The Biltong Report which was recently released by the University of North West indicates dat game prices did not increase, but related costs have rocketed sky high.
We're talking accomodation, food, drinks, day fees, petrol and ammunition which rose by an average of 49% per annum between 2005 and 2009. These six items represent up to 75% of a hunter's non-game costs per annum.
Day fees and accommodation on hunting ranches represent 30% of the expenses. Amunition prices increased by an enormous 71% per year. It may well be that more shots are being fired to comply with all the legal requirements, but it should not make such a huge difference.
A reader remarked earlier on that it is only the hunter who bleeds during the hunting season. The huge cost increases are unacceptable.
According to the report less was spent on game in 2009 than in 2007. In 2007 it was R2,45 billion compared with R2,3 billion in 2009.
On average hunters spent R25 000 per annum on their hobby.
* I feel that the men complaining about hunting costs are in the minority. Just think, anybody who can spend so much money on hunting in one year, will not be deterred by cost increases!
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