Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Code of Conduct for Professional Hunters

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    Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Code of Conduct for Professional Hunters

    Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA)

    1. That all professional hunters shall give conservation of Flora and
    Fauna top priority in all their activities and shall not do anything
    contrary to the generally accepted principles of conservation whether
    or not these are covered by law.

    2. That all professional hunters shall comply strictly with the provisions of
    the Wildlife Act at all times under all circumstances. No animal shall be
    shot before a license is issued.

    3. That all professional hunters shall, in case of doubt, on anything,
    consult their management or nearest Wildlife Officer.

    4. That all professional hunters shall work in full co-operation with local
    Wildlife Officers and Honorary Wildlife Rangers. To this end, every
    professional hunter shall, before entering the area of his assignment;
    report his presence to the Chief of that area and, afterwards, to the
    local Wildlife Officer in charge of the area on his first visit. The Wildlife
    Officer shall check on the operations of professional hunters regularly.

    5. That all professional hunters shall, where possible, give assistance by
    providing essentials to Wildlife Scouts strictly on a payment basis.

    6. That all professional hunters shall adhere to the following procedures in
    the use of baits :
    a. That all animals shot for bait, shall already have been paid for
    on a license.
    b. That baits shall be out of sight from every hunting track.
    c. That baits must be removed immediately the baited animal is
    shot and that such carcasses must be destroyed and should not
    be left to be cleared by vultures or hyenas.
    d. That in the event of unsuccessful hunting, the baits must be
    removed and destroyed within 24 hours, all wires used to hang
    any baits must also be removed from the area.
    e. That there shall be no careless placement of baits.
    f. That not more than three (3) baits may be hung at any one time
    for Leopard and not more than two (2) baits at any one time for
    g. That no baits may be hung prior to the start of a safari and none
    to be left hanging at the end of a safari.

    7. That where professional hunters come across any baits put up by
    either citizens or residents, it shall be their duty in that area to bring to
    the attention of these citizens and residents the code of conduct
    relating to baits. It shall be the duty of the professional hunter to report
    any hunter who contravenes this code on baits to Wildlife Officers.

    8. That any professional hunter who violates the code on baits, shall have
    his professional hunter’s license and or hunting licenses canceled

    9. That professional hunters shall give respect and due regard to all
    Wildlife workers and other hunters operating in their areas. Under no
    circumstances shall professional hunters adopt the attitude of
    personalizing these areas as their own to the exclusion of others.

    10. That professional hunters shall assist where possible Safari clients in
    interpreting the law correctly and to adhere to correct methods of
    hunting. It is illegal for example to shoot from or near a vehicle.

    11. That the normal working schedule of every professional hunter shall
    include inter alia anti-poaching patrols of his area of operation, and
    shall accord this exercise high priority by sparing time and resources to
    achieve this objective.

    12. That professional hunters shall be required to fill out forms as and
    when prescribed by the Zambia Wildlife Authority.

    13. Professional hunters licensed to practice in this country shall be
    expected to display a higher degree of conservation and general
    integrity both in this country and when they go to hunt in other
    countries. If any adverse reports are received by the Authority against
    any professional hunter for breaking conservation requirements, they
    shall not have their licenses renewed in this country. Any malpractices
    connected with foreign exchange dealings, either in this country or any
    in any country, will cause the immediate cancellation of the
    professional hunter’s license.

    14. That no female Leopards are to be shot. Incidents where female
    Leopard are shot must be reported to the Executive in writing as soon
    as possible, outlining the circumstances.

    15. That no professional hunter shall fire together with the client, unless in
    self-defense or in the dispatch of a dangerous wounded animal.

    16. That the measure of a good hunt shall be the quality of the trophies
    taken, the sportsmanlike manner in which they were obtained and the
    quality of camp life.

    17. That before any professional hunter’s licenses are issued for the first
    time, the professional hunter shall:
    a. Be required to pass examinations on Act # 12 of 1998 and Act #
    111 of the laws of Zambia conducted by the Professional
    Hunters’ Association and the Zambia Wildlife Authority to ensure
    that the prospective professional hunter is fully conversant with
    the laws under these acts.
    b. Be cleared by the Professional Hunters’ Association for a
    professional hunter’s license.
    c. Be in possession of a valid offer of employment from a safari
    hunting company with a valid lease agreement.

    18. That professional hunters are advised to give adequate surplus game
    meat to Wildlife Officers and the local people in order to maintain good
    human relations with the local community.

    19. That professional hunters shall ensure that bushfires set for the
    purpose of hunting in Game Management Areas are set before 31st
    July, and that considerable care should be taken to ensure that such
    fires do not stray into National Parks.

    20. That any professional hunter shall be deemed to having committed a
    breach of hunting ethics and or conduct if he commits the following :
    a. Shooting from a vehicle.
    b. Hunts at night.
    c. Gives firearms to minors below 18 years of age.
    d. Allows the shooting of immature animals.
    e. Fails to honor his obligations to his clients or his company.
    f. When involved in under invoicing and or under declaring of and
    with-holding information about the volume and status of clients.
    g. Using unlawful methods of hunting.
    h. If he does anything that puts him in disrepute morally or
    otherwise to his client, Company, Association and or

    21. That a professional hunter shall not solicit for a gratuity. A gratuity may
    be accepted when offered spontaneously by a client.

    22. That a professional hunter may, when requested by a client, give
    guidance on an appropriate gratuity for camp staff.

    23. That a professional hunter shall use his own liquor unless invited to
    share that of the client.

    24. That wives and children of professional hunters may be allowed in
    camp after agreement with the client and employer company, under
    agreed conditions. Independent transport and driver facilities for the
    wife must be available when children are in camp.

    25. That no observers accompanying clients shall be allowed to hunt.

    26. That all professional hunters shall comply with all the terms and
    conditions of the lease agreement.

    27. That all professional hunters shall endeavor to portray a positive image
    of Zambia and her Wildlife Industry.
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  2. monish

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    Thanks Jerome, very informative for us hunters too.


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