Please take what I'm about to say as tough love and not having a go...
When you apply for a FA certificate you MUST demonstrate good reason to hold and use FA's. This is a go / no go question. No good reason, no further consideration of your application.
If your good reason is because you have joined a club who target shoot, then your local Police Authority will, if happy, grant you a FA certificate for use in connection with Tgt shooting. The LPA will write on your certificate what you can use your FA's for. To use your FA's outside of the conditions on your FA certificate is an offence. A quite serious offence potentially. So no, you just cant use it to hunt with if you do not have it written on your FA certificate.
As for target practice, i was only going to put that down on the form because i woupd be part of a club and it would sound more legit. I didnt realize you had to go through so much snot to hunt once you have a gun
I think you understand the potential problems with the above statement I have cut and pasted? I'll say no more.
Privately owned FA's are not popular in the UK, we have the most restrictive FA's legislation second to none. There is a system and you have to follow it; simples.....! Many people have and are in your position, but it is a step by step process and whether its right or wrong is of no consequence in the great scheme of things, follow it, play the game and you'll get there.
Also, you mentioned South Africa, it might be important might not, but you must declare all offences wherever committed save for a couple, from memory parking tickets is one. Even childhood offences. Definitely not saying your a bad un just what you're required to do on the application.
If you joined one of the shooting organisations BASC being one, they offer free legal advice to its members. Might be a good investment.
Good luck and keep us posted.