Fred started hunting with his father at the age of six in the Natal region for plains game and problem animals (vermin classified animals). It was in his later school years when he moved to Rhodes in the Eastern Cape that he had the ideal opportunity to pursue the ‘Sport of Kings’ – wing shooting. This was also the time when he started hunting extensively in the Eastern Cape and the Free State. Fred started hunting professionally in October 1993 when he completed a professional hunter course through the NAPHCOM approved Professional Hunters School of Johan Calitz.
Fred specializes in trophy hunting for Mountain Reedbuck and the elusive highland Vaal Rhebuck. He also offers wing shooting for Greywing Francolin over English Pointers. He trains his own English Pointers and has bred dogs that have won National trophies. Being both a professional fly fishing guide and a professional hunter, Fred also guides clients on MacNabs and has helped numerous clients on their successful completion of the challenge.
Fred and his family live in Rhodes, a tiny, quaint, rustic village snuggled high up in the mountains of the North Eastern Cape. The town’s dirt streets are lined with wild roses and willows instead of street lamps. Most of the houses are over 100 years old and built in the Victorian style. Some of the old buildings are declared national monuments with the town itself a National Conservancy. Rhodes offers total peace and tranquillity where the weather is mostly great and the air crisp and clean.