Predator calling control methods
During the week of 22 May 2017 the first NWGA (National Wool Growers Association of South Africa) AgriSeta accreditation course for the professional call and shoot operators was presented. The event took place on a farm 15km outside the town of Rietbron in the Eastern Cape. This was the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) course for the evaluation of the hunter’s skills gathered during their years of experience. The course duration was two days including the night practical evaluation where hunters have to demonstrate their calling abilities and their night shooting skills.
To qualify for the RPL course, call and shoot operators must have proof of attending at least three different call and shoot courses by any two of the designated call and shoot instructors acknowledged in South Africa, Heinrich Funck, Henderik van Rensburg, Louis Brink and Taffie Mulder. Accompanied by these certificates each delegate must also have proof of seven years continuous, intensive call and shoot duties. The experience require proof from different clients (Farmer names, contact numbers, farm locations, GPS points, etc.) on farms within South Africa.
The RPL course for call and shoot operators is a basic evaluation of skills for the calling of DCA (Damage Causing Animals). A significant part of the qualification standard was the inspection of their hunting vehicles, all the equipment on board and the fire arms where evaluated. The evaluation points add up to a total practical mark for the operator. During the second day a theoretical examination was completed by the delegates to determine the overall expertise of the operators. The pass mark for the RPL course is 60%.
Once qualified the operators receive the AgriSeta certificate indicating their competence for achieving the standard for call and shoot operators. The AgriSeta certificate must accompany all hunting permit applications before a permit will be issued by nature conservation. The accredited calling operators’ names will be captured into a national database and then communicated to farmers in need of professional assistance with DCA. For renewal of permits specific data must be submitted before the new permit will be issued. Accredited operators will take part in a research survey where data will be collected and analyzed. The captured data will be used to evaluate and measure the efficiency of this DCA control method and pave the way for future research opportunities.