SAFGA was formed in 1962 with a vision of like minded individuals to be a predominantly hunting organisation. It now has some 550 members across South Australia and has a strong conservation and hunting base with a dedicated clay target competition section. Conservation and sustainable hunting practices are strongly encouraged within the organisation in an attempt to help conserve our resources for future generations. SAFGA is also affiliated with several other like minded groups to further the conservation and sustainable hunting practice.
Currently there are 9 Branches, one of which is a hunting Branch, that hold competitions on a monthly basis with 50 to 225 targets delivered at either of the 8 licensed ranges. In the early days clay target shooting was what one did in the closed season to keep up the skills for hunting. The clay target section of the Association has evolved to become arguably the major part of the Association today. The 8 licensed ranges have programed events which run from January to December which include club competitions, State Team qualifying events, State Championships and some clubs also host National and World Titles. SAFGA is a member of Field & Game Federation of Australia and a member of FITASC (international sporting clays organisation)
Some basics of sporting clays are that shot shells are restricted in accordance with the sporting clay rules. Hearing and eye protection is mandatory and must be worn whilst shooting. There is a code of conduct which must be observed on and around the grounds. Members include juniors from age 12, ladies, mens and veterans of all ages. Members of the public are always welcome to attend to observe or to participate under supervision. Accredited Firearms Training is provided in aspects of the sport. Strict safety rules are applied to the sport to comply with the rules, legislation and the S.A. Firearms Branch. Membership of the SAFGA has restrictions and conditions do apply. Location of the respective ranges can be obtained from the annual program or by contact with the respective branches as listed on the CONTACTS page.
The SAFGA participate in many other organisations such as:
Field & Game Federation of Australia
Conservation & Hunting Alliance of South Australia
S.A. Recreational Fishing Advisory Council (RecFishSA) Inc
Murray Darling Association Inc
Far West Anglers Association
South Australian Piscatorial Council Inc
South Australian Farmers Federation Inc
Murray Darling Basin Recreational Fishery Council
Murray Darling Basin Murray Cod Management Group
Murray Darling Basin Native Fish Strategy
Member body of Field & Game Federation Australia Inc
Local community organisations