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Safari Club International Life Member Tony Makris is under attack by the antis and uninformed for legally taking an elephant in Botswana in 2012, the video of which recently aired on the “Under Wild Skies” television show on NBC Sports network.
For the record, Makris informs us that the one-tusk bull was aged at 55 years and provided approximately 4,000 pounds of meat for the local villagers.
As can be seen in the video, Makris’ elephant was accompanied by an askari that is seen running and trumpeting after the shot. Makris’ elephant dropped instantly to his H&H Royal in .577 Nitro Express and Makris delivered an instant follow-up shot as the bull crashed to the ground. The confused askari is seen making a possible false charge and then running and disappearing into the bush as Makris reloads. Moments later, and from another angle, Makris delivers an “insurance” shot to the down bull.
After Tony Makris and his PH inspected the one-tusker, local villagers made use of all the meat as is the case with all elephants taken by hunters.
Following vicious and false attacks from antis, “Under Wild Skies” was canceled by NBC Sports.