HOW TO SHOOT ELEPHANTS 37
both. Before this fruit or vegetable appears there will not be an elephant within fifty miles of the locality; directly it ripens, down come the lordly beasts and hover about till the season is past or the succulent morsels devoured.
To hunt these animals successfully on foot is very hard work, and requires a man to be not only in good training, sound of wind and limb, but also to be possessed of determination, undaunted pluck, a quick eye, and very sharp ears; he must also have learnt the art of walking over ground covered with fallen timber and debris, and through dense jungles and forests without emitting the slightest sound.
Huge as are these beasts, none are easier to kill if the hunter comes across one whilst on foot at sufficiently close quarters, and if he knows the right spot to aim at and hit, and the angle to fire. A knowledge of the two must be combined; one without the other is useless. Although I have lately read in Mr. Chandlera s Through Jungle and Desert that with the Mannlicher *256 rifle, his comrade Von Hohnel killed elephants at 300 to 400 yards, I need not say such would be impossible in India, because you would never see them at such distances. The golden rule is to get as close as possible a the distance should not excqed 20 yards, better if it be some ten paces closer. General Michael, the great elephant-shot of Southern India, lays down certain rules for shooting them in the Encyclopcedia of Sport. They differ very slightly from mine already published in Sport in Burma, and Fifty Years' Reminiscences of India.
General Michaela s. Mine.
1. a If the animal be directly 1. The bump between the facing you, with both eyes eyes, which should be fired at visible, and standing on the from the front, low down and same level as yourself, or a upward, little above you, plant your ball low in the rounded bump which is so conspicuous on an elephanta s forehead just above the trunk. At that spot there is a convenient opening in the