Possible better bullet trajectory? Being above the animal, albeit slightly, you would have to compensate for lion travel versus bullet down travel. Whereas on the same level, your bullet is traveling flat and you are only likely to miss left or right.
Standing shots might not lead enough and rake his back or only punch his haunches, whereas kneeling shots go through his chest/head, and along his body. Better chance for success? I don't know.
The lesson I took away from this is like the 'outrunning your buddies from the bear' joke. Don't be the fool that's 20 feet closer to the lion than everybody else.
This reminds me of the grizzly hunt Pat has in the archives. I still tell people about that story.
They are down to shoot under the limbs and brush. Where they made their biggest mistake was to spread out that far. They should have had a unified front so the lion charged all of them. Concentrated fire at that point.
The lion charged because he was already wounded and it was follow up on him.
Dicey stuff for sure and they lucked out with the head shot at the last.
Standing there with a bow? Dinner for the Lion LOL !
Look at the lions back leg when it runs. It looks like his leg is broken. Amazing how fast the thing is with a broken leg. Lucky shot the guy saved his on life that is for certain. if you watch carefully the PH's first shot missed by a mile and hit a tree branch.
PS there is another lion charge on www.youtube.com with an amazing shot in it also. search for LION ATTACKS MAN.
Just a word to the wise..investigate how many lion, leopard, elephant, hippo, buffalo chargers your PH has ACTUALLY had...if you are booking that kind of hunt. What you will probably find is NOT that many. Times have changed from the old days when many PH's had many of them. Choose wisely grasshopper.
He basically saved his own arse. 5 hunters and only 4 shots...you might expect 10 shots, but I admit it was a fast charge.
Now here's a question for the safari experts: in deer hunting when you wound an animal and it's not a solid hit, it's very common to wait until the next day to take up the trail. While that might have been the case here, it seems in Africa when dangerous game is hit, they don't wait THAT long before beginning the tracking, an hour or whatever...why not wait at least as long as you would in regular deer hunting?
Hey Tink, I was charged by a racoon once! Come to think of it I've also had a few girl friends go into full out feline attack mode as well. You can't stop them, the only option is full out retreat or at best, deflection.
That was pretty impresive. I saw a show about hunting elephants back some time ago and the hunter and PH stopped a bull elephant's charge with head shots. He went right down. The show was dedicated to the PH because he was killed by an elephant after the film was done.
I wouldnt mind beng in a fox hole with that group of PH hunters .Thats hunting american game cant even come close .. even the largest bears are no match for the cats,, they lower there bodies to direct there shots straight into the frontal head sending the bullet into the back of the skull providing best bullet placement ,, insuring the animal drops.. also it would instill the cat to attack as he sees a chance to attack his chasers as they stand at bay,, its a do or die situation ,, somebody or someone isnt going home,, whats funny i wouldnt want to be pone of those trackers no gun ,,,,lol