Newest Canadian PH in South Africa
So, I have returned from 7 weeks in southern Africa. (Namibia and South Africa)
I spent 10 days of my time studying my butt off and going through the various tests and qualifying processes for becoming a rookie PH in South Africa (Limpopo).
It was incredibly demanding, we spent 14 hours in the class most days and the last two days were testing.
I am glad to say that I had an advantage in some instances and was extremely disadvantaged in others.
Caping animals is foreign to residents. They don't do it. So I was a hand up there. Trees and birds, well guess who had the hand up there.
So, I passed at the end. Some sections I got 100% some 70%. "The Laws" I managed an 82%., etc. Shooting distance and speed shooting were interesting with someone else's rifle and I still managed to qualify.
The Director David Sutherland from Sutherland Hunting Academy said that "he felt very sorry for my PH" on my upcoming hunt. It turned out that David's cousin is the wife of one of the unfortunate PH's Malcolm Thomson at Leeukop Safaris, that could have been leading my hunt in KZN. I even got to torture Niel a bit while I was there.
Suffice to say it was an intense, demanding course and was incredibly rewarding and if you have the time it is worth learning from this man. I have to get some more time on the ground hunting African species before I could truly apply for a license. That was not the real point of the exercise though.
I wanted to be a bit of trouble for my PH's. I got tested at Leeukop Safaris on many occasions by Kemp Landman ( my PH) It was fun to play the game and try to beat Moosa (my Zulu tracker at spotting things). At the start of the 10 days I could not see any game before him, including Zebra, which you think will stand out; They do not, it is not a zoo. At the end I could hold my own on some things. But an experienced Zulu tracker, whoa man, that is something to behold. As many of the local hunters I spoke with said, if you can even come close to Moosa you are doing very well. It was fun.
The course was was worth the time and effort to meet people who loved to hunt and loved the outdoors and were willing to teach a Canadian a few things and share their country.