Hunting FAQ
Some common questions about our hunting.

with reference : WWW.SAHUNTERS.CO.ZA

Hunting regulations from each province differs somewhat the next. Ensure that you are up to date on the regulations for the province in which you are hunting. 

Elke provinsie se jag proklamasie en ver skil so bietjie van die res van die land sin. Maak seker dat jy vertroud is met die regulasies van die provinsie waar jy gaan jag.

Is waterbokvleis eetbaar?

“Daar is baie stories oor die jare heen vertel oor die oneetbaarheid van die waterbok se vleis, synde die algemene uitlating dat die vleis “stink” en dat niks daaraan gedoen kan word nie.

In Man MAGNUM of April 2000, Gregor Woods wrote about a trophy waterbuck bull that he shot. He followed a similar skinning process, but went even further by cutting off the legs at the knees (to get rid of the glands) immediately after the buck had been killed. He had a good result and enjoyed the meat. A waterbuck must be treated with utmost care during the skinning process and when handling the carcass to ensure that the meat is edible. If hunters want to use the meat of waterbuck, do not assume that your regular skinner will know how to deal with it. Because there are so many misunderstandings about waterbuck meat, very few skinners will know how to handle it properly. Supervise the skinning of your waterbuck personally and follow the rules explained above. The common principle as far as all types of meat is concerned, is that the meat of younger animals is tastier than older animals and especially older male animals. Yes, you can use the meat of the trophy waterbuck bull if you follow the tip given by Gregor Woods.“

Wat is ‟n jaggids se rol?

“Ons as jagters is dikwels geneig om die jaggids as vanselfsprekend te aanvaar. Na my mening is die jaggids, vir die deursnee jagter wat een of tweekeer per jaar in die veld kom, die eintlike jagter.

The minimum requirement for a well-trained guide in the Bushveld is the ability to communicate in English or Afrikaans (what a pity that so few hunters speak an indigenous African language). Other requirements include good general knowledge of the vegetation, animal behaviour, tracks and scat; keen sense of observation; optimal use of wind and sun; the ability to move slowly and quietly; tracking and locating targeted game; assisting the hunter to get in the correct position for the shot; tracking and locating wounded animals; using a two-way radio; and proper hygienic carcass processing e.g. correct caping of trophy animal without damaging the skin.

Hunters often take guides for granted. For the average hunter who hunts once or maybe twice a year, the guide is arguably the real hunter. All the characteristics of a well-trained guide mentioned above, make it possible for the hunter to squeeze the trigger to conclude a successful hunt.

Many experienced hunters have learned most of their skills from hunting guides. Each time we meet a new guide, we evaluate his skills. Sometimes we are disappointed but often we are pleasantly surprised at their skills and dedication to the their task. Hunters can with a proper attitude learn so much from the hunting guides with whom they spend time in the veld. I know that I was privileged to increase my knowledge while out hunting with Josef.

There are numerous small tokens of appreciation that the hunter can give the hunting guide. It can be his favourite tobacco or even a photograph of your previous year's hunt on which he also appears. Tipping the guide at the end of the hunt is at the hunter's discretion, but this is an important indicator to the guide of your satisfaction with his performance. a Small amount by the hunters‟ standards may be a significant amount for the guide. The tip – or the size of the tip - should not be affected by circumstances outside the control of the guide. Let the attitude and dedication of the tracker - even when things go wrong during the hunt - guide your decision on the size of the tip.

Let us appreciate our guides for their contribution to our hunting experience and success, learn from them and show your appreciation for their work. Show me the person being genuinely appreciated, who does not try to do even better next time!.

Verantwoordelike jag en “kopskote”

“Die skiet van kopskote deur jagters op wild bly ‟n kontroversiële onderwerp en menige debatte het al om die kampvuur ontstaan oor die voor- en nadele daarvan. Die term “kopskoot” is per definisie reeds ‟n probleem – ‟n dier se brein moet genoegsaam beskadig word om dit suksesvol met die eerste skoot te dood. Daar moet dus na ‟n “breinskoot” verwys word om te verseker dat ervare en minder ervare jagters dieselfde taal praat en die implikasies verstaan. Hoekom praat ons nie van ‟n “voorlyf” skoot wanneer ons na ‟n hart/longskoot verwys nie. Eenvoudig, die koeël moet die spesifieke orgaan (hart en/of longe) genoegsaam beskadig en die “voorlyf” is nie spesifiek genoeg wanneer daar oor suksesvolle skootplasing gepraat word nie. Deur te verwys na “kopskote” word daar veral by die minder ervare jagter en leek ‟n verkeerde persepsie geskep oor wat regtig bedoel word.“

Vervoer van wildvleis oor landsgrense

'n Spesiale invoer/uitvoer permit van die Departement Landbou is nodig om wildvleis oor landsgrense te vervoer

Bewys van die wettige verkryging en vervoer van wildvleis?

Dit is die verantwoordelikheid van die jagter om te alle tye in besit te wees van die nodige dokumentasie ter bewys van die wettige verkryging asook vir die vervoer van wildsvleis

What type of shooting practice is needed before a hunt?

“Some hunters are under the mistaken impression that the firing of a couple of rounds at the shooting range from a comfortable position over a shooting bench, constitutes sufficient preparation for a hunt. Read here about practical shooting skills for hunters.
The hunter is afforded the privilege to kill an animal when hunting! WOW!!, Do we realise the enormity of this privilege and the attendant responsibility? The moment a hunter takes aim at an animal for that very important “first shot”, there is a very big responsibility on him/her to ensure a quick death for his prey, with the first shot! A hunter not taking this responsibility seriously, should reflect on his role as “modern hunter” and consider the following quotation from the code of conduct of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association:“

“Responsible hunters should realize their limitations regarding practical shooting skills when hunting and that this can only be addressed with regular shooting exercise from field positions and the use of common sense and good judgement when hunting. The shooting activities of the branches of the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) give everybody the opportunity to work on their practical shooting skills on the shooting range. A variety of shooting exercises have been developed for this purpose and has been designed to imitate hunting conditions under different circumstances and different shooting positions. The emphasis on the different shooting positions is to teach hunters to quickly and instinctively adopt a comfortable and stable position for that successful first shot.“

“During 2016, SA Hunters participated in the government-led Biodiversity Economy Lab that formed part of the results-driven Phakisa (hurry-up) programme aimed at addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality through accelerated economic growth. Three focus areas received attention, namely Marine and Coastal Tourism, Bioprospecting, and the Wildlife Economy. This report focuses on the wildlife economy that contributed approximate 3% to the national GDP, growing annually by an average of 9,3% from 2008 to 2014, which is much higher than the meagre 1,8% per annum for the general economy during the same period. This demonstrates that wildlife and the hunting sector as one of the largest contributors to the wildlife economy, can contribute substantially to socio-economic development in the country.“

“Jag is ‘n ongelooflike voorreg en dit bly ‘n spesiale verantwoordelikheid om ‘n lewende wese se hartklop vir altyd te stop.
Moet nooit hierdie voorreg as vanselfsprekend aanvaar nie”