MAINTAIN DEDICATED HUNTER AND/OR SPORTS-PERSON STATUS

We accept verified hunting and sport shooting activities our members participate in anywhere in the world

The NHSA dedicated status activity reporting year runs from 1 December to 30 November annually (i.e. 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2020).

From 1 December 2019 the Activities page on your Natshoot Member page will reflect a line indicating your annual compliancy to retain Dedicated Hunter Status and a line indicating your annual compliancy to retain Dedicated Sports-person Status depending on which status you hold with us (Hunter and/or Sports-person).


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Maintain Dedicated Status in only Two Steps

STEP 1: 

Make Sure your Annual Membership Fee is Paid-up (Dedicated Hunter and/or Dedicated Sports-Person)

You must ascertain that your membership is paid-up to at least, or past, 30 November of the reporting year

Irrespective of you holding dedicated hunter status or dedicated sports-person status or both, your membership fee remains the normal single annual fee for the age group you fall under (paid once per annum) - one annual payment of R210 for Junior members, R380 for Regular members, and R280 for Senior members.  Membership = 12 months calculated from the month you join until the same month the following year (i.e. July 2019 to July 2020). (you can also Read HERE).

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STEP 2: 

Enter TWO Hunting Related Activities per Reporting Year to Retain your Dedicated Hunter Status

Before midnight on 30 November annually, show that you had participated in at least TWO hunting related activities on two separate days between 1 December of the previous year and 30 November of the reporting year. 

Log at least TWO relevant activities under Hunting Related Activity on the Activities page of your Natshoot Member Page.  We accept any hunting related activity of our members in which they might participate anywhere in the world, entered with any documentation confirming that you participated in that specific activity on that day (see paragraph 2.1 below).

Activities, which may be logged to maintain dedicated hunter status, are understood to be activities, which are; (a) strictly legal (b) clearly firearm related (c) clearly hunting related.

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STEP 2: 

Enter TWO Sport Shooting Related Activities per Reporting Year to Retain your Dedicated Sports-Person Status

Before midnight on 30 November annually, show that you had participated in at least TWO sport shooting related activities on two separate days between 1 December of the previous year and 30 November of the reporting year. 

Log at least TWO relevant activities under Sport Shooting Related Activity on the Activities page or Postal Shoots on the Scores page of your Natshoot Member Page.  We accept any sport shooting related activity of our members in which they might participate anywhere in the world (NHSA postal target shooting or NHSA Practice targets), as long as these activities are conducted on a publicly recognised shooting range, or on a private shooting range recognised by NHSA, and entered with any documentation confirming that you participated in that specific activity on that day (see paragraph 2.2 below).

Activities, which may be logged to maintain dedicated sports-person status, are understood to be activities, which are; (a) strictly legal (b) clearly firearm related (c) clearly sport shooting related.

 

 

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1.  THE BASICS

Under hunting activities, all hunting activities are accepted as indicated under paragraph 2.1 below

Under sport shooting activities, all sport shooting activities are accepted as indicated under paragraph 2.2 below

Remember that postal target shooting exercises count as sport shooting activities and automatically reflect as activities after having been approved (see paragraph 1.5 below)

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1.1   NEW: Each day of a hunting excursion is counted as one activity irrespective of number of days over which the hunting excursion took place, or if a game animal was hunted or not (the days over which the hunting excursion took place constitute the activities and not the number of animals harvested).

1.2   Scores of official NHSA Postal Target Shooting exercises are entered on the Scores page of you Natshoot Member Page.  All official Natshoot Postal Traget Shooting count towards maintaining dedicated sport shooting status

1.3   NHSA practice targets and any other target shot on a shooting range, is entered under Activities (sport shooting - i.e. target practice) OR under Activities (hunting activities - i.e. target shooting).  You decide where you want to let your specific practice target count for you (i.e. if you go on a hunting excursion, you log the hunting excusion under hunting and the target you use to zero your scope on the hunting farm before the hunt, as a sport shooting activity)

1.4   All approved NHSA postal shooting scores shot on one occasion, of which the scores have been entered on a member's Scores page, will automatically transfer as one day's approved activity to a member's Activities page.

1.5   All approved NHSA practice targets shot on one occasion, which were entered under sport shooting or hunting activities (target practice) will automatically be calculated as one day's approved activity on a member's Activities page - See difference between NHSA Postal Targets and NHSA Practice Targets Here

Note:  The visit to the shooting range is the accepted activity, not the number of targets shot on one day.  Shooting with different calibres or types of firearms on one day thus, does not count as separate activities.  But enter all as it reflects to your advantage on your NHSA Activities & Scores Report (see Example).

1.6   Unit standards completed for proficiency training are not perceived to be hunting and/or sport shooting related activities, as these are related to the acquisition of competency to own firearms.

1.7  Bowhunting or bow shooting cannot be accepted as an activity to maintain dedicated status as they are not firearm related activities.  Members may, however, enter all bow hunting excursions on their Activities page to be recognised and to reflect on their Activities & Scores Report (indicated as Acknowledged).

1.8   You may use the Dedicated Reports you have submitted to other accredited associations as documents to confirm the activities you enter for NHSA, but approval is subject to the following conditions

1.9   Members do not have to submit dedicated activities to maintain their status for the specific year in which they attain dedicated status with NHSA (either per course or per RPL-process).  Dedicated activities are to be entered from the following year.

1.10  NOTE: Dedicated Hunters who are also Professional Hunters and/or Outfitters:  Regulation 4(1)(e)(ii) prohibits an accredited hunting association to award dedicated hunter status to a member if the association is aware of the fact that the dedicated member, does hunting related work (like PH work or Field guiding) with Section 16 licenced hunting firearms.  If you are a PH or do Field Guiding, please log only private hunts to maintain dedicated status.

1.11  Please be sure to read your legal responsibilities attached to holding and maintaining dedicated status

NHSA accepts that dedicated members understand that each dedicated activity they log, is as good as a Sworn Statement due to the legal aspects attached to acquiring and maintaining dedicated status.

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2.   ACTIVITIES WHICH CAN BE ENTERED

Click on the links below to see how many activities there are you can participate in, and log, and see how easy it really is to maintain your dedicated status:

2.1   Enter Hunting Activities (to maintain dedicated hunter status)

2.2   Enter Sport Shooting Activities (to maintain dedicated sport-person status)

2.3   Enter a Non-Active Report

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3.   LOG ALL DEDICATED ACTIVITIES

3.1   NHSA accepts ALL confirmed Hunting, Sport Shooting or Firearm related activities our members participate in, anywhere in the world, to count towards the minimum number of activities to be entered in order for members to annually retain their dedicated hunter and/or dedicated sports-person status.  All we ask is that you enter your dated activities under specific headings for purposes of our annual statistical analysis of our member's firearm related participation profile.

3.2   If you do not know, or have forgotten, please read How To Log Activities HERE

3.3   All activity entries MUST please be accompanied by confirmation documents.  Confirmation documents must contain a member's Initials and Surname, ID number, and the place and date of the activity.  Confirmation documents are:  a receipt with the date of the activity on it, or a letter from an accompanying friend stating that s/he vouches for the activity having been conducted on that specific day, or the date & name written on a practice target, or any confirmation of days indicated for the duration of a hunting trip. 

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4.   WHAT HAPENS IF I DO NOT ANNUALLY COMPLY WITH THE RULES TO MAINTAIN DEDICATED STATUS

4.1   As from 1 January 2020 Natshoot (NHSA) will keep a dedicated member's dedicated status in place for TWO YEARS if that members does not anually comply with the requirements to either report adequate activities per annum OR is not paid-up on 30 November of the reporting year OR does not report the required number of annual dedicated activities before the annual cut-off date of 30 November.

4.2   A dedicate member's dedicated status will be suspended on 1 January of the year following the second year of non-compliance.

4.3   A member who has lost his/her dedicated status as per paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2, will have to redo the dedicated status course to again acquire dedicated status with Natshoot (NHSA) - be that dedicated hunter and/or dedicated sports-person status.

4.4   Members who loose dedicated status in the manner described above will be notified by Email of this situation during January of the year following the suspension of his/her dedicated status with Natshoot (NHSA). 

4.5   No RPL recognition of such a member holding dedicated hunter or sports-person status with another accredited association will be considered to re-award dedicated status with Natshoot (NHSA) if the member has lost his/her dedicated status with Natshoot (NHSA) in the manner described above.

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5.   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING MAINTENANCE OF DEDICATED STATUS

5.1   Why must I annually submit my dedicated activities before midnight 30 November ? 

5.2   How do I know that I comply with all NHSA requirements to Maintain my Dedicated Status ? 

5.3   Why is it to my own advantage to log all activities I participate in, and not only the minimum required to maintain my dedicated status ?  

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6.   NHSA UNCONDITIONALLY ACCEPTS THE WORD OF ITS MEMBERS

6.1   This is the official unconditional stance of NHSA.  However, accreditation in effect means that NHSA is an extension of SAPS's legal responsibility to control firearms in this country.  SAPS has, therefore, indicated that they would prefer it if additional confirmation documents are attached to all electronic activity entries so that the activity entry can be verified. 

6.2   NHSA procedures are electronic and our members mostly participate on their own or in small numbers.  We also do not have branches like other associations where members can verify the activities of each other.  All activity entries must, therefore please be accompanied by attached activity confirming documents showing clearly that the reporting member had participated in that specific activity or event on a specific day or days over a specified time (i.e. the 4 days of a hunting trip). 

6.3   Confirmation documentation must please be scanned in PDF format or please be presented in photographic format (i.e. a cell phone photo with the date of the activity on the photo itself or on a piece of paper in the photo subject - a mere photo with a hunter and an impala or of a person at a target says nothing, as it could have been taken at any time, any place).

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7.   EVALUATING OF ACTIVITY ENTRIES

7.1   Evaluation of Activity Entries and Feedback to Members

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8.   A REALLY SIMPLE PROCEDURE TO COMPLY WITH

We really cannot make the legally prescribed procedure of maintaining dedicated status simpler and more convenient to comply with than what is presented above, without starting to circumvent the prescribed legal process.

As the above arrangements are important for NHSA to retain its accreditations, and to conform with the legal prescripts attached to its accreditations, we ask members to please be diligent in attaching verifiable confirmation documents of their activities.  Please do not be affronted if after having been asked once to conform, your incorrect entries are declined.  NHSA cannot protect one member's dedicated status to the detriment of more than 33,000 other members whose legal firearm ownership come into play immediately if our accreditations come into contention. 

It is our considered opinion that if you would find the above procedures to difficult to comply with, it might be time for you to seriously consider reducing the number of firearms you own so as not to have to conform with the legal requirements attached to owning more than four firearms (or a semi-auto rifle or shotgun).

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