Suddenly we are at the end of April and the hunting season arrived. I trust each one of you have adequately prepared for the hunting opportunities that will now receive serious attention. Please ensure that you act safely while hunting and also otherwise.


Open Letter to President Ramaphosa

After consultation with the Board of SA Hunters I drafted and sent an open letter to President Ramaphosa. The purpose hereof was firstly to focus his attention on some of the problems experienced by firearm owners with licensing firearms, and secondly also to ensure that he is aware of the fact that firearm owners are also voters who will bring out their votes in the election next week.

A copy of the letter was sent to the office of the Presiden and “informed sources” tell me that it was indeed presented to the President. The letter was also widely shared on social media and a copy of the first version thereof was sent to members of SA Hunters. Those of you that may be interested – a copy of the final version of the letter sent to the President will be available here. You should note the letter is in English only as it was addressed to the President. You are welcome to distribute the letter as you deem appropriate. Please make it available to your local newspapers and radio stations.

 

Discussion Opportunity with President
I was privileged to be invited to a discussion with the President held at the Atterbury Theatre on Monday evening 29 April with what was called a “group of opinion formers”. At this event there was an opportunity to present some questions to the President and I had the privilege to ask two questions on firearm ownership. A short video clip of the questions I asked, as well as the response of the President to the questions is available here. While the response to the questions could certainly be interpreted differenty, my view of the messages from the President to firearm owners are as follows:

The first and easy one is that the President acknowledges that the CFR is in a mess and should be attended to. I also think we should understand that the way in which the President attends to problems is to introduce processes of which the results will provide the answers. He does not take quick decisions in matters like these.

I then also understood that he offered an invitation to participate in these processes where appropriate. This may not have been part of his direct response to my questions, but during the discussion session he, at various instances, referred to invitations to members of the public to become involved in such processes, and I would like to believe that it was his intention to do the same in this matter.

On the matter of private firearm ownership I understood that in an ideal South Africa where all of us could live safely and without crime, he would like to see a situation where there would be no need for self-defence firearms. However, the President certainly understands that the present situation with crime running rife in South Africa is far from this ideal. I then also understood that the misuse of firearms in crime is a problem to which the ANC does not really have an answer. The easy way out may be that nobody should own firearms. This is clearly a long term view and not reality now.

I then also think the President clearly recognised the fact that our views on firearms ownership are different and he would like to see us getting a conversation going on the matter of firearm ownership to get to an eventual answer. This is certainly a positive message as it creates an opportunity for us as firearm owners (for different reasons) to become part of the conversation and to focus the attention on the actual problems (illegal firearms in the hands of criminals and a properly managed system of well controlled forearm ownership). Through participation in such a conversation and debate we may have an impact on eventual decisions taken. The door was not closed in our face.

A further comment from my side is that I suspect (and actually know) that the President is not properly briefed on the true facts and how big the problems really are. I am sure he is fed filtered information. The sooner we can get the conversation going, we as firearm owners may get the opportunity to bring the true facts to the attention of the President. That may just change his views on the long term ideal solution.

Lastly, I am of the opinion that the President created the opportunity for us to become part of the solution of problems rather than just complain about what may be wrong. This is a challenge we should grab with both hands.
Also remember, he is a game farmer as well. If none of us may own firearms, who will hunt his game?

 

HuntEx
HuntEx 2019 is something of the past now. In our view it was successful with 33 039 visitors, nearly 1 000 more than last year. Thank you very much to every one of you who visited the exhibition and who visited us at the SA Hunters stand. I could only attend one day due to other responsibilities and it was a busy day with many visitors to be attended to.
I would like to say thank you to all staff members who spent long hours on their feet to help do the work. Thank you very much also to Adriaan Woudstra and his team who made HuntEx possible for us.
The prize draw for visitors to the SA Hunters stand at HuntEx will be done more or less mid May, when all administrative matters could be finalised. We will appropriately inform the winners of the different prizes.

HuntEx 2020
Please note the HuntEx dates for 2020 now already. The dates are 24 to 27 April 2020.

 

Hunting Matters
Buffalo Hunt for R 50
The Mangalana local community adjacent to the Sabie Game Park in Mozambique allocated one buffalo bull from their hunting quota of five buffalo to SA Hunters. The Sabie Game Park is situated on the border with Mozambique and one can drive there to hunt.

To ensure a reasonable chance for hunters, the Board of SA Hunters decided to offer this Buffalo Bull hunt in a lucky draw for only R 50. The only condition is that adequate enrolments must be obtained to pay the cost of the Buffalo bull to the community and also cover the value of the diamond offered as second prize.

As a second prize in this lucky draw the Board of SA Hunters will also make available a cut diamond to the value of R 28 000. This diamond was donated by Diamant Branch of SA Hunters.

Please purchase your chance to this hunting opportunity by doing the following:

  1. Please transfer R 50 or multiples of R 50 (which will allow you multiple entries) by means of an EFT to the bank account of SA Hunters. The account is held at ABSA and the account number is 01443990077.
  2. Just use your own Cell Phone number and Buffalo as reference for the payment.

Entries for this draw will close on 31 July 2019 and SA Hunters will use your cell phone number to do the lucky draw for the hunt.
The following conditions will be applicable to this hunting opportunity.

  1. The hunt is offered for 1 buffalo bull in the area adjoining the Sabie Game Park in Mozambique.
  2. The hunter must travel on his own to the hunting area. You can easily travel there in your own vehicle, preferably a bakkie. The area is just across the border with Mozambique.
  3. Accommodation will be provided but the hunter has to provide his own food and drinks.
  4. Accommodation, a hunting vehicle and a Professional Hunter registered in Mozambique will be provided by Sabie Game Park
  5. The hunter must provide for five (5) hunting days. This is also the period the accommodation, hunting vehicle and Professional Hunter will be provided by Sabie Game Park.
  6. The hunt must be booked and undertaken before the end of November 2019
  7. The meat of the hunted buffalo remains the property of the community. The hunter will be allowed a small portion (like fillets) for own use. Due to Foot and Mouth Disease regulations no fresh meat may be imported from Mozambique into RSA.
  8. The hunter must provide his own rifle and ammunition. Minimum calibre requirement is .375 H+H or 9.3 X 62.
  9. Assistance will be rendered with applications for temporary import permits for firearms and ammunition into Mozambique. The cost hereof will be for the account of the hunter.
  10. Assistance will also be rendered to have a trophy dipped, packed and forwarded to RSA. The cost hereof will also be for the account of the hunter. Please note that it may take up to 6 months after the hunt to have a trophy shipped from Mozambique.
  11. The hunter must make own arrangements for a valid passport as well as a valid visa to visit Mozambique for the hunt.
  12. SA Hunters also received a donation of taxidermy work to be done for this hunt by Custos Taxidermy. The hunter could thus have free taxidermy work of this buffalo trophy done by Custos Taxidermy in Kempton Park.
  13. Should the hunter not be able to hunt the buffalo during the 5 hunting days booked, no further opportunity will be allowed.
  14. The hunter who wins this prize must take the hunt. It may not be sold and only the winner will be allowed to hunt the buffalo.


Tiger Fishing Opportunity

The Hunting Affairs team also obtained a Tiger Fishing opportunity near Komatipoort in the Komati river. For a mere R 50 you may have the chance to win this Tiger Fishing adventure. The prize includes a fishing opportunity for 4 people with the boat, lures and rods and guide included for two fishing sessions (one of 12 hours and another one of 6 hours). The boat is wheelchair friendly.
What is excluded from the prize? Your own travel to and from Komatipoort, accommodation, meals and drinks. A camping ground with decent ablution facilities, hot and cold water and electricity is available and there are quite a number of good Lodges in the vicinity.

  1. Please transfer R 50 or multiples of R 50 (which will allow you multiple entries) by means of an EFT to the bank account of SA Hunters. The account is held at ABSA and the account number is 01443990077.
  2. Just use your own Cell Phone number and Tiger as reference for the payment.

Entries for this draw will close on 13 August 2019 and SA Hunters will use your cell phone number to do the lucky draw.

 

Permits for Transportation of Wild Pig Meat
Members who still want to register their farms to enable them to issue permits for the transport of meat of wild pigs (warthog, bush pig, European boar and feral pigs) could access our website and will find more detail, as well as the registration application under the heading Hunting Affairs/Jagsake.

 

Hunting Licenses
Hunting Licenses are available at the office for most of the provinces. Please call our team of friendly ladies Betsie or Vanessa or Dorothy at 012 808 9300 for assistance in this regard.

 

SA Hunters celebrates 70 years
SA Hunters was established as the Transvaalse Jagtersvereniging at the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria on 1 October 1949. The name was subsequently changed to the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association as it is still known today. This year, SA Hunters is 70 years old. Various projects are being planned to celebrate our 70th birthday.


SA Hunters memorial edition

The establishment and history of SA Hunters has never been documented officially. Prof. Pottie Potgieter, a former president, is collating information from documents and photographs for a SA Hunters memorial edition. He invites any newsworthy information and photographs that might assist him in his task.


Jewellery

The first pieces of jewellery by Maryna de Klerk of M2 Jewellers are available. You will find photographs that show the jewellery, a number for every piece, as well as the price thereof here. The jewellery is only be available from SA Hunters and are made from pieces of the ivory donated to SA Hunters by the late Nico van Rooyen.

Should you want to purchase any of the jewellery please call Realda Goosen at (012) 808 9300. Please ansure you have the reference number of the pieces you are interested in. The jewellery is made available on a first come first served basis. The person who places the first order and makes the necessary payment will rceive the jewellery of first choice.

Please keep in mind that the jewellery will be forwarded as insured parcels by courier which will also add slightly to the cost. You will be required to do an EFT with the reference number of the jewellery and your nameafter receipt of which the jewellery will be forwarded to you.


Knives

Tommy Liversage and his team are working hard to have the commemorative knives available and ready for distribution. These knives also have some of the Nico van Rooyen ivory on the handles on both sides. You will find a photograph of the knife here.
A limited range of 500 of these Buck folding knives will be available at R 1 000 each and it will have the logo of SA Hunters embossed on the blade. The knives will be available more or less from the end of May.
Please transfer the R 1 000 by EFT to the bank account of SA Hunters . The account is held at ABSA and the Account Number is 01443990077. Please use your membership number and Folder as reference. Please forward proof of payment to with your membership number and contact detail to Realda Goosen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. She will contact you to finalise arrangements.


Rifles

The Board of SA Hunters decided to have two rifles in classical calibres (7 X 57 and 9,3 X 62) built to commemorate the 70th birthday of SA Hunters. The rifles are built by Ralph Badenhorst Jnr and each of these will also be made available to members by means of a lucky draw. More detail on these will be available by end May and will be provided in the newsletter.

 

Membership
The membership of SA Hunters remain constant at 42 374 paid-up members on 30 April 2019.
Every member of SA Hunters that recruit ten members during the year, will receive free membership for the following year. Branches are also acknowledged for recruitment and receive a portion of the membership fee over and above the branch subventions.
Carl Arnold, President of SA Hunters, set a target to grow the membership with 4000 in 2019 and 2020. Help us to achieve this goal.


Conservation

During the last months a lot of work was done on building out conservation work at Branch level. The Manager Conservation had working sessions with a number of regions and branches to assist with the restructuring of some of the conservation initiatives to enable SA Hunters to illustrate to what extent we contribute to conservation. The roll-out of the registration system for conservation initiatives also progresses well.
Initiatives receiving attention include the following:

  • Conservation related talks by specialists at branch events and schools
  • Donations for rehabilitation of flamingo’s penquins and sea birds
  • Operational and consrvation support for nature reserves inclusive of provision of water for game
  • Registration of and support with monitoring and management of vulture restaurants
  • Registration and monitoring of owl breeding boxes
  • Planting indigenous trees
  • Drought relief support
  • Removal of snares
  • Bat initiatives
  • Co-operation with land owners to improve and support conswrvation effeorts
  • Removal of foreign exotoc plants and rehabilitation of land

Members are requested to become involved and participate in conservation efforts to contribute to our future nature inheritance.


IUCN Membership

SA Hunters applied for membership of the IUCN. The applcation is open for scrutiny and comment by all IUCN members. A response to the application is expected by more or less September 2019.


CITES CoP 18

CITES Conference of Parties 18 (CoP18) was planned for end Mai 2019 in Sri Lanka. SA Hunters provided comment on a number of proposals recieved like well managed trade in rhino products, against the uplisting of African Eelephant tio Schedule 1, and the listing of Giraffe on Schedule 2. More information on the comments provided by SA Hunters on these matters are available here.

The CITES CoP 18 meeting was deferred for an indefinite period last week due to political unrest in Sri Lanka. Once there is certainty on the new date for the meeting, members will be informed accordingly.


Conservation Frontlines

Members of SA Hunters are offered the opportunity to sign up (no pay-walls and free of charge) to the quarterly digital Conservation Frontlines Magazine and the monthly Frontline Dispatches. Should you be interested and want to receive the electronic magazine then you may sign on at https://www.conservationfrontlines.org/subscribe/


Electronic Communication Media

Members of SA Hunters already have access to electronic media and systems like E-Hunter, the App and tablets for a considerable time. These are also used for communication with members. Just for interest sake:
We on average have 15 000 visits to the website per month from where visitors go to various pages.

The pages visited most often are Membership, Branches, Shooting Affairs, applications for Endorsements, Reloading data and the Hunting proclamations.

Specific information, such as hunting and shooting activities are captured on the system by approximately 17% of our members.

Thank you very much for using the software made available to you, our members, and please continue doing so. This should make life somewhat easier for you.


Photographic competition

We remind members to participate in our annual photo competition. The finalists’ photos can be viewed here on our website. These members will receive their certificates on their online profile.
Our sponsor (Canon SA) donated a new camera for the winner of the best photograph. The prize will be handed over to the winner during the congress gala evening at the end of the year. We are also trying to obtain more prizes for different categories.

Our categories for the 2019 competition are:
1. The Hunter (Not hunted animals): Photographs that depict a hunter, man or animal, in nature.
2. Nature Talks: Photographs from nature that talk to your soul, i.e. landscapes with extraordinary backgrounds or colours
3. Wildlife: Photographs depicting any animal life (land, bird or marine life)
4. Shooting a dedicated sport: -Photographs showing the action, dedication, gear and preparation of the sport shooting competitor

Read here how to enter.


Commercial affairs

Herewith the links to our website for more information on suppliers that give special discounts and offers to members of SA Hunters:

  • Toyota SA
  • Westvaal Nelspruit
  • Wildman Hunting and Outdoor
  • Hokaai Butchery
  • Die Wildshoekie Vleismark
  • LAVA Vacuum packaging
  • Selftrack
  • MAINSU Generators
  • Cens Digital Hearing protection
  • Exhaust systems from De Graaf Autosentrum in Van der Hoff Road, Pretoria
  • Helle knives
  • Nitecore flash lights/torches
  • Cassie Nienaber – Loading development and reloading

Click here for more information.


Kind regards
Fred Camphor
SA Hunters: HUB