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5. a If he be standing with his head three-quarters turned away from you, and if you can still see one eye, shoot behind the ear when he flaps it forward, at the level of the orifice. If his head be so much turned away from you that you cannot see his eye, do not fire.
6. a Get as close as you can,a etc.
(In all of which I agree, but have already stated them.)
5. This corresponds with my No. 3, which isa a spot just behind the ear at the junction of the head ; but this is a shot one seldom gets.
6. I have mentioned two other vulnerable spotsa a shot fired from a moderate height downwards in a forward direction, striking the back of the head at the junction of the spinea when death will be instantaneous.
A ball placed behind the shoulder at the point of the elbow. I have seen this done by native shikaries, successfully.
A shot fired into an upraised foot will cripple the beast and make him an easy victim to succeeding shots.
It will be seen that we differ very little, if at all; but I would advise the young sportsman to be guided by General Michael in preference to myself, because he has seen so much more of elephant-shooting than I have. The spots I have mentioned and the angles were all successfully tried by myself, but I don't pretend to pit my experience against his. My colleague's remarks also deserve attention.
Although the trumpeting of elephants at night leads one to suppose that they are close at hand, yet this noise is very deceptive. They wander about so silently, and, as a rule, they