Professional Hunter - South Africa
Professional Hunter (P.H.) is the term given to a person in South Africa who has attended a Professional Hunting school and completed a comprehensive training course. The syllabus followed at these private institutions is prescribed by the local nature conservation agencies, and covers all aspects of trophy hunting in a variety of subjects. Graeme Geldart, from Mkhamba Safaris is a licensed P.H. and Hunting Outfitter in the South African provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape. Contact Him
CertificationAt the end of the course the candidate then takes written and practical exams. If the candidate passes he/she is issued a certificate as a P.H.. They are then licensed to hunt in the province of South Africa the hunting school is based in.
LicensingIn order to become licensed in other provinces the P.H. then has to write and pass exams on the legal issues as laid down by the conservation agencies from each province.
NB: A person who is participating in his/her first African hunting safari need to make sure that the operator they are dealing with is licensed to hunt in the province where the hunt is to take place. Just ask for the hunters licence number for the province. Checks can be done through the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) Licences are issued for a set amount of time, and are renewable.
The Professional Hunter
The P.H. is the person who physically conducts the hunt. He/she may work for a hunting outfitter, or they may be a registered P.H. and Outfitter.
The PH DOES NOT:
NB: If the P.H. is also a registered hunting outfitter, the above-mentioned facts obviously change.