"Having a great experience is just incidental....." you and I must come from different planets. The experience, the hunt is everything to me. For instance, I would much rather have a 28" free range Nyala from the Zambezi Delta of Mozambique that I hunted for two weeks than a 30" protein enhanced bull that probably has a name from a fenced farm (apologies to a couple of our sponsors). One reason a leopard hunt is so much fun is sharing the strategy and experience of trying to get one on a bait at all with one's PH. Though I realize it is unfortunately not the case, anyone should be able to shoot competently. Else, they have no business attempting to kill a game animal in the first place.
I am sure a CBL hunt can be exciting and even dangerous. So is climbing in an arena with a Spanish bull. He will also have a perfect "hair" to paraphrase Warren Zevon. I just wish I could have hunted a lion in the thirties or had the resources today to spend on some ragged haired, old wild male that took every minute of a 21-day safari, to finally get on bait.
And none of that is to criticise in any way my fellow hunters who have gone the CBL route. And if the "experience" was what you expected and wanted, then great. I personally would want another one with respect to a lion.
Couldn’t agree more. With recent events, it will likely be years before I can consider a lion hunt. However, when I can, it will be a wild lion, and I hope a tracking hunt. I know it’s low odds, but the thought of tracking a truly wild lion would be an adventure worth having.