• R1bn was spent by hunting tourists in SA in 2013, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the department of environmental affairs. This is a 32% increase on 2012’s R811m. The industry is expected to receive a boost from the weak rand.• R7.5bn is what a North West University study says was spent on hunting in 2013, once accommodation, transport, the shipping costs of trophies and other factors are taken into consideration. Of this, R6.3bn was spent by biltong hunters (those who take only the meat) and R1.24bn by trophy hunters.• 7,638 hunts by overseas hunters took place in 2013, during which 44,028 trophies were taken.• 97% of hunters are male.• R1.75m is what biltong hunters paid for kudu in 2013, making it the most expensive animal in that category. Springbok is the most commonly hunted animal.• R1.18m is the fee trophy hunters pay to hunt a lion.• R63,128 is the average spending on game for each trophy hunting trip. When other fees are included, a ...

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