@Wheels is of course correct that this is a separate hunt, in a different area from the one which began this thread.This is a separate hunt in Balule than the previous post. This hunt takes place November 23 and an elephant is shot 800 meters from a lodge. The initial report takes place in August. In that hunt a collared elephant on Balule is shot in Mapumalanga, 700 meters from the Limpopo province boundary where the license was issued.
Wonder if elephant hunting on Balule is about finished.
I'd add a couple of points. Firstly, the elephant was taken 800 meters from the lodge. That's quite a distance. Almost 9 foot ball fields. Unless the observers had bios, it's hard to see how they could have had an accurate appreciation of what was going on, although I don't doubt that if you heard shots and saw an elephant fall, you might reasonably conclude that it had been shot. But trauma? Having said that, personally I would not want to shoot anything within sight of a building and other people not part of my hunting party. 800 meters is a long way for an "elephant" bullet to travel, but it could happen.
The point though, that I really take issue with is the "several shot were fired before the elephant was successfully brought down." There seems to be an implication here that there was poor shooting, or the animal suffered more than was necessary.
I learned, and practised, the rule that once you pull the trigger on an elephant, you keep shooting until it is on the ground. The first shot might well have been a fatal shot, but a dead elephant can still cover a meaningful distance. And then once the elephant is on the ground, it is generally good practice, in my opinion, to put another shot either into the brain or into the heart. This rule may not apply if you have taken a successful brain shot, but while we tend to see those shots on tv, because the results of a (successful) shot are so dramatic, I think most PH's would prefer you go for the higher percentage heart/lung shot.
So the fact that several shot were taken seems a meaningless comment. Or am I being overly sensitive (maybe like the observers?!).