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Hunting Rifle Regulations in South Africa

Every hunter who has travelled to South Africa will tell you that it can be quite a task to import your rifles. If you follow the correct steps and know what the firearm regulations in South Africa are, then this process can be a lot less daunting.  Here follow some of the most important regulations that you should be aware of:

Firstly, if you decide not to hassle with the exportation and importation of your own firearms in and out of countries, Wintershoek Safaris has a battery of firearms available to hunters to rent.  The firearms available to rent are of good quality and under the personal care of the Professional Hunters (PH’s).

It is highly recommended that you apply for your temporary importation permit or in-transit permit prior to your arrival.  This will not only save you time, but your arrival will be much more hassle free.  There are various service providers that you can use to assist you with this process.

The most important regulations that you should be aware of:

  • You may only import a maximum of four firearms or shotguns per applicant.
  • You may not import more than one of the same caliber or gauge.
  • Only 200 rounds for each permitted firearm or shotgun will be allowed.
  • No ammunition for other firearms (not accompanying you) is permitted.
  • Firearms must bear the manufacturer’s serial number or any other mark by which the firearm can be identified.
  • The identification number must be stamped and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel, the frame or the receiver of the firearm.

By law, a minimum calibre of .375 is to be used to hunt any of the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant). A .375 is also a very versatile calibre and can also be used on every plains game species.  Good soft-nose ammunition is always recommended, but especially for Big Five species. As recommended for all plains game species, calibres such as .300 Win mag, 338, 7mm, 30-06 and similar are best suited for African antelope.

We strongly recommend the pre-arranged firearm import service that Africa Sky Guesthouse offers. Africa SkyGuest house will pre-arrange your rifle permit. They will also meet you in the arrivals hall with your pre-arranged permit and assist you with the collection of your rifles.

Most importantly, bring the rifle that you shoot with the best and feel most comfortable with.  Professional Hunters prefer good shot placement over and above any high power firearms.  Please contact us at info@wintershoeksafaris.com should you require any more information in this regards.

Hunting with Jack Perrett and his family at Linksfontein

Jack has hunted with Wintershoek Safaris for the last four years and decided to hunt at Linksfontein and Karreekloof this year.  

On the hunt, Jack Perrett, his wife Kristen and daughter, Channing were joined by Kristen’s parents, Roy and Delinda, as well as Kristen’s brother, Robert, his wife Kim and Kim’s son, Chip.  As always, their South African friend, Ashley joined. 

On arrival, spirits were high and although tired, the adrenalin and excitement was flying high.  Three experienced PH’s accompanied the group – John Tinley, Johan Maritz and Phillip from Linksfontein.   Determination soon paid off with the Common Springbuck, Blesbuck, Impala, Roan and Blue Wildebeest in the salt! Jack took a beautiful Sable Trophy with his bow.

During the hunt, Linksfontein celebrated Delinda’s birthday with a visit to the local wine cellar and a surprise sun-downer.  Back at camp, a nice birthday barbecue awaited them.  To end the evening, Delinda was surprised yet again with candles, cake, and singing.

Whilst the men hunted, the ladies relaxed, did game drives, visited the Big Diamond Hole and went gift shopping.  Channing didn’t stand back for the men and got a nice White Springbuck.   Jack returned later for another two days of bowhunting, wherein he managed to take down a Red Lechwe, Warthog and Blue Wildebeest! 

The hunt at Linksfontein wasn’t just a hunt – Friends turned into Family.  Thank you, Jack and Family. Until next time!!

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What you need to look for when selecting a Taxidermy Service

You’ve just had the most amazing African hunting experience and you have lots of stories to tell everyone at home about the hunt, the people and the wildlife of Africa.  Now all that is to remain, is evidence of this amazing safari.  Photographs can always be photo-shopped, but not trophies!  The issue as to where to take your trophies is a very important consideration.  Choosing the correct Taxidermy is very important because a bad decision or even a cheap option can ruin your trophy forever.

African San Taxidermy Studio is situated in the heart of South Africa’s Northern Cape. This is an ideal location, as it places the studio at the epicenter of a true hunting paradise. Clients’ preferences are extremely important and are valued by this studio. From looking at different photographs to looking at real examples of different mounts, they really try to get the mount as right as you want it to be.

Creativity comes naturally to the dedicated team of taxidermy professionals.  The taxidermist’s see each mount, not only as work to be finished but as an individual work of art.  Hunters and outfitters from across the African continent trust African San Taxidermy Studio to continually produce exceptional trophy mounts, full mounts, and all other taxidermy products. One of the reasons for this, is the appropriate systems and structures are in place to make sure that you get the highest standard trophy.  Clients receive their completed, professionally packed trophies in countries all over the world, including the USA, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Spain, Germany, and France. Their current turnaround time is approximately 6 months, after confirmation of order, until the day of delivery to your export company.  The African San staff is continually the exposal of the client to aid in this process and to make sure that you get your trophy on time and in good quality.

When choosing the right Taxidermy, be careful of super low prices. Good quality taxidermy work include good quality of materials to be used for tanning etc.  If you receive quotes that are outside the market price, it always raises the question whether your taxidermist used good quality materials.  You want your trophy to both look good and to last!  And with staff at the African San Taxidermy, that has more than 30 years’ experience, you can be assured that your trophies are in good hands.

As state veterinarian-approved high-risk taxidermy, African San Taxidermy Studio complies with the strictest standards set by authorities in South Africa and all other countries around the world. They can import from all African hunting destinations and export to any country in the world.

You can always trust African San Taxidermy Studio to make sure you’ll forever remember your wonderful African hunting experience.

www.africansan.com

Bow-hunting with a bushman field guide in South Africa

Bushman field-craft is important to consider when planning a Bow-hunting Safari. The Northern Cape Province is ideal for Bow Hunting because of the type of vegetation also called Kalahari Bushveld from where our name also originated. Classic Bow Hunting Safaris into Africa have become increasingly popular amongst discerning archers with a variety of species on offer.