Wet Dog Hunting Academy conducts both theoretical and practical training and focus on the development of new hunters or occasional hunters or teenagers aged ten to eighteen. The academy does not train professional hunters but focus on developing the 360 degree plains game hunter for South and Southern Africa hunting safaris


Our vision is to “Develop the 360 Degree Hunter” and our mission is to “Develop competent hunters which have the capacity to hunt ethically and according to the principles of fair chase”.

The training consist of a theoretical component as well as a practical component. The theoretical training is conducted in a classroom environment at the lodge and the practical component is conducted on the shooting range and around the hunting farm.


At the end of the course each participant has a choice whether they want to participate in the written course examination or not. The examination consist of a practical shooting test, a written examination on the South African Hunting Legislation and a written examination on the practical and theoretical work covered during the course. The exam is marked by the administrators at the Cape Hunt Association located in Cape Town and should the participant pass the examination they will be awarded a CHASA (Confederate of Hunting Associations of South Africa) Dedicated Hunters certificate.


Brian, Austin, TX

"It was great to spend the time at the Academy to acclimatize before 10 day safari and get to know the South African animals anatomy" 

Kobus, Wellington, WC

"Being new to hunting the Academy taught me to be confident in my shot placement and riflemanship "

Susan, Plettenbergbay, EC

" I can now finally ask my husband for my own rifle to accompany him on hunting trips"


  • Provincial Hunting Ordinances

  • DEAT and TOPS legislation

  • CITES legislation

  • Firearm legislation


  • Firearm Safety

  • Firearm types

  • Ballistics

  • Sights and Optics

  • Bullets and Ammunition

  • Reloading

  • Cleaning of firearm


  • Planning a hunt

  • Ethics

  • Hunting methods

  • Signs and tracking

  • Meat and Trophy handling

  • Meat processing

Course Layout



  • Animal Identification

  • Shot Placement

  • Judging Animal Horns

  • Rowland Ward and S.C.I. horn measurement


  • Photography of trophy

  • Shotgunning

  • Archery

  • First Aid

  • Insects, Arachnid and snake bites

  • A sharp hunting knife with a blade of at least 12 – 15 cm

  • A binoculars with a minimum of 8x magnification

  • Notepad and pen

  • Camera (small compact will do)

  • Shot placement guide

  • Field Guide (must have animal spoor & droppings)

    • Stuarts' Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa OR

    • Smithers' Mammals of Southern Africa: A Field Guide

  • Small rucksack with a water bladder

  • Good all terrain hiking boots

  • Dull green clothing (no bright colours)

What to bring

Shooting range

  • Sighting of rifle

  • Practical shooting

  • Shooting off shooting sticks

  • Practical safety

  • Practical shooting examination


Under the supervision of a PH, each participant will take part in a practical hunt and shoot a Springbuck.  Participants will be required to field dress and skin their own animal. 

The Practical Hunt will focus on:

  • Animal identification & confirmation

  • Shot placement

  • Taking the shot

  • Trophy photography

  • Practical field dressing and skinning

Course Layout

(Field Practical)

Hunting preparation

  • Walking in the bush

  • Stalking

  • Animal species and sex identification

  • Horn length judgement

  • Spoor identification

  • Dropping identification

  • Animal behavior


Contact us if you are interested in attending our Hunting Academy

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