The Video of the N.R.A.’s Leader and His Wife Shooting Elephants
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The Video of the N.R.A.’s Leader and His Wife Shooting Elephants
About
The footage of Wayne and Susan LaPierre was originally intended for a TV series sponsored by the gun-rights group, but was never aired.
Released on 04/27/2021
Transcript
[chime]
[footsteps through the brush]
[heavy breathing]
[footsteps through the brush]
[Terry] It's going to come towards us now, just wait.
Wait, wait, wait, wait.
Wait, wait, wait.
Wait.
[gunshot]
It's shot.
[Guide] Well done, man.
We get him?
Yes, he's down.
[Guide] He's down.
[laughter]
Alright.
[Terry] I don't know where.
Come quickly, Wayne.
[gun reloading]
[footsteps through the brush]
[heavy breathing]
[Terry] Where the hell is it?
[Guide] Huh?
[Terry] Where is it?
[Guide] I think it's over here.
[Terry] Yeah.
I don't know, not dead though.
I don't know where you shot him.
Let's go around.
Let's come around, Wayne.
Hey what?
[Terry] Come around this way.
[footsteps through brush]
[LaPierre] We get him?
[Terry] He's... yeah, he's down.
We're going to show you where to shoot.
Is there nobody behind there?
[muffled response from brush]
[speaking foreign language]
Just hold your rifle, I'm going to tell you when.
Just hold it up.
Good, wait.
I'm gonna point for you where to shoot.
Just waiting for these guys.
[footsteps through the brush]
Right there.
[Guide] And remember,
you're scope's gonna be an inch and a half high,
so aim a little low on that sight.
Aim low?
[Guide] Aim low, inch and a half.
[gunshot]
Get down, come and sit down.
Reload.
[Guide] Reload.
Come forward, now sit on your...
There where I showed you.
Now shoot him.
[elephant groans]
Same spot?
Yes.
[gunshot]
[heavy breathing]
[elephant groans]
I don't think he...
I don't think he's quite done yet.
[Guide] I can do it.
You want to do it?
[Guide] Or let him do it, I don't care.
What am I doing?
I'm not sure where you're shooting.
[LaPierre] Where are you telling me to shoot?
See the lighting of the ear here?
[LaPierre] Oh okay.
There.
[elephant groans]
[LaPierre] Right there?
There.
[LaPierre] Alright. I can shoot there.
And shoot low toward him.
[Terry] But go down so you get the angle right.
You gotta sit down.
[Guide] Kneel down.
[Terry] Kneel down.
[Guide] Shoot just an inch low.
[elephant groans]
[gunshot]
[elephant groans louder]
Unh-uh
No?
You gonna do it?
Do it, do it.
No, go.
Don't you...
Finish him there.
[Guide] Right there, Terry, right?
[Terry] Yep.
[gunshot]
[Terry] That's it.
Well done, my friend.
[LaPierre] Thanks Terry.
[Guide] You dropped him, like no tomorrow.
Thanks.
Whoa.
[laughs]
[Guide] Congratulations, Wayne.
Well done, Terry.
That's something, I'll tell ya.
Thank you, Terry.
Well done, Wayne.
Good stuff.
[LaPierre] Thanks for getting us there.
Your first elephant hunt was one heck of an elephant hunt.
[LaPierre] That was something, it was moving.
[Guide 2] Great shooting.
We got it.
[Guide 2] Great shooting.
Alright.
[Guide] I mean we ran him for what?
Two hours?
Something like that, yeah.
We got off the truck.
And I looked, it was 11:40.
It's quarter to one.
Yeah, two hours.
Two hours running.
Yeah he had me out of gas there for awhile.
You stayed up there.
You did fine.
I was like, whoa.
The fat boy bringing up the back here.
Nah, you did good though.
One shot.
Where did you...
shoot him in the ear?
Yeah, where I... right where... yeah.
But he was moving. He was moving.
I've messed that shot up before.
I over lead.
You hit it right where you should have hit him.
Really?
He dropped like a stone.
Well done.
You were calm.
You did the right job.
Well done again.
Hey, thanks Terry.
Well done, Wayne.
It's a nice elephant.
Thank you.
Perfect, perfect, perfect.
Well done.
That's a 40...
Well done.
18 run up 40, so...
That's nice.
I think that bottom one is a little bit shorter than that.
Beautiful. Wonderful.
So ideally I wanted to shoot him right there.
I'm not sure where you hit him.
Must've been here.
Yeah, yeah.
I don't know what it hit.
What would it...
Why was he down like this?
You did the trick.
[Guide] Either broke the spine or brain
wanted to go down like that.
Hmm.
He went down like a stone.
Ideally there.
Yeah, that's what I was just...
that's what we were just talking,
Andrew was just talking about.
What you expected?
Yeah, it was, it was great.
I was just looking at the shot.
I was thinking, gosh that's...
I don't think you,
I don't think you were going to shoot,
because I was telling you to wait.
Maybe you didn't hear me with those ear plugs, but...
You said wait?
Yeah.
Oh, I didn't hear you say wait.
No problem.
You can come stand right here, Terry.
On this side.
Well, I wouldn't say it's a perfect shot.
He went down, so that's what counts.
[laughter]
Maybe I had a little luck.
[footsteps]
Okay, just put it on.
Just keep it steady, okay?
He's going to look at you.
Okay, wait, wait.
One, or both?
Wait, wait.
You want to do a front or you want to do a side?
Which one do you feel more comfortable with?
Well right now I've got him right in the front.
Top crease, you see that top line.
Yeah.
You need to shoot him right there if you want
to shoot him up front, or...
Just wait.
You tell me what to do.
Wait, wait.
You want to shoot him up front.
You see that top line between the eyes?
Yeah.
Right there
Yeah.
Whenever you're ready.
[gunshot]
Good shot!
Come with me. Come with me. Come with me.
Leave the stick.
Come with me. Come with me.
[breathing]
Well done. Congratulations.
Shooting him for me in the chest.
Just shoot him in the chest.
Off the sticks.
You want the sticks?
Yeah, I do.
The sticks. Get the sticks.
In the chest? Where in the chest?
Right between his legs there.
Right between his legs.
Shoot him right between his legs.
Hold on, I'm going to put the sticks here.
In the crease, got it.
See the crease in the middle there?
Yeah.
Wait, wait. Let me turn it.
Thanks.
I will turn that around for you.
Shoot him.
Shoot him between the front legs.
Okay, shoot him.
Wait, wait, wait.
I'm just looking.
Right between the front legs on that crease?
Toward his belly more?
[gunshot]
It's done. Well done.
Congratulations.
I can't believe it.
[laughter]
Well done, Susan.
That was not expected here today.
Well done, Susan.
That was not expected.
Congratulations. Well done.
Thank you.
Well done.
Beautiful.
Thank you.
I can't believe it.
Look at him go.
Is he still? Do I...
No, he was dead that first shot.
Really?
Yeah.
Thank you very much.
Ah, thanks Chico.
Thank you.
[laughter]
Well done, Susan.
That was amazing.
I can't believe it.
It's a beautiful bull.
Wow, my heart is just racing.
You feel good?
I feel great.
Perfect shot. That first one.
Was it okay?
He was dead the first one.
It shot him the second one, just for insurance,
but he was dead.
Awesome.
Well done.
Awesome.
Congratulations.
Wow, you can see how old he is.
And how wrinkled.
Lots of wrinkles.
Big, big feet.
Big feet. Yeah.
I just can't believe,
like this is like his toenail, right?
Yeah, these are the toenails.
And they're just all to shreds.
Yeah.
You can tell how old he is.
And all this... wow.
He's an old bull.
Yeah.
Beautiful.
Yeah. Fantastic.
Well done.
We need to cut your tail, so you can claim your elephant.
We cut the tail.
That's the way you claim your elephant.
What do you mean?
In the old days, they would cut the tail
because then nobody can claim your elephant
because you come back to it,
you can show here's the tail.
Oh really? Oh, that's cool.
I didn't know that.
Alright.
You can just start cutting it right there.
You really want me to cut it?
Yeah. I just at least start it.
Want me to start it for you?
Let me start it for you.
This is... have you ever cut elephant skin before?
I know you have.
Oh.
All right, now you have to go around.
I hold it up.
That's your elephant there.
Victory.
[laughter]
Thanks Yuki.
That's amazing.
That's my elephant tail.
Way cool.
Here in Botswana on the Okavango Delta
with Under Wild Skies.
How's that Mikey Baker.
[laughter]
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