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SilentT
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quote:
Originally posted by USN_Sam1385:

From what I have read here the process kinda goes like this:

1. A lion cub is born.
2. Lion cub is fed and raised in a cage until it is big.
3. Game ranch sells a lion hunt to a wealthy man who can afford to kill this animal.
4. Game ranch buys lion and has it shipped to them prior to the hunt.
5. Game ranch drives wealthy man to where lion is and lets him shoot at it with his bow. If that doesn't work, they shoot it with high powered rifles.
6. Wealthy man gets pictures and videos of the kill.

Yep, that's pretty much it.
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Great stuff buff!

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quote:
Originally posted by USN_Sam1385:



If I can't eat it I won't kill it. Can you think of any species besides humans that kills for pure fun? I'm sure there might be a few, but I sure can't think of any.

Do some research on Wolves. They hunt for sport all the time. Ask the folks out in the west or Alaska how often they come across multiple Elk or Moose killed by wolves and not eaten.
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Most predators do at times.

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I had no idea. "wow"
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There is a big difference between hunting plains game behind a fence and the hunting of an apex predator. Plains game operations may supplement feed in some circumstances but it is seasonal at best. Canned lions are fed commercial pet food. It is the only economical way to get them to a "harvestable" age. Do the math using figures published from SA game auctions. Take the cheapest animal and figure the "need to feed" over a four-six year period. You will quickly see this is as far from a natural situation. I am not discounting the challenge and danger involved; just pointing out what is really involved in creating the opportunity.
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I have a couple of the pictures from this hunt as wallpaper on my work computer.
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Ray Hammond is SPOT ON! Thanks for taking the time to post so many good observations, Ray.

We must hold ourselves to a higher moral standard, regardless of current legality. We must do a better job at communicating with non-hunters. We need non-hunters to understand that hunting is about the outdoor experience and about appreciating wildlife, not about the trophy kill.

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Outstanding,a dream hunt to say the least.

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We need non-hunters to understand that hunting is about the outdoor experience and about appreciating wildlife


While I agree with the bolded, hunting is also about having fun. As a matter of fact, that's my first priority when I go hunting....making sure it's an enjoyable experience.

In my mind, hunters judging other hunters is petty and detrimental...much worse than a non-hunter doing the same.

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Great story! Awesome animal! Congrats!

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Congrats on your trophy Buff!!

Brand new to the site, but not new to bow hunting, including African bow hunting.

Lots of good debate on this lengthy thread, and that is what stimulates thought. [Smile]

Several less than accurate comments though pertaining to hunting in RSA.

While much of RSA hunting is fenced, not all of it is.....this includes lion hunting. BTW, despite worries, lion hunting is still going on in RSA. Who knows for how much longer though?

I have seen a bunch of fences in RSA, and they have all been roughly 8' tall. I have watched 1,800lb. Eland walk up to a fence and easily launch up and over. Same with Kudu. Oddly, Impala cannot seem to get that done. Lion and leopard are not slowed much by a fence of that size.

Anyway, again, congratulations Buff, and a great job of sharing the adventure.

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TxAg,

I completely disagree with your remarks. It's neither prejudicial nor petty to insist that fair chase is the right way to hunt.

Your position is- that because someone says they're a hunter- no one else who hunts can then offer critical comments about what they're doing without being petty? Really?

Judgement and decisions have already been made by nonhunters in SA which will affect all of us- as a result of the actions of a few.

If you do something and keep it to yourself- that's essentially your business. I haven't yet seen a thread titled 'if you hunt inside a fence you're a BIG JERK'.

These comments are the result of a post on the web- to which some say things like WELL DONE, YOU GO BOY, and the like- and that will be seen by some among us as an example of something to aspire to.

Remember, many today don't have a family tradition of hunting to rely on for development of a hunting ethic, character, and a sense of right and wrong when it comes to the outdoors.

If they read it-they will often follow the example of others- unless a counterpoint is presented. How less valid is 'I think it was a mistake' than an 'attaboy'?

If those of us who don't feel it is something to be admired, and we don't say anything, we should then rightly be called petty and detrimental.

Hunting lions inside a fence was THE MAJOR PRETENSE used by non hunters in SA government to restrict lion hunting, and perhaps eliminate it. Right or wrong- what difference does it make when the decisions have been made- by the very people we will need to look to later to protect other hunting rights.

Buff began a near apology when he started his post- he KNEW that it would be seen critically by many and relayed that premonition in his post.

And again, I'm not picking on Buff- Buff didn't create fenced hunting for lions.

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Well put Ray to say the least.

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I will say for one my eyes have been opened to a whole new hunting "industry" I knew nothing about. Sometimes when you think you know something you are more dangerous than if you just admit you're ignorant.

I am just a dumb country boy that's hunted deer, pigs and anything else around. Never behind a fence. Don't get me wrong I know people do it and enjoy it. My personal feelings, it should be called grocery shopping with a stick or gun.

I recently looked into taking my son to Africa for a hunt. Got lots of good info, videos etc..
One of the places sends e-mails with specific animals with price list attached. I don't mean for the species, I mean for the specific animal.
I would rather shoot a doe on public land here in NC than pay someone to parade a specific animal in front of me.

My wife is not a anti-hunter (obviously or she would not be my wife) but she does give me an outsiders perspective. Before we met she never knew anyone that hunted. She has taken the hunter safety course and enjoys going with me now. She watches the hunting shows with me and always asked what skill did that person just show by killing that animal. Most of the time I am embarrassed to say "they made the shot" because that is usually all they did. They did not scout, find, make the set-up, pattern the animal, call them in or anything. They just went where the guide told them to and executed the shot. That is not hunting to me.
Most, if not all of the Africa hunts are sitting at a water hole or over bale of hay. After watching some of these I feel I could do the same thing back home on the farm in PA. Just shoot the cows when they come into feed. Watching these videos with someone that is new to hunting really taught me a lesson. I like to EARN my kill, not just pay for it.

I will admit Ray's position seemed very hard at first but I admit I really was ignorant about this issue. Thanks Ray.

PS Buff, no disrespect to you. I love watching your videos, you made a heck of a shot and showed a lot of nerve.

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