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What do you do if you are wary of the economic situation, but also in love with hunting? The answer is simple – Make sure that when you hunt, it is a successful hunt.
Economic Challenging Times
A few global events took place in 2016 that led to a wariness of the economy by the general public. Uncertainty still seems to be present in both Europe and US. In Europe, the British vote to leave the European Union in 2016 after years of increasingly ambivalent membership was greeted with a mixture of defiance, fear, and jubilation. It is likely that this will lead to important implications for global trade in the coming years and has therefore led to a certain amount of uncertainty.
The election of Donald Trump as the US President in 2016 is also another event that came as a surprise to the world. Trump has made news about his talk of changing foreign policies and to build a wall to separate the United States and Mexico. It is expected that President Trump’s foreign policy decisions will dominate the news in 2017, and possibly redefine America’s relations with the world. This might also lead to a certain amount of wariness among the general public.
The Hunter in Economic Challenging Times
Despite these global events, a positive global economic outlook for 2017 is still predicted. The uncertainty has however resulted in a wariness of hunters to travel internationally. This is understandable as the impact of the world economy has an impact on our everyday lives. Perhaps the most easily seen impact is a hunter’s own currency against the currency of the country he/she hunts in. It is now more important than ever before those hunters get value for their money.
For a lot of people, these economic changes could implicate that their hunting trip is not an annual holiday anymore, but it is now a trip of a lifetime. It is therefore recommended, that when you hunt, you must ensure that it is a successful hunt.
Successful hunting tips
Here are some ways to have a successful hunt despite economic challenges:
- Make use of a hunting outfitter with an excellent reputation. Most hunting outfitters provide references and hunters are usually more than willing to provide information about their past hunts. References should include information about the hunting ethics of the outfitter, professionalism, planning and communication and hunting opportunities.
- Plan your hunt with precision. Your hunting outfitter should help you with information about rifle licenses, transportation etc. This will keep you from wasting money on unforeseen circumstances.
- Make sure you know exactly what is included in the daily rate. Things like food, drinks, PH, hunting vehicle, trackers, daily laundry, VAT etc must be considered. There is nothing worse than receiving your invoice and seeing that there are a lot of extra costs (hidden costs) included.
- Find out if your deposit refundable in the case of a cancellation.
- Consider combining your hunting trip with a sightseeing trip. Some don’t know whether they will visit the country again, so making the most of the time you have, is important.
- The quality of the lodge. Although there are individual differences, most hunters prefer good quality lodges. Remember that you spend hard days in the bush and that you do not want to be uncomfortable at night. Make sure that the hunting outfitter and country is able to provide the type of accommodation you prefer.
- The size of the hunting area. This is important, as it will impact your hunting experience. You do not want to walk into a fence every few miles. Make sure that the hunting area is big. The area must also comprise out of one large hunting area, instead of a few divided areas.
- Not all lodges have Wi-Fi and it is, therefore, important to find out beforehand the availability and policy of Wi-Fi at the chosen lodge.
Keeping these small, but important things in mind will help you make the most of your safari and will ensure that you have the best hunting experience.
Hunting is not just going out into the bush and shoot the animal. Hunting is hard work. Your knowledge and skill will be tested to the utmost extreme.
There are of course various institutes where you can sharpen your skills, but most of your knowledge and skills would have come from your dad or grandpa. From your young days you would be out hunting with dad, observing, learning… And when the time is right, get your opportunity. But if you did not have this opportunity and want to start hunting now, here are some pointers on getting started:
In order to do this you would need a gun. Do not go out and buy one. Rifles are expensive and you don’t want to spend your hard saved money on a rifle and then later decide that hunting is not for you. It would be ideal if you knew someone with rifles. That person can then also give you some advice and pointers, especially on gun safety. You can also go to your local shooting range. They will help you and there are usually various courses that you can also do. Learn about guns and how they work, and as mentioned learning about gun safety is the most important! The more you practice, the better you’ll get.
You will probably not know where to start. Get in contact with a hunting association that is dedicated to Conservation through sustainable utilization. One such organization in South Africa is CHASA (The Confederation of Hunting Associations of South Africa). There aims to represent the hunter in securing the freedom to hunt. This is achieved through promoting sustainable ethical hunting practices through leadership and advocacy of all matters related to hunting and the freedom to hunt. Associations like this will be more than willing to help. In the States it is very similar. Take advantage of all the help offered.
Buying a rifle
When you feel that this is you, then buy yourself a rifle. Before you can do this you first need to get a firearm license. You will need to undergo training at an accredited institution and obtain a training proficiency certificate. You must successfully pass the prescribed test to prove your knowledge of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 as well as the prescribed training and practical test regarding the safe and efficient handling of a firearm at an accredited training provider. Once you have obtained the competency certificate, you can apply for the firearm license at your nearest police station. You need a license for every firearm that you possess. (This is how it works in South Africa).
Hunting is one of the ways to get as close to nature as possible. Get out of the busy life in the city and enjoy nature at its very best! Good luck and remember, safety and ethical hunting always comes first.
South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
It has a very rich diversity and a huge variety of cultures. Coming to Africa and South Africa for the first time might be a scary thing, due to all the stories out there (no lions do not roam the streets of Johannesburg).
Here are some tips and details for your first hunting trip to South Africa.
The central and southern parts of South Africa do not have Malaria. The northern parts of South Africa however do. When going to that region or to countries higher up like Zimbabwe, Zambia etc. it is highly advised that you get malaria pills for you and the family.
The clothes you bring along are very important. It is almost always sunny during daytime from May through to September. This is our winter months. Temperatures range from low 30’s F and can warm op to the 70’s F during the day. Some days might be cooler than others. Early mornings and evenings is normally very chilly so be sure to pack at least one warm jacket. For hunting purposes early morning, gloves and a warm balaclava is also recommended. Walking shoes, a couple of pairs of woolly socks and about 2 pairs of long hunting trousers are also essential.
Sunscreen, repellent, hats
Sunscreen and at least one hat is an absolute must, especially in the summer months. In certain areas in South Africa it gets extremely hot. If you are caught out in the bush hunting with none of these you might be in for a painful next couple of days.
South Africa has a huge variety of species to hunt and the terrain in each part of South Africa differs immensely making South Africa one of the best places to hunt. If you are new to hunting make sure that you practice your shooting before coming over. The most important thing to do while out hunting is to always listen to what your professional hunter says. This will improve your success rate and will keep everyone save.
South Africa is a very safe place for international travelers. However, it is sensible to take normal precautions while travelling, particularly while in the city. You might only be in the large city when you come into the international airports. We recommend the use of travelers’ cheques or credit cards rather than large amounts of cash just as you travel to other adventure destinations. The hunting areas are remote and crime is nearly crime-free. While on safari you and your family can relax and enjoy the magic that Africa has to offer.