Ep 155: Lion Hunting 101 With Kevin Robertson


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Today’s episode continues the latest series on hunting in Africa. Kevin Robertson back on The Big Game Hunting Podcast again today to talk to us about lion hunting. As always, he has some great stories to share with us and we also  discuss the ins and outs of lion hunting today: how to evaluate a trophy lion, cartridge and bullet selection for lion hunting , shot placement (and how it’s different for the cats compared to plains game and buffalo), what can happen if your shot placement is not good, etc. We also touch on a couple of hot potato topics at the very end of the show today: the Cecil the Lion scandal from 2015 and the controversial practice of captive bred lion hunting.

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What We Covered

  1. Story of what can happen with poor shot placement on a lion.

2) A brief overview of lion: what they are, where they live, how big they get, and their natural history.

3) Overview of what life is like for a lion and how they often die miserable deaths.

4) Description on some of the most popular ways to hunt lion.

5) Description of lion shot placement and why shot placement is so different on these cats from almost any other species of game in Africa.

6) What cartridges and bullets Kevin recommends for lion hunting.

7) Kevin’s take on the ideal lion rifle set-up.

8) The basics of lion trophy evaluation.

9) Kevin’s take on the Cecil the Lion Scandal.

10) Concluding thoughts on hunting captive bred lions.


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If you have an upcoming hunt in Africa or if you’re just dreaming about hunting in Africa one day, then you NEED to buy this book and carefully study what he has to say. The information inside it is invaluable and reflects Kevin’s decades of hard earned experience as a professional hunter in Africa. If you pay attention to what he has to say and use the book as a guide to prepare for your hunt, you will increase your odds of success, reduce the chances of something going wrong, and have more fun over there.

Plus, the book is just really interesting and entertaining. You’ll learn all about hunting the most popular species of game in Africa; buffalo, leopard, lion, elephant, hippo, crocodile, and most of the really popular species of plains game from southern Africa like kudu, impala, wildebeest, etc.

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