At branch shooting events the aim is for everyone to have fun on condition that the safety rules are adhered to.The hunting exercises can be shot without the rule restrictions, e.g., using shooting sticks where normally not allowed, coaching a person, shooting with a smaller calibre than required for the exercise, and shooting the exercise more than once. However, the score cannot be recorded, and members will not qualify for shooting badges.
When members are aiming to qualify for gold, silver, or bronze shooting badges the rules for the shooting exercises should be strictly adhered to.
Standard Shooting Exercise at Branch Level
Cloth shooting badges in gold, silver, or bronze are available as acknowledgement in every standard shooting exercise. The qualifying criteria for shooting badges are included in the rules of every shooting exercise. Shottists can order the badge at a nominal fee from Inyathi Park through the branch office.
There are two exceptions where shooting badges are not applicable, i.e., the shooting tests for dedicated hunter status, and for any new shooting disciplines that are introduced on a trial basis.
SA Hunters’ Big 5 shooting award is applicable to all hunting-based shooting exercises in which shottists can earn a shooting badge. The shooting tests for dedicated hunter status where competent or not yet competent are the only indications, are not considered for this award. Members that win a gold award in five or more of the qualifying shooting exercises, are considered as recipients of the Big 5 Shooting Award. The branch chairperson must verify the shottist’s achievement in writing on the relevant application form and submit it to the national office that will issue the Big 5 certificate and badge. There is a cost of R90 per badge.
The qualifying shottist must declare that the score accurately reflects the score he achieved during his first attempt at each of the shooting exercises on the specific dates, and that the shooting exercise was conducted according to the rules of SA Hunters and in the spirit of that specific shooting exercises.