What is With Trigger Happy PHs
This is actually a pet peeve of mine, PHs who are trigger happy!
Maybe we are only able to see how prevalent this is now that we live in a new media world but it seems to me that there are an awful lot of Professional Hunters who are too eager to pull the trigger as a "backup shot" immediately after their client's first shot has been made which is completely uncalled for and in my eyes unethical. It just seems to me that a PH is there as a back up shot if the shit hits the fan, he is not there to make the kill shot to save time if the animal was just wounded and had to be tracked or to fulfill his own desire to hunt. I actually overheard a young PH bragging about the number of Leopards that he took last season, he said "out of six Leopards that my clients took 4 of them were mine"... If I hunted with a PH who did that, I personally would be pissed off, feel cheated and as if the animal was not even taken by me and the trophy not even mine. It would rob me of the satisfaction of the hunt to have my PH shoot my trophy for me.
I have posted a video example of exactly what I am talking about. Am I the only one who sees this going on? I would really like to hear from other members about this phenomenon.
Elephant hunt video seemed rehearsed
I think this video "take down" seemed pretty planned. I don't think that guy seemed surprised or upset that his PH also shot at his Elephant. I mean I guess at the end of the day it's all about the client and safety. Having said that if my PH said he thought it was a good idea under certain circumstances that he take a back up shot I would not be opposed, after all you are using a PH for his expertise because he knows the game and is doing that day in and day out. I would value his opinion and instincts before my own... I guess if I felt as strongly opposed to back up shooting as Safari Hunter than I would discuss that with the outfitter/PH before booking with him to make sure that we were in agreement. I really think all of it comes down to communication, say what you want and expect and what is important to you and what you will not tolerate, you are more likely to get what you want...BTW that applies to all areas of life.
The guide as hustler .. ??? Never thought of that ...
I only hunted with the young guy for the last day ..and did get a great warthog and that oryx .. . Over the years I have had other young guides ... one was 21 ... and another was 24 ... Nice guys but I would wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy prefer someone with another ten years of experience or more ... I could go into details but it is such a nice shiny morning up here in the Great White North ... why spread misery from long ago recollections .. :)