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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan a recreational hunting experience 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246420  Plan a recreational hunting experience 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  15 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for people who operate in the hunting sector that is required to meet the legal requirements for registration as a dedicated or recreational hunter. Learners completing this unit standard will be able to undertake a recreational hunting experience and will be able to:
  • Plan and prepare a hunt thoroughly in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Trail animals.
  • Make a clean kill.
  • Complete the post-kill phase.
  • Conclude a hunt. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. It is further required that any learner attempting this unit standard has successful completed any two of the fire-arms competency unit standard or their replacements. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare a hunt in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant sections of applicable legislation and regulations are detailed in a manner that reflects understanding of legislative requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Laws, acts and provincial regulations pertaining to game and game bird hunting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A practical demonstration is given of marksmanship relevant to the intended quarry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A selection is made of a weapon and ammunition suited to the hunting of the intended quarry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A description is given of the locality in which the hunt is to take place, with special reference to its most important physical features. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Trail the animal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An outline is provided of the behaviour, anatomy and the ecology of the intended quarry, reflecting an ability to interpret this information to the requirements of the hunt. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An identification is made of the intended quarry as per the provided information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of methods suited to the pursuit of the intended quarry. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Use of cover, camouflage, interpretation and use of wind direction.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Measures are identified, explained and implemented to minimise the environmental impact of the planned hunt. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rules governing permissible hunting hours and the prohibition on the consumption of alcoholic beverages are adhered to in the execution of a recreational hunting experience. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Make a clean kill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An indication is given of the vital areas of the anatomy of the quarry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A practical demonstration is provided of the accuracy with which vital areas are hit. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The candidate is required, in a simulated environment, to achieve a one-shot kill within his/her personal limitations. Special attention is to be paid to distance estimation and the exercising of all relevant field skills.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A wounded animal (if applicable) is despatched swiftly and humanely in a manner reflecting sound ethical principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Steps are taken to ensure that there are no humans (or other animal life) within range behind the chosen quarry, with due regard to avoiding deaths or injuries due to ricochets and deflections. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the post kill phase. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Carcass recovery is carried out with due regard to hygiene, local protocols and relevant legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is provided of the steps involved to field dress the carcass for its intended use. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Meat and/or trophy.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The carcass is skinned and the offal appropriately disposed of in terms of conventions or agreements with the landowner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Trophy management is carried out with due regard to the physical condition of the carcass, the preservation of the environment and legal requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Conclude the hunt. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Post-hunt protocol is observed with regard to the settlement of accounts and the payment of tips, as agreed or as required by convention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An outline is provided of post-hunt administrative requirements that relate to necessary clerical duties. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reports and letters.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Steps are taken to ensure overall post-hunt safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The packing up of equipment, the safe transport of firearms and ammunition, and the clearing away of all traces of the hunt.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Hunting is contextualised within a historical, environmental and ecological framework. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A brief history is provided of the activity of hunting to demonstrate the context(s) in which it has been practised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of hunting activities on the environment is discussed with special reference to nature conservation and the ecology of the area in which recreational hunting is practised. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The extinction of entire species of flora and fauna owing to indiscriminate hunting versus the contribution that responsible hunting makes to the preservation of species and habitats.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of the way in which the historical background (AC 6.1), relevant ethical principles and the potential impact on the environment and ecology (AC 6.2) inform the planning of a recreational hunting experience. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Legal requirements pertaining to game and game bird hunting.
  • The contribution that hunting makes to nature conservation.
  • Code of conduct.
  • Historical, environmental and ecological context of hunting.
  • Physical features of hunting terrain, behaviour, anatomy and ecology of range of hunted species.
  • Shot placement.
  • Carcass recovery, field dressing and trophy management.
  • Protocols, administration and safety measures pertaining to the post-hunt phase. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation (laws, regulations, instructions from farmers, etc.). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication (with hunting party, tracker, farmer). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology (rifle and ammunition, communications equipment). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems (cause and effect related to danger, fires, safety). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Responsible citizenship (taking into account the historical, environmental and ecological context in which hunting is practised). 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Demonstration of the competencies outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with law and the principles of the South African Bill of Rights. The hunter must demonstrate and display by his/her actions:
  • A consistent regard for, and compliance with, the laws and regulations relating to firearms and hunting.
  • A strict implementation of safety measures related to the handling of firearms.
  • A strong ethical code related to the reduction of suffering of any quarry, a commitment to ensuring the optimal sustainability of quarry populations, and a proper regard for the environment.
  • Sober and disciplined conduct throughout the hunt. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58930   Further Education and Training Certificate: Professional Hunting  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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