In the bush, mistakes swarm quickly, putting lives at risk.
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It’s not something Larry Bucher likes to talk about. In the years since he survived the violent attack of a wounded leopard, Bucher has shunned repeated interview requests from safari hunting’s media luminaries. But his reluctance to talk had nothing to do with emotional scars or psychological trauma. It’s because he was embarrassed—genuinely embarrassed.
Embarrassed, the Dallas Safari Club life-member and convention regular explained, because he knew better. Embarrassed because he had already been on 28 African safaris. Embarrassed because he had successfully hunted every species on the continent, most many times over, and had survived an untold number of close brushes with dangerous game with nary a scratch for his troubles.
Truly, Bucher knows Africa and hunting the Dark Continent like few non-native men ever have. And if the worst-case scenario can play out for a man of such vast experience, all hunters should heed the warning.