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  1. PSRaghav

    PSRaghav AH Member

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    Hi friends.
    This is P.S.Raghav from the foothills of the Himalaya. India.
    I have hunted in South Africa , Argentina and England.
    Hunting is banned in India for quite some time now.
    As a child I have attended hunts with my father and my grandfather.
    Also attended probably the last Pigsticking (Horseback) championships called the "Khadar Cup" in the mid 80's.
    Was part of a three member team which shot a maneating leopard outside my town three months back.
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    Welcome to AH.
    It sounds like you have already had an interesting hunting record.

    Look forward to your participation.
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    Welcome to AH.:welcome:

    Photos of the leopard would be great.
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    Hi and welcome.You guys in India have a very rich hunting tradition.Good to have you shikari.
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    Welcome aboard!

    I hope you'll share some of your stories in detail!
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    Welcome to the forum!

    I went on a photographic safari at Kaziranga National Park about 10 years ago. I stayed in a lodge that was once used as a hunting lodge. Unfortunately, I did not see a Bengal Tiger, but there were plenty of elephants, single horn rhinos and water buffalo.

    Feel free to share photos from your hunting trips in Africa, Argentina and England - we are always interested in hunting reports, stories and photos.
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    Welcome to AH! Look forward to hearing the story about the Leopard.
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    Welcome to AH, PSRaghav!
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    Kaziranga is very interesting. It is one of the few places in India where you have all the members of the Indian Big Five.
    The elephant (asian) , Buffalo,Leopard, Tiger and Gaur. It is believed that they have 80 plus tigers, but they are difficult to spot due to the tall grass.
    India has Lions (Asian) and Rhino (one horned) as well but their hunting was banned much before The Indian Big 5 was banned.

    Thank you for the warm welcome.

    Somehow I am having problems uploading my photographs. Is there a particular method to go about it?
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    About Kaziranga - the thing that sticks in my mind the most is the rhinos. They were everywhere! We saw a lot of signs from tigers such as fresh scratches/clawing on trees, but unfortunately we did not see any.

    A lot of guys have trouble uploading photos to the site. I still have not uploaded any photos, but someone on here should be able to give you some guidance.
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    Here are a couple of snaps .
    I know that a number of big game hunters will talk about "Shot Placement" here after seeing the snap.
    But when you have a maneating leopard charging at you at 70 kms an hour from a distance of 30 yards. It all goes haywire.
    We got her. Before she got us.

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    Thanks for the link. I finally got the hang of posting snaps.
    We shot her on a moonless night on foot in thick Saal jungle soon after she had killed a 9 year old girl.
    The fact that it's been 3 months now and NO attacks have been reported thereafter confirms that we shot the right animal.
    We were looking for her for almost a week and had seen two other leopards.
    But as a member of the Registered Hunting Squad , our job was to get the maneater. Not any leopard we came across.
    That made the job tougher than it would look.
    How do you identify a maneater from a normal leopard? They all look the same.
    Shall talk about it in detail later.
    She measured 6 feet 7 inches over the curves.
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    Thanks so much for sharing these pictures! This is becoming very interesting and looking forward to finding out how you identified the man-eater...

    Here is a story from one of our good member that you will enjoy: AfricaHunting.com - Maneater Lioness
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    Thanks for sharing the photos and some of the story. Hitting a charging leopard anywhere is a great shot. Congratulations on your success.

    Are you able to keep the trophy or do you have to turn it into the government?
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    Wow... Tougher than it looks sounds like an understatement to me!!!

    Great job to ensure you got the right one, and to save lives by what you did.
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    gday PSRaghav
    welcome and enjoy the site
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    You won't believe it.
    They (Govt.) burn the animal .
    Having hunted abroad I strongly feel that Hunting contributes greatly to conservation, by getting in the much needed funds. Unfortunately India with it's rich and diverse wildlife has not been able save it's natural heritage. We banned tiger hunting in the early 1970's yet our tiger population has not recovered. While the hunter is kept away. Poaching continues.Not only of the big cat but also of the game it feeds on.
    As you can see in the snap above.This was a young leopard in prime health.She was not old or sick or injured. She turned to humans simply because there was not enough game for her to feed on in the forests.
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    that is a sad realisation
    do you have any photos of your samba deer ,PSRaghav.?

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