Hunt Varmint

Porq & Jack.jpg (20468 bytes)Hunting of problem animals is an obvious hint that comes to the mind of the "econo hunter".

Historically South African hunters have been spoilt with abundance of cheap game, leaving vermin control to organs of the state and hunters who made a living from terminating problem carnivores.  Recently things have changed with the sharp rise in game prices.  The hunting of problem animals is becoming more popular.  In the USA varmint hunting is huge and this rubs off locally.  Albeit few, there are SA hunting clubs who specialize in this field.  These clubs would typically arrange free varmint hunting for club members on farms in the area.  Strict controls are implemented on gun safety and general behavior of members.  Members are usually associated with conservation, shooting and hunting in several ways.  Clubs like these are not duplicating or competing with conventional “hunting clubs”, but in fact complement these and sport shooting clubs.  Varmint hunters frequently have dual memberships.

Selective culling of problem animals sometimes saves the lives of other wildlife by obviating the use of mass termination and indiscriminant methods such as poison.  I once heard someone saying: “every time I shoot a jackal, I save a raptor.”

There can be no blacklist of “bad animals” that should always be shot on sight, regardless.  It depends on the specific threat to agriculture or ecology.  See also "culling in support of bio diversity".

Top of the list of "problem animals" in SA is the Black Backed jackal.  Caracal is also listed as "problem animal" in the legislation of all nine provinces.  Other occasional "problem animals" are typically baboon, vervet monkey, bush pig, warthog, Cape fox, pigeons & doves, finches, geese, squirrels, porcupine, dassie, and even duiker.  (Where were the days when the farmer would beg you to come and sort out the problem kudu bull in his sunflower crop!)

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