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october/november 2023

22 November 2023

Dear colleagues

This is the last regular newsletter of 2023. SA Hunters’ president, Basie Bergh, will give his Christmas message in December.

SA Hunters handed over several awards at its Congress on 4 November. New board members were elected at the AGM.

Henk Becker of Tembo Branch won the 2023 buffalo hunt competition. Congratulations Henk! The Kalahari hunting competition with wonderful prizes to be won, has just been launched.

SA Hunters’ office closes on 13 December 2023 and reopens on 8 January 2024.

The SA Hunters Shop closes on 20 December and reopens on 8 January 2024. The shop will be open from 09:00 tot 13:00 on every Saturday from 18 November tot 20 December for last minute Christmas shopping.

Kind regards
Fred Camphor
SA Hunters: CEO

Fred Camphor talks to Willie Spies about firearm licence renewals.

SA Hunters’ CEO, Fred Camphor, is the guest in Willie Spies’ talk show, Amicus, an online legal talk show. Fred responds to questions from firearm owners and explains what needs to be done to renew lapsed firearm licences. He also clears up the confusion that still exists around the validity of the old green licence.

Read more here about firearm legislation.

Dedicated status reports 2023

SA Hunters has 14,622 members with dedicated hunter status, of which only 11,410 registered the required two activities to retain their status by October 31, 2023. Therefore, the dedicated status reports of 3,212 members are insufficient.

SA Hunters has 12,417 members with dedicated sports shooter status, of which 9,386 had registered the required three activities by 31 October 2023, to retain their dedicated status. The activity reports of 3,031 members are insufficient.

SA Hunters accepts any two of the following activities towards retaining dedicated hunter status:

  • Any hunting opportunity
  • Attending any official activity hosted by SA Hunters
  • Any other organised shooting activity where shottists sign an attendance register
  • Any private shooting exercise (informal shooting event)
  • Completed hunting report on the online member administration system
  • One reloading activity
  • Visit to HuntEx

SA Hunters accept any three of the following activities to retain their dedicated sport shooter status:

  • Any official shooting activity of SA Hunters such as a branch shooting day (member’s branch or as a visitor at another branch), any regional or national shooting event.
  • Any shooting event at any other accredited sport shooting association
  • Any other organised shooting activity where shottists sign an attendance register at the shooting range.
  • Any private shooting event (Shooting event informal)
  • One duty assignment as a range officer
  • One reloading activity for shottists that reload
  • Attendance at HuntEx

The activity year runs from 1 November 1 to 31 October of the following year. Many members have participated in shooting and hunting activities during the year but have not recorded them on their profiles on the member administration system. Members are encouraged to keep their activity reports up to date.

Members with dedicated status who, for any reason, could not hunt or shoot this year, should inform SA Hunters via email for the association to issue non-activity reports.

Members whose dedicated statuses expire because they have not completed and reported the required activities are at risk of losing some of their firearms.

Learn more here about the conditions and requirements that dedicated hunters and dedicated sport shooters must meet to maintain their status.

SA Hunters Congress 2023

SA Hunters’ annual congress and AGM were held at the CSIR’s international convention centre in Pretoria on 4 November 2023.

Numerous awards were made and a few new board members were elected.

Read the article and view the photographs of the awards here.

The National Branch Chairpersons Forum (NBCF) was held on Friday, 3 November at Inyathi Park.

Matters discussed, included finances, the website, the constitution, internal rules, shooting affairs and other business.

Visit our Facebook page here to view all the photographs.

SA Hunters Kalahari Hunt Competition!

Win ʼn hunt valued at R100 000 for you and three friends in the red dunes of the Kalahari from 22-26 May 2024. Each hunter may hunt one gemsbuck bull and four springbuck rams. The price includes your accommodation, fuel, food and drinks, and all day, bakkie and slaughter fees. Each hunter will also receive a gift parcel.

It is super easy to enter. Buy a ticket for R100 for one chance to win in the lucky draw. There is no limit to the number of tickets you buy. The more tickets you buy, the better your chance to win the lucky draw.

  • Buy your ticket online on Quicket here
  • Or pay multiples of R100 in SA Hunters’ bank account at:
    • Absa (632005),
    • Account no.: 1443990077 (of 01443990077)
    • Use KAL and your cell phone number as a reference.

 

  • Closing date: 3 May 2024
  • Draw date: 8 May 2024
  • Hunting date: 22-26 May 2024

 

Buy your tickets now! You do not have to attend the draw. We will phone you if you win!

2023/24 KOLSKOOT magazine

The 2023/2024 edition of KOLSKOOT focuses on the bushveld, the crown jewel of hunting. KOLSKOOT comprises 100 pages of everything you need to know about the popular species of the bushveld. You can also read which calibre and bullet choices experienced hunters recommend for hunting in the Bushveld.

Available in the onlineshop here.

Special festive season offer on Dooierus I and Dooierus II combo

Members of SA Hunters will receive a special 10% discount when they order the Dooierus I and Dooierus II combo from our online shop this Christmas. The regular price for this combo is R550. However, with our special Christmas discount SA Hunters’ members will only pay R495 for both books by Herman Jonker.

Don’t hesitate, order now before it is too late!

DOOIERUS II, by Herman Jonker, follows the popular DOOIERUS, which was released in 2015 and sold out quickly.

The DOOIERUS II collection once again includes 77 selected stories that speak to a broad audience. The author focuses alternately on environmental issues, authorities, game farmers, and among his ranks. Sacred cows don’t escape the chopping block, and the quirks and egos of hunters aren’t spared either. However, instead of heavy debate, there is a playful banter woven through the stories and anecdotes.

Firearm Helpline

For Firearm Helpline, training and certification administration contact Hilona, Angelique or Petrus.

For training, sport shooting and competency queries, contact Liesel.

  • SA Hunters supports its members in complying with the legal requirements to own and use a firearm.
  • The Association represents members’ interests on relevant national forums and in legal processes towards legal firearm ownership.
  • SA Hunters’ firearm helpline has dedicated staff to answer members’ queries on firearm-related matters such as licence applications, competency certificates, and endorsements to accompany their licence applications.
  • An integrated, online member administration system provides members with easy access to store their information regarding firearms, ammunition, hunting, and sport shooting records on the system under their personal profile. 

National LBA Championship 2023

The national Limited Bolt Action Championship was held at the Riemland shooting range at Bethlehem on 14 October. It was warm day with only a mild wind blowing. The competitors all achieved excellent scores. Congratulations to all participants and those who earned their regional and national colours. More information is included in the results. Thanks to Riemland Branch for hosting the event. It was well organised. We also want to thank the range officers for delivering such a professional service.

View the results and photos here.

National MDS Championship 2023

The national MDS championship was held at the Pretoria Military Practical Shooting Club (PMPSC) on 20 and 21 October 2023. Thanks to the Centurion and Pretoria East branches for hosting this event so professionally. The arrangements were excellent. Thank you also to the range officers that enabled shottists to perform their best over two very hot days.

View the results and photos here.

National Sport Shooting Championship 2023

The national sport shooting championship was held at the Excalibur shooting range near Welkom on 27 en 28 October 2023. Sandrivier 58 Branch hosted this event with great success. Thanks to the range officers for their professionalism for making this a special occasion for shottists over two days in extremely hot conditions.

View the results and photos here.

Game Meat Strategy

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment published the Game Meat Strategy for South Africa in the government gazette on Wednesday, November 8, 2023. Click here for the document. Please note that the document is only a strategy and aims to promote the utilisation of game meat through industry development. No changes to the game meat regulations have been published yet.

Online permits for marine fishing

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment introduced an online system in October where marine anglers can obtain monthly and annual fishing permits. The system was developed in response to the decline in service delivery and the closure of a significant number of post offices. Permits are still available at certain post offices. For access to the electronic system, click here for more information on how to complete the electronic application, click here for the user guide.

SA Hunters commented on DFFE’s new Draft Policy

SA Hunters commented on DFFE’s new Draft Policy on the Conservation and Ecologically Sustainable Use of Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhinoceros, published 19 September 2023.In addition to our general comments, we particularly raised concern about the shortcomings in DFFE’s approach to public participation. It was rushed and not aligned to the government’s own guidelines for public consultation to be meaningful.

The Department did not provide comments and response reports as part of the consultation process. Therefore, it is impossible to assess if comments have been considered during the public participation process. The same rushed and flawed process had led to the enactment of the definition of animal “well-being” included in the Draft Policy which requires the consideration of an animal’s “mental health” in all actions involving human interaction with wildlife. The wildlife sector has never been consulted on this definition. We will continue to engage DFFE on this and other matter that affect our members and the prosperity of our wildlife.

Read SA Hunters comment here.

AWCF 2023 – Participation in Southern Africa to promote responsible hunting

Cooperation between the African Snakebite Institute (ASI) and SA Hunters provides members with free access to the ASI’s app for snake identification. In doing so, members indirectly contribute to their own and their branches’ conservation activities.

SA Hunters’ members have an exclusive login code to upload information about snake sightings on the app. All this information is also recorded in SA Hunters’ database, similar to SA Hunters’ own Sightings app that members use to report wildlife observations. The login code granting access to the app is available from branch conservation coordinators.

The app also grants members access to free posters containing information about the snakes in their area, emergency assistance for snakebites, emergency numbers, and much more. Feel free to read about all that this app offers in the next edition of SA JAGTER/HUNTER.

Download the ASI app on the Google Play Store.

Contact conservation manager Lizanne Nel for assitance.

The third edition of snake expert Johan Marais’ book, Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa is now available in both Afrikaans and English.

The regular price is R450, but Johan is offering a signed copy to members at R405 per copy, delivery included.

Order directly from Fernanda at info@asiorg.co.za or phone 060 957 2713

More information here

 

AWCF 2023 – Participation in Southern Africa to promote responsible hunting

SA Hunters and other organisations and professional hunting associations in Africa participated in the annual African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) recently held in Windhoek, Namibia. Read the article here.

Help us grow

The more members SA Hunters has, the stronger its mandate is to fight for the future of hunting, firearm ownership, and the conservation of our natural heritage. SA Hunters is the only association with full-time expertise to represent members’ interests at all levels. We invest in your future. Invite your friends and acquaintances to join the Association. It’s the right thing to do.

Every member or a branch that recruits ten or more members per year, can earn commission of between R100 to R150 per member. More information is available here.

The Board agreed that branches that succeed in retaining lapsed members, will also benefit from the commission. The branch chairpersons have more information.

SA Hunters distributes member application forms to various dealers. These forms are on our membership page and also available from Dorothy at dorothy@sahunt.co.za

Memorial publication

Discover the remarkable pioneers of South Africa’s hunting history and the establishment of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association by reading the SA Hunters Memorial Book. This book provides valuable insights into the history of hunting in South Africa and sheds light on how the association has evolved into what it is today.

It’s now much easier to order this book. Limited copies of this piece of heritage are still available in the online store here.

Game meat recipes

Mouth-watering leg of Springbuck

Hugo is the owner and skipper of Lucky Strike Fishing Charters who takes out deep sea fishermen on his boat, Bom Dia, into Mozambique’s waters for about six months every year to reel in the big ones. It’s a pure catch-and-release operation that Hugo has been running for ten years. A man can’t live by fish alone, and that’s why Hugo can’t wait to make his favourite red meat dish when he’s back at his home in Pretoria. Hugo shares his recipe for a mouth-watering leg of Springbuck.

Go to our brand new game meat recipe page

If you are a hunter, you most probably have a favourite recipe that you could be famous for. You can even be our first SA Hunters game meat chef. This is a long-term project to encourage members to get involved.

We plan a dedicated section on our website and our Facebook page to share members’ cooking talents. Send your recipe including a short background (e.g., it was your grandma’s recipe), a photograph of you and your dish, the ingredients and method.  Any recipe is welcome as long as game meat is one of the ingredients. Send it to boetiek@sahunt.co.za marette@sahunt.co.za

Freddy Hirsch produkte

Hugo Meyer wins the second gift pack from Freddy Hirsch, the Premium Spice Box. Congratulations Hugo, your gift is on its way!

The Freddy Hirsch Group are sponsoring a few hampers to give away in our game meat recipe challenge. The sooner you enter your game meat recipe, the better your chance is to win one of these hampers.

Freddy Hirsch is putting together a special spices pack, The Hunters Collection Box including everything you will ever need to flavour game meat and biltong. It will be on time for Christmas shopping at a special price for members. Look out for more news under commercial offers and our social media pages.

Amateur Photography Competition

Photo: Jimmy Kruger - Gold Award

There is still time to enter the 2023 Photography Competition which closes on 30 November. There are various categories to choose from. The quota for the year remains unchanged: 60 photos of Fauna and Flora and 60 photos in total for Branch Activities, Conservation, the Shooting Range, Hunting, and Mentorship.

Feel free to check out all the entries in the 2023 album here that have already received awards for this year.

The top 50 photographs and the category winners will be announced in January 2024.

The category for Fauna and Flora DSLR/mirrorless always attracts the most entries and provides stiff competition. The other categories are less popular but offer many opportunities for members to compete for the category winner of the year. Read the rules of the photo competition here.

Members who already received gold, silver or bronze awards can now order their badges (similar to the shooting badges) and certificates through their branches.

Contact Marette for any inquiries.

Photography Club on Facebook

Photo: Anne-Marie Ungerer #utilise

Feel free to invite friends, family, and colleagues who share the same values as SA Hunters to join the group as well. Members have the opportunity to share their photos on a friendly platform.

The September/October photo challenge, #utilise, offered a wide interpretation of photo choices. Members shared beautiful photos with the group. Anne-Marie Ungerer won the challenge. View all the #utilise entries on the website here.

The theme for the November/December/January photo challenge is contrast and texture in nature. The handle is #contrast. This theme offers a wide interpretation and includes mountains, hills and rocks; animals’ fur; birds’ feathers; reptile scales and patterns; tree bark; and thorns on plants. The challenge stretches over three months and offers ample opportunity for a variety of photographs to prevent boredom. With the long summer holidays ahead of us, members will have sufficient time to take photographs that fit in with this theme. Anyone stands a chance to win, whether it is with DSLR/ML cameras or smartphones. Read the rules here.

Contact Marette for any inquiries.

SA Hunters Shop

The perfect gift - shop vouchers here

Thank you for your ongoing support of our SA Hunters Shop. It has been a year since we started selling firearms, ammunition and primers. We are working hard to stock a variety of products to meet all the needs of our customers. Let us know what else you want to see on our shelves.

Payment options include EFT and credit cards. Weapons and ammunition can be delivered by courier. Contact us for a quote.

Shop hours in December 2023

The SA Hunters Shop will only close on 20 December 2023, to give members the opportunity to make their last Christmas purchases. The store will reopen on 8 January 2024.

Please note that the SA Hunters Shop will be open from 09:00 to 13:00 every Saturday until 20 December 2023 and on December 15, which is a public holiday.

Contact us for more information at +27 12-808–9399 or 066-231-8185 or shop@sahunt.co.za

Product of the month

Our product of the month is the LIQUI MOLY GUNTEC range, it lengthens the service life of your equipment and ensures excellent performance for many years to come, reducing costs and boosting the enjoyment you will have. SA Hunters members get a 10% discount in our online shop.

Shop here

Strongly adherent synthetic special grease with ceramic solid lubricants. Ensures the safe functioning of all types of weapons due to its excellent lubricating effect. The solid lubricants contained ensure the lowest friction coefficients and best possible wear protection even in critical lubrication situations. Offers the necessary corrosion protection for all metallic components even under extreme operating conditions.

For the lubrication of guns, weapon components and precision mechanical components of all kinds. Also, for the lubrication of components in the low temperature range as well as components which are subject to a wide operating temperature range.

Shop here

Highly adherent, medium-viscous special oil for preserving and lubricating guns and metal parts. Ensures optimum corrosion and wear protection for moving parts and at all lubrication points. Thanks to good penetration properties and high protection against resignification, it is also ideal for lubricating precision mechanical components. Versatile gun oil with good plastic compatibility and the option of oiling wood.

For guns, machines, tools, metallic components, instruments and much more. Excellent protection against environmental influences during intermediate storage of metal parts and semi-finished products.

Shop here

Highly adhesive, medium-viscous special oil spray for preserving and lubricating guns and metal parts. Ensures optimum corrosion protection and forms an even, stable and particularly water-repellent oil film on the surface. Ensures optimum wear protection of moving parts or at lubrication points due to its outstanding lubrication properties. Penetrates even hard-to-reach lubrication points due to extremely good penetration properties and remains stable even after long periods of use thanks to high protection against resignification. The PTFE solid lubricants contained guarantee emergency running properties and the lowest friction coefficients. A versatile gun care spray with good plastic compatibility and the option of oiling wood.

Shake can vigorously before use. Carefully clean parts before oiling. Old oil residues can be easily removed with LIQUI MOLY Rapid Cleaner (part no. 3318). Apply a small amount of oil to the lubrication points after drying, let it air off and wipe off any excess oil. Clean oil from the barrel and the chamber before shooting.

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Aqueous special surfactant solution to quickly and thoroughly dissolve and neutralize tenacious combustion residues in silencers. Thanks to its independent effect, it enables even silencers that cannot be disassembled and high-performance carbon silencers to be cleaned easily and completely.

For cleaning silencers in the event of smoke deposits. Also suitable for ultrasonic baths.

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Cleaning foam for intensive yet gentle cleaning of handguns and rifles, including the barrels. Compatible with practically all materials (wood, blued metals, stainless steel, plastic). Particularly suitable for removing copper or tombac residues from barrels, thereby resolving the problems with precision that this cause.

Spray the cleaner on the surfaces to be treated. The foam adheres there and its cleaning effect sets in. As soon as it has collapsed again after some time, wipe it off together with the dissolved residues. When cleaning barrels, spray the foam into the barrel from the chamber side. Seal off the filled barrel at the front and position the weapon with the barrel side facing down. After allowing to take effect for 30 – 60 min, the cleaner also removes deposits of copper, tombac and smoke. Then remove the cleaning foam together with the dissolved contaminants from the barrel, e.g., using tow (oakum) or felt cleaners. After cleaning, preserve the barrel with GUNTEC Gun Oil or GUNTEC Gun Care Spray. Note: Test material compatibility in an inconspicuous place before applying.

View all our specials and new products on our Facebook page

Commercial offers to our members

The special offers are revised annually in July to ensure that we offer quality products and services to our members. Our new website makes special provision for commercial affairs, which offers great opportunities for additional marketing. The commercial benefits will be posted weekly on our social media pages.

Individuals interested in offering their products to members, can contact us with a proposal.

We also welcome referrals to businesses that support SA Hunters.

We also welcome members to give us feedback/reviews on the products offered.

Contact Marette Bennett

cell: 082 553 4719 or e-mail: marette@sahunt.co.za

Go to the complete list of commercial offers here.

Craftbraai offers 10% discount to members

The Craft Braai Bag™ or Craft Braai Sakkie™ is about to change the way you braai.

Use the discount code at checkout: SAJV2023

Go to the complete list of commercial offers here.

stediLens offer 10% discount to members

A super simple and effective way to stabilize
your heavy telephoto lens or camera. Track any action with gimbal-like movement.

Use the discount code at checkout: sahunt

Go to the complete list of commercial offers here.

Peter's Guide Books offer 10% discount to members

  • Detailed maps and GPS co-ordinates of all points of interest.
  • English, Afrikaans, German and Latin names of trees, animals and birds.
  • Meaning of place names.
  • Instant identification of trees, geological formations and historical connections.
  • Interesting facts and photos of animals and common birds.

Use the discount code at checkout: sahunt

Tyremart Hatfield offers a 3% extra discount to members

An extra 3% off on regular discount at Hatfield only.

Free nitrogen for tyres and free wheel alignment test

Phone:

Johan on 082 564 8222

Lourens on 072 591 0926

to make an appointment

Go to the complete list of commercial offers here.

A Line Tours Pty Ltd offer 10% discount to members

A Line Tours is owner operated and a qualified tourist guide and nature guide.

Contact:

Francois Annadale on 071 932 6125 for a quote

(Francois is a member of the Pretoria East Branch)

Go to the complete list of commercial offers here.

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