SHOOT A BEAR
Having made up his mind on the subject he pulled the left trigger, and the tiger sank to the ground on all-fours with its head resting on its paws, the bullet having pierced its brain.
I remember having a somewhat similar experience with my first bear. I had been beating for sambur in the neighbourhood of Pinlebu Katha district, and had just driven two covers, when a villager turned up and informed me that he had seen a bear enter a patch of jungle some 300 yards off. We proceeded thither without any delay, and after posting two other guns, one on either side of me, some 150 yards apart, the beaters began their work.
My position overlooked the ravine in which the bear was supposed to have taken up his quarters, and I also had a clear view of the ground to the right, left, and front. Before the beaters started work, I had ordered the villagers to tie up three dogs which they had brought with them, as I was afraid the bear would break away in an entirely opposite direction to that by which he was expected to emerge from the cover. The beaters were now making enough noise to awaken the seven sleepers. As the wind was rather high I could not hear anything moving inside the jungle. A barking deer suddenly appeared in view, about 150 yards off, and began to trot along the side of the cover towards me. As I did not wish to alarm the bear I let it go unmolested. A minute or so afterwards I heard two or three sharp hoarse grunts, followed by yells from the beaters, and at the same time saw a number of the latter ascending trees like monkeys. After a few shouts of inquiry, I ascertained that the bear had broken back but had not left the cover. It was now suggested that the three dogs should be brought back and taken into the cover with the beaters, who were to begin the drive over again. The dogs were then let loose, and the beaters recommenced their work with more confidence, perhaps, than on the first occasion. In a few minutes I heard two or three sharp yelps, and knew that the pariahs had given tongue on scenting the bear. It was not long before Bruin appeared lumbering along with a heavy tread. On reaching the open he stopped, and turned round to listen, twisting his snout in every conceivable direction and