Is there an African animal you wouldn't shoot?

Discussion in 'Hunting Africa' started by Charles de Ribeau, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Northwest9

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    If its legal, and I could afford it, I would hunt it.
     
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  2. tigris115

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    I wouldn't go after the color breeds in SA like white lion, golden wildebeest, and copper springbok.
     

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    @tigris115 Could I ask why? (I thought copper Springbok occurred naturally??)
     

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    This is partially informed by what I know about white tigers, who make pugs and European royals look genetically diverse. I'm not against game breeding but something about shooting these kind of color morphs don't feel kosher to me.
     
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  5. Scott CWO

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    You are wrong about crocodile. You cannot tell the size of a croc in the water. They are cold-blooded animals and during the day they are found sunning themselves out of the water but very close to the edge. At night, the water is warmer than the air so they are in the water. During the day, they are very spooky and will quickly slide into the water to safety at the first hint of danger, noise or movement. Before I got my croc, he got away twice before I could get off a shot. I had to quietly crawl to avoid his eyesight and hearing. I crawled up to the bank to shoot him on the opposite bank. He was a known man-killer by the local village.

    I bet you have hunted areas with lots of deer. It is not a challenge to kill a deer but it is a challenge to kill a large buck deer.

    On the Zambezi, there are thousands of crocs. While we were hunting, two people were killed by crocs in neighboring villages, including a 12 year-old boy. The villagers requested that my hunting companion try to kill the croc that killed the boy. Upon arrival at the area, my partner and his PH couldn't tell which croc had eaten the boy and since we were only interested in very large crocs, he didn't shoot one in that exact area. Hunting for specific large crocs is very challenging.
     
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  6. Philip Glass

    Philip Glass AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    Another thing to consider is that until you are around some animals in their native habitat you may not appreciate them. The more time you spend hunting Africa the more likely your list will get longer!
    Philip
     

  7. Philip Glass

    Philip Glass AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    My perspective is that I am willing to fight for my lifestyle and what I believe in. I’ve been threatened, my children have been threatened but I am not deterred. I’ll post all of my hunts online without a care because I know what I do is ethical and right. If someone is truly afraid of consequences in social media then maybe they shouldn’t take pics of their hunts. Kendall Jones is a celebrity now.
    Philip
     
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    Philip Glass AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    You really have no idea what you are talking about. Have you ever seen hippo teeth? They are an amazing trophy in their own right. Plus shooting the right hippo in the water is more challenging that any deer hunt from a blind and most of us have done that.
    Again spending time in Africa around these animals will change your mind IMO.
    Philip
     

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    Or cassowary? Back in March in Florida, a pet cassowary killed his owner after the owner fell down. Modern day Velociraptor without teeth! Viscous bird!
     
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    Giraffe- I can only dream of harvesting an old dark bull! Made a promise that I would never do it, happy wife = return trip to Africa
     
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  11. Rule 303

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    I didn't know Cassowary were in Africa. Yes IN PNG and Far North Queensland in Australia. They have killed people in Aust. and PNG. The big central claw on their feet is used to kick. They can stab with it and open your stomach up no problems. Far more aggressive than the Ostrich and Emu.
     
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    You can say that again. Never thought I would bother with a Wildebeest, till I shot one. Hit him hard but not a killing shot. 3 Km later I put the killing shot in. Now knowing how tough they are, I want to get another one.

    Hippo. Shoot one in the water is only the beginning. You then have to get him/her out and if the pod won't leave the carcass the adventure then really begins.:E Scared:
     

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    I have no problem with what anyone doesn’t want to shoot. But sometimes the “reasoning” does illustrate a certain staggering lack of actual factual information.

    For me, I have no interest in shooting any African game animal that was raised in a pen and released to be killed.
     

  14. wesheltonj

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    Single?
     
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  15. Charles de Ribeau

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    Ostrich can also behave similarly. A few years ago, I had a PH who told me that his father had an ostrich farm. They would collect and incubate the eggs (not sure why). He said that more than once a worker came back from trying to do that with his abdomen sliced open and "holding his guts in".
     
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  16. The Artistry of Wildlife

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    Could not bring myself to shoot a Elephant. If I had a free hunt I'd give to my sons or friend.
     

  17. Charles de Ribeau

    Charles de Ribeau AH Veteran

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    I found this in the Washington Post: An ostrich killed a 90-year-old farmer and critically injured his 86-year-old wife.
     
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  18. Charles de Ribeau

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    However, let's face it, it isn't very likely.
     

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    You can.

    Estimate the distance from the nostril to the eye of the croc and then convert it to feet.

    9 inches = 9 foot croc
    12 inches = 12 foot croc

    Alternatively the total length of the head(nose tip to the back of the scull) multiplied by seven is = to the total length of the croc. 1 foot head=7 foot croc.

    While scouting river banks for crocs and you find where a croc was basking in the sun. Find a good rear foot print and the length of the foot from rear to the longest nail print(3rd toe) in inches will also give you the total length in feet.

    Males have wider snout tips than females.
     

  20. Rule 303

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    So you find a good rear foot print, there are 30 croc's in the water, are you going to whip out your tape measure and wander in to measure the feet to find the right croc.:E Scared::LOL::LOL: Just:A Shit::A Stirring:
     
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