Originally Posted by Claghorn
Strength does when you're shooting a bow, though with a compound a bit less.@JLibourel
, what's your take on that girl bringing down a lion with a bow?
Agree about strength counting. I'm no archer, but for some years when I was at Petersen Publishing the editor of Bowhunting
had his office immediately adjacent to mine. The Bowhunting guys were quite impressed that I could draw a heavy compound bow with no experience. I would have been about 55 or so at the time. Forget what the pull weight was: 80 or 90 pounds, something like that.
As to that girl bringing down the lion with a bow, well, people did bring down lions with bows for thousands of years, bows that were much less sophisticated and efficient than modern compounds. That said, I am aware that there is a lot of fraud on these African hunts: A large, dangerous animal is killed with a rifle, and then the hunter poses with a bow or handgun and claims to have used that...or so some African PHs say, anyway.
Mulling this business over, it occurred to me that at some game ranches the lions are deliberately fed and otherwise chummed up (sometimes coming to safari cars to be petted) until the poor cats are sucker punched!
Worse yet are "canned hunts" both in the USA and Africa, in which an animal is released in a small enclosure and then shot. How anyone could derive pleasure from this is quite beyond me! A professional animal trainer who worked with big cats once told me that it was widely believed among trainers that there was a ranch in Texas where incorrigibly vicious big cats were sold be to be shot in this fashion. The thought occurred to me that a real sporting challenge would be to go alone with your rifle into a fenced, heavily wooded or brushy quarter-section that housed a lion or tiger of particularly savage disposition that was completely unafraid of humans. Taking on that challenge would be a man's work! Noted big game hunter and adventurer Jack Lott remarked that he thought only about one in four hunters would survive the test.
In discussing these unsporting practices, I do not wish to imply that the winsome Miss Kendall Jones was guilty of any of them. She may very well have taken her lion with the archery tackle shown and taken it and the other animals she bagged fully in accordance with the principles of fair chase. Unless evidence to the contrary surfaces, she certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt.Edited by JLibourel - 7/8/14 at 12:49pm