This is my first article on these forums .And l have thus , decided that it should be about the first royal Bengal tiger which l had ever hunted in my life. I will start with a little prologue of sorts and then relate the story , along with photographs in 3 separate posts. If the members of this site enjoy the story , then l will write a few more. I was a professional shikaree from 1961 to 1970 in Nagpur in India , working for the shikar outfitters , Allwyn Cooper Limited . This was the oldest and the largest of the 26 shikar outfitting companies operating in India until 1972. My good friend , colleague and fellow member of this site , Sargeant Kawshik Rahman was a professional shikaree in Darjeeling in India , working for the outfitters, Sundar Raj Shikar Limited. This story predates even my professional shikaree career by 1 year , as it is from 1960 . In June of 1960 , a man eating royal Bengal tiger was menacing the villagers of Nagpur . It had already killed 7 people , including , but not limited to: a maid servant , three children and the driver of a bullock cart. The local government had declared the brute a man eater and what this meant was that a shikaree did not need a license to hunt that royal Bengal tiger down ( as opposed to normal hunting , where each shikaree could legally acquire a permit for only one tiger every season , which was seven months long ) . At the time , l had not killed a single animal more dangerous than a wild boar . I was only a 19 year old young lad at the time . In the out skirts of Nagpur , l used to hunt cheetal deer , sambhur deer , hog deer , ducks , cranes , geese , rabbits and various land birds , such as grouse , chukar , pigeons , quails and the grey Indian partridge . Frequently , l would often shoot a wild boar too , and my Christian and Hindoo friends would always welcome some fresh pork to their supper table . I should add here what firearm(s) , l would use . It was a double barreled side by side shot gun of 12 calibre made in Liege , Belgium and marked “ Mercury “ . It was meant to make any cartridge up to 3 inches in length and the barrels were little more than 27 inches in length . The left barrel was a full choke and the right barrel was a modified choke . I had the excellent fortune to purchase this fine weapon from an English gentleman , who used to own a tea garden. Before this gentleman was returning to England in 1959 , he sold many of his possessions which he would be leaving behind. He offered the shot gun for sale for a mere 35 Rupees . As shot guns ( and infact all firearms ) made by IOF ( Indian Ordinance Factories ) were of ridiculously poor quality , l knew that l could not miss my chance to purchase a shot gun of European manufacture in pristine condition, especially for a bargain as attractive as the paltry sum of 35 Rupees. I immediately purchased the shot gun as well as all of the gentleman's cartridges for an extra 10 Rupees. These were from the English company , Eley Bros . That shot gun has been my constant companion since the last 60 years and to it's credit it never let me down , even today . I took everything from a wild pigeon to a water buffalo with that grand old gun and it is truly an inseparable part of me . I will write one article dedicated just to that shot gun on this site , some time in the near future . For now , however , let us stay on the subject of this story . Even though there was news of a man eating royal Bengal tiger around Nagpur , l did not ever imagine that the brute would be anywhere near where l was hunting . One Fri day , however , while hunting cheetal deer , l came across a startling sight . With me , was my servant boy, a loyal Hindoo fellow named Ponual Sangma . Even though he was my servant , l always treated dear Ponual more like a brother and a friend . As future stories will relate , he saved my life on more than one occasion . This is what we saw. They were the paw prints of a royal Bengal tiger . My jaws gaped in amazement and fear . I took my camera from Ponual and l took the above photograph to show to my friends . Then , l quickly returned home . When l returned , my Nana ( grandfather ) informed me that the man eating tiger had claimed one more victim . The corpse was found , roughly a kilometer away from where l was hunting . I had no doubt in my mind now , that the paw prints which l had taken a photograph of , belonged to the man eater . In the next post , l will relate how l decided to hunt this man eater .