We hope that all NAPHA members had a good relaxing holiday season and those at marketing shows are successful.
It is at the heart of NAPHA DC to share some concerns with our members, in order to maintain respect and a good ethical name in hunting. It is important that we carry a true picture to the outside world what we stand for and how important hunting is for this country and its people.
We urge members and non members to follow common sense practices, before, during and after the hunt. Always think of others too, the non hunter, the farm where you have hunting rights, the public, employees, your clients.
Show respect, towards the country, its residents, fauna and flora, your family and your fellow hunters and your client.
Inform the concerned people of what you are planning and what you are busy with, show them that we are doing things the right way, so that no one will be disappointed. Be polite.
Respect other people’s ideas, belongings, way of thinking and report if you have to enter someone’s property, stay on the roads and do not do damage to fences or other infrastructure.
Make sure that your hunt is legal, that you are registered, have a valid permit for the hunt and permission to hunt in that area, farm, concession or conservancy. Do not let anybody else hunt on your permit and sign it on his/her behalf.
Please do not share sensitive hunting issues and pictures on social media! Do not get involved in arguments on social media with anti hunting activists.
It is highly unethical to make use of aircraft to find animals in order to hunt them. We find that the pressure of success is increasing on Professional Hunters, especially for big game, and that hunts have to be successful within a few days. The client has no time to do a 16 day elephant hunt, he wants it in five days, and we urge you to really think about this well and whether you can offer the client a good hunt and good trophy during that time. Refrain from making false promises or creating false expectations.
A continuous issue of concern is problems with Leopard hunting. We urge you to please consider the way you are conducting these hunts, do not let greed and the chase for financial reward cause regret when you sit before the DC!
If you encounter other hunters, who are busy with wrong doings, please talk to them, encourage them and lead them. If they do not want to listen, please report them.
Please bear in mind that the DC is not only there to find you guilty but also to protect you against rumors or allegations!
We care ….