Code of Ethics

Hunting code of ethics

  1. Never shoot an animal from a vehicle or within sight or sound of a vehicle
  2. Only ever shoot mature males and be selective in always taking the oldest animal.
  3. Never shoot a female, unless it is a mercy killing, or for management purposes. For management purposes this must be an old female and discussed first
  4. Never shoot within 100 meters of a waterhole
  5. Never shoot over water or feed or salt
  6. Never shoot a herd male unless absolutely necessary for manipulating breeding genetics
  7. Never give up tracking a wounded animal until found
  8. Never shoot another animal whilst tracking or searching for a wounded animal, even if clients is insisting they would like to shoot another animal (may wound a second one, not ethical, recovery may take a long time) this leaves no time for original search.
  9. Never take a shot unless you are sure you can make a quick humane kill (no Texas heart shots)
  10. Never shoot through twigs or at a long range that is out of your ability / experience especially no long range angled shots or face on.
  11. Make sure that you are aware that when you squeeze the trigger on an animal, the final decision is yours and you are responsible for the outcome. PH will judge trophy and advise client, but final decision is clients.
  12. If PH judges that animal was hit, or any speck of blood found means the client pays for that animal at full trophy fee. If you are not certain as the PH if the animal is hit you should walk on its tracks for a minimum of 700 meters and check for blood.
  13. Always give animal benefit of the doubt.
  14. Never take a shot unless absolutely certain of hitting vital organs, do not take chance shot, running shots.
  15. Clients are advised the not to shoot until PH says so. Maintain discipline of safe handling of firearms at all times.
  16. Never have a round in chamber in vehicle or walking over seriously rough terrain e.g. down or up boulders or slippery ground.
  17. Always unload shotguns while crossing fences not just braking gun!
  18. Always take into consideration where the bullet will travel if it misses its intended target.
  19. Never take a shot at an animal with another one standing behind it or any close to it.
  20. It is the PHs responsibility to dispatch an animal as quickly as possible if the client is not capable or cannot get to the animal as quickly as possible if it is wounded. E.g. if a pig has been hit and not hard enough, you may need to put in another shot quickly if you dont think the client is capable of doing so, to prevent a wounded animal getting away.
  21. The memory of the hunt lies in the stalk and not in the shot
  22. Stalk hard and shoot easily i.e. ensure that you are close enough with the animal in the right position, client steady and confident they can hit it. There is no rush whilst hunting.
  23. Hunting with paying clients is not a spectator sport and no one else is allowed on a hunt other than the trackers, client and his or her observers.
  24. Avoid seriously angled or frontal shots unless you are confident that you are very experienced, but it is always better to be patient and wait for a more suitable position.
  25. The objective with our hunting is to give the client the best experience he can have in the bush. Plants, trees, birds, spoor etc must be shown to him to enrich the experience. Clients do not like paying for wounded animals and this can ruin the best safari. Landowners do not like the sound of gunfire or their animals wounded and as we have the privilege to be on their land we have to respect them.
  26. Always inform a client that if he has wounded one animal and then shoots a second one, he is responsible for paying for both animals.
  27. Always respect the game you hunt and do not just see them as a target
  28. Be honest always with the land owner and never attempt to try and cover up a mistake. This will permanently end the hunt.
  29. Inexperienced or young hunters must not be pressurized to shoot beyond their limits or exceed the rifle calibers capability
  30. If a client is not shooting well or missing, go back to the range and establish the problem. Do not leave the range until you are satisfied ,even if this means loosing valuable hunting time.
  31. Bushveld hunting ranges seldom exceed 100 meters and rifles should be zeroed accordingly.
  32. Never hunt any game species in a small enclosed area or anywhere where they are not self sufficient.