MAINTAIN DEDICATED HUNTER AND/OR SPORTS-PERSON STATUS
As from 1 January 2022 Natshoot will introduce a new reporting system for its dedicated members to annually maintain their dedicated hunter and/or dedicated sports-person status.
ANNUALLY KEEP YOUR DEDICATED STATUS LEGAL IN TWO STEPS
STEP 1: Make Sure your Membership Fee is annually Paid-up on the last day of your birthday month or beyond that date (i.e. if your birthday is 8 June be sure that your membership is paid-up on 30 June of the current year or beyond that date).
STEP 2: Enter TWO Hunting Related Activities and/or TWO Sport Shooting Related Activities before the end of your birthday month annually to be compliant for the current year and to retain your dedicated hunter and/or sports-person status until the end of your birthday month the following year.
1.1 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 on your renewal date).
1.2 At Natshoot we accept any hunting- and/or sport shooting related activity of our members in which they might participate anywhere in the world. Activities are entered with confirming documentation which shows that the member had participated in that specific activity on that day at that specific place.
1.3 Activities, which may be logged to maintain (retain) dedicated hunter and/or dedicated sports-person status are understood to be activities, which are;
i. strictly legal
ii. clearly firearm-related
iii. clearly hunting and/or sport shooting related.
1.4 The Basic Rules of entering Activities to annually maintain your dedicated status
1.7 A dedicated member may submit a Non-Active Report for a year if the member cannot for good reason participate in any hunting or sport shooting in a specific year.
i. Postal Target Shooting automatically counts towards maintaining dedicated sports-person status. Rifle postal targets, however, present the option to let that target count towards maintaining dedicated sports-person status or towards dedicated hunting status (choose the option when entering the Score).
ii. Please keep in mind that the date (the visit to the shooting range), counts towards the activity and not the amount of targets, shot on the occasion. Thus in order to log multiple activities, there needs to be separation of days / dates. Example: for 2 Activities to reflect you need to have participated in 2 different shoots on two different days.
iii. Air Pistols / Rifles: All Air Pistol / Rifles are in the FCA considered to be firearms from calibres 5,56mm and larger. Postal shooting Scores and/or Activities entered for air rifles from calibre 5,56mm and larger thus count towards annual maintaining one's dedicated sports-person status and will be Approved as these Air Pistols / Rifles are legally considered to be firearms. Postal shooting Scores and/or Activities entered for air pistols / rifles in calibres below 5,56mm (i.e. 4,5mm or 5,5mm) cannot count towards annually maintaining one's dedicated status as those air pistols / rifles are not considered to be firearms under the FCA. Evaluation of Scores and/or Activities for last mentioned air pistols / rifles will be Acknowledged so that the activity will still reflect on a member's Activities & Scores report as an activity.
ENTER ALL YOUR FIREARM RELATED ACTIVITIES2.1 At Natshoot we accept 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 so that members can keep their dedicated status in place on an annual basis till the end of his/her birthday month the year following the current reporting year.
2.2 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.
2.3 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 can be 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.
2.4 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).
2.4 If you do not know, or have forgotten, please read how to log Activities
YOU MUST READ THE FOLLOWING RULES REGARDING REPORTING OF ACTIVITIES
NHSA UNCONDITIONALLY ACCEPTS THE WORD OF ITS MEMBERS
4.1 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.
4.2 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 the 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).
RETAINING DEDICATED STATUS IS A REALLY SIMPLE PROCEDURE TO COMPLY WITH
5.1 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.
5.2 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 40,000 other members whose legal firearm ownership comes into play immediately if our accreditations come into contention.
5.3 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 - or three handguns).