Hunting Cape Buffalo With A Spear? Big Brass Ones.

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You’ll never mistake me for Papa Hemingway: if I had to hunt Cape Buffalo (which I don’t, particularly) my weapon of choice would be something belt-fed, crew-served and vehicle-mounted. On a really big vehicle.

It would not be a spear.

Cape Buffalo don’t have claws or fangs, but they can weigh 2,000 pounds and charge at 35 mph. The bosses of their enormous horns meet in the center of their foreheads, forming a bulletproof shield that can shrug off a .416 Rigby. Their intelligence and aggressiveness is legendary, and they earn their nickname ‘Black Death’ with over 200 gorings and killings of humans each year.

This video is a little gory, because some adrenaline junkies like to hunt them with spears, after the fashion of iron-age hunters like the Samburu and Masai. Tim Wells at least has the sense to use a modern Cold Steel Samburu spear and bring a PH with a dangerous-game rifle for backup.

But with brass ones that big, he’s got to wear custom-made pants. And I just can’t understand how he can walk without being all bow-legged.


9 responses to ‘Hunting Cape Buffalo With A Spear? Big Brass Ones.

  1. Holy hell that was one hell of a stalk with all that noisy dead stuff on the ground.

    I suppose if you’ve shot them enough times, it could get a little tired, leading you to seek something “more.”

    But man. All that dead brush, and he managed to get that close?

  2. This is how it was done before gunpowder. Bring a spear. Bring all your friends with spears. Feed the family and move on. Now, if this fellow wants a real challenge he should walk around Chicago with 100 dollar bills sticking out of his pockets. He can bring the spear.

  3. It takes a unbelievable amount of self confidence that you are going to triumph and the critter is going to pass on.

    On the other hand, if you are successful you will feel what is like to be fully alive.

  4. Technologically, the samburu is an apex design, superior in many ways to the heavy shafted spears favored by Europeans for battle and hunting boar. The head (including its lengthy shank) is designed to assure maximum penetration. You will note from the film that the head of the spear penetrated completely–something in the vicinity of 18″ by my guess. And as the animal fled, banging the head around, likely caused massive internal injuries. The long slender shaft is balanced for accurate and long throws. I have heard it said that a Maasai became a man by slaying a lion with a spear.

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