JACKAL HUNTING WAY BACK THEN
AND TODAY AND THE ACTUAL COSTS!
CHARITY IS OVER O BROER! – FINISHED! JY WIL KAKALSE
GESKIET WORD, JY GAAN BETAAL!
Well, this is an article to illustrate how indeed
times have changed and the costs and how they have
escalated. You will enjoy this especially if you have
hunted jackal for over 20 years!
Firstly let me say to the farmers reading this, are
you one of those who want jackals killed BUT you don’t
like to pay? Yes? If yes read on friend, and after
this you will have a different outlook regarding
jackal hunters and what it actually costs!
After some people read this they will say “well why
don’t stick to that old way and save R90, 000! If it
works then still use that R147-00 method”, then I will
say this, fine then why did you upgrade your farm
bakkie 7 times in the last 20 years? That also worked!
Or why did you upgrade your old 10 year old computer?
Same thing, times change and we must change with the
times and adapt or we will be left behind in jakkals
Here is my Lohman MVP-4 one of the greatest
hand calls I have ever put in my mouth, this caller
called in hundreds of predators, and it can be seen
opposite a new model. I used this call for 7 years. It
is now also in my show cabinet. I used 2 in total over
This Lohman MVP-4 has many many cuts in it to
show kills, it also has cuts on the barrel. Each cut
symbolizes 10 kills; it was one of my greatest calls
ever. It has 3 settings; you just turn the dial, long
range, short range and a coaxer.
Here is a photo of a new model in its box new from my
collection. I personally will rate this caller as one
of the best if not the best caller
ever used, it also has a double stainless steel reed,
it is an amazing call, on my very early VHS videos in
those days as far as 10 years back then rated it as
the best call, and that was 10 years ago.
LOHMAN MVP-4; One of the finest game calls I ever
"Yesterdays Jackal Hunter"
Let’s start by going back about 15 years or so, I
remember personally when I went calling and I think
frightened all predators away! with the dumb things I
did, I had to spend “HUGE” money on
equipment, let’s see what I bought back then.
I needed a light and that cost me about R75-00, it was
a simple CHINA job but was good enough, then a red
lens, uuummmm well, I bought a Perspex lens in red and
fitted it with elastics for a bracket etc, man it was
high tech stuff indeed! That cost about R12-00. Then I
bought a black open reed call and that was R60-00.
(These items I still have today in my display
cabinet!) So, I was ready, aaag no man- nearly forgot,
a man needed cool camo net to hide that bakkie! So, I
organised a few pieces from a friend, the cost was
zero. This was about 19 years ago could have been 20 I
cost me in total R 147-00 to get going! Man I remember
I could hardly afford to buy this stuff, it broke the
bank for sure.
With this equipment I learnt, and I took plenty or
let’s say PLENTY of critters with this simple mouth
call, and HIGH TECH red light, I never had dimmers,
chairs and kak, nix’s! Just this high tech equipment,
I had an old 3-9x32 scope and used it on a few guns, I
never had money for other scopes and guns, in fact I
loved that scope so much that years later I still
mounted it on a 223 and still used it often for fun, I
still have it today! I had an old 22 Hornet I used as
an introduction rifle, and with it the 3-9x32 and that
call and red light many critters perished.
I cut my teeth on hand calls, and used them all the
time for over 14 years, I had never even heard of an
electronic, wat de fok is dit! Ja, so I carried on and
on and would gooi as much as I could, it was amazing
especially knowing its you calling a critter and not
calling it with a machine.
My point is back then with a hand caller and a hand
held red light many critters perished, all I needed
was somebody to hold the light while I shot, it was
technically very simple, that was then it was cheap
and simple. R147-00 to hunt jackal and cats, the only
thing to suffer was the ears, today I suffer because
of all the years of blowing a hand caller, but man I
really could blow a call! Many clients commented how I
called for easily an hour straight awaiting a cat on a
"Todays Jackal Hunter"
So, enter the modern era, today we are sitting in a
better situation, and also a far more expensive one.
Although many farmers still expect or want jackals
killed for free while they own farms worth millions,
and offer a sheep as payment or such bullshit offers,
hardly ever wanting to pay in hard cash, some do but
they are few and far between.
I am going to use myself again in this segment of this
article, just like the first part, but notice after 20
years how much more it costs to hunt those jackal that
we called back then for R147-00! I really am enjoying
writing this article! I want to plant the seed here
and wake a few asleep farmers who still think jakkals
jag is fun so it should be done free, believe me many
think like that!
I hunt crows professionally, I kill over a 1000 crows
a year, do the maths, work out all the ammo I blast
away, BUT most of the farmers say to me “ it is fun to
hunt them, so why should we pay”, yes facts! They want
the vermin removed BUT think I must pay and be the
loser, and they sit with farms worth millions, and I
go back home poorer every time!
CHARITY IS FINISHED O BROER!
Take note I am NOT going to mention a bakkie or a
rifle as this is a personal thing everybody feels
different about, also it has very far and wide,
different prices. I will mention myself today and what
I hunt with and costs to call jackal today (maybe
after this a few farmers will see why it is common
knowledge that a jackal hunter should be paid). As
said before some do pay but they are hard to find.
A friend of mine used his bakkie since it was new on
farms till at 223,000 the 250D motor decided to blow,
it cost him R35,000 to redo it ( no Turbo) and he is
short R35,000 it was used to drive on farms, hunt all
night, drive over rocks and uneven terrain all its
life, and now HE ALONE must fit that bill, so as I see
it – it is only fair the charity stops today and
farmers who before expected FREEBIES start to
contribute to costs as they get expensive.
This is a photo of a lens I used over 19 years ago,
and then this was high tech! The good old days!
Man this was high tech stuff, when I made this I
thought I was just the worlds best designer, it will
always bring back memories, I always kept this lens as
a reminder of how it was then – how much more simpler
it was those days!!
Man, check out that cool bracket! And designer clips
holding on that elastic! Those days I will never
forget! Check out that crude silicone!
NOTE that circle of
Perspex from the heat in the centre because of all the
years of use; I basically could not afford another
lens then, so used this for many years! How times
“EQUIPMENT IN TODAYS WORLD”
I am a professional, and make use of top class
equipment for my hunts, and this is my personal outlay
to kill jackal
Ok here goes,
now I need a good light to scan with and I have two
choices to buy ours with a red filter at R850-00 or an
imported one at about R2500 -00 with a red lens.
(AFTERWARDS WE WILL AD IT ALL UP) Without this I can’t
do much and need a red light.
I need an
red lens on a larger 250 diameter light for
my Night Vision; this lens is found in SA at around
R2300-00. The torch is about R2000-00.
chair, these are available but let’s say
you build one to specs, it will cost to get a
professional one about R5500-00 or more, or a simple
version at R2500-00. Mine is about R4500-00 with
extras on it. Dimmers R400-00.
So far we have R2300-00, R2000-00, R4500-00, R2500-00
in total R11,700.
Next an electronic FOXPRO caller, I use several but
this is today, I use three on a hunt, a FX5 that’s
R10,000 then a Fury R8000-00 and a Scorpion R7000-00
this is with import duty and taxes and postage at R10
to a single 1$.
( TAKE NOTE; I have not mentioned a R8000-00 CS 24
Foxpro that I also use)
Then we need
calls, I use Lohman and my own, lets say
the 3 are valued at R750-00 if I bought them and at a
camo for the truck, a piece of camo netting
at a local supplier gives it at 15m x 2m this is
R6000-00. It covers the truck perfectly.
TRUCK PRICE AND WEAR AND TEAR as we drive over rocks
and bad roads on a farmers farm – (I am
not including those costs
2 car battery’s
for red lights and large infra red torch on chair at
Small CV123 A batteries for NV
it takes 3 each night – so that’s 6, they cost R50-00
each. Total is R300-00
Next is my
VISION. Now this is fun, the unit with
extras, illuminators, screens and filters ( excluding
wear and tear) R38,000.
a very realistic price you cannot replace it for that!
I have an imported long john and custom overall made
for cold weather and other imported clothes in summer,
cost on these two is R3000-00.
x 2 ; Moultrie cams R6000-00.
Next we look at
this is all the small stuff, like torch for walking in
bush, bulbs, tape, and bullets used, electronic caller
chargers, pen light battery chargers, cell phone used
to call each other while on hunt etc, let’s be
realistic and call it R200-00 for that.
I am not going to value a rifle and truck here, just
the other stuff, also NOTE all this stuff IS used at
night on a hunt, I am not adding something that is not
GRAND Total of R 90,150-00 is what I hunt with at
(REMEMBER the quads value, rifle and bakkie not
So, looking back at R147-00 compared to today at R90,
do you not think that this deserves to be looked upon
with respect and when a jackal hunter wants some sort
of contribution it should be given? Far too many
farmers take us for a ride, offering sheep as payment
or some bullshit; some even say they will give free
sleeping facilities while you stay at them, I mean,
man come on!
Far too many it seems think all these things are free
that I mention above in yellow and blue, and what gets
to me is many cry poverty but buy new bakkies every
year, it costs a lot today to travel, so let’s be
I do not say all farmers are this way, but many are!
As a person offering a service we should be respected
and given proper reward - see my costs here, this is
an idea as to what we charge –
and no I
don’t take sheep as payment!
This photo shows that old scope I used years back, I
put it on this rifle recently and still use it now and
again, who says you can’t kill predators with a small
objective! Called this cat in with a hand caller and
shot with my 223.
KOM MENSE – KOM ONS BETAAL DIE JAGTER! TE MIN DOEN DIT!