Certainly not an ideal situation, but we made it work – relatively thick and what the video doesn’t show is a cow just behind the tree facing us, another cow at the bull’s rear facing the other way, and the wind coming from behind him. Not much chance of getting closer undetected. We agreed to a shoulder shot, with some collaboration from Dad and Rich. After the dust settled and the recovery commenced, we found Hunter’s bullet, most likely from his original shot, passed thru the heart and lodged just under the skin on the other side. After the bull turned around, his two shots into the opposite side double-lunged the elephant.
Certainly a lot of shots fired, but in the end the bull never made it more than 2 body lengths. Much better than a single shot and a long tracking job …. The Dagga Boy 2014 crew started the next day, and they were after tuskless elephants as well. Rich told them we knew where one once was, but she was probably still running ….
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