Others of the Maharaja's forbears were driven to north-central India and into Nepal, where they are reigning princes still. The bullet had entered his brain and not a mark was visible on his beautiful coat, nor was there the least twitching of his muscles after the fatal shot. Down she went without a sound. At this time also the expedition for the ascent of Mount Everest was being assembled at Darjeeling. As we proceeded along the road, there were signs of small deer. Often in the case of a wounded tiger a herd of buffaloes is obtained and driven in the direction of the quarry. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/8/140803-tiger-hunt-1924-india-maharaja-safari.html, Twitter chat with the Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The animal that we sought was a full-grown male. She had become thirsty, in all probability, and had descended. Mosquito nets and medicines were not forgotten. Trek into the Congo Basin and hunt the rare Bongo and the vulnerable forest elephant with Diana Hunting Tours for a mere $34,000. It is a large bungalow with masonry walls and a high thatched roof with long projecting eaves. This was indeed great luck. These head beaters were provided with guns and blank ammunition, used to keep the tiger moving. The mighty ridge of the Himalayas was denuded of clouds for our inspection. To the top of a rocky outcropping the tiger jumped, not more than 50 yards away, and at that instant I let go the bullet from the Springfield. In spite of its enormous bulk, an animal can go through the roughest country carrying loads up to 1,000 pounds. I found the precision and discipline among his people to be remarkable. The beaters from the trees put up united shouts, while the elephants crushed down heavy underbrush and waved branches in the air in an attempt to drive the tiger on. He also commandeered all the men driving carts with teak logs. We watched our eight buffaloes and awaited developments. I had always been afraid of the recoil of these large rifles, but the more I used them and the more I shot at game with them, the less I objected to this. After my eleventh shot, all of which I found afterward had taken effect, they appeared lifeless, and I descended from the tree. Ranged around our seats were the prime minister, the chiefs of the various departments, and the Maharaja's aged uncle. We had seen the hospital in charge of an excellent Indian surgeon, the jail where the culprits not only work out their penal servitude, but are instructed in various trades, so that they may be self-supporting when they return to their communities. There are many superstitions and marvels connected with tigers. Statistics are difficult to obtain because the natives in some places hesitate to report what has happened, and in other cases those killed disappear without leaving a trace. "Tigers have been known to cause whole districts to be evacuated," he writes. Six times before he had been inclosed in beats, but his cunning was so great that he had escaped on each occasion. He began pounding on a large bamboo to keep the tigers from breaking out in that direction. Hunters in the United States have no occasion to use such large rifles, so they are practically unknown to us. This was a splendid end to our week's hunt to exterminate man-killers in the Government forests. While studying wild tigers over a quarter century I have tried to learn how they locate, stalk, ambush, subdue, and kill their prey—typically deer and wild pigs. Mrs. Mitchell killed one of the largest wild boars that I ever saw. The Maharaja himself is one of the greatest hunters in India and has personally killed more than 250 tigers. Our hosts were particularly impressed with Mrs. Mitchell's ability with the rifle and her coolness in front of the charging tigers. 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