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When you guys talk about hunting in Africa you call the hunting guide a PH, what does PH stand for?

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  • When you guys talk about hunting in Africa you call the hunting guide a PH, what does PH stand for?

    When you guys talk about hunting in Africa you call the hunting guide a PH, what does PH stand for?

  • #2
    Professional Hunter

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    • #3
      Conditions for approval vary from country to country. For example they may require examinations, apprenticeship, and legal approval.

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      • #4
        Previously called "white hunter."

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        • #5
          Psychotic Human?
          Physically Handicapped?
          Psychologically Handicapped?

          Never been to the "Dark Continent", except between the pages of Rouark, Taylor and Capstick. I understand the original term was "White Hunter" for obvious reasons.
          I can't remember the name of the book I read, but it's basis was the fact that some professional African hunting guides no longer "fit" that particular criteria! LOL!
          As that changed and evolved, PH, or Professional Hunter became the accepted "title".
          Am I pretty close H. Myles?

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          • #6
            In Namibia, at least, it is a title held after getting through a pretty extensive testing process. There are other designations that allow you to do different things.

            From www.natron.net/napha/english/huntinglaws.html

            "Hunting shall be conducted exclusively in company of a registered hunting guide , master hunting guide or professional hunter.

            Hunting guides (HG) may only conduct hunts on their own farm(s), duly registered as a hunting farm(s).

            Master hunting guides (MHG) may only conduct hunts on their own farm(s) duly registered, plus two additional duly registered hunting farms.

            Professional hunters (PH) may conduct hunts on all farms, provided they have written permission from the owner of the property independent of whether the farm is registered or not.

            P H with big-game licence.Only these PH's may conduct hunts with guests for elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and lion.

            Bow hunting. Only hunting guides/ master hunting guides/ professional hunters in possession of a valid bow hunting licence may conduct bow hunting and guide bow hunters."

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            • #7
              Bubba,
              Brian Herne, in his book White Hunters spends a few pages attempting to explain where the term came from. He claims Donald Kerr, of the famous safari firm Kerr, Downey indicated Lord Delamere had hired Alan Black to accompany him on his hunting adventures and a Somali hunter to hunt meat for his employees. To differentiate between Black, his sporting employee, and a black hunter he hired to hunt for the help, he called Black his white hunter. Be that as it may, in these days the term White Hunter is politically incorrect.

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              • #8
                Bubba,
                Brian Herne, in his book White Hunters spends a few pages attempting to explain where the term came from. He claims Donald Kerr, of the famous safari firm Kerr, Downey indicated Lord Delamere had hired Alan Black to accompany him on his hunting adventures and a Somali hunter to hunt meat for his employees. To differentiate between Black, his sporting employee, and a black hunter he hired to hunt for the help, he called Black his white hunter. Be that as it may, in these days the term White Hunter is politically incorrect.

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                • #9
                  Actually, an article on various country standards for qualifications to be a professional hunter would be interesting. If there has been one, I have not seen it.

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                  • #10
                    H. Myles

                    Read "Professional Hunters For A Changing Africa" by Terry Cacek (Llumina Press) ©2004.

                    I think you'll find it quite interesting. I did!

                    ...and to you, Best Regards!

                    Bubba

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                    • #11
                      Thank you Bubba, I will buy it!

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                      • #12
                        This link is to Wikipedia and a interesting historical perspective if early 19th and 20th Century White Hunters in Africa. Hunters, Authors and their works are listed.



                        www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_hunter

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