The Art Of Hunting The Royal Bengal Tiger: A Comprehensive Guide

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On following a wounded cat:
Should you go after a wounded tiger or panther immediately, or wait some time first - daylight and other things allowing?

We don't have such big cats, here, but the general advice if you wound a large game animal has been to wait at least half an hour before following it. That gives it time to settle down and get weaker. In the mean while, you should mark the position where you were, and where the animal was when hit. Maybe try to determine how good your hit was, from any blood, fur, or bone that might be found.
 

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Several of us, managed to isolate the troll, which finally ended up banned. WHat I understand he was banned later at some other Inidan forums as well. He was teenager, a kid.
It was great spontanous action, by bullhunter, red leg, myself, and few others to isolate the troll. But member bullhunter provided the best and clear evidence, opposite to what the troll claimed.

Funny thing is that, in that discussion the troll actually became agitated on fact that practise of cow urine drinking still remain in some local commnities, and he was very eager to explain he does not do that.
And in same time was heavily trying to discredit mr Rahman.

Cow urine drinking phenomena got me interested, and I made interenet search to get my self educated abot something that I have never heard about before.
Bottom line, whatever he tried to proove actually it was very counterproductive.

If the subject was not mentioned, if he did not react, i would never give it a second thought to that... hmm... local practise, and I would remain unaware of it. Now I am aware of this local practise, and other forum members as well. One learn something every day.
I was not yet a member of African Hunting forums at the time , Mark Hunter. But l was reading that article on my I Pad . The way all of you gentlemen eventually succeeded in exposing the " Trolls " was an excellent piece of team work .
A few days ago , another Indian troll , using the name " Nsingh " joined African Hunting Forums . @Wyatt Smith exchanged words with him once . He attacked me on 1 of my comments on ANOTHER person's posts and claimed :
1) That banning hunting saves wild life
2) That Indian citizens possess .500 Jeffery calibre rifles.

I will let you decide which is the bigger lie . Unlike , Kawshik however , l have very little patience to deal with these retards in a civil manner. Thus , l had him reported and banned from being a member of these forums on the spot.

.500 Jeffery calibre rifles in the hands of Indian citizens .... Can you imagine that 1 ?
 
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I was not yet a member of African Hunting forums at the time , Mark Hunter. But l was reading that article on my I Pad . The way all of you gentlemen eventually succeeded in exposing the " Trolls " was an excellent piece of team work .
A few days ago , another Indian troll , using the name " Nsingh " joined African Hunting Forums . @Wyatt Smith exchanged words with him once . He attacked me on 1 of my comments on ANOTHER person's posts and claimed :
1) That banning hunting saves wild life
2) That Indian citizens possess .500 Jeffery calibre rifles.

I will let you decide which is the bigger lie . Unlike , Kawshik however , l have very little patience to deal with these retards in a civil manner. Thus , l had him reported and banned from being a member of these forums on the spot.

.500 Jeffery calibre rifles in the hands of Indian citizens .... Can you imagine that 1 ?
Friend Ponton
I can imagine how many own a 500 Jeffery. The number that dream of owning one is a different matter tho.
It's a Pity you can no longer hunt the royal Bengal tiger as I'm sure TROLLS would make excellent bait tied to a stake bleating their stupidity. Surely the goat has more sense than the troll. I guarantee that if one of these trolls were ever confronted with a tiger you could bet your balls they would be calling for someone with a gun.
Keep writing such beautiful and moving stories my friend we all enjoy your insight into the past.
Keep well my friend
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On following a wounded cat:
Should you go after a wounded tiger or panther immediately, or wait some time first - daylight and other things allowing?

We don't have such big cats, here, but the general advice if you wound a large game animal has been to wait at least half an hour before following it. That gives it time to settle down and get weaker. In the mean while, you should mark the position where you were, and where the animal was when hit. Maybe try to determine how good your hit was, from any blood, fur, or bone that might be found.
There are 2 schools of thought on this , Perttime . Some professional shikarees prefer to wait for an hour before commencing the search for a wounded royal Bengal tiger. Others , like myself preferred to go after them immediately. The reason for this is that l preferred never to let the brute get out of my sight . Wild dogs and hyenas and jackals were rancid in the Indian forests. They might end up trying to scavenge the dead royal Bengal tiger , thus ruining your client’s trophy . If the client’s trophy got ruined , our payment could be forfeited back in those days.
Imagine looking everywhere for a dead royal Bengal tiger for 4 hours or so , and then finding it’s ruined corpse mangled by vermin ? Unfortunately , this also meant that l had to face a great deal of charging royal Bengal tigers in my career.
 

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Once again another fantastic story and great read. I’m happy that you kept all details of the story! Not sure I needed to know them all but education only occurs if we are able to get as many facts and the raw truth.
I have 1 question for you Major Khan at the conclusion of article “Tracking Royal Bengal” you ask a question about the tracks of a man eating tiger. What is the answer of determining how to tell it’s a “man eater”?
 

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Once again another fantastic story and great read. I’m happy that you kept all details of the story! Not sure I needed to know them all but education only occurs if we are able to get as many facts and the raw truth.
I have 1 question for you Major Khan at the conclusion of article “Tracking Royal Bengal” you ask a question about the tracks of a man eating tiger. What is the answer of determining how to tell it’s a “man eater”?
I was wondering if somebody would figure it out , Tony. The answer is that the indentation of 1 paw print is visibly lighter than the other . This indicates that 1 leg of it is damaged and thus the royal Bengal tiger cannot hunt it’s natural prey. Indeed , we did find an old .315 bore lead bullet stuck in 1 of the paws of the royal Bengal tiger after l had killed it . No doubt , some local Indian shikaree tried to bag a royal Bengal tiger and ended up unleashing a man eater onto the citizens of Nagpur.
 

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I was wondering if somebody would figure it out , Tony. The answer is that the indentation of 1 paw print is visibly lighter than the other . This indicates that 1 leg of it is damaged and thus the royal Bengal tiger cannot hunt it’s natural prey. Indeed , we did find an old .315 bore lead bullet stuck in 1 of the paws of the royal Bengal tiger after l had killed it . No doubt , some local Indian shikaree tried to bag a royal Bengal tiger and ended up unleashing a man eater onto the citizens of Nagpur.

Thank you! Another valuable trick
 

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it pains me to know that so many go out of there way to assault the character of great men over a difference of opinion. It shows a great lack of moral character in my opinion, I'm not so fool hardy as to believe that they must all share my opinion. But I would like to think if they join our forum they would atleast be open to dialogue. To seek out people to persecute over a difference of beliefs it's blatantly racism. wars have been started over less.
I often wonder if such individuals would have the Gaul to act in such a way in person. To hide behind an electronic alias is one thing but when forced to face those you accuse is quite another.
 

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Poton said “Every Indian film which features a hunter , ALWAYS ( without exception ) portrays the hunter as a psychopathic villain and a rapist , who suffers from narcissistic personality disorder .”
I hope no one tells my loving granddaughter this since she is learning to hunt! So far she loves it even after taking 4 big game animals!
 

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Poton said “Every Indian film which features a hunter , ALWAYS ( without exception ) portrays the hunter as a psychopathic villain and a rapist , who suffers from narcissistic personality disorder .”
I hope no one tells my loving granddaughter this since she is learning to hunt! So far she loves it even after taking 4 big game animals!
I pray the young 1 keeps this up , Ridge Walker. With a grand father like yourself , she will grow up to be a mighty fine sports woman some day.
 

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I pray the young 1 keeps this up , Ridge Walker. With a grand father like yourself , she will grow up to be a mighty fine sports woman some day.
Thank you sir! I’m taking her to Namibia and South Africa this summer for her 14th birthday. Needless to say she is very excited!
 
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Thank you sir! I’m taking her to Namibia and South Africa this summer for her 14th birthday. Needless to say she is very excited!
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I'm sure your granddaughter will enjoy her hunt in Namibia. My son was just under 15 we he went. His first game animal in Namibia was a Springbok. The smile on his face was the best fathers day gift my son could give me. He went on to shoot 7 animals in total including a beautiful Hartman zebra and Oryx.
He used a 30Howa loaded 150 grain accubonds and had no problems. We hunted with Osombahe Nord safaris run and owned by Harold and Liezel. I did a write up about it if you're interested.
Cheers mate Have a great trip with your granddaughter. Your memories of the time will be better than anything you shoot yourself.
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Poton said “Every Indian film which features a hunter , ALWAYS ( without exception ) portrays the hunter as a psychopathic villain and a rapist , who suffers from narcissistic personality disorder .”
I hope no one tells my loving granddaughter this since she is learning to hunt! So far she loves it even after taking 4 big game animals!
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My article is
NAMIBIA: HUNTING WITH ODOMBSHE NORD SAFARIS OWNED AND RUN BY HARALD AND LIEZEL JACOBSZ
 

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Bob, I remember the Vegemite! Ugh! Great report!
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Yes vegemite is an acquired taste, my wife loves it on toast with a soft poached eggs.
Thanks for remembering my post mate.
At my age I have discovered shoes with memory foam inserts, great invention I can remember what I went into a room for now. Ha ha ha. Cheers mate Bob
 

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Shooting The Royal Bengal Tiger...


...For me personally , 5 calibres qualify as the perfect royal Bengal tiger calibres . Below , l have listed them in ascending order :
1) .338 Winchester magnum , using a 250 to 300 grain bullet .
2) 9.3 × 62 mm Mauser , using a 286 grain bullet.
3) 9.3 × 74 Rimmed , using a 286 grain bullet.
4) .375 Nitro Express / Mannlicher , using a 270 grain bullet.
5) .375 Holland & Holland magnum , using a 300 grain bullet .

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The .375 Nitro Express Rimless (9.5X57 Mannlicher Schoenauer) also did a fine job on leopard.
Here's my Grandfather, John F. Easton (at center), with one he bagged with the Mannlicher Schoenauer M1910 Takedown Model held in photo.
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I have the MS with its Gerard claw mount scope and fitted case.
 

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The .375 Nitro Express Rimless (9.5X57 Mannlicher Schoenauer) also did a fine job on leopard.
Here's my Grandfather, John F. Easton (at center), with one he bagged with the Mannlicher Schoenauer M1910 Takedown Model held in photo.
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I have the MS with its Gerard claw mount scope and fitted case.
The gun bearer on the left looks extremely familiar , Mr. Rothhammer.
He looks like a younger version of a Sri Lankan gun bearer we used to know named Boomako in the early 1960s . Was this photograph by any chance taken in Sri Lanka ?
Your grand father sounds like quite the shikaree. I would have loved to have met him . The .375 Nitro Express , utilizing a 270 grain soft point bullet ( from the German company , RWS ) is an excellent little tool for leopards and royal Bengal tigers .
The gentleman on the right is holding a 12 Bore Geco brand side by side double barreled shot gun with the single trigger . The cartridges on his waist belt are Eley 2.5 inch Lethal Ball cartridges . Presumably , this shot gun would be used for following up wounded leopards into the thickets.
 
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The gun bearer on the left looks extremely familiar , Mr. Rothhammer.
He looks like a younger version of a Sri Lankan gun bearer we used to know named Boomako in the early 1960s . Was this photograph by any chance taken in Sri Lanka ?
Your grand father sounds like quite the shikaree. I would have loved to have met him . The .375 Nitro Express , utilizing a 270 grain soft point bullet ( from the German company , RWS ) is an excellent little tool for leopards and royal Bengal tigers .
The gentleman on the right is holding a 12 Bore Geco brand side by side double barreled shot gun with the single trigger . The cartridges on his waist belt are Eley 2.5 inch Lethal Ball cartridges . Presumably , this shot gun would be used for following up wounded leopards into the thickets.


Sir, I am extremely interested in your reply. The information you provide is greatly appreciated.

The photograph is of my Grandfather, John Forrest Easton, who was the manager and overseer of rubber growing and refining operations at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for Goodyear in the early 1930s. My mother was born in Colombo in June of 1931, her birth certificate and (dual) citizenship papers signed by Llewellen Thompson. By 1934 they had been transferred to Singapore where they lived until their Japanese neighbors became rather aggressive in 1940.

You wrote:
"The gentleman on the right is holding a 12 Bore Geco brand side by side double barreled shot gun with the single trigger . The cartridges on his waist belt are Eley 2.5 inch Lethal Ball cartridges ."

Are you certain of this information? All I have known before is that the affair held by the gent to Granddad's right (left in photo) is a big son of a ----. I'm well acquainted with the M1910 of Granddad's as I own it, but all I have that may be related to that monstrous double barreled affair is a large round lead ball in the MS's case that may have come from it.

You would likely be interested in the family photo albums. I intend to digitize their contents as time permits. One of my favorites is a great image of Granddad having shown the proper cricket playing Brits how to play American baseball. It shows the grinning players at Singapore's 'Swiss Club' having finished a game and brandishing baseball equipment (with cricket bats visibly laid aside) while gathered around a keg of beer as their society matron wives show disdain in a distinctly "that simply isn't cricket" sort of way.
 
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Sir, I am extremely interested in your reply. The information you provide is greatly appreciated.

The photograph is of my Grandfather, John Forrest Easton, who was the manager and overseer of rubber growing and refining operations at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for Goodyear in the early 1930s. My mother was born in Colombo in June of 1931, her birth certificate and (dual) citizenship papers signed by Llewellen Thompson. By 1934 they had been transferred to Singapore where they lived until their Japanese neighbors became rather aggressive in 1940.

You wrote:
"The gentleman on the right is holding a 12 Bore Geco brand side by side double barreled shot gun with the single trigger . The cartridges on his waist belt are Eley 2.5 inch Lethal Ball cartridges ."

Are you certain of this information? All I have known before is that the affair held by the gent to Granddad's right (left in photo) is a big son of a ----. I'm well acquainted with the M1910 of Granddad's as I own it, but all I have that may be related to that monstrous double barreled affair is a large round lead ball in the MS's case that may have come from it.

You would likely be interested in the family photo albums. I intend to digitize their contents as time permits. One of my favorites is a great image of Granddad having shown the proper cricket playing Brits how to play American baseball. It shows the grinning players at Singapore's 'Swiss Club' having finished a game and brandishing baseball equipment (with cricket bats visibly laid aside) while gathered around a keg of beer as their society matron wives show disdain in a distinctly "that simply isn't cricket" sort of way.
It is a small world indeed , Mr. Rothhammer . When we knew Boomako in the 1960s , he had come to Nagpur from Sri Lanka after the 2nd World War . He was 1 of our head skinners for field dressing game . Here is a photograph l had taken of him supervising the field dressing of a royal Bengal tiger in 1962.
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He was extremely efficient at his work and taught me how to make soap from ash . Unfortunately , he was killed in 1966 by Rao Naidu's client in an accident . They were partaking in a royal Bengal tiger shikar . The client was using a Holland & Holland Mauser action bolt rifle , chambered in .375 Holland & Holland magnum , loaded with 300 grain solid metal covered bullets. The client shot the royal Bengal tiger , but the bullet passed through the brute and hit Boomako ( who , by some cruel trick of fate happened to be standing in the direction behind the royal Bengal tiger ) in the chest .

Regarding the double barrelled shot gun ... Yes , l am 100 % certain . If you would like further configuration , please do not hesitate to send me a photograph of the lead ball bullet which you have , in your possession. I am intimately familiar with this kind of cartridges .
 

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