It is worth noting that one of the most unfortunate prohibitions under consideration is the one against hunting on provincial and national parks. Not only is that a needless surrender of hunting opportunity, but it complicates South Africa's effort to involve black Africans in the hunting business. Outside of national and provincial parks, most hunting in South Africa takes place on private land, where it is difficult to see how power- and revenue-sharing plans can come to fruition except by land seizures.
The other particularly unfortunate prohibition being considered is the one against hunting of problem animals - called DCAs in South Africa for "Damage Control Animals." Unbeknownst to me, there has been a significant business in DCA hunts for many years, most of them involving dangerous game. There is even an organization called DCA Forum that processes DCA complaints, some of which result in translocation and some of which result in hunting opportunities. Agents, outfitters and even ardent individual hunters may want to check into this group. Its web address is: www. dcaforum.org.za. Again, it makes no sense to us to ban the hunting of DCAs, and we hope PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of South Africa) and others fight it.
Regarding PHASA, it is worth noting that the organization has geared up to help hunters clear their firearms into South Africa in 2006. The projected fee is $80 per application. You can find out more about the service and........(continued)