Association Principles

Mission Statement

The Association has been established to:

  1. promote ethical and responsible hunting;
  2. demonstrate and enhance conservation and ecologically sustainable development through the responsible use of natural resources in order to ensure that South Africa’s biodiversity and conservation heritage is protected for the benefit of present and future generations; and to
  3. enhance and promote the contribution of professional hunting to the livelihood and socio-economic development of all South Africans.

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Association are to:

  1. uphold to the highest standards of ethical and responsible hunting conduct whilst in the field and to promote the traditions of responsible hunting;
  2. promote and improve the image and integrity of professional hunting and hunting in general by supporting sound and socially acceptable hunting and conservation principles that generate incentives for conservation and social-economic benefits for wildlife stewards and people co-existing with wildlife;
  3. promote broad based black economic empowerment in the hunting environment in order to contribute to redressing the imbalances of the past;
  4. ensure, in fulfilling these objectives, and while recognising that the economic empowerment of previously disadvantaged Members is a crucial component of the broader spectrum of transformation that is imperative in South Africa, that:
  5. the initiatives of the Association through its transformation strategy are carried out with integrity, whilst being developmental and representative of the interests of all South Africans;
  6. the Association contributes to the existing and future developmental and empowerment programmes within the field of hunting in South Africa;
  7. promote an ethos of integrity, transparency and accountability within the structures of the Association;
  8. collaborate with governments and other conservation-orientated non-governmental organisations, and to assist them in the execution of their duties, aims and missions in all matters relating to hunting and conservation;
  9. engage with and educate civil society and policy makers through the press, social media and any other mechanisms that become available regarding the true value and benefits of hunting within the realm of conservation;
  10. promote and safeguard the interests and welfare of its Members in relation to the aim and objects of the Association;
  11. cooperate with and assist (where possible) other associations that share similar values and goals to the Association;
  12. promote brand South Africa as a hunting and tourism destination within the local and international hunting and tourism industry;
  13. observe and promote the obligations in, and purposes of, the Firearms Control Act, Act 60 of 2000 (“the Act”); and
  14. to procure funding for the promotion of the goals and objectives of the Association.

Code of Conduct

Each member shall:

  1. Conduct himself and his affairs in a manner that are in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Constitution of the Association and this Code of Conduct.
  2. Uphold to the highest standards of ethical and responsible hunting while in the field and promote the traditions of responsible hunting.
  3. Act to promote and improve the image and integrity of professional hunting and hunting in general by supporting sound and socially acceptable hunting and conservation principles that generate incentives for conservation and social-economic benefits for wildlife stewards and people co-existing with wildlife.
  4. Obey and comply with all laws and legal requirements pertaining to hunting in all countries where such member conducts, markets or sells hunts.
  5. Obey and comply with all laws and legal requirements pertaining to the lawful and safe use of firearms.
  6. Not misrepresent himself in any way to his clients and/or fellow members.
  7. Not act as a professional hunter or hunting outfitter in any jurisdiction where he is not licensed to do so.
  8. Not in any way be involved in the shooting of captive bred predators, either as  professional hunter, hunting outfitter, guide, breeder, agent, client or by being a member of any association or body that condones or promotes the shooting of captive bred predators.
  9. Not do anything that will bring the profession, the Association or Brand SA into disrepute.

Members' Pledge

I hereby pledge to uphold and observe the constitution of the Association, to abide by its policies, by-laws and rules and to adhere to and promote its Code of Conduct in that I will:

  1. Conduct myself and my affairs in a manner that are in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Constitution of the Association and its Code of Conduct.
  2. Uphold to the highest standards of ethical and responsible hunting while in the field and promote the traditions of responsible hunting.
  3. Act to promote and improve the image and integrity of professional hunting and hunting in general by supporting sound and socially acceptable hunting and conservation principles that generate incentives for conservation and social-economic benefits for wildlife stewards and people co-existing with wildlife.
  4. Obey and comply with all laws and legal requirements pertaining to hunting in all countries where I conduct, market or sell hunts.
  5. Obey and comply with all laws and legal requirements pertaining to the lawful and safe use of firearms.
  6. Not misrepresent myself in any way to my clients and/or fellow members.
  7. Not act as a professional hunter or hunting outfitter in any jurisdiction where I am not licensed to do so.
  8. Not in any way be involved in the shooting of captive bred predators, either as professional hunter, hunting outfitter, guide, breeder, agent, client or by being a member of any association or body that condones or promotes the shooting of captive bred predators.
  9. Not do anything that will bring the profession, the Association or Brand SA into disrepute.