Timing Your Shot in Africa
This question comes from the Shot Placement on Leopard thread but seems worthy of a whole discussion itself.
Personally, I grew up in the eastern US, where whitetail deer ARE the big animal to hunt. Whitetails are plentiful but very spooky, wily, at times almost ghostly critters. Most get shot on the opening day (something like 70%) because of the pure chaos but "hunting them" is very tricky. One thing you have to do is take the shot you get. Often that means very or no set-up time. You have to be there, ready and shoot when you can.
When I started hunting the western US, the outfitters biggest complaints were that hunters would not shoot quick enough, because its such wide open country they are used to seeing game all the time. Its usually a long, real long, wat away. But when its in close, hunters are too slow to react. Generally they love whitetail hunters because we have usually shot and are looking for blood while the guide is still judging an Elk rack or a mule deer spread - wondering what the heck happened.
IN Africa, is seems to be some of both. On kudu - shoot when you can, where you can, with a big rifle to knock it down. On Leopard, be silent, patient, wait, wait, wait, study, study and when that shot presents itself, use the the split second you have for a perfect shot. It seems a conundrum - sometimes you almost cannot get the shot going fast enough and others is slow and patient to the endth degree?
Is there a general philosophy or did I just describe the role of the PH?