African Lion Safari
Leo, as you know, is one of the “Big Five” – the elite of the most dangerous game animals of the African fauna. The prey of this predator is always desirable for the trophy player and carries with it a certain degree of risk. I think every hunter would like to take a lion “in an adult”, that is, in wild Africa. Although the “wild Africa” is also different. This year I had to spend three weeks on a safari in the wild (in every sense of the word) Zambia – snakes, tsetse flies, malaria, lack of hints of civilization – but I did not get a trophy lion. That is, the lions were, as many as three met, but only one older than five years, and at the place of the mane he adored a miserable, colorless collar.
By the way, without adrenaline has not done. Once we were forty meters closer to the resting lion, and in the meantime the lioness cut off our way to the car, accompanying its action with a blood-chilling roar and chilling. That time everything was all right – by some miracle, the driver was able to defeat the fear in himself and slowly drove up to us, almost hitting a dangerous brawler.
To begin with, the way of hunting for a lion, practiced by D. Hunter, long ago went into oblivion. I will remind him: in the mornings, the famous hunter found himself lying in a bush of lions and started teasing them, throwing stones until they rushed at him, substituting for a shot. I can’t say exactly when, but quite different times have come, and with all that hunting in wild Africa is a real adventure, the most interesting predators – the lion and the leopard – in 80% of cases, are mined without special romance during the halt at dusk. Envious people who do not have the opportunity to hunt on the Black Continent reproach kotoboi hunters for shooting at defenseless animals from ambushes, this is, they say, not a hunt at all. This position is due to ignorance and unwillingness to understand that in some areas it is simply impossible to take an insidious predator in another way. In addition, I would advise such “connoisseurs” to sit motionless for a few hours in a tight seat, to calm down the battles arising from the appearance of the beast, and try to get into a silhouette barely visible in the dark. Especially since the hunt for this often does not end, you have to walk long in the night bush for wounded animals, meeting with which does not bode well, especially if it is a leopard.
Leopards sometimes hunt dogs, and sometimes it happens that a predator attacks a car with hunters, preventing them from dismounting. And you can test your nerves while hunting from a lion approach in captive farms in South Africa.
I had to hunt the lions twice, and as a result one trophy was taken. But it seems to me that the main acquisition of these hunts was the advice I received from the white professional hunters of Africa, and first of all from Albert, the South African “Pieicha”, who in 22 years of hunting laid down about two hundred lions and three hundred leopards. These tips I want to share with readers.
A bit of theory about the great African hunt.
If you hunt a lion on a lunge, then remember that a lion has fantastic vision. The rear wall of the shelter should be well sealed so that the background of the holes was not noticeable flickering your silhouette. When hunting for a lion, 9 mm weapons are enough, but it is better to prefer the .375 H & H. It is advisable to use half-shell bullets for hunting (“Soft Point” or “Nosler Partition”), since the lion’s skin, although elastic, is not thick. “Shells” on a lion work worse. When firing short-circuits, it is preferable to have a double-barreled fitting, rather than a bolt rifle, since you can manage to shoot two shotguns twice, without reloading.
A common mistake hunters – shooting a lion standing. Often, in this case, the bullet fired at the head of a lion will ricochet off the skull. The right frontal shot is from the knee. A bullet fired in this way usually pierces the bones of the skull and infects the brain. The fact is that the attacking lion does not run into you like a dog, but moves by creeping jumps. If the bullet did not hit the brain of the attacking beast, consider that you have a big problem. All this fully applies to shooting at an attacking leopard.
Dispassionate statistics show that, on average, four tourists die from leopard’s claws annually in South Africa, mainly because of the desire to photograph it from too close a distance. Leopard, on the other hand, should be recognized as a champion among predators for the rapid killing of its prey. The lion is certainly stronger, but the leopard is faster and more aggressive.
In Zimbabwe, Albert was once asked to destroy the man-eating leopard. It all started with the fact that the dominant leopard in that area strangled a dog with which a nine-year-old black boy walked. The boy inadvertently tried to prevent the predator from dragging down the crushed dog. As a result, the leopard threw the dog and dragged off the boy, then eating his insides and limbs. Albert the cannibal Albert was soon killed in the contention.