Morality in the Modern African Safari
Hello all, Ive been curious about something recently and it was a curiosity sprung by a good friend of mine. This friend once guided big game hunts but decided his heart couldnt take it anymore, too many clients had too little respect for his colorado elk. They would take inappropriate shots and leave wounded game without even a thought. Not a step on the tracks of the poor beasts. So he decided to hang up the big game business, he didnt like seeing animals suffer so needlessly.
I sympathize, when hunting for myself I am mortified if I wound an animal and will walk the beast down until I retrieve it or put it out of its misery.
I do, however, have ambitions for one day becoming a professional hunters despite the odds against a foreigner. And I am young and perhaps audacious beyond my ability but I must know for myself, what are the general formalities (or followed informalities) around contemporary african hunting? Are animals often wounded? Are those animals often retrieved? Does the story of my friend resonate with any professional hunters on this forum? (im mostly curious about the ethics of incoming clients)
I have met two PHs from zimbabwe and believe their ethics and constitution absolutely admirable. And I trust them to make known their respect of the animals with their clients. Are they exceptions? I have seen encouraging evidence to the contrary on this site, but wanted to ask directly, as this is an important consideration for me.