Dangerous Game Guide - Trails Guide

DANGEROUS GAME GUIDE - (View Potentially Dangerous Game)
For the man in the bush, more important than having a sound knowledge of firearms, is having an intimate knowledge of the behavior of dangerous game species. It is far better to avoid a dangerous situation than have to face the consequences of a confrontation.

“Show your Competence through superior knowledge rather than firepower”

Most animals have an instinctive fear of man (Man is a predator- and on top of the food chain), and when approached, will more than likely move off.

Many of these animals, especially in the private and national parks, have become habituated to the presence of vehicles around them. This does not make them any less dangerous. Since they are used to people, it is now more important than ever to be aware of how to conduct yourself around these animals.

Although all wild animals can be potentially dangerous there are a few, who is more dangerous than others and capable of killing man in a confrontation.

It is impossible to become a dangerous game guide from simply reading a book or attending a short course, one needs practical experience to master the art of dealing with Dangerous African Game.

The Nature Guide assessed as competent against these unit standards will be able to:

Take clients on walks in areas where potentially dangerous game (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino and hippo) occur in such a way that both the clients and ranger-guide are exposed to the least possible danger.

Deal with any dangerous situation that may develop in such a way that injury to people is avoided and, if at all possible, no animal is sacrificed in the process.
During Training on Dangerous Game: View potentially dangerous animals on foot. Hands- on practical training where Africa’s dangerous game is tracked down and approaches are practical on foot. Learn the golden rules, animal behavior, anatomy and danger signs / displays and how to let your clients have an unforgettable safe experience also learn Advance Weapon Handling for Guiding on Heavy Caliber Rifles (458,416) Learn how to use your big bore rifle fast and accurate under pressure on short distances with the correct shot placement to “drop” charging dangerous game.  You also qualify for the National Competency Certificate on Act 60 of 2000 on Use of a Rifle.

• Note 1: The Firearm Act 60 of 2000, very few applications to CFR will be approved before the age of 21 years of age, students can return any time during their career for final assessment to guide clients on foot in Dangerous Game Areas, for which a SAPS 524, Competency Certificate of Section 10 of the Firearms Act 60 of 2000, is pre-required.
• Note 2: Students are trained on the full program, and will be assessed on all aspects, this qualify them to guide on dangerous game (Vehicle Bound)  Guiding on foot in the wilderness is the highest qualification that can be achieved in Ranger-Guiding and need a Very High Skill of Bushcraft, Advance Firearm Competency, Advanced Navigation and Bush-Orientation Skills,  fit enough to carry out a long walk of 20kms in Hot weather conditions, Good Bushcraft and Survival Skills, plus and an exceptionally in-depth knowledge of Dangerous Game Behavior and be able to handle any situation that arises with confidence and safety (Dangerous animal specific) that can only be obtained with experience. Students are issued with Log Books and need at least 10 full encounters on foot with each dangerous game scenario.  (Elephant Bulls, Elephant Breeding Herds, Buffalo Bulls, Buffalo Breeding Herds, Solitary Lioness, Lion Prides, Rhino Black and White, Leopard and Hippo)  As logbooks are easy to comply, assessments will be done practically on any 6 above scenarios to prove competence. The student can do this at any time during his career for free.
• AWH (Test on .458 and shot placement) is valid for 2 years, and must be redone every 2 years. Assessments are free, but unfortunately candidates will have to pay for ammunition use or they can supply their own.