. . . I cannot fully explain my feelings at this point. This was not a hoorah moment. My feelings on this were more solemn but also one of relief. I had shot poorly on this safari so I was quite relieved that my shots were true and no one was hurt by this very angry cat. But the taking of a top line predator.....well I just can't explain it. This is not to say I didn't enjoy the hunt, just that I wouldn't describe it as enjoyment. I am glad I did this hunt and will never forget it. But it is a different feeling than taking a large kudu or a trophy sized elk here in the U.S. I guess I still haven't wrapped my head around it. I just know after it was done, I was shaking a bit. The adrenaline during the hunt had I guess went to my brain and caused me to focus like I'd never focused on a hunt before, but it was now going to the muscles in my body and giving me the shakes. An amazing experience.
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I know exactly how you felt Phil. Each time I've shot a big cat I've asked the team to give me some time alone with the animal after the pictures, just to let it all sink in. Mixture of relief and awe, perhaps. Maybe a slight feeling that I might not want to do this again - these are majestic beasts (but I do . . .). This is not, as you say, the same as hunting kudu.
Hey Phil, first off congrats on your anniversary! That's really something to be proud of nowadays. Secondly, congrats on a great safari. I really enjoyed your comments on what you felt after taking the lioness. Spot on!
I'm definitely letting Sandy read this. Sounds like s great idea for our 25th!
Lastly, how much wine did it take to get Donna to chose Africa over Hawaii?