Why, thank you, Adam,Mr. Habib, what a great story of the that notorius tiger! Having read thoroughly the accounts of Jim Corbett's experiences, I truly enjoyed reading yours! Thanks for your work and contributions to your fellow man in pursuit of those man-eaters. I wish you well, and do encourage you to continue writing.
Why, thank you, Wyatt. The Royal Bengal tigers of the Sundarbans are exceptionally adept swimmers and can pretty much traverse the entirety of the Sundarban mangrove forests with complete impunityI.What a good story. It’s hard to imagine (for me living in America) the fear a man eater would put into the local population.
How large of an area would a man eater like this cover?
Why, thank you, Ofbiro.A good and well written story Hunter Habib.
Two questions about your guns and ammunition:
-what was the cause of the 12 bore misfire? Faulty ammunition or gun failure?
-with all the experience you have gathered with firearms and dangerous felines, would you still carry a 32 ACP while waiting for a heavy and dangerous beast?
Believe me, they’d be pretty unimpressive and I’d bore you too quickly. But I’d love to get to share a safari camp with you someday and go hunting together with you, PARA45. When will you next go to Africa on Safari ? I’ll be off to Tanzania this coming season for a wild lion hunt.Thank you for sharing another wonderful story. Man, what a treat it would be to be sitting around a fire listening to you tell those stories. Again, thank you I enjoyed it very much!
Believe me, they’d be pretty unimpressive and I’d bore you too quickly. But I’d love to get to share a safari camp with you someday and go hunting together with you, PARA45. When will you next go to Africa on Safari ? I’ll be off to Tanzania this coming season for a wild lion hunt.
Oh, no, no. The pistol and the shotgun (and also my 7x57mm Mauser) were/are my personally owned firearms (licensed in my own name). The forest guards were always issued with .303 Lee Enfield rifles even back in those days, Ofbiro. After I became the Chief Conservator of Forests in 1993, I had all the forest departments across the nation equip their forest guards with the Belgian FN FAL self loading rifle in 7.62x51mm NATO. I had used this rifle during the war in ‘71 and thus decided that it would be a good weapon to replace the old service .303s.Maaaaany thanks for a kind and complete answer, Hunter Habib.
However, I sincerely wish that forestry authorities invest a bit of money to issue to brave officer more suitable firearms. In case of contacts with dacoits, the combined firepower of a Webley and of a shotgun would had been insufficient against Sten guns or self loading rifles.
Yes, completely, Ofbiro. If it were up to me, every forest office would be equipped with a Winchester Model 70 Safari Express in .375 Holland & Holland Magnum.Kudos to your courage and marksmanship, Hunter Habib, but I still blame the authorities for not issuing you and your men with suitable firepower.
Exellent and fascinating story , bit sad the other fine shotguns like Merkel Model 8 sbs did not go down there to further supplement the gear used.