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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Pursue a dangerous game quarry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246417  Pursue a dangerous game quarry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for people who are extending their professional hunting skills to enable the hunting of dangerous game. Learners achieving this unit standard will be able to pursue a dangerous game quarry and will be able to:
  • Safely lead the pursuit of a dangerous wild animal.
  • Select the intended dangerous animal quarry.
  • Make a clean kill.
  • Make a judgment on the success of the pursuit of a dangerous game quarry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication Literacy at NQF Level 3. It is further assumed that learner attempting this unit standard has been operational as an amateur hunter for a period of two years. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select the intended dangerous game quarry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The wishes of the client are determined in respect of the dangerous game quarry to be hunted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The client's wishes are factored into the planning of a guided dangerous game hunting experience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate selectivity is practiced by applying relevant criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cites appropriate age criteria; trophy value, sex and sex ratios (appropriate female trophies).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Pursue the dangerous game quarry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An outline is provided of the appropriate weapon and ammunition, behaviour, anatomy and the ecology of the intended quarry, reflecting an ability to interpret this information to the requirements of the hunt. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The suitable quarry is identified according to the provided variables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of methods suited to the pursuit of the intended quarry. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tracking, use of cover, camouflage, interpretation and use of wind direction.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant measures are implemented in order to minimise the environmental impact of the hunt. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Rules governing permissible hunting hours and the prohibition on the consumption of alcoholic beverages are applied. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Make a clean kill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An indication of the vital areas of the anatomy of the quarry is provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A practical demonstration is provided of the accuracy with which vital areas are hit. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The candidate is required to achieve a one-shot kill within his/her personal limitations. Special attention is to be paid to distance estimation and the exercising of all relevant field skills.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Steps are taken to ensure that there are no humans (or other animal life) within range behind the chosen quarry, with due regard to avoiding deaths or injuries due to ricochets and deflections. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Make a judgment on the success of the pursuit of a dangerous game quarry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Self-assessment is conducted to determine the degree of success achieved in the selection, pursuit and dispatch of a dangerous game quarry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The degree of client satisfaction achieved during the dangerous game hunt is evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Suggestions are offered for the improvement of future guided dangerous game hunting experiences. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Legal requirements pertaining to dangerous game hunting.
  • Hunting Code of conduct.
  • Basic applied identification of animals.
  • Age and sex classes.
  • Basic population characteristics (mortality, natality, reproduction classes/categories).
  • Visual condition assessment of dangerous animals.
  • Effect of climate and habitat on dangerous game.
  • Physical features of hunting terrain, behaviour, anatomy and ecology of range of dangerous game species. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork within a hunting party is an essential attribute for the success of any hunting trip. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management are essential qualities of the professional hunter, and especially needed in the process of pursuing a quarry. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Pursue the dangerous game quarry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology (accurate marksmanship in the use of hunting weapons). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems (special emphasis is placed on understanding the interaction between hunter and intended quarry, as well as the interaction between wild animals with their own and other species). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Responsible citizenship (taking into account the overall context in which dangerous game hunting is practised). 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard pertains to the hunting of dangerous wild animals. The term "dangerous wild animal" refers to lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo and hippopotamus. It is strongly recommended that learners, apart from meeting the minimum requirements stipulated in this unit standard, also devote many additional hours to perfecting the skills and knowledge required. This can only be achieved in the field, in the company of an experienced and competent dangerous game hunter.

    It is recommended that learners who wish to do the elective component on hunting dangerous animals take at least 60 days to gain the necessary experience. This will enable the learner to gain confidence in hunting every one of the dangerous wild animals mentioned in the range statement. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58930   Further Education and Training Certificate: Professional Hunting  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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