Northern Cape
Organised shooting events raise skills level
10:37 (GMT+2), Fri , 08 July 2016
Northern Cape
Organised shooting events raise skills level

Adults and youngsters that are interested in developing their shooting skills in a safe and well-structured environment can contact André van der Merwe on 012 808 9300 or to find out more about a SA Hunters branch in their area.

Sportshooting is a popular leisure activity that attracts interest from a growing number of women and youngsters. The SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters) recorded a 30% annual increase for three consecutive years (2013 - 2015) in members participating in shooting activities at its regional competitions.

There was also a distinct growth in the number of women and junior shottists proving their marksmanship among the top shottists in the country. Since 2014, physically disabled or impaired shottists could also take part in national competitions with shooting exercises specifically developed to accommodate various disabilities.

Whatever one’s need is, participation in regular, well organised shooting activities is essential to develop, maintain and improve one’s shooting skills.

Each year from August to October, the SA Hunters hosts national shooting competitions where the best shottists among their membership of nearly 40 000 compete for the top honours.

• On 13 August the SA Hunters National Inter Branch Team Shooting Competition will behosted by the Vrystaat Sandveld branch, near Soutpan in the Free State where the top 30 teams will compete.
• On 24 September the top 100 shottists will participate in the SA Hunters National President Shooting Competition at the Gen. Piet Joubert shooting range north of Pretoria.
• On 8 October junior shottists will compete in the National Junior Shooting Competitionhosted by the Sandrivier-58 branch near Welkom in the Free State. Juniors will compete in three age categories: U/9, U/13 and U18 using air rifles and .22 rifles.
• From 17 to 22 October, SA Hunters› top ten shottists will compete in the International Gallery Rifle (IGRF) Championship, hosted again by the Sandrivier-58 branch near Welkom in the Free State. The competition is held in two categories, i.e. the hunting rifle and the sporting rifle events. The sporting rifle competition will take place at Balfour, Mpumalanga and the Gallery rifle competition hosted by Sandrivier-58. Several international teams have been invited, but the participants have not yet been confirmed.  SA›s Protea shooting team came overall second at the IGRF Competition that was held in Germany in November last year when they competed against teams from Germany, Ireland and England.

André van der Merwe, manager of branch and shooting affairs at SA Hunters, said the Association’s 74 branches provide organised shooting skills training throughout the year. Many of these Branches also invite non-members to attend and participate in shooting days as an introduction to the Association’s activities. The Association has a well-structured programme for branch, regional and national shooting competitions where top shottists can compete for top honours.


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