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NAPHA Newsletter, 31 August 2018
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V I S I T our W E B S I T E

In this edition

31 August 2018

1. Ministry Update
2. US Import of Lion Trophies
3. NAPHA Financial Year End
4. Ethical marketing practices for hunters
5. National Wetlands Indaba
6. DSC Foundation: The Unheard Voice
8. Call for Nominations
9. Classifieds

Ministry Update

 Hunting Farm Registrations
  • It appears that several members have still not registered their property as an individual Hunting Farm. Due to the time involved with such registration, we recommend that registration as an individual farm (as opposed to previously being part of a Freehold Conservancy) are submitted to MET as soon as possible. (Validity cycle: 1 April - 31 March annually).
  • All Hunting Farm registrations are signed off by the Minister (please allow sufficient time).
  • We recommend that you submit your re-registration as a Hunting Farm together with your Annual Return.
  • As per current legislation, Game Fence Inspections will be conducted by MET officials in intervals of 24 months .
If required documents are in place, permits may be issued without delay.
Submission of Annual Returns
  • Annual Return Form downloaded here;
  • Annual Returns are to be submitted by 30 November (should you still be conducting a hunt on this date, please submit immediately thereafter, since late submissions will carry a penalty).
Leopard Tag applications
  • Applications for the 2019 hunting season must be submitted to MET by 30 September;
  • The latest Land Tax Assessment must accompany a Leopard Tag Application (2016 and 2017 Assessments will be accepted).
Marketing Material
  • As per Section 106 of the Regulations of the Ordinance 4 of 1975, all marketing material needs to be signed off by the Director of MET:
106. Advertising of hunting of game for the sake of trophies
(1) No person may advertise the hunting of game or wild animals for the purpose of trophies in the Territory unless he is the owner or lessee of a hunting farm, or unless he is the owner or manager of a guest farm or safari undertaking.
(2) No advertisement, brochure or pamphlet in which or through which the hunting of game or wild animals for the purpose of trophies is advertised shall be printed or distributed before it has been approved in writing by the Director.
(3) Such an advertisement, brochure or pamphlet shall state all the services offered by the advertiser.
  • Please include your NTB Registration certificate when submitting your marketing material for sign-off;
  • Do not advertise species which you are not allowed to hunt;
  • When advertising Leopard Hunting, please assure that you indicate clearly that this is subject to the receipt of a leopard tag;
  • Marketing material can be submitted to Mrs Imelda Lombard at the MET Permit Office.

US Import of Lion Trophies

Courtesy of Conservation Force
US Fish and Wildlife Services has revised its procedure for assessing applications to import trophy hunted lions:

There are several steps that you need to take when applying to import your sport-hunted lion trophy. We recommend planning and applying before you finalize your hunting plans to ensure you can obtain the necessary permits. Import permits are valid for one year from the time of issuance and may be amended or renewed if necessary.  

To apply before you hunt
We understand that most hunters want to know before their hunt whether they qualify for a permit to import their hunted animal. If you wish to have this reassurance prior to your hunting trip, we recommend that you submit your permit application to us 18 months prior to your planned lion hunt. In doing so, you can expect us to finish the processing of your application a year from your hunt. If you cannot plan your hunt that far in advance, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as you have the information available to complete your application. In order to complete your permit application, among other information, you must know the country and location of your hunt (area, ranch, conservancy, management area, or hunting block, and nearest city), planned date range of the hunt, and the name of the hunting outfitter, safari company, or professional hunting guide with whom you will be hunting. Copies of any applicable foreign government permits or licenses required for the hunt should be included if you have already obtained them. [Read more]

NAPHA Financial Year-end

A fresh NAPHA membership cycle will start on September 1st. Membership invoices will be forwarded as from next week.
Remaining a member of NAPHA will ensure that you are represented within a well organised, dynamic and internationally respected professional hunting association, with your best interest at heart.

Ethical marketing practices for hunters

Well-regulated and managed trophy hunting delivers triplicate benefits by providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for communities, encouraging the protection of wildlife populations and maintaining natural ecosystems.

With these guidelines we encourage hunters to efficiently communicate their sustainable management practices and hunting ethics, to provide information about game/land management practices, to indicate how hunting provides revenue for further conservation and how it supports local communities in rural areas.

NAPHA’s Code of Conduct clearly states our intent to secure the industry for current and future generations, as well as to ensure sound and ethical social, business, hunting and environmental practices at all times and our recommendations serve to further this aim.

To keep the experience real, we recommend that hunting outfitters and visiting hunters abide by the following guidelines when marketing hunting in Namibia or sharing their experience of a hunt, especially online and on social media platforms:


In practice:

  • Promote quick, ethical kills.
  • Be open to teaching aspiring hunters and non-hunters the value of ethical legal hunting and stewardship of wild animals.
  • Try to support a local charity or NGO in your community.
  • Share your game meat with the local community in your area.
  • Explain that hunting as a tool for scientifically-based wildlife management, having a profound and positive effect not only on the prey animals but all the animals, plants, etc. which live in these ecosystems.
  • Explain that legal hunting for wildlife management is NOT poaching.
  • Do assure that your statements are in line with your Associations Constitution / Code of Conduct.
  • Realise your responsibility to assure hunting may be conducted by future generations.
  • As a general guideline, ask yourself if you would share a certain hunting related image with a non-hunting friend over breakfast. If no, then that image would have no place on social media.

On social media:

  • Pose the animal in a respectful position.
  • If you add a caption, keep it respectful and avoid any arrogance and foul language.
  • Adjust the privacy settings on your account so that the general public does not have access to your pictures, etc.
  • Educate and share facts (generic write-up’s)
  • Bear in mind that your reputation is at stake as statements made in social media cannot be deleted. Even if hidden, someone might have picked it up for distribution.
  • Report any misuse.
  • Realise that posts will become part of the public domain and therefore are open to public scrutiny and comment.
  • Report on anti-poaching activities.
  • Emphasize the importance of hunting for food, clothing, etc.
  • Emphasize the impact on Conservation and preservation of habitat.
  • Emphasize Nature and the experience of Nature whilst on a hunt.
  • Explain the variety of protein and nourishment gained from hunting.
  • Share images of preparing game whilst braaiing / cooking.
  • Explain the impact of hunting on Human-Wildlife Conflict Management.


In practice:

  • Don’t boast about horn size or push for record book position on a photo of a trophy. 
  • Don’t hunt a young animal just for the size of its horns.

On social media:

  • Be sensible when posting images with weapons.
  • Avoid using “magnet words” such as “iconic”, “rare”, “endangered” or “scarce”.
  • Avoid stooping to the level of personal attacks and getting drawn into heated arguments.
  • Refrain from participating in insulting or degrading statements.
  • No backing from your association if you engage in any “illegal activity”.
  • Refrain from providing incorrect information - this may be distributed globally.
  • Do not make yourself the centre of attention. The photo should show the animal as the main focus with some natural environment.
  • Never display/pose an animal in a disrespectful way (hanging animal, standing on animal). Never show a hunter posing on top of an animal, leaning against it, sitting on it or resting a foot on it. This is seen as highly disrespectful towards the animal.
  • Don’t post grip-and-grin photos of dead animals
  • Avoid posting images of the most controversial species such as elephants, lion, hippos, crocodiles, leopard and rhino. Big game hunting attracts more criticism than any other type of trophy hunting.

National Wetlands Indaba: 8-11 October 2018

Courtesy Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE)
We are very pleased to announce that the Northern Cape Wetlands Forum is all set to woo wetlanders during the NWI2018 with our Diamonds (wetlands) in the Dust.  With only 40 days to go, we are doing the final touch-ups to make NWI2018 truly memorable, and we eagerly anticipate welcoming you to Kimberley soon! 

Connecting and managing heterogeneity across landscapes is a vital approach to holistic wetland conservation in South Africa. This year’s Indaba will largely focus on the uniqueness of dryland wetlands. These are common, widespread features of the drier landscapes in South Africa, but often neglected in research and mainstream wetland planning and policies.  NWI2018 will provide a unique opportunity for wetland practitioners to share their experiences with these systems and engage in discussions around their importance and conservation.

The Indaba will also cater for a wide diversity of other wetland types, ensuring that wetland heterogeneity is captured throughout the three days of presentations and deliberations. In addition, other wetland related activities, social connections and governance/policy issues will form an important part of the Indaba.
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DSC Foundation: The Unheard Voice

As the debate continues between the anti-hunting community and those who believe in the "Conservation Through Hunting" model, the unheard voice is the rural African who must live among the wild animals. It is these people who are most affected when politics supercedes science in the management of wildlife.

As you probably know, we have entered into a partnership with BookYourHunt which is the first and the biggest platform for booking hunting trips online. They have recently celebrated their third year anniversary being driven by the idea of an online marketplace where outfitters can offer their hunts, and hunters book directly, at the outfitter’s price, with no hidden or extra costs. This idea has proven to be a huge success with hundreds of hunters having found their hunting adventures on
BookYourHunt is looking to engage additional reliable outfitters who provide great guiding services, like our members. Their data shows that there have been almost 5000 of hunters searching for hunts in Namibia on BookYourHunt since the beginning of 2018. That is a lot of potential bookings for our members, so we are pleased to extend their invitation for you to join their platform and list your hunts with
Here's a quick look at what BookYourHunt can offer you:
- Market your hunts year-around to an international audience
- Discuss hunt details with your customers in their chat
- Track how many customers see your offers and where they come from
- Get the help of our 24/7 support staff to create and maintain your hunt offers and assist clients
- Manage your bookings, get regular reports about your trips' views, chats and much more!
Sign up is free, set up is free, there are no maintenance fees, hunters can use it for free, and you get your money directly from the client. No middle men
providing incorrect information, making false promises or mishandling your money. BookYourHunt provides all the free marketing and only after a hunt is booked through BookYourHunt, and you receive the money, do you pay a 10% commission. 
If you have any questions or if you would like to sign up please contact James Reed at or 208-520-1600. 

Call for Nominations

Please nominate your staff for outstanding performance and to be considered for cash prizes

We dedicate the 20th edition of Huntinamibia to hunters all over the world who read, appreciate and share Huntinamibia
to Namibians who defend our integrity as a hunting destination; 
to professional hunters who safeguard our ethical hunting practices, 
to rural Namibians who live with wildlife, 
to the Namibian Government who protect our sector 
to you the NAPHA member who share your stories, 
trust us with your advertisement and
support the bigger conservation picture through your Association. 
Please get in touch with Rièth van Schalkwyk ( or +264 81 124 1574
We are looking for a young, energetic man to do farm work on our farm in the Kamanjab area.  
Duties include: General Maintenance, looking after the farm if owners are not there, assisting with client and hunting support, (do not need to be a hunting guide or PH) as the main aim is to help with farm work. Person should be a Namibian citizen, hardworking, willing to work long hours if needed, irregular hours and honest. Please contact Julene 081 284 7843 or L'wyk 081 236 0833 or email for more information regarding the requirements for this position.

Namibia Professional Hunting Association

PO Box: 11291

Tel: +264 (0) 61 234455
WhatsApp:  +264 (0) 81 162 0977

Danene van der Westhuyzen, President,
Tanja Dahl, Chief Executive Officer,
Nicole Schwandt, Executive Assistant,
Delin Rooinasie, Secretary,
Christel Zeilinger, Administrative Assistant,
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