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Senior Hunters Course

Dear Member,

The information below will assist you in preparing for a typical Senior Hunters Course (Proficiency Grading) that is hosted from time to time by the various Branches. Specific information can be obtained from your Branch Chairman or from the office.

What will be provided?

The cost of the course includes 3 nights accommodation, meals (please communicate any special dietary requirements) course material, CHASA exam fee and the cost of the animal to be used in the skinning demonstration. CHASA targets for the practical shooting test are also included. Although bedding is provided, a sleeping bag may be useful to enable flexibility in so far as sleeping arrangements. Cutlery and crockery is provided.

What to bring?

  • CHASA Senior Hunter Study Manual (available before the Course – otherwise it will be provided to you on arrival)
  • The Hunters Handbook (copies available from the Association office)
  • Pen and paper for note taking and for writing the exam
  • A reliable torch
  • Binoculars (optional but good to have)
  • Mammal identification books (preferable with quality photographs, habitat description and listing the distinctions between male and female specimens. These are available for purchase from the Association office)
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Casual clothes – taking into consideration the expected weather
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal medication as required
  • Own drinks (fruit juice concentrate and tea/coffee will be provide)
  • Rifle and ammunition for shooting test (Please practise before attending the course if possible)

Program for a Typical Senior Hunter Course


  • 14H00 Arrival and registration of all participants
  • 15H00 Orientation and ground rules
  • 15H30 General information and course overview
  • 16H30 Landowner and hunter relations, animal and bird identification, shot placement
  • 18H30 Dinner
  • Friday
  • 06H00 Breakfast
  • 07H00 First aid, snakes and insects
  • 08H00 Weapon care and storage, ballistics, accuracy, bore sighting, rifle technique, Dedicated Hunter status
  • 10H00 Tea/Coffee
  • 10H30 Legislation and Ordinance, Bow hunting
  • 12H30 Lunch
  • 13H15 Shotgun and game birds
  • 14H30 Dress code and hunting accessories, camp and vehicle preparation
  • 15H00 Tea/ Coffee
  • 15H15 Hunting ethics
  • 18H30 Dinner and study time


  • 07H00 Breakfast
  • 08H00 Bush survival basics
  • 08H45 Skinning, caping, meat preparation and trophy handling/preparation
  • 11H00 Tea/Coffee
  • 11H15 Horn judging and trophy measuring
  • 11H45 Lunch
  • 12H30 Tracking and hunting methods, tree and grass identification
  • 18H30 Dinner and study time


  • 07H00 Breakfast
  • 08H30 CHASA written exam
  • 11H30 Student course grading
  • 13H00 Lunch
  • 13H45 Shooting test, departure
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Written by Frikkie Blom

The SHC was held in September this year from the 12th to the 15th. The venue was the all familiar Nkwazi Lodge. Ten hunters attended the course including three scholars who joined us old guys.

As  is the norm, a very high standard was set and everybody young and old learned something new with the help of Sakkie van Vuuren and the other mentors on course namely Mithesh Maharaj and Johan Minnie.  They made it easy for us to understand and to get the knowledge under our belt. The course was presented in a very professional manner. Between lectures  Sakkie even played the house cook as well and dished up some great food for the guys. I know I speak for everybody when I say that we had a wonderful time and had lots of fun around the campfire or even while socialising between lectures. It was an absolute pleasure to meet such a fantastic bunch of guys.

I also want to take my hat off to  you three scholars from Maritzburg College.  You already had an amazing knowledge of hunting and conservation and you had the ability to show us old guys a thing or two on the shooting range.   You were gentlemen and showed us so much respect which proved to  us all what you are made of. You are a credit to our hunting Association.

It is up to us as dedicated hunters to do our part in conservation and to pass it on to our children and to encourage others to develop a culture of conservation to preserve the beauty of nature for future generations to come. Thank you again for the privilege to attend the SHC.

I know that I have made friends for life on this course and wish that everybody who has not done the SHC will make an effort to attend someday.

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