He became a professional hunter at the young age of 21. By now he has hunted most of the big five and is well versed in their habits.
Neville is married to Adri. They have a son Joshua and a daughter Salimé. He is a successful maize and cattle farmer in South Africa. Passionate about hunting and rifles from an early age, he sets the tone for all associated with Ruark. Neville’s dream is to carry over the knowledge of his hunting and wildlife experience to others and for generations to come.
An early breakfast is at the order of the day, after which the hunters will depart for a full day of hunting. Lunch-packs is the norm as hunters will stay out most of the day to make sure you get the maximum time available in order to secure your desired quarry.
All hunting is done on foot and therefore it is advisable that hunters are reasonably fit, as vast distances is normally covered in the Kaokoveld and Zambezi concessions, in comparison to the farm concessions where shorter distances are covered on a daily basis.
Shooting distances range from as little as 20 yards in the dangerous game concessions to as much as 250 yards in the Kaokoveld concession. Farm hunts are on average 80-150 yards. Shooting sticks are used most of the time and therefore it is important for hunters to familiarize themselves with the correct use of shooting sticks beforehand, but also to shoot from any sitting, free hand and prone positions. It is also important that hunters learn to shoot reasonably fast and to do a quick second shot, should it be necessary.
Once your animal is down your professional hunter will make sure for the best possible position (pose) of the animal to take photographs to last a lifetime. We are quite conscious of our hunting ethics, therefore no standing or sitting on animals.
In the Kaokoveld and Zambezi concessions animals are field dressed, in comparison to farm hunts where the animals are taken to the skinning shed for slaughtering. The meat from all animals are utilized by communities in the Kaokoveld and Zambezi regions and on the farms by the owners.
Non-hunters will really enjoy accompanying the hunting team as our Professional Hunters share a wealth of information on the fauna and flora, and the game-viewing and photographic opportunities are wonderful.
Hunters return to camp at sunset. By law in Namibia you may start hunting half an hour before sunrise, and must stop half an hour after sunset on all species, except proclaimed problem causing animals.