Post Date: 22 Oct 2019
By Willem De Valence
The Wildland ‘DOPPIE Vir Jeug’ project is the Wildland hunting magazine’s youth development project lead by the popular Jan de Man. This project is aimed at underprivileged juniors who have never hunted yet and who will most probably never have the opportunity to hunt.
The Association have been supporting this project by sponsoring The Junior Hunters Handbook by Tim Ivins to all junior hunters participating in this exciting project. The Association took our support for this project to a whole new level this year by availing a hunt for two KwaZulu-Natal based juniors. Durban -based Tyrique Welsh and Anro Henn were both juniors selected by Wildland magazine using special selection criteria by Jan de Man.
Tyrique and Anro visited Tonevale Game Ranch with Jan de Man in the school holidays during 5 to 7 July 2018. After spending an intensive morning on the shooting range, each young man managed to hunt an Impala. The young men could keep the meat to put the biltong and wors recipes published in the Junior Hunters Handbook to the test back at home. Giepie, an expert taxidermist from Giepie’s Taxidermy, kindly agreed to tan the two Impala skins of the hunted animals for the young men at no cost to them. Many thanks for your continued support Giepie! Our CEO, Chris Jennings, visited Jan and the youngsters at Tonevale during the hunt and presented them with their sponsored Hunter’s Handbooks.
This event has made a reality by the generous support from Leo Mattioda and family at Tonevale Game Ranch. We thank the Mattioda family for their generous support and the opportunity to support this project and making a difference in the lives of our juniors.
I am confident that this event will become a highlight on our calendar and we look forward to making a difference with Wildland in the lives of aspiring junior hunters again in 2019.
The Association continues to look for hunting opportunities and support from our land owners, and we urge land owners to contact your committee members should they be interested in this or other junior hunting projects. Alternatively contact me at 084 270 8343 should you be in a position to assist in availing animals to be hunted by our juniors or with any other support in developing our upcoming hunters. There is such a great need out there in our Association.