Welcome to the website of the Custodians of Professional Hunting & Conservation – South Africa. Please view the Association Principles page in order to read more about our mission statements and constitution. To register as a member, please click on the Membership page and link through to the fill-in form. Thank you.

Custodians are delighted to announce their newly elected Exco and Shadow Exco members

Exco Members

Sean Kelly (Chairman)
Rupert Brown (Vice-Chairman & Treasurer)
Stewart Dorrington
Paul Stones
Jacques Senekal
Willem Theron
Alex McDonald
Izak Kirsten

Shadow Members

Clive Curtis
Craig Maartens
John Luyt
Mark Ivy
Mike Currie
Cullen Kelly

Why should I join CPHC-SA?

  1. Be part of an association that is for the greater good of hunting,conservation and Brand SA.
  2. Be involved with individuals with the same ethical practices and conservation visions.
  3. Opportunity to interact with the media to change public opinion, this can only be done through an association with a sound mission and a membership that represents that mission.
  4. To be part of an association that has the respect of other hunting and conservation groups worldwide.
  5. Through CPHC – SA you can influence policy formulation in the industry.
  6. Section 16A ( application in progress)
  7. Improved Government interaction at National and Provincial level.
  8. Building partnerships between landowners, outfitters and professional hunters.
  9. To liaise with all African Hunting Associations in establishing like-minded “outfitter/client” hunting opportunities for our members and vice versa.
  10. Believes in ensuring the long-term sustainability of responsible hunting by mentoring newly qualified PHs through opportunities created by members of CPHC-SA (Apprenticeship program)

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CPHC Inaugural AGM

It is with great pleasure that Custodians invites you to the inaugural CPHC-SA Annual General Meeting 2018. Click on the RSVP link in the invitation below to navigate to the registration page. The costs to attend the CPHC-SA Inaugural Conference and Annual General Meeting are listed below. All payments to be made directly to “Custodians” who will handle reservations and registrations from the office. OPTION 1 – FULL PACKAGE ATTENDANCE Including two (2) nights at Zulu Nyala Country Manor (22 and 23 November 2018) Package includes: Welcome cocktails, “Boma Braai” first evening, second da…

Your Photos are Antis’ Ammunition

Those of us who care about hunting can no longer afford to dismiss the fact that some of the images we share and post on social media are, at a minimum, having a negative effect on the public image of hunting, if not providing animal rights and anti-hunting groups ample cannon fodder with which to fire back at us.

Our hunting and our images used to be contained to our magazines, photo albums, camps and gatherings. Now they are on television and posted everywhere with no story and no context. Blaming the Internet for this misfortune is like blaming a fork for our expanding waistline.

We’re hunters. We get it. Animals die in hunting. But to a global audience of non-hunters who may gain access to our photos, hunting images have proven offensive. Then there are the anti-hunting trolls just looking for anything they can use to turn people against hunting.

The reality today is ethical hunting encompasses more; it now extends to what we do on social media. Another old saying applies here: Look before you leap.

Here are some helpful tips for not getting bloodied and personally attacked on social media from posting images and stories about your hunting adventures online:

  1. Make sure your privacy settings are set so only the people you want to have access to your social media accounts have access. Read more about privacy settings at this link.
  2. Avoid images showing blood and tongue; bullet entry or exit; arrows; standing or sitting on the animal; posing with your animal or birds as if they are a prop and you are the conquering hero; or hanging from the back of a truck or backhoe, etc.
  3. Try to include images that tell the whole story of a memorable experience, not just the end result.

As hunters, we need never apologize for all that we do and what sportsmen have done for wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation. We do however have an obligation to demonstrate respect for the hunted and the sensitivity of others who also care about wildlife.

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