Has someone here on AH who hunted Tiger in Vietnam?

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  1. Wheels

    Wheels AH ENABLER AH Legend

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    https://saigoneer.com/saigon-cultur...-of-hunting-in-vietnam-since-the-19th-century

    Brief History of Hunting in Vietnam Since the 19th Century
    Published on Thursday, 03 July 2014 10:58
    Written by Dang Bui and Brian Letwin.
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    While hunting was probably popular among Vietnamese nobles before the arrival of the French, it was the colonialists who popularized big game hunting in the country when it was still a land of wilderness.

    Large-scale hunting was usually carried out in regions such as Lang Biang and the Mekong Delta where there were hectares of jungles that supported rich biodiversity. There were however restrictions and laws pertaining to hunting and wildlife management that were enforced by French officials known as Lieutenants louveterie (though it’s unclear how effective they were).

    This title was bestowed upon Henri de Monestrol according to his 1952 book, Chasses et Faune D’Indochine (Hunting and Wildlife of Indochina), in which he wrote that he was a hunter in the service of Emperor Bao Dai.

    The sport persisted before the American’s went all-in militarily, with a 1961 travel brochure claiming the country to be “…a hunter’s paradise,” that included “…elephant, tiger, leopard, wild buffalo bear, deer, and pheasant.”


    A pre-war "License A" in Vietnam would set you back $4,800 Vietnamese piastres ($68) and for that you would be allowed to shoot one bull elephant, four bears, six deer, two oxen, two gaurs, and two buffalo, plus a small royalty or kill fee on anything you actually tagged, according to the materials.

    With the outbreak of the American War, forests began to disappear (both due to the physical effects of the conflict, post-war poverty and more recently, development which has resulted in massive habitat loss), causing many species such as Javan rhinos and wild water buffalos to become endangered or even extinct.

    Though hunting is now thoroughly banned in Vietnam, it still occurs regularly. The only difference between past and present is that it now takes place for profit rather than sport.
     

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  2. rinehart0050

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    Fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing
     

  3. Adrian

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    Without meaning to derail the thread but still keep it semi on topic, although admittedly as far away from the steamy Vietnamese jungles as you can get, there is an account of the crew of a U-Boat in the Second World War hunting a polar bear.
    The weapons of choice appear to the the MP40 and KAR98.

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  4. Dr Ray

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    I’m sorry but I could never shoot a tiger. They are such magnificent looking animals. I have a picture of a tiger in my office and he stares at me if I don’t keep working?
     

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    Dr. Ray, I'm with you. I like visiting the tiger on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge and say hello to Mike the Tiger.

    http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_ro...cle_4fa430da-7bab-11e7-922c-6767396b028e.html

    LSU's renovated tiger habitat features 'above and beyond' comforts for new Mike VII

    A home typically is given a fresh look before a new resident moves in. But Mike VII’s home at LSU got more than a fresh coat of paint.

    With about $950,000 in donated money from the Tiger Athletic Foundation, the 15,000-square-foot tiger habitat next to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center will have numerous upgrades, some to make life better for Mike, some to make caring for him easier on LSU.

    The addition most likely to please both Mike and his fans is a roughly 100-square-foot synthetic rock that uses glycol to stay cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather, said Emmett David, an associate athletic director in charge of the habitat renovations. Because Baton Rouge gets a lot more of the former, the rock’s temperature will give Mike a comfortable perch in full view of those who come to see him.

    As for the rock’s location, the new tiger mascot can thank his predecessor.

    “Mike VI stayed at this one little spot, and if you look back through photos, he enjoyed this one spot," David said. "He would always put his back toward the waterfall, because he knew it was protected back there, and he kept his face toward the glass. I think that was a natural way of protecting himself.”

    Keeping Mike comfortable has long been a priority. The night house is air conditioned, which is unusual for big cat facilities, David said.

    “It’s not that big of a deal because a majority of his time is spent outside in the habitat,” he said. “Some exhibits say they’re in the wild, they’re used to it, get over it. We don’t treat ours like that. It’s not the normal to be in an air-conditioned night house. That’s above and beyond.”

    Speaking of above, the central support column that holds up the netting over the habitat has been redesigned to look like a tree, creating a more pleasing aesthetic, David said.

    The pond and waterfall also have been refurbished. Longer-lasting LED lights have replaced older light bulbs that went out more often and were difficult to change. Ground lights have been taken out, replaced by LED lights on the faux tree for much the same reason, David said.

    Visitors won’t see some of the improvements. The inside of Mike’s night house has been coated with a heavy-duty epoxy flooring to make it easier to clean. The coating has a texture designed to keep Mike from slipping when it’s wet, but one not so abrasive that it wears at his foot pads.


    Azeo “Ace” Torre, an LSU grad in New Orleans whose company, Torre Design Consortium, has designed zoo habitats across the country, consulted on the project, David said. The deadline for having the habitat ready for occupancy was Aug. 15. David said some landscaping work may continue up until Monday, when classes begin.

    Although LSU is seeking accredited sanctuary status for the habitat, the renovations are unrelated to that effort, said Ginger Guttner, communications manager for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, which oversees Mike's care.

    LSU announced Aug. 1 that it has located the tiger that could become Mike VII. The plan is to keep the tiger quarantined in the night house for about a week, where he will not be visible to the public, while he acclimates to the environment. If that goes well, the tiger will be released into his yard and officially become the university's new live mascot.

    LSU said it would announce in advance when the tiger will be in his yard for the first time. David has a prediction.

    “Mike goes to class the same day the students do,” he said. Classes start Aug. 21.
     
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  6. Dr Ray

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    Wheels, back in early 1968 I was in the Gulf of Tonkin off the Quang Tri coastline at the DMZ. We were with a Marine Corps med-evac squadron evacuating both wounded and dead out of country. I remember several stories of tiger sightings and encounters such as what you mentioned. That incident was quite likely one of them.
     
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  8. RickB

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    Great stories! Crazy how many places one COULD have hunted years ago. Thankfully we still can in some places.
     
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  9. Tom Hawk

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    Why don’t the Vietnamese open up hunting. I know that they are communist, but they allow foreign corps in. Look like a dream.
     

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