WHAT IS ETHICAL HUNTING?
At Royal Karoo, we pride ourselves on our ethical hunting practices. This means that our hunting is a fair chase, sustainable and designed to expose the hunter to the full scope of the diversity of our hunting preserve and surrounding concessions. By declaring that we are a fair chase hunting outfit, we commit ourselves to use hunting practices that pit the hunter’s skills against those of the game being hunted. We spend many hours walking and stalking, being sure to never shoot from the vehicles. This practice has resulted in our animals having very little fear of vehicle noise, thereby enhancing the tourism aspect of the game viewing experience. Our hunting areas are fenced – as required by law in South Africa. This does not, however, make your hunt any easier, as these areas are vast and, once a spooked animal disappears up the mountains, it’s ‘hunt on!’.
North America’s oldest wildlife conservation group, the Boone and Crockett Club, defines “FAIR CHASE”, as: the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the game animals.”
“Wild” refers to an animal that is naturally bred and lives in nature. “Free-ranging” means an animal that is not confined by artificial barriers.
We are required by law to have a perimeter fence to operate a South African hunting business licence, our vast area (25 000 acres) effectively means our game is free-ranging as most game have a natural ranging area of between 750 – 1250 aces
*Fair Chase is also a registered trademark of the Boone and Crockett Club.