SA Hunters focuses on shooting activities for members at branch, regional, national and international level. The SA Hunters branches create opportunities for families to participate in fun-filled shooting activities for all firearm types at their local shooting ranges where everyone is mentored to handle firearms safely and proficiently.
All training, especially shooting training at SA Hunters branches is mentor-based and takes place on the shooting range. With more than 100 shooting ranges managed by SA Hunters branches across South Africa, members have access to a shooting range at every branch where formal and informal shooting is done. With more than 700 official branch shooting days per annum, opportunities for basic shooting training on request at the branches are available.
Competent sport shooters at branch, regional and national levels are available for advice and training where needed by new sport shooters.
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.
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.
The shooting competitions create the opportunity for members to compete at regional and national level with on realistic scenarios. Regional rankings are created for each one of these competitions on the SA Hunters member administration system. Members that qualify for the national competitions participate annually to determine the top shottists in each discipline.