Now let’s talk about keeping you, your professional hunter, and your tracker safe. You know, we all worry about dangerous animals and snakes and diseases when we go to Africa. But that’s not your PH’s greatest concern. Your PH’s greatest concern is strangers with firearms.
One of the first events on any safari is to go check your zero. Range day. Hey, some professional hunters are very astute gun guys, and others are not. To many of them, the firearm is just a tool. And they have very little interest in it. And the real purpose to that range day is to see how well you can use your tool and how safely you use it.
So, this is not an exam you can cram for. Yes, of course, your professional hunter wants to know that your rifle is reasonably close to zero. But he and his team are going to work really hard to get you very, very close to your animals. And they don’t really care if your rifle is an inch or even a couple of inches out of zero at 100 yards.
What they care about and what that range day is really all about is judging how safely you handle your firearm. How quick you're able to get into position and take a shot. And truth is, you’re probably going to be jet lagged. And you’re going to be a little blown away by being in Africa after dreaming about it for so long. So, you’re probably not going to shoot your very best, although you ought to try.
But firearm safety is a matter of lifelong habit. And how you handle your firearm and demonstrate that you’re a good, safe hunter, that’s going to have a lot to do with how that safari starts out. And in many cases, how the entire safari is going to be conducted and the success you're going to have at the tail end.