HUNTERS HAVE BEEN TAUGHT TO WAIT BEFORE APPROACHING A WOUNDED ANIMAL. THAT’S NOT ALWAYS THE SMART PLAY
Conventional wisdom directs that biggame hunters should wait a minimum of a half hour to pursue their quarry after any shot that requires trailing. The idea is that an animal doesn’t always die right away, and by giving it time and space to expire, you’re not spiking its system with adrenaline that might cause it to run farther. Waiting lets an animal bed down and bleed out, aiding your eventual recovery.
But on a recent safari for Namibian plains game, my professional hunter didn’t wait even 30 seconds after my shot. He would chase game that fled after a hit, leaving me to scramble for my safety and run after them both. I was intrigued by this rule of the bush—unless