Bronkhorst also described for the Telegraph the moment he realized Cecil was a protected lion, and was wearing a tracking collar: "I was devastated," he said. "I could not have seen the collar at night. We would never shoot a collared animal."
Bronkhorst also described how he doesn't like hunting and does it rarely, but was forced into it to support his family after his farm was seized in a land grab under Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe - best known to animal lovers for feasting on baby elephants.
"I don't want to shoot any animals," Bronkhorst told the paper. "I do it because it is the only way I can earn a living."
For more of the exclusive interview, visit the Telegraph.