Our panel has vast firsthand experience in working with wild birds in their natural environment. You might find better salesmen, but you will be hard pressed to find a more experienced panel of experts on gamebird management and utilization. We also have access to other leading experts whose knowledge we can also use. For the monitoring of especially our grassland Partridge species, we have available to us some of the top pointing dogs in the country.
Dr. P.J. (Slang) Viljoen
One of South Africa’s best-known field experts in gamebirds having developed management techniques over the past 20 years. He is the author of AGREDS Gamebirds and co-author of Game Ranch Management and Wingshooting which represent the first comprehensive guidelines for Gamebird Management in South Africa. He has a D.Sc. in wildlife management (University of Pretoria) and is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria. Dr.Viljoen organised the 2nd South African Gamebird Symposium and is a founder member and first Chairman of the National Gamebird Federation. He has won several awards and has numerous scientific and popular publications related to gamebirds to his credit. Dr Viljoen held many positions as office-bearer or scientific advisor of gamebird-associated organisations. He is a senior field trial judge and trainer of several Field Trial Champion gundogs.
B.Sc. in Agriculture; B.Sc. Hons Wildlife Management, M.Sc Wildlife Management from the University of Pretoria. Since 1991 he has been busy full time with the management and utilization of gamebirds, culminating in one of the most successful gamebird enterprises in South Africa. His activities have not only benefited the gamebirds but have also provided economic upliftment to the local communities since the onset of commercial wingshooting. A great priority of Fanus is that the rewards derived from wingshooting filter through to everybody involved in the gamebird cycle. No more poaching, poisoning or nest raiding. Due to the considerable amount of preparation, work and meticulous planning that goes into a gamebird shoot, approximately three hundred working days are created for the rural community by a single day’s shooting.
Grew up in Greywing Partridge country and have been actively involved in in Greywing utilization and research since 1986 when he made Greywing Partridges part of his farming enterprise. He did much of the groundwork for the Fitzpatrick institute’s research on Greywing. In 1989 he turned professional and since then he managed, utilize and conserve Greywing devotedly. He is an expert on gundogs, having bred and trained several Field Trial Champions. He is also a renowned senior field trial judge and Chairman of the Border Field Trial Club.