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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Interpret wildlife behaviour for hunting 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246421  Interpret wildlife behaviour for hunting 
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 operate in the hunting sector and is required to interpret and understand wildlife behaviour within the context and for the purpose of hunting.

Learners achieving this unit standard will be able to apply the interpretation of wildlife behaviour within the context of hunting and will be able to:
  • Identify huntable indigenous fauna.
  • Respond appropriately when interacting with huntable wild animals.
  • Explain the ways in which wild animals put indigenous flora to use.
  • Collect and record data on populations and movements of huntable wild animals. 

  • 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 required that the learner has been active as an amateur hunter for a period of two years. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify huntable indigenous fauna. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The most important distinguishing characteristics of plains game are identified by visual assessment in the field. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    External anatomical features of larger and smaller species; age and sex determination; preferred habitat, food preference; degree of water dependence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A detailed outline is provided of ways to identify game bird species present in a conservation area. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    External physical appearance; bird calls; age and sex determination; preferred habitat, food preference; degree of water dependence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The notion of "huntability" is defined with reference to the relevant legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Respond appropriately when interacting with huntable wild animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An outline is provided of all the habitats of the huntable wild animals within a conservation area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The behaviours of wild animals and their interactions with other species (as well as with their own) are correctly interpreted, with particular attention to the way the hunter should respond to these behaviours. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Calving, nesting, seasonality, availability of food sources, territory, home range and comfort zones (flight-fight distance), warning signs, calls of birds and animals, herd dynamics.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant criteria is applied in the wild animal selection process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Age criteria, trophy value, sex and sex ratios (appropriate female trophies).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the ways in which wild animals put indigenous flora to use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An outline is provided of plants that are eaten by plains game species, along with an explanation of the animal's food preferences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the ways in which specific plant species are utilised by wild animals for the purpose of providing cover. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Clarification is given on the effects of climate and habitat on the behaviour and distribution of wild animals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Collect and record data on populations and movements of huntable wild animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data is collected on the populations and movements of huntable wild animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data is recorded in a format appropriate to the context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The characteristics of wild animal populations are detailed with a view to managing the hunting enterprise. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Mortality, reproduction classes/categories.
     


    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 
  • Basic physiological adaptations.
  • Basic anatomy.
  • Basic applied identification.
  • Age and sex classes.
  • Data recording formats related to context.
  • Basic population characteristics (mortality, natality, reproduction classes/categories).
  • Visual condition assessment of animals.
  • Effect of climate and habitat on wildlife.
  • Physical features of hunting terrain, behaviour, anatomy and ecology of range of hunted 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 COLLECTING 
    Respond appropriately when interacting with huntable wild animals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Knowledge of flora and fauna. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    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 
    Taking into account the overall context in which hunting is practice. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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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