Thanks you for sharing!
@gillettehunterThanks for sharing this story. Once again a night hunt. The full moon is a great help I'm sure. Good shooting. Too bad about the child. At least you were able to stop the tiger before more lost their lives to him.
@PondoroI take my hat off to anyone shooting a bengal tiger at night with a shotgun..
Nosler Partition soft point cartridges or Hornady DGX soft point cartridges , Anayeth ?
@Professor MalwaAs the years went by , I am glad that I retained the hide of the marauder of Talpatti . Sometimes , sentimental value supersedes financial value . I returned the doll to the father of the unfortunate little girl , whose innocent life had been the final one to be claimed by the marauding Royal Bengal tiger . He tearfully accepted it and told me that his daughter’s name was Rehnuma .
I would like to dedicate this story to the memory of Rehnuma , that poor little seven year old girl who lost her life due to the cruelty of nature . As a personal opinion , I firmly believe that the number of marauding Royal Bengal tigers in southeast Asia would greatly be reduced if a form of regulated trophy hunting existed to reduce the number of elderly males ( who have passed breeding age ) which inhibit the countless forests of the region . The funds generated from these trophy hunts , would aid greatly in a better and more sustainable conservation of the species in the long run . They would also greatly reduce the immense human - wildlife conflict which occurs in this part of the world . Like it or not , the reality of the way the world works is this - The greatest approach to conserving a species , is by always putting a monetary value on it .
Of course , I am only a college professor and not a world leader .
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The only known photograph of Rehnuma , collected by the author . 1972
@Bob Nelson 35Whelen@Professor Malwa
Another excellent story professor.
It is a sad but true fact of life that one thing must die so the other can live.
I 100% agree that the best way to conserve/ preserve something is put a value on it. Where I hunted in Namibia the philosophy was if it doesn't pay it doesn't stay.
@Bob Nelson 35Whelen
@RidgewalkerYikes! Another scary night hunt in an isolated (by water) location! I don’t know how I missed this in October! The Garo was crazy for swimming back in the dark in my humble opinion!
Thanks again for sharing another intensely exciting hunt!
So sad for the little girl and especially for her parents. I would have been devastated if it had been my child! Just awful! It’s one thing when one of us old farts dies, but we have already had an opportunity in a long life. It’s quite another sadness for one so young just beginning her life.