Friday, September 26, 2008

Miscellany: Hunting, Then & Now

Here's some persistence hunting, demonstrated by the Bushmen of south Africa. A member of the tribe runs down a game animal over the course of a full day, using both superior bipedal endurance and sheer willpower to eventually exhaust the animal to death:



And here's a modern hunter taking a (well-planned) 1000 yard shot on a stationary antelope. Making an accurate, humane shot at this kind of distance takes a lot of time and care which isn't shown on the video - setting up the rifle and the cartridge load, hours of observation, careful ranging, and patience:

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