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FIREARM AMNESTY 2020 IS A REALITY!

As you all know by now, firearm amnesty for illegal firearms in terms of section 139 of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act no. 60 of 2000), has been promulgated to run from the 1st of December 2019 to 31 May 2020.This application matter was initially postponed by the High Court in December 2019 to the 14th of January 2020, to be heard, thus putting the process on hold until then.Just after the promulgation of the amnesty, the National Hunting & Shooting Association (NHSA) filed an urgent application to declare the amnesty declaration illegal because of, amongst other, the fact that the pr...
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Introduction: CPHC-SA PH Apprentice Program

Introduction: CPHC-SA PH Apprentice ProgramIf you’re passionate about hunting, wildlife and wild places why not consider kick-starting your career with CPHC-SA’s PH apprentice program.We are on the search for talented, passionate and enthusiastic individuals who are ready to experience the privilege of working with our members as they ply their trade in the world of Professional Hunting. This 5-month program (1 May to end September) offers aspiring PH’s the chance to take on real responsibility and learn from the best in the industry. Whether it's entertaining clients, tracking game, taking ca...
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No place for trophy hunting in the sixth extinction

For a Western hunter to pay to kill an African animal and expatriate its parts is a form of objectification, dehumanising and therefore morally reprehensible. It may entrench a Western narrative of supremacy underpinned by chauvinistic, colonialist and crudely utilitarian anthropocentric attitudes.   This opinion piece was provided by the Conservation Action Trust. We are living in the sixth extinction. Birds are disappearing from North America, the Amazon is on fireand biodiversity is disappearing at a rapid rate. Droughts are becoming more frequent and extreme weather events are prolife...
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FRONTLINE DISPATCHES – VOLUME I, NUMBER 7, JULY 2019

FRONTLINE DISPATCHES - VOLUME I, NUMBER 7, JULY 2019 AFRICA “Thriving wildlife resources have a tremendous potential to be instrumental in sustainable socio-economic development through associated wildlife-oriented businesses such as eco-tourism, hunting and photographic safaris, among other benefits,” said Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa in his opening statement on June 23, 2019, at the inaugural African Union-United Nations Wildlife Economy Summit. “[The Southern African region remains] guided by [the] principle of sustainable utilization of wildlife . . . [communities] must experi...
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CPHC-SA position statement on long range shooting

Situational Overview Bullets fired from hunting rifles have had the capability of hitting targets at long distances for many decades.  Regardless of these capabilities, sportsmen have historically held themselves to an ethical standard of not taking excessively long or risky shots at the big game animals they pursue.  New shooting technologies now being developed and promoted for use in hunting are encouraging hunters to shoot at substantially increased distances.  These new technologies, while not illegal, are tempting hunters into taking longer and longer shots, which is raising significa...
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Chairman’s Reply to Don Pinnock

I find it rather sad that Don Pinnock continues to lambast the character and “type” the persons involved in trophy hunting. He refers to them as wealthy, elite, callous and cruel. It is simply not so. Simply describing all trophy hunters as wealthy and elite, let alone callous and cruel, immediately shows an unacceptable and incorrect bias on the authors part. That may be his perception, but it is certainly not true and is a gross generalisation. It is also unfair, dangerous and provocative to stereo type any person and I can only conclude that the use of this wording is an emotive ploy to man...
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CHAIRMAN, STEWART DORRINGTON’S DSC REPORT BACK

Dallas Safari Club certainly rolled out the red carpet for Custodians. I was warmly received by executive members Corey Mason, Karl Evans and Richard Cheatham. Richard has been appointed CEO of the Dallas Safari Club Foundation which is a new appointment and hopefully we will develop a fruitful relationship with this foundation going forward. Once again, we started the show with an OPHAA meeting where it was explained to those attending what we are working towards with OPHAA, namely, to prevent illegal cross border operators as well as to form a united front with our respective governmen...
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CHAIRMAN, STEWART DORRINGTON’S SCI – RENO REPORT BACK

It seems that everybody knew of Custodians before we even arrived at SCI. We have certainly caused a stir in the hunting world. Welcomed by almost all. On the first morning I attended the Guides and Outfitters meeting with SCI where the usual issues relating to the industry on a global scale was discussed. Again, the emphasis was on social media and the negative exposure hunting is receiving in the international press. The second meeting was the OPHAA meeting where the emphasis was on upholding ethics and how the different countries can work together to stop cross border malpractices. To...
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Press Release Feb 2019

It has come to our attention that there are many false allegations and assumptions, perpetuated and advanced by some of our detractors, about Custodians and we would like to put the record straight on these issues. Firstly, we are not against hunting behind high fences. Many of our members are game farm owners themselves and we recognise that almost all hunting in South Africa is fenced. Secondly, we have never attacked game farmers but have warned that certain practices within the game farming industry have little hunting value and are detrimental to the image and marketing of hunting a...
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