunting this animal and also may have a limited quota.
- In Tanzania, the Government trophy fee for the honey badger or ratel is US$300 but after the anti-poaching/Community Development fees are added, you'll be paying a trophy fee of around US$400.
- For honey badger hunting in Zimbabwe the trophy fee can range from US$200 up to US$1000.
- If you are reallykeen to successfully hunt a honey badger and not leave it to chance while hunting other animals, you may prefer to do a special nocturnal species hunt in South Africa, where the outfitter is geared up for honey badger hunting, possibly keeping an area regularly baited where the nocturnal anmals are used to coming. As you are not allowed to hunt at night or use a spotlight unless hunting leopard and hyena in South Africa, the outfitter will need to apply for a special permit to hunt a honey badger at night. This permit cost may be added to your hunt price. In South Africa, honey badger trophy fees go from US$500 to US$1200.
- In addition the honey badger is a specially protected TOPS species in South Africa which means the hunter must have a permit in his hand before hunting this animal. It is completely illegal to hunt a honey badger in South Africa without a TOPS permit so do not be talked into shooting a honey badger with the promise of getting a permit later.
- The trophy fee for honey badgers in Namibia ranges from US$425 to US$800. A special permit is required to hunt a ratel in Namibia which must be obtained before the hunt starts. So if you are keen to hunt a honey badger you must tell your outfitter in good time for the permit application and be prepared that it may be refused.