Is there an African animal you wouldn't shoot?

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I wouldn’t shoot another elephant. Possibly a lone male with importable tusks. But never again one from a family group.
 

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I wouldn’t shoot another elephant. Possibly a lone male with importable tusks. But never again one from a family group.
You do not understand the dimamics of elephant herds ....
 

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All humanoid animals, Baboons, Monkeys...etc.
 

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Atlas bears, lowland/mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, cassowaries, monkey eating eagles, scimitar horned oryx.
 

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So some would prefer a male animal to die of hunger instead of hunting it even though it will die of hunger due to no more teeth?

I would have it hunted irrespective of numbers as long as it is beyond breeding it cannot contribute to the pool anyway
 

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How do Ellies die naturally? Do they waste away at the end or do predators bring them down. An end time tusker spare the misery is appealing.
 

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They die of hunger....cannot chew and ingest enough food so they just waste away.....
 

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So some would prefer a male animal to die of hunger instead of hunting it even though it will die of hunger due to no more teeth?

I would have it hunted irrespective of numbers as long as it is beyond breeding it cannot contribute to the pool anyway
Good point. I just did a search here for the Scimitar. The articles I read here state that although it's almost extinct in the wild in Africa (Chad area), some of the ranches in SA have hunting for them. But you can't export them to the US. So I guess the hunt for them would be in Texas or New Mexico and keep the meat, hide and horns? But, it wouldn't be an African species hunted in Africa then?
 

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@CoElkHunter I think the Scimitar is an example of how hunters contribute to conservation. Actually, I think it's one of the best success stories! The Scimitar was more than endangered. It was classified as extinct in the wild. But thanks to hunters, it has been brought back from the brink of total extinction! Hunter's gave it a value. You've heard about how in Africa they say "If it pays, it stays!"? The Scimitar is a great example.
I also agree with @IvW about hunting something past it's prime. Some people feel hunting is cruel. I feel mother nature can be far more so. I wouldn't like to be shot, but I'd prefer that to slowly starving to death.
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Earlier (post 86) I said I wouldn't shoot a primate. I was thinking more along the lines of Gorillas and Chimpanzees. I forgot about Baboons and the fact that they're primates. I'd shoot a Baboon.
 

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Let's start by rephrasing the question. If it was legal, ethical (no females with fawns or kids, animal within range for your abilities, etc.), of sufficient size, and no extra cost to you, is there a type (species or subspecies) that you wouldn't shoot? If an animal presented a shot and your PH put up the sticks and says "Take him!" is there any kind of animal that would make you look at your PH and say, "No thanks."

For example, some people just don't like the look of the horns on hartebeest. Perhaps you feel that you've already shot too many of a particular kind of animal. Or, in your opinion, they are not sufficiently challenging to hunt?

If there is such an animal for you, why wouldn't you shoot it?
Nope. Under those parameters, I would get on the sticks and put it down.
 

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I've passed on Giraffe, African Wild Cats (feral house cat) & various other creatures.

African wild cats aren't feral house cats...

 

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I find it interesting how many species that you aren't allowed to hunt in most countries , and ones you cant hunt anywhere are included in what people wouldn't shoot....
 

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Can't think of any of the commonly and legally pursued species that I absolutely wouldn't hunt if I had time and money, but there are a few that just don't "turn my crank" at the moment. In particular, sitting here at home and having not been to Africa yet I really have no desire to chase the tiny 10 antelope species. However, I admit that could change once I've actually been there.

The big 5 are what I dream of, with Elephant being the one I dream of most. I can't imagine turning down an opportunity to hunt any of them assuming I could afford it, it was legal, and the hunt was contributing to the overall sound management of the species in that particular area.
 
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For me I personally don’t want to harvest a rhino. I know all the benefits it brings to harvest one but I still would prefer not to. I am willing to dart one for the same price as to harvest and get the measurements and make a replica. I have had the opportunity to aid on a rhino hunt and got to experience the whole thing. The only other animals I don’t want to hunt are the tiny antelope like Steenbok, Duiker, etc. I had always wanted to but when I had the opportunity to work for a safari company my opinion changed on it. I love watching them but I would prefer to leave the little guys in peace. After all they don’t have an easy life.
 

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@CoElkHunter I think the Scimitar is an example of how hunters contribute to conservation. Actually, I think it's one of the best success stories! The Scimitar was more than endangered. It was classified as extinct in the wild. But thanks to hunters, it has been brought back from the brink of total extinction! Hunter's gave it a value. You've heard about how in Africa they say "If it pays, it stays!"? The Scimitar is a great example.
I also agree with @IvW about hunting something past it's prime. Some people feel hunting is cruel. I feel mother nature can be far more so. I wouldn't like to be shot, but I'd prefer that to slowly starving to death.
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Cam Moon,
I agree it is absolutely a success story. I didn't know until recently that ranches in SA had them available to hunt? I would still rather hunt one here in the US (TX, NM) as I could keep everything from the animal. But, that'll have to wait until I hunt in Africa for other game.
CEH
 

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None of the tiny ten, not interested. I like elephants too much, not sure if I could bring my self on pulling the trigger. My wife said flat out no giraffe, but everything is game. LOL!!!!
My wife was confused why I would want a giraffe one day and one video explaining how not only do they need to be managed like every species but how aggressive the old bulls are and aside from property damage they're not kicked out of herds by young breeders like buffalo but instead keep the young bulls from breeding, and it's now #2 on her list behind Kudu. Shes an avid hunter but even sometimes with that being the case we all need a dose of true conservation reality when it comes to the animals that society has particular stigmas on
 

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