Driven rock pigeon shooting in South Africa 2023

South African driven pigeon shooting

The Grey Grouse of south Africa offers the best opportunity to test your shooting skills.

The most difficult wild rock pigeon shooting in the world is unquestionably “The Grey Grouse of Africa.” Consider the South African rock pigeon to be a grouse on steroids. Pigeon Shooting in South Africa has set up a tremendous opportunity for wing shooters! Offering sporting pigeon shooting in South Africa, with the seventh client in each group receiving a free package: packages for March and April 2023 – with Four Seasons in South Africa guided Pigeon Shooting. With twenty-three seasons of pigeon shooting experience in South Africa, working in and around Bloemfontein and the Free State.

The Free State of South Africa has become well-known for its challenging driven rock pigeon shooting, known as “The African Grey Grouse”  

South African driven rock pigeon shooting has long been considered as the world’s toughest driven rock pigeon shooting!!!

Driven rock pigeons and collared doves fly into these sunflower, sorghum, and maize fields twice daily, with well over a hundred thousand Rock pigeons and doves using these arable areas: Morning flights begin shortly after first light and last ninety minutes: Afternoon driven rock pigeon shooting in South Africa begins about midday and lasts four hours, with passionate younger clientele firing over a thousand cartridges over the morning and afternoon daily driven rock pigeon flights.

“The Grey Grouse of Africa,” as it is now known in Europe, fly in packs closely resembling to its English and Scottish counterpart, “The Red Grouse,” testing any sportsman’s shooting skill set: enormous flocks of rock pigeon fly in a wing-like configuration, up to 150 birds strong! Rock pigeons fly in smaller flocks that also resemble rafts.

While feeding, the “African Grey Grouse,” also known as the “South African Rock Pigeon,” will avoid trees! Finding peace and quiet in broad spaces free of landmarks. Rock pigeons will first decimate the sunflower fields closest to their roosts before moving on to the next ripening sunflower block.

Driven pigeon shooting in South Africa 2023

Driven pigeon shooting in South Africa Trip Profile

5 Days - 6 Nights
GBP 1475
Driven pigeon shooting
South Africa
group size
UK Departure
Farm Lodge
Food & Drink
all inclusive
High season
Shooting driven rock pigeons in sunflower fields South Africa
Driven rock pigeons over sunflowers in South Africa, March 2022

Driven Rock pigeon shooting in South Africa: Package price 2023

Driven rock pigeon shooting in South Africa: Overview

Rock pigeons: found in phenomenal numbers throughout South Africa’s Free State, the south African Rock Pigeon, also known as “The African Grey Grouse,” is an unbelievably exhilarating bird to shoot! Even the finest game shooters face difficulties because of the erratic flight of these rock pigeons, which dive and duck at speeds over 60 mph. In the “World of wing shooting,” rock pigeons are unlike any other game bird you would ever encountered and are considered to be extraordinarily difficult to shoot.

The South African Rock Pigeon is not a “dove,” but rather a rock pigeon with unnatural speed and the ability to outmanoeuvre any circumstance. Grouse Shooting pales in comparison to driven rock pigeon shooting!

Driven rock pigeons in South Africa fly in packs or coveys, from the surrounding mountain ranges to the ripening blocks of sunflowers, attracting pigeon shooters from around the world who go to South Africa to indulge in this yearly driven rock pigeon shooting extravaganza, where teams of guns are lined out under the oncoming flight lines. With their speed and flying agility, these sporting rock pigeons challenge the best shotgun shooting professionals from all over the world, with acrobatic rock pigeons outmanoeuvring even the best shotgun shooting experts. Rock pigeons are highly manoeuvrable and acrobatic pigeons that combine speed, sharp turns, and dives to outsmart birds of prey and hunters alike. In South Africa, rock pigeons have been recorded at speeds of more than 60 mph in flight and reaching 80 mph with the aid of a tailwind and evasive diving manoeuvres. Driven rock pigeon shooting in South Africa has grown in popularity among game shooters from the United Kingdom over the last ten years. Because the game season ends at the end of January, this is the best time for European game  bird shooters to go to warmer climes in pursuit of driven rock pigeon shooting opportunities, allowing Europeans to extend the driven game bird shooting season.

Clients arrive at South Africa’s Johannesburg Tambo Airport on Sunday morning. Transfers to the lodge take five hours by car. Lunch is provided, as is a short stop en route to the lodge. On the afternoon of arrival, there will be an afternoon driven rock pigeon shoot on flight lines. For the next five days, teams of guns will be entertained by ten million Rock pigeons as they fly from mountain ranges and local cities to ripening sunflower fields where teams of guns will wait beneath rock pigeon flight lines.

Every shot in the book will test your shooting skills as clients fire 350 to 1000 shots every day over morning and afternoon Rock pigeon flights. Rock pigeon shooting around Easter time supplies more rock pigeon for driven shoots. Throughout the day, beverages and soft drinks are offered throughout both the morning and afternoon rock pigeon flight sessions. Dinner at the lodge is always exceptional, with delicious home-cooked meals featuring world-class T-bone steaks. After shooting a driven early morning rock pigeon flight on day eight, teams of guns will be transferred back to Johannesburg (a 5-hour road ride) for their evening flight home.

If clients wish to save time on the road, charter flights from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg are an option.

Rock Pigeons and a variety of Doves dwell in the broad plains of the Free state, which is notable for its flat topography and enormous solitary rock outcrop formations scattered across this region. The grasslands are broken up by blocks of sunflower, sorghum, and maize/corn fields, the majority of which are larger than 500 hectares. Millions of rock pigeons flock to fields, and nearby dove populations also eat the same blocks of sunflowers.

Driven rock pigeon shooting in South Africa: A normal day will begin with an early morning call around 5:45 a.m. We’ll depart for the morning’s driven rock pigeon shooting after a short cup of coffee and toast. Rock pigeon shooting will begin once the clients have been positioned in their individual shooting blinds.

You will return to the Lodge around 10 a.m. You will have the option of a continental or full cooked English breakfast, and some time is allowed for clients to relax before heading out for afternoon driven rock pigeon shooting: we will depart the Lodge at 12 o’clock midday, travelling back out to the rock pigeon shooting location, where rock pigeons will begin their afternoon feeding, and you will be able to shoot on the same flight lines you did that morning. Afternoon driven rock pigeon shooting will last approximately four hours.

Four Season’s driven Rock Pigeon Shooting in South Africa has been running for over 23 years, and consistently delivering the finest rock pigeon shooting in South Africa, Four Season’s Shooting is the largest number one wing shooting outfitter in South Africa.

Our lodges are located throughout the Free State of South Africa, from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein.

Resident Rock pigeons, along with Egyptian and Spur wing geese, have increased significantly in the previous two decades, with resident Egyptian geese shooting beginning on 1st June, ahead of hundreds of thousands of migratory geese flying up country feeding on freshly planted wheat fields and old sunflower stubbles in July, followed by thousands of yellow bill ducks and red bill teal arriving across these areas in the Free State.

Shooting driven rock pigeons
Driven rock pigeons swarming into a standing sunflower field in South Africa May 2022

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Driven pigeon shooting in South Africa, Itinerary 2023

  • check-in 3 hours beforehand at terminal 5, London Heathrow at 15:20-Saturday: British Airways-BA55.
  • check-in 4 hours beforehand at terminal 5, London Heathrow at 14:20 departures with a Firearm to South Africa with BA55
  • BA55 departure times 18:20 UK local time
  • BA55 landing at Johannesburg Tambo International Airport at 7:25am local time.
  • Four seasons shooting holidays representative will meet you at arrivals and escort you to your airport transfer vehicle to the Lodge, Alternatively should you be carrying a firearm you will be escorted to the local airport SAPS police station on-site at arrivals to  complete your import export permit for your firearm taking approximately one hour, you will then be escorted to your overland airport transfer vehicle or internal connecting flight.
  • Overland JNB airport to lodge transfer travel time five hours including a 30 minute lunch and toilet break.
  • Four seasons Lodge check-in  at 1:30 PM accompanied with coffee tea and snacks.
  • Evening meal will be  served from 7:30 PM
  • Drinks served at the bar with open area seating by a traditional log fire till 11 PM
  • local driven pigeon shooting 6 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Bloemfontein driven pigeon shooting 5 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Early morning driven pigeon shooting in South Africa starts at 6:45 AM  concluding at 9:30 AM.
  • local driven pigeon hunts return to the Lodge at 10 AM for full English & continental breakfast.
  • Bloemfontein morning driven pigeon hunts will have breakfast in the field.
  • Afternoon driven pigeon shooting in South Africa starts at 12 o’clock and concludes at 5 PM
  • Arrive back at the Lodge by 6 PM time for a shower before your evening meal served at 7:30 PM
  • Drinks served at the bar with open area seating by a traditional log fire till 11 PM.
  • Leisurely morning  at the lodge with full English & continental breakfast.
  • Depart four seasons Lodge for JNB airport transfer from between 10 am and 12 o’clock midday.
  • Overland JNB airport to lodge transfer travel time five hours including a 30 minute lunch and toilet break.
  • Arrive at Johannesburg Tambo International departures at 5 PM
  • BA56 departure time Johannesburg Tambo International Airport at 20:10 local time.
  • BA56 landing at London Heathrow Airport at 5:30 AM (UK) local time.

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