Running Shots

They Take Practice—And The Right Rifle

Recently I was reading Alexander Lake’s Killers in Africa (1951). He recounts guiding two English hunters, St. Leger and Meagher, prior to WWII. These old gentlemen refused to shoot at standing animals: “Not sporting, y’know. Must bag ’em on the wing.”

Lake wrote, “I explained that I thought it more sporting to be sure of killing rather than wounding, St. Leger said, ‘Do ’em in quickly. Elephant guns, y’know. Mustn’t dispatch sitting beasts. Be like shooting sitting hares, what?’”

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