Open season

Every province has different open seasons, which may vary from one species to another.

For example, in the Free State, commonly hunted species such as springbok, blesbok, blue wildebeest and gemsbok can be hunted from 1 January to 31 December, but only if the farm has been issued with an adequate fencing certificate in terms of the Game Theft Act, and if the species to be hunted is specified on the certificate.

But according to legislation, if the farm does not have a fencing permit, mountain reedbuck may only be hunted from 1 April to 30 September on condition that only two members of a herd are hunted.

The banning of hunting in Kenya around the 1960’s resulted in hunters worldwide enquiring for safari hunts in South Africa and we had the game and the laws to favor this.

Hunters’ Market

The hunters’ market in South Africa is unique and can be divided into two distinct classes: biltong- and trophy hunters. Biltong hunters are predominantly local hunters, whereas trophy hunters are mainly foreigners, originating mostly from the United States and Europe. Trophy hunting is defined as “an activity where wildlife is hunted by means of a rifle, bow or similar weapon primarily for their horns (measured according to Rowland Ward and Safari Club International measurements) and/or the skin in order to be displayed as trophies”; whilst biltong hunting is defined as “a cultural activity where wildlife is hunted by means of a rifle, bow or similar weapon for the usage of a variety of game meat (venison) products, such as biltong and salami”

Note – It is clear that negative perceptions and unethical behaviour, such as canned hunting (where a predator is shot in a confined space where there is no chance for a fair chase), need to be confronted in South Africa.