Fur Takers of America

USA Fur Takers of America After two unsuccessful years of trying to attend the Fur Takers of America’s trapping course, luck finally turned my way. A few months ago I had the opportunity to travel abroad to the USA attending the famous six day course of the Fur Takers of America (FTA) covering all the basics of trapping, snaring, cages, fur handling, research, and conservation. For the trappers of the USA trapping dates back as far as the first time they set foot on their new continent. ...
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Farmers Day – Western Cape

Farmers Information Day - Western Cape I was invited to present a talk at a Farmers Day in Caledon, Western Cape on the 22nd of August 2017. With 115 farmers attending on the day it was a rewarding and successful day. With my experience in trapping I focused my presentation on the correct type of cages, the correct setting and placement of cages, especially for catching caracal which seemed to be the biggest problem animal amongst the livestock farmers in that area. The next day the fa...
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The perfect shepherd

During the past month I have done extensive traveling throughout South Africa, visiting farmers and assisting them with predation management strategies. Always observing and learning from farmers with experience, some interesting facts were observed while visiting farms in the north-east of our country. It was in Mpumalanga and Kwazulu-Natal with the big mountains and undulating landscape, vegetation and forests that farmers were put to the ultimate test. A predator’s paradise indeed. The cha...
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AgriSeta Accreditation

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 n...
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Mkuze Game Lodge

Mkuze Game Lodge The continuous conflict between livestock farmers and predators resulted in the development of an exciting new course regarding predators. The course consists of training and educating personnel in the agricultural sector, livestock industry as well as farmers and their co-workers towards a better understanding about the behaviour patterns and biology of these various animals. Once equipped with the necessary knowledge about the predators they are trained on how to identify a...
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