Hunting has always been a legacy passed down from one generation to the next, some may even say it is a rite of passage into manhood. Whatever you may believe, it’s safe to say that hunting has evolved as the world around us has.
In the distant past, all you needed was a working firearm and the ability to use it, and you were set. But due to the attraction of hunting and the excessiveness of some, the sport of hunting has become far more regulated. The purpose of these regulations is to regulate the utilisation of game in the interest of protecting natural resources for the future.
Sometimes, these regulations differ from region to region in the same province. Some provinces do not revise and publish their regulations on a regular basis, which makes it difficult for hunters to stay abreast of the regulations that apply to each province.
Dedicated hunter status is issued in terms of The Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000.
In terms of the law, someone with a dedicated hunter status may apply for more than 4 firearm licenses with sufficient motivation and may be in possession of more than 200 rounds of ammunition per licensed firearm.
To obtain dedicated hunter status, our members must complete the prescribed theoretical and practical exams.
The theoretical part of the course covers aspects such as fauna and flora, safety, hunting ethics, and hunting methods, animal identification, shot placement, tracking of animals, trophy measurement and cape treatment, hunting ordinance, firearm safety, ballistics, first aid, sights, and optics as well as general gun care.
This theoretical exam can be done online or at one of KAAPJAG’s scheduled formal classroom courses. A manual is available from the office at a nominal fee. We recommend that students invest in this manual, as it contains all the necessary information you need.
The practical exam can be done during one of our formal scheduled practical shooting tests or at any shooting range under the supervision of a range officer.
A formal application is lodged by the member and the required fee to register as a dedicated hunter is paid.
View and download the non-proficiency graded target for the practical here.
If you’re up for a challenge and have a never say die attitude, you may choose to do the more difficult formal written exam with a pass rate of 70% and a practical shooting test that consists of 9 shots: 3 shots from the prone position at 200 m; 3 shots from the sitting position at 100 m; and 3 shots from the standing position at 50 m. (minimum score of 27/45).
All shots must fall within the prescribed heart-lung area. View and download the practical shooting test rules here.
You can also view and download the non-proficiency graded target for the practical here.
Although both practical exams could be used to obtain dedicated hunter status, we prefer our members to do the 9-shot proficiency graded test.
Please consult our events calendar for scheduled practical shooting test events.
To maintain your dedicated status, a dedicated hunter must participate in at least two activities per year and be a member in good standing. These activities may be any official association activities, any hunting conducted in your personal capacity and activities participated in at other accredited associations.
Proof of these activities must be kept by the member, and a declaration of these activities must be submitted to the association on an annual basis. It is recommended that the activities function in our Hunters Portal member area, be used for logging activities.
An annual report is submitted to the Central Firearms Registry on members who failed to remain compliant - as required by law. These reports are then submitted to the central firearm registry.
Dedicated Sport Shooting Status is much the same as obtaining a Dedicated Hunter Status. It is also issued in terms of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000.
A person may become a dedicated sport shooter by joining KAAPJAG (which is accredited for this purpose). The sport shooting disciplines are registered with CHASA, in order to become a dedicated sport shooter, the applicant would need to complete the prescribed exam and practical shooting test.
The exam is currently a written exam that can be completed online via the Hunters Portal member area. The practical shooting test can be done at any shooting range under the supervision of the range officer.
KAAPJAG offers the following disciplines which are official CHASA-approved sport shooting events. These events were developed with the intention to improve the hunter’s skills and proficiency with their firearm of choice in the hunting field.
These events are:
If you would like to become a KAAPJAG / CAPE HUNT member, you can visit our website to sign up as a member, after which you will be able to start the process of obtaining your Dedicated Hunter or Sport Shooting Status.
Please contact us with any queries you may have.