In South Africa, an Outfitter and Guide License is required qualification, and all Outfitters and Guides are required to hold permits. A guide is referred to as a Professional Hunter. See my certificates at the bottom of the page.
Professional Hunter’s Responsibilities – outfitter and guide license
- Sees to the welfare of his client while in the hunting camp.
- Oversees the hunting camp and its personnel.
- Makes sure that his client has the necessary permits, licenses, or other documents before he allows him to hunt.
- He sees to it that his client’s trophies are skinned and prepared according to the correct methods.
- Responsible for his client’s safety while in the camp and the hunting area.
The Professional Hunter sees to it that his client does not hunt contrary to the provisions of the law.
He does not receive any remuneration from the client for services rendered. The client remunerates the hunting-outfitter for services and trophies, who, in turn, pays the professional hunter.
He does not recruit clients or offer his services to a client directly; he works for a hunting outfitter who recruits and presents services to the client.
The Hunting-Outfitter’s Responsibilities
The Hunting Outfitter recruits the client through advertisements or by other means.
- Arranges and organizes the client’s hunt from start to finish.
- Enters into a written agreement with the client about the animals to be hunted and the facilities and service which will be supplied and rendered.
- He is directly remunerated by the client for his services.
- Furnishes the hunting areas where the animals are hunted and the camp with all its conveniences and services.
- Supplies the camp personnel and pays them.
- He supplies the camp with provisions and stores.
- Sees to it that the client is guided by qualified licensed professional hunters.
- Obtains the necessary permits, licenses, and other documents enabling his client to hunt legally.
- It is his responsibility to obtain the necessary permits to convey and export his client’s trophies and to see to it that the trophies are delivered in good shape and order.
Although the professional hunter oversees the hunting camp and sees to the skinning and handling of the trophies, and at times provides transport on a hunting trip, it does not exempt the Hunting Outfitter from his overall responsibility to his client.
In many cases, the professional hunter and the Hunting Outfitter are the same people and responsible for the combined duties and functions. They must also have both permits to operate as a professional hunter and as hunting outfitter.