In South Africa we have great Wing shooting and our diversity of species, make it a great experience. The most attractive aspect of bird hunting in South Africa is that the birds are all totally wild and indigenous. We do most of our Wing shooting in the Free State province of South Africa. During April - June the accent is on Rock Pigeon and Doves. Pigeon and Dove shoots are high volume hot-barreled action where you can expect to shoot anything from 250 to 1500 rounds with a kill rate of 20% to 60%, depending on the skill of the hunter. We hunt numerous different species of duck and geese. Hunting is done from blinds on Harvested peanut fields for Geese and farm ponds/lakes for Ducks; we decoy the birds into the guns. Shoots may be early morning or late afternoon. Francolin(Spurfowl/Partridge) hunting is done with well trained Pointers where you can enjoy the splendid scenery of South Africa. Francolin (Spurfowl/Partridge) hunting may be either early morning or late afternoon. Bag limits are in place, but vary from area to area.
Walk -up Shoots:
Season May 1st �August 31st
Species: Grey-wing Partridge
Orange River Partridge
Spurfowl, partridges and quail are hunted over well trained German Shorthaired Pointers. The birds hold well to the point, allowing the guns to get up in time for the flush and when flushed they offer challenging passing and overhead shots. Spurfowl and partridge coveys consists of between 2 to 15 birds while Guinea fowl are found in flocks, sometimes with more than a 100 birds strong. Guinea fowl are walked-up in dense cover where the dogs normally flush them in one's and two's. Shoots continue until late morning and resume in the late afternoon. Shoots take place in open grassveld plains, along riverbanks and corn fields. The bag limit per hunter per day is 10 Upland birds. On average, you can expect to shoot up to 50 shots per person per day.
Season: May 1st � August 31st
Species: Cape Shoveller
White Face Duck
Geese are hunted over decoys on harvested peanut or corn fields from pit blinds. Teal and duck hunting are mainly restricted to lakes and small ponds where they are hunted over decoys from blinds and while flying in and out from feeding schemes. Some birds will be high, coming over in flights and singles, other low and in groups of varying size, whistling in past you.
These waterfowl shoots are restricted to early morning and late afternoon. The bag limit per hunter per day is 10 birds per gun per day. On average you can expect to shoot up to 100 shots per person per day depending the circumstances and the shooting abilities of the shooters.
Dove & Pigeon Shoots:
Mid April � Middle June
Species: Rock Pigeon
Cape Turtle Dove
Pigeon and dove hunting is mainly over sunflower fields where they congregate in huge numbers, thereby allowing hunters volume shooting the whole day. The sight of approaching rock pigeon flocks, often in excess of 200 birds, raises the excitement of even the most avid bird hunter. This, together with the fact that Rock Pigeon are regarded as the fastest flying Game bird, often flying high, makes them one of the most sought-after Game birds in South Africa. Doves and pigeon tend to fly the whole day, from just after dawn to just before dusk. The hides are placed so that the guns shoot the incoming and outgoing birds. Each hide has its own bird boy who will pick up all the fallen birds and all the empty hulls. There is no bag limit when hunting pigeon and doves. One can expect to shoot 250 - 1500 shots and more per client per day.
A wing shooting trip can also be combined with a Trophy Safari and Photographic Safari. To book a Bird hunting Safari you have to book a minimum of 2 hunters. We only book 4-6 groups of bird hunter a year ensuring good hunting. So book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
A Wing shooting Safari may be anywhere from 5-10 days.
South Africa offer superb Wing Shooting, from Waterfowl to Upland Birds, to hot barreled Dove and Pigeon shoots.