Theres an absolute surety to the hands-on conservation lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping where you know you are going to consume today. -Ted Nugent

Upper Tugela Shoot

Night gong shoot – 16 January 2016 It was a chilly evening for January, with a brisk south-easterly breeze, when 13 hunters and a number of spectators gathered at Piet Buys’s farm Rietkuil just outside Ladysmith to enjoy our annual Night Gong Shoot. The main concern at any shoot is firearm safety. At a night…

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Swarovski Steel Gong Challenge 2016

The 2016 edition of the annual Swarovski Steel Gong Challenge, in the “Two Man Team” format, was hosted by the KZN Hunting and Conservation Association’s Upper Tugela Branch at Platrand Lodge Private Reserve just outside Ladysmith on 5 March. Whylo Optical Distributors, the official sole distributors of Swarovski Products in South Africa, sponsored the day.…

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Nyala Golf Day 2016

Our  14th annual Nyala Golf Day in aid of Conservation took place on 8 April 2016 at Mount Edgecombe Country Club – Course one. Everything went well and according to plan.  21 teams consisting of 84 players took part. Peter Meyer from Aumanat could not enter his normal three teams and he sponsored two teams…

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Midlands Senior Hunters Course

In March 2016,  I attended the Midlands Senior Hunters Course at Nkwazi, and what an experience it was! I have been hunting since my teens and spent many a day in the bush. I had thought myself quite versed in guns, animals and hunting – and then I attended this course with Martin Erasmus and…

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Alfred County Branch Clay Shoot

On 20 February we enjoyed a very successful clay pigeon shoot at Mooidraai Farm. We set out three ranges. The first range was from an automated machine shooting clays going away. The second station consisted of  clays from machines coming at you diagonally, which was very challenging because most hunters are not used to clays…

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JJ De Valence Shoots His Way To Gold!

JJ de Valence of Richards Bay High School “Musketeers!” had his scope set bang on target at the second league round of the South African National Shooters Union (SANSSU) on 20 February 2016 at Pionier High School in Vryheid. JJ claimed gold in the U14 Sporter Class, earning the medal after collecting 358 points out…

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A combined effort between KZNCTSA and KZNHCA

Shotgun clinic

12 March was D-day for a couple of determined KZN hunters who wanted to improve their wing-shooting skills. There were gate-crashers, late-comers, no-shows, and guys coming from as far as Wartburg and Ixopo. Young and old (or should I say mature) were present – I’m not sure why Charlie Gibling (aged 90 this year!) turned up as he normally outshoots me at trap! With that said, we loved seeing him back at his shotgun “home” club – Riva Valley Club.

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