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.