In this final
segment we discuss the laws pertaining to the
hunting of predators in South Africa, as well as the
conclusion and a final refresher on important
aspects of the control and eradication of problem
animals. A course will never be complete without
sufficient attention been directed towards the law
and its complexities. It is important to take note
when crossing a border to know the provinces and the
laws regarding predators.
PLEASE NOTE: This may not be correct when you read
it as our laws are changing within the hunting
industry in South Africa,
please check at your local offices if this is still
Every province of South Africa
has different laws regarding predation hunting,
strange as it may seem it is indeed so, I find it
hard to understand that it is this way, why??? Why
not make the law the same; we are in South Africa,
not foreign countries, but however strange it may be
we must adhere to these regulations.
Western Cape we
are required by law to have a hunting licence that
costs R171-00 and with this hunting licence we can
hunt predators on farmer’s lands together with a
letter from him that has all relevant information on
it, we do not require a permit for using an
artificial light (RED) at night. There’s no season
on these animals, but we need a hunting license
(R171-00) to hunt them.
However the region of the
In Limpopo a
land-owner would need a hunting permit for the
hunting of a caracal which is now listed as Game
under the Limpopo Environmental Management Act 2003,
Act 7 of 2003. Land-owners do not pay for hunting
permits if they hunt on their own land. Non-Land
owners however need to pay the prescribed permit
The hunting of
black backed jackal can be done by the land-owner
without a permit while the non-land owner can hunt
such animal with the written permission of the land
owner. You do not need a permit to use any form of a
spot light. You need permits to hunt the categories
of wild animals stated in the Act irrespective if
you use a spot light. If you should hunt during the
night and you do not have a P3-exemption on your
property, you would be required to get an additional
permit to hunt at night.
Cape is a follows. There is no
hunting season or bag limit for jackal and lynx.
This implies that they may be shot during the day.
They may only be hunted at night if the hunter is in
the possession of a N8 Permit, " A Permit To Hunt
Wild Animals By Means Of Prohibited Hunting Method",
issued in terms of Sections 29 and 33 of the Nature
and Environmental Conservation Ordinance (No 19 of
1974). This permit is issued by one of the District
Offices. The hunter has to apply in writing and
supply the name of the farm where the hunting will
occur. The date must also be supplied. If the hunter
is not the owner of the property then written
permission form the owner must be obtained. Hunters
may hunt with a red light (and tapes) only if they
have been granted permission by a N8 Permit.
CONCLUSION & REFRESHER
This course could never have been
conducted as a quick course as it is far to
involved, so remember if you do a predator calling
course with a practising authority one day remember
it’s the whole course or nothing. We cannot cut
corners on this topic, it’s important to understand
in full the methods and equipment required for
predator control. All the information I have given
and commented on in this 10 part article comes with
over 22 years of experience. Everything I speak
about is from time well spent in the field; nothing
has been fabricated or thought up as I have gone
along. The one client commented to me that I am
giving to many secrets away. But why!, this is no
competition, so if I can help I will, after all we
are all fighting the same war with predators.
When I began hunting I had a few
calls, a few pieces of camo clothing and other
goodies, it was simple to get ready for a hunt, but
as the years go by we collect so much junk, its then
harder to decide what to wear and take to go
calling, my opinion is as follows. Buy the best
equipment you can afford, keep it simple, get 5-6
calls, 2 sets of camo clothes and netting with a
good light, then it’s is a simple choice every time
you hunt. You may not understand what I mean, but
wait 5 years, and then you will have collected so
much stuff it gets confusing and you will stand in
your room not knowing what to take or wear. So
simple is better.
As hunters, game farmers &
conservationists we owe it upon ourselves to
concentrate on predation control, South Africa has a
huge amount of wildlife and predators threaten the
future of our conservational growth every day, its
estimated that jackal kill over 850,000 sheep a
year, they eat more mutton than people living in a
small city, these are figures of many years ago, so
chances are now it’s a lot worse, on many farms
jackals no longer have a specific area, some farms
suffer hugely with predation. So only one way is
target specific and it is not poison or gin traps,
ONLY calling!. To be able to efficiently hunt
predators will save the game farmer a lot of
possible financial lose
Work it out, lets take a single
lynx, he lives for 13-14 years in the wild, when
reaching 2 years has fully matured, lets say he
kills one lamb every week ( these figures are VERY
incorrect, they should be more). So, he kills a lamb
once a week, we have 52 weeks in a year, times by
13-14 years. This amounts to the total of 728 sheep
he kills in 14 years. So you do the sums of how much
that costs a sheep farmer. It’s in access of
R300-000, but actually if I WAS TO BE REALISTIC it
would be a lot more. Many farmers lose 7-8 per night
etc, a friend of mine lost 53 lambs in one night!
And to end the figures, now work out how much wool
is lost and how many farmers we have in South Africa
all losing lambs, buck, goats every day. Also
remember not all stock cost R350 a head, breeding
studs cost far more
By correctly introducing the youth of today to
gods great outdoors will ensure that we teach
them the correct methods of predation control,
knowing that for generations to come we can rely
on them to correctly control problem animals.
It is of importance to always
consult with the farmer and determine his problem
animals; it is no use eradicating animals that pose
no threat. If you have a friendly community organise
a possible hunting club, get a few individuals
together, form a club and hunt together as a team,
BUT make sure all the hunters know how to call and
what sounds to use at what time of the year, no use
causing more damage than good. Organise a few days a
month when the moons correct and do a
on the farm. Try the blind idea I mentioned, it
works. Work four farms in four nights in a row, try
to get a pattern going, working as teams and try
different tactics. One month call late night and the
next try as it gets light.
Use different sounds from what
other people are using, try completely different
techniques, call maybe very late at night, this is
not normally an active period but try, you never
know, call at 2 in the morning, try different
Take my advice ALWAYS go to
the best place first, set up and await darkness.
Keep all movement to a minimum, have patience,
listen for disturbances in the night like a bird
taking off, this indicates something disturbed it.
If you go to a spot in the dark and camo up, know
were you will stop so you don’t find you parked near
a tree when putting on the light for the first time.
We will never eradicate predators
completely but we can control them and keep the
numbers down, and remember to not become your own
worst enemy, try protect your stock, don’t leave
gates open, close holes in the fences, for instance
don’t put sheep in camps that has Lucerne and
greenery, the porcupines will dig holes under the
fence thus allowing predators to get through.
Kraal the sheep and goats if at
all possible. Try putting donkeys in sheep and game
camps, this helps to keep predation down on stock.
Donkeys tend to feel the father figure and will
attack jackals and cats- (see the internet). Donkeys
are often put in camps with soon to be born calves,
it helps against predators. If you have predator
problems try not put Dorper sheep in these camps,
they are weaker than Marino’s and will not stand
their ground like a Marino.
Here’s a few tricks of the trade
to keep warm, sit on a cushion rather than steel,
hold the front lens of the torch after it is off, by
calling you are warmer than the others sitting down,
sit on the same spot every time, move your toes in
the shoes, keep your neck and ears warm. Put a
green/ brown sheet around the back before putting on
the camo net, it keeps the cold out. While you take
down the nets and pack the back of the truck after a
hunt start the truck so it idles in the mean time,
then you can get into a warm cab when leaving. Wear
ladies stockings under your pants, its warm. If at
all possible, if you are calling cats and wind
direction is of no importance, park the truck so
that the back of the truck faces the incoming wind.
That curtain you have up will protect you from the
direst cold wind and keep you warmer. Don’t think
that more clothes will keep you warm, if you wear
too much clothing your body won’t generate enough
heat to warm up all the clothes, thus you will be
cold, wear a fair amount of clothing. Also remember
that hot water bottle trick, and being rubber it
will also hide your scent.
If you stay on a
farm that has predator problems, get out as often as
you can, use the time and put in as much effort as
you can, the more effort you put in controlling
predators the less lose you will have. Keep control
over your borders and fences. I hunted a farm one
day, and the game farmer had a dust road running
along side his fence all the way around his
property, every morning he drove around the farm and
inspected the fence, this way he kept a firm control
over his camps. Work together as a team with other
farmers nearby, join ranks / stand together, hunt
ethically/ preserve Africa’s wildlife.
DON’T USE POISON/ GIN TRAPS.
Avoid becoming your own worst
enemy, many farmers offer fowl and pheasant shooting
on their properties, if you farm with sheep this is
not a very clever idea, because the fowl and
pheasants are the natural food source of a lynx or
predator so by you removing his natural food will
result in that lynx preying more upon your lambs and
Predators do not think like us,
they don’t plan for tomorrow, they are unpredictable
and are a constant challenge, this makes them far
more hated, but however desperate we become we must
not go the route of poison or gin traps, this way we
will cause far more damage than doing good. If you
shoot or trap a jackal and lynx remove the bladders
and intestines, use it for lures or scents; don’t
just throw the animal in a hole. Use the predator to
catch more, also try keeping the fur and selling the
skins. Drag dead Jackal with slit open stomach
behind the truck from one stand to the next, then go
back that same way, see what’s near that roadside,
often you will see a jackal etc.
Remember the importance of making
a challenge sound more interesting by adding a fight
to the sound; this will get the attention of the
dominant dog in the area, or ad in a female whimper
to imitate a foreign jackal
mating with his partner. Adding
more realism to your sounds will increase your odds.
Also remember if calling in breeding season a pair
of adult dogs may be a little far away from you so
call longer at a stand to allow them time to get to
you. This will also be important in October when the
mother is with pups underground and the male is
walking around looking for food, give him time to
get to you.
This is a tip a professional caller from America
taught me long ago, I will never forget it.
After you have shot a jackal, NEVER just discard
it straight away, ESPECIALLY if it’s a male. If
you are hunting in months of late April to
July-August take note of the overall condition
of a male jackal you have shot. If you find the
male dog to be in a overall good condition with
no general fight marks etc this could very well
be the dominant dog in your area, BUT if you
find one with ears that are chewed or pretty
recent damage this is an intruder jackal, a dog
trying to get into the dominant dogs area. This
will mean that you still have a dominant dog out
in your areas someplace. This is a very good
method to identify intruders from dominant dogs.
Use the times of the year
properly and match sounds with the Jackals yearly
cycle, your results will be far better. Don’t use
the incorrect sounds.
Subscribe to a predator magazine,
you have a very large choice to choose from, and the
amount of tips you pick up from these overseas
magazines are extremely valuable, just last week I
got my latest edition and learnt something about cat
hunting that was so obvious yet I did not think
about it. So, no matter how long we hunt we can
still learn. A few excellent magazines are Varmint
masters, Predator Extreme, Varmint Hunter Magazine,
Fur Fish & Game and Predator Hunting Magazine. Also
look on the internet under predators; it is mind
blowing how much information is available.
Try organise a day in the month
when your neighbours get together for a braai,
discuss the problems at hand and chat about calling
etc, I can promise you it will be beneficial to all
as you will learn more tricks and tips from each
other. Don’t hold back on ideas because remember
that a jackal or cat has no home, he walks around,
he will kill stock anywhere he finds them, so one
problem. ( WEAR FULL CAMO FOR DAY HUNTS! )
Get yourself a calling package,
spend a little money, buy quality equipment, and be
prepared for the action!
can honestly say that after you have completed a
course on all the mentioned areas we have
discussed in these editions, you will feel far
more confident and determined to succeed in
hunting jackal, if you have tried to hunt them
before this with no success you will have by now
discovered from these editions exactly what you
We all learn by our mistakes like
I did. Just last week I learnt another thing that I
have added to my knowledge to outsmart predators,
and so will you also become far more familiar with
calling as the years go by.
If you feel that you still would
like to get psychically involved by going on a
course, or you want to have MORE INFORMATION on
calling and the sounds and how they sound etc, feel
free to contact me anytime, I will be more than
willing to help you or give you a demonstration on
calling sounds. We stock all the equipment you will
need to start hunting these predators.
When I began to hunt I called
many nights, I even tried calling cats on a moon
bright night, that is how dumb I really was, I think
my call I used and the sounds I made must have
scared all predators out of the district
completely! But I learnt. My very first predator I
ever call was a cat, he came in and sat behind me
after 45 minutes, and it took me about 6 calling
stands to achieve that-
THEN I WAS
When I started it was more of a
fun thing, going out at night, calling and spending
time in the outdoors, but it soon became very
evident to me that if I took it more seriously I
would have more results and even more fun collecting
that fur. So, I changed my outlook on life and
calling these pests. I then began keeping
records and buying more calls with money taken
from killing the odd predator. So while by friends
were out in bars drinking I spent my nights out
calling and learning.
Today, I use the very best
equipment I can get; I still use a system I used
when I started hunting, the system I have explained
in these editions. And carry out a hunt with the
basics, and never change them as they work, I
believe in the following four words! SIMPLE,
BASICS, PATIENCE, AMBITION. The SBPA
is a system I have gone by for years and it works,
keeping the hunt simple, keeping to basics,
having patience and ambition will be
the result of having fur on your truck after a hunt,
and after using the above four magic words you
should have good results.
To conclude I want to emphasise
that it is important to understand that in order to
learn how to efficiently hunt problem animals you
must be taught correctly, I know a few individuals
who hunt and they claim to be professional,
however I would never refer any client to
these individuals. Most of these people have the
worst sales service and general customer service I
have ever encountered. I once ordered a light from
one of these professional people and
it took me 4 days to get an overnight tracking
number and my post I should have got the next day
arrived a week later. It is important that if you
book yourself on a course that the individual is
carefully screened. Once you have been taught
incorrectly and afterwards do another course it is
hard to separate fabrication and fiction from the
correct methods. So, rather not confuse yourself –
book yourself in with a professional company first
time around, do a course and learn the correct
methods. This 10 part series is THE course I
offer; it is well structured and has EVERYTHING you
will ever need in regards to valuable knowledge.
end I would like to say that not enough is done in
South Africa to combat predation, we have Nature
Conservation that in my book simply does not care AT
ALL about farmers with troubles, when last did you
ever see an officer from the famous Nature
Conservation out and about or knocking on the
farmhouse door to say “HULLO, I AM PIET SKIET from
NC, and I am here to find out about predation and if
you have any trouble” man if that happened we would
fall over backwards and die of a heart attack.
Simply because they don’t seem to care at all, don’t
have anybody to do that job or teach people. Hell,
even on many so called PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS courses
nobody teaches hunting predators, BUT they all
claim to be professional hunters, in my book that’s
all a load of hogwash, that a guy becomes a
professional from 10 days in a classroom, I have
been in the bush for over 25 years and still
learning today! If you claim to be a professional
hunter then you must know how to hunt period, but
that’s not covered.
even had a well known writer from a magazine tell me
one day that
they “don’t want articles about calling predators as
nobody is interested in that shit”.
Predation control is the most
important part of conservation, as we have lots of
game in South Africa that needs to be protected, and
he says nobody is interested.
Somewhere along the line we have gone far from the
problems at hand, and something needs to be done
about predation, I am including below this a letter
and an action plan I made up for conservation.
The sad thing about this was
nobody came back to me, and an official that
promised a lot simply also vanished, why? Well again
– BECAUSE NOBODY CARES about the farmer in South
Africa, have a read below here, you will really
enjoy what I said and offered
(just a pity nobody
Jackal / Lynx control plan 2009
thought that I would put this document on my
website, as it is all about what the government or
conservation can do to help us stock farmers who are
going through hell trying to combat jackal / lynx.
wrote this letter and the plan to various
departments of government – no reply, then to
conservation, after 2 weeks I called them, they said
they forgot to get back to me, then promised to do
so after that – again
contacted a few various people in government (all e
mails I kept) one such person promised to come see
tried for over 6 months to present my plan of
I have given up,
but here is all what I proposed, it makes
I got tired
of banging my head against the wall!
far as I am concerned nobody cares about farmers,
and nothing is done to help us !
Overseas they have (government) specially paid
people permanently controlling predators.
My original letter :
----- Original Message -----
Monday, August 06, 2007 8:05 PM
Jackal, Lynx & Rooikat
wish to consult with the XXXXXXXX regarding the
prevalence of predation by jackal, lynx and rooikat
as this has now developed into a full-blown problem
throughout South Africa. This topic now deserves
PROPER discussion and answers.
Not enough (if anything at all) is being done by
XXXXXXXX in controlling problem animals, as there
are not QUALIFIED and experienced people employed to
put a stranglehold on this problem.
I have an idea that I
would like to share with NC and and hope we will be
able to explore this together. I have been in the
business of controlling of jackal & lynx since 1984
and am the only person in South
Africa doing this professionally every day every
month as a business.
This includes controlling,
hunting, trapping, giving courses and manufacturing
ALL items used for ETHICAL
have a solution to this problem and NC could find it
of interest, both with regards to cage trapping and
promote only ethical practices and have a very good
name throughout South Africa.
Jackal now kill more than 850,000 sheep a year in
South Africa; then they kill other game as well; and
the wool lost by the farmer is also a factor. A
single jackal could cost a farmer between R35,000
and R40,000 per year!!!! And then there's lynx that
kill more than jackal do! I
personally know a farmer who, in one night, lost 53
lambs to a lynx. I can give you the farmer's
telephone number - he will support my claim. If a
single farmer could sustain such a loss in one
night, you can imagine how severe the figures would
be if thousands of farmers across the country
sustain that kind of stock loss of lamb, sheep and
The time has now come
that problem animals be confronted head on and that
plans be put in place for controlling of these
vermin, as not enough is being done by NC to provide
a solution to the problem. But I can offer you a
solution to this problem,
a solution that will work.
The time has come to put plans
together and get involved
far more than NC has been up to now,
I have been on farms since 1984, and in all these
years I have NEVER seen an official around who
showed any interest regarding these animals. I have
never met an official who has come to any farm I
deal with and asked about problems with
predation. It is in the best interest of XXXXXXX
that I am drafting this letter, as predators are
now at an all-time high AND are costing South
farmers millions every year.
There is a solution to this. If you
would like to know what it is, I am willing to share
the answers with you - as, in my opinion, is that NC
is failing to see the big picture in South
Africa and is failing to learn from other countries.
you punch in my name plus the words 'trapping or
calling jackal' on the Google search-engine,you will
see articles and other conservation issues I have
raised. Trust me, if you want a solution to this
problem growing larger everyday you will want to
hear what I have to say.
remember 5 years ago if I called and shot a male
jackal over 5 years old in good condition (alpha
male), all the others I killed that night would be
far away from that spot; NOW I call and kill 3 to 5
males within a kilometre. Those days of a jackal
having its 20-kilometre area is gone - during my
hunt I called in and shot 26 jackals in 9 hours; at
one place I killed 5 males out of 7 jackals - this
makes you think!
This issue needs to be addressed and steps taken to
ensure a steady and proper farm / conservation
growth on stock farms. Qualified people are needed
who can lead the way to get farmers back on track
and not give up hope, as many farmers are now even
altering farming practices so they no longer need to
farm cattle and suffer severe losses to predators.
If I ran a department
concentrating on predation control in the Western
Cape, it would take me
and in that year I would have changed the way
farmers look at a profitable sheep farm. After one
year stock farms will show profit, whereas now it is
a losing battle. I
have excellent solutions to this ever-present
problem, a solution I am willing to share with you.
It is important to talk the language of farmers, to
understand them and how they think. At this time 99%
of all districts has a problem; if a farmer has
predation problems who can he approach for help? How
many XXXXXXX officials are professionally trained
to call or trap Jackal / Lynx? And I don't mean
knowing the simple ways to hunt them,
I mean professional predator calling?
The XXXXXXX Cape needs a shake up - badly. I am in
Cape Town for a few weeks if you wish to meet and
discuss the issue of predation control. I look
forward to hearing from you
Professional Predation Controller, Certified hunter
- Since 1984
Feather & Fur Game Calls
Ethical and anti-gin-trap / anti-poison
NOTHING HAPPENED WITH THIS LETTER
ABOVE – IT NEVER EVEN GOT A REPLY !!!!!!!!
HERE IS MY ORIGINAL
PLAN – As you will see this took days to prepare
– it never even got a reply!!!!! South
Africa is a lovely country just full of good
service - yeh right!
Conservation plan 2008 –
PREDATION CONTROL - WESTERN CAPE
was duly noted in the 1900’s that jackal cost the SA
farming community over 350,000 sheep a year; today
that figure is far exceeded, and the numbers are now
closer to 900,000 sheep yearly that are lost. The
lynx kills more than the jackal, as cats kill for
fun and often do not eat their kills at all. Then
there is the cost of all the wool which goes lost,
so we are talking huge figures.It is now time is act
and put plans into action. This is my personal
outlook at this matter and, as a professional who
talks to farmers every day; I know what they need,
and how they think. This is an outline of an action
plan I would implement if I were employed by Nature
the 10-part courses that I offer, I give the farmer
insight into the world of predators. The 10-part
series is by far (if not the best) the most
comprehensive A-Z course on calling/ trapping
offered today in South Africa. To date I have not
seen any others that could compare with what I
offer. After trainees have completed my course they
will feel confident and know 99% more than they did
when they began the course.
is what I would put in place if I were in a
position to set goals and implement measures to
reduce predation - nothing will be achieved
without conducting the following:
establish a central office called
PREDATOR CONTROL &
SERVICES or something similar - it
must have a distinctive name that stands
out, so it can be easily found.
form an office with a suitably qualified officer.
develop a section on the NC website regarding the
new office and its activities.
form a work plan and outline all aspects that will
take place in the immediate future.
make sure farmers have a 24-hour call line, and to
ensure that the telephone directories list the new
office and name.
publish a small newsletter 4 times a year –i.e.
Quarterly – that can be sent to
Co-ops, etc. This can indicate details of coming
have a trained person who can take enquiries if the
officer is not in the office.
make it known that there is a predator officer; and
to explain to farmers the new developments and give
them his contact details.
divide up districts, organise farmer weekends, and
inform co-ops about developments.
organise meetings and train farmers over a day, to
call and to trap.
organise a special monthly meeting that allows the
officer to meet different key role players in
specified areas/ districts and address problems that
teach farmers how to make their own trapping lures
for cage trapping that work.
To reveal resources to farmers
where exactly they can purchase equipment that can
help them with the control of predators.
give farmers advice and develop a plan that farmers
can implement with neighbours to combat predation.
(This is a trade secret of mine).
teach 3-5 official guys at every co-op to trap and
call lynx. The official promotion of cage trapping
will also help stop farmers using gin traps AND
educate farmers about the bad effects of using gin
traps and poisons.
teach 3-5 people on farms how to trap and call
properly so they can be contacted if needed. They
must be professionally taught by NC.
collect names and contact numbers of trained people
so if farmers call they can be referred to the
specific NC-taught people.
meet local co-op owners and other relevant
stakeholders and discuss latest developments.
have a stall at a local farming weekend so they can
see that a predator department is operating.
meet at Agri Shows and have booths.
have standard letters printed that are placed in
Libraries and Police Stations in the country towns
for farmers to see.
train people personally that go to farms on a
contract, in response to leads provided by NC; these
people must be thoroughly trained in trapping and
calling by Nature Conservation. In the Western Cape
5 individual people will need to be trained to
access places that cannot be reached by trained NC
officials from co-ops.
have a group of government hunters / trappers
permanently paid by NC with the sole responsibility
make one trip a month to a central venue someplace
and organise to teach farmers, have a farmers’ day
and meet and discuss problems.
have various equipment available that can be used as
loan equipment to farmers, like cages, for example,
so if a farmer close by has a problem, NC can set
4-5 cages for a while if farmers don’t have PROPER
give all co-op businesses in the Western Cape a
course and demonstrate cage trapping and how it’s
done, also calling predators with calls and lights.
To explore the option that bounty is paid on
predators taken and, after they are tanned, these
can be sold to help bring in currency from abroad,
PERSONALLY how much Americans pay for
jackal skins, and 99% of farmers throw the dead
jackals/ cats in a hole and bury them!
provide an incentive for all workers who are trained
by NC that work at co-ops, for instance, for every
fur taken, and ensure that every fur taken must be
logged at a local police station so claims cannot be
– and an important aspect here is after this has all
been implemented, to start working on a plan that
will remove all gin traps and poison from society
and to legalize trapping via cages ONLY, and for a
selected few who use gin traps that these traps are
serial-numbered and controlled by NC, and also to
make it ILLEGAL to sell gin traps over the counter
in CO Ops.
is plenty work that is needed to be done in
connection with GIN TRAPS / POISONS, and this will
have to be explored in more and finer detail after
this first part is implementent
main officer who heads up this department must
get directly involved and when farmers close by
have problems, he must be able to go out and
help – call or trap if time is afforded. This
will show the community that Nature Conservation
is willing to dedicate a lot of time to
individual farmers with a solitary problem. So,
it is vital that the person heading up this
department is an informed and experienced
also become a problem in the Western Cape and can be
found everywhere; it is easy to hunt these pests if
you know how. I personally call and shoot 700-800
crows a year. Farmers need to be trained and
educated as to how to hunt these pests.
professional crow hunter needs to train farmers so
they can, in turn, teach others - and they need to
know what equipment to use.
spreading the word on outdoor/nature programmes
about the new development and get it broadcast
nationally so all farmers are aware of the planned
action for the coming year.
The media is
a good option when we are doing well, and they will
help spread the word faster than we can do
ourselves. Placing small informative adverts in
farming magazines will also spread the word.
applies, EXCEPT farmers are taught in detail how to
call through courses offered by Nature Conservation
and the courses are offered at a very low premium so
if a farmer chooses not to come and learn, he has no
room to complain about stock loss. All the farmer
pays for is a basic cost to cover written material.
shown the finer points on calling predators and full
demonstrations are given.
comprehensive course is offered (like the one I
offer) where A – Z is covered. All equipment must be
demonstrated, including all the latest gadgets from
the US (like I use). It is imperative that we keep
up with the times. Many farmers use CD’s to call in
predators – that’s old technology; new and
far easier options are available.
formation of predator hunting clubs are established
in South Africa and regulated by NC and these clubs
will become contactable by farmers who have jackal /
lynx troubles, so all areas are controlled.
their own communities must be advised on how to form
a group / association with members who are known to
one another. The groups will implement a strategy
that incorporates regular hunts, sweeping the areas
on various dates every month, and also helping to
keep poaching down to a minimum. On my courses
I explain this idea with a special plan with actual
footage that shows how it works!
recommended to have all information on a website
regarding calling predators (like I have on mine).
So, a farmer can log onto the NC website and read
about the latest equipment available to control
predators, and also see when and where meetings are
to be held.
website must have the year’s planned actions on
it so the farming community can see what has
been planned and that something is being done to
improve the way the community sees Nature
I am the
official promoter of American Foxpro electronic
callers in South Africa; it is the very best
predator game caller in the world - I use them and
promote them. I have all the units on my website,
and this and all my other information gets me
between 25-40 hits a day on my website. The internet
helps in a big way, and can be beneficial to
AM prepared to share parts of my site with NC if the
need arises; I also have a 10-part course on my
website, and it took me 9 months to write up – but
well worth it. I write for a magazine in S Africa
and I also promote my course material through that.
I can also provide a link from your website to mine,
so farmers can see other options etc.
addition of an active FORUM to the predator
website is vital, so interested farmers can log
on and see topics, comment and ask questions,
etc. This is vital on the website and will serve
the province extremely well.
these pointers have been followed through, a further
plan of action should be implemented that will also
get others involved in this occupation.
To have a
sponsored truck, rigged out with all the necessary
equipment and manned by qualified staff, making
stops throughout the Karoo or local areas offering
crash courses on trapping and calling and all other
relevant aspects. This ‘road show’ can make an
enormous contribution to reducing predation in all
the towns that it visits. This will need planning
and selection of venues, but cannot be other than a
This is just
another way of getting education out to farm owners
and forming an important bond with them.
to the farming community every day; I was even asked
to be a guest speaker in Prieska on December 4th
2007. And throughout all my daily dealings
with them, from selling items to giving advise, I am
told of the enormous challenges they face; the days
are gone that a jackal has a 25-kilometre area of
its own - now jackals are competing for territory
and are tripling in numbers every year. Something
needs to be done now, and plans put in place, plans
that will work for the community and for
By talking with farmers everyday I can tell by sales
exactly what areas have more problems than others,
and if I look at records say of 6 years ago and how
many items were sold then compared to now, it is
obvious that problems have escalated. We must get
plans in action that can assist farmers and NC must
play a more direct and personal role, and make sure
that everybody can get involved and help remove
line is all this needs to be handled by a qualified
person with years of field experience and who
understands farmers. This department will be
VERY WELCOME in
farming circles and you will get their full support.
relationship must be established with the farming
community through the marketing of this new division
– and a future with less frustrated farmers will
start to emerge.
person needs to be assigned this task; the task is
no easy feat, and will take dedication and long
hours. It will require a single person - with the
help of assistant that will need to be taught so
that he can stand in for the key person where
necessary. The most suitable person for this
responsible position will be someone who is already
known amongst farmers for his knowledge of predation
and his ability to relate to the predation problems
that they are experiencing.
secret to all this is
EXPOSURE to the farming community, to teach
them how to remove predators and to get involved
with training, to offer comprehensive Jackal / lynx
courses and become the farmers’ friend and have them
know that we have a predator department that can
help and refer trained callers / trappers to help
them if they cannot address the problem themselves.
It is vital that you have a few trained individuals
that have been trained under the auspices of Nature
Conservation and are available to all the farming
towns throughout the Western Cape. At the end of the
day after all areas have been covered you will have
a Western Cape with trained individuals in every
town, and controlling predation will be far easier
farmers proper instruction will help them remove
predators at a far better rate than they are now
doing, and having a contact person who talks their
language will be welcomed; if farmers call NC they
can talk to a person who can advise or refer them to
trained officers. This system can be duplicated in
other areas of South Africa and the key people at
those offices can be trained;
that would say something for
the WESTERN CAPE!
solve the problem with a quick-fix solution is not
going to work. A professional hunter may have passed
professional hunting school, but this does not mean
that he knows the first thing about how to control
predation. For this strategy to work staff need to
be suitably qualified and experienced so that they
can, in turn, train others.
affects ALL aspects of conservation in some way.
you for reading these pages. I trust you will see
how this will benefit farmers and what exactly
Nature Conservation needs to put in place to make
the system work.
Feather & Fur VHT / Game Calls
After months of sending mails, contacting all kinds
of people, trying to get anyplace at all, I have
eventually given up, tired of banging my head
against the wall, as nobody really cares about us
farmers and our troubles.
end here is a point – to use the roads we buy a
car licence, to watch TV we buy a TV licence,
and then Nature Conservation wants R171-00 per
year for a hunting licence to shoot jackal in
Western Cape, BUT NOW I ASK YOU, what do we get
for that R171-00????
will say no more!!!
/ 10 part series was compiled by Gary Laubscher;
All the equipment I use and speak about in these
editions is my personal property, I have not been
given any rewards to mention anybody’s calls, camo
or electronics etc. What I mentioned in this series
is my personal honest opinion.
Please note that this 10 part
course is written with regards to PROBLEM
ANIMALS namely Black backed jackal, Silver
jackal, African Wildcat and Lynx. I make no
reference to any other kind of animal. All
methods and equipment used and mentioned in this
series is of an ethical nature and no cruelty to
any animal is advocated. Poisons and gin traps
target specific only calling is.
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