PH Courses

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The Sutherland Hunting Academy presents the nationally accredited Professional Hunter and Hunting Outfitter course (PH Course) as well as the only nationally accredited Dangerous Game course.  The PH courses are run once a month at the Academy in the Vaalwater area while the other courses are run in the Lowveld in dangerous game areas.  The courses run by David and his team are arguably the best in South Africa as can be attested to by past students and Hunting Oufitters.

PH Course - Program

Day 1. Monday

  • Introductions and course overview
  • Lecture - Nature Conservation law (relevant to Pro-Hunting)
  • SCI & RW trophy measuring methods lecture and practical measuring
  • Theory of field trophy estimation
  • Practical - Trophy judging practical


Day 2. Tuesday


  • Law Revision
  • Lecture - Ballistics
  • Lecture - Spoor ID theory
  • Lecture and video - Trophy handling and treatment
  • Practical Trophy judging
  • Bird and mammal identification training on data projector (evening)


Day 3. Wednesday

  • Law Revision
  • Lecture - Hunting technique and methods.
  • Lecture -  Trophy photography
  • Lecture - Hunting binoculars and telescopes
  • Lecture - CITES
  • Practical - Trophy judging practical


Day 4. Thursday

  • Practical hunting, tree identification and veld interpretation
  • Practical - Practical trophy photography, practical demo and lecture on trophy skinning and practical caping.
  • Practical - Trophy judging
  • Practical - Bird and mammal identification training on data projector (evening)


Day 5. Friday

  • Lecture - Marketing
  • Lecture – Administration
  • Lecture - Bow hunting and bow blinds
  • Practical - Evaluation of trophy photographs on data projector Bird and mammal ID training


Day 6. Saturday

  • Practical – Caping exam
  • Lecture  - Accommodation, skinning and trophy facilities
  • Afternoon off


Day 7. Sunday

  • Lecture - Shot placement theory
  • Lecture - Tracking
  • Lecture - Wing shooting & shotguns
  • Afternoon free for practising of trophy estimation, study etc.


Day 8. Monday       

  • Lecture - Bore sighting theory.
  • Shooting evaluation at range
  • Evaluation of trophy measuring methods.


Day 9. Tuesday

  • Trophy judging exam & practical assessment of hunting ability.
  • Shot placement assessment
  • Law exam in afternoon 


Day 10. Wednesday

  • General exam
  • Closing and depart for home