Driven pigeon shooting in South Africa 2023

South African driven pigeon shooting

If you want your Shooting ability’s to be tested, the Grey Grouse of Africa offers the ultimate audition.

The most challenging wild pigeon shooting in the world is unequivocally “The Grey Grouse of Africa.” Imagine grouse on steroids and you have the South African rock pigeon. Four Season’s Pigeon Shooting in South Africa has arranged a fantastic Wing-shooter’s opportunity! Offering sporting Pigeon shooting in South Africa, with the seventh client in each group going for free: packages for March & April 2023 – with Four Season’s in South Africa guided Pigeon Shooting. With twenty-three seasons of South African pigeon shooting experience, working around Bloemfontein and the Free State.

The Free State of South Africa has become famous for its challenging driven Pigeon shooting, known as “The African Grey Grouse”  

Driven pigeon shooting in South Africa, has long been known as the world’s hardest driven pigeon shooting!!!

Driven pigeons along with collared doves fly into these sunflower, Sorghum, and maize fields, with well over one hundred thousand Rock pigeons and doves using these arable areas twice daily: Morning flights start just after first light, lasting ninety minutes: Afternoon driven pigeon shooting in South Africa starts around midday, lasting four hours, with enthusiastic younger clients firing over one thousand cartridges throughout the morning & afternoon daily driven pigeon flights.

“The Grey Grouse of Africa” as it is now being referred to in Europe; because of their speed & flying agility, testing any sportsman’s shooting skill set: The Grey Grouse of Africa (Rock pigeons) fly in packs very similar to its English and Scottish counterpart, “The Red Grouse.” Whereas large flocks of rock pigeon fly in a wing-like formation, up to 150 birds strong! smaller packs of rock pigeons fly in a more raft-like style pack.

“The Grey Grouse of Africa,” AKA, (The rock pigeon), whilst feeding will avoid trees! Finding comfort with open areas devoid of landmarks. Rock pigeons will pillage sunflower fields nearest to their roosts first, decimating each field before moving 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 pigeon shooting in South Africa: Package price 2023

Driven pigeon shooting in South Africa: Overview

Rock pigeons: found in phenomenal numbers throughout the Free State in South Africa, the south African Rock Pigeon a.k.a. (“The African grey Grouse”) is an unbelievably exhilarating bird to shoot! These pigeons erratic flight: ducking and diving at speeds of 60 mph, present a challenge to even the absolute best of game shots. Being utterly unique, rock pigeons are like no other game bird you will have come across, “within the World of wing shooting;” considered to be extremely challenging.

The South African Rock Pigeon is not a “dove,” but a pigeon with unnatural speed with the ability to outmanoeuvre any situation. Driven Rock Pigeon Shooting make Grouse Shooting look plane in comparison!

Within the heart of the Free State in South Africa is where driven rock pigeon shooting takes place from early March through to the end of April, driven rock pigeons in South Africa fly in packs or coveys, from the surrounding mountain ranges to the ripening blocks of sunflowers, attracting wing shooters from around the world who travel to South Africa to partake in this annual driven rock pigeon shooting bonanza, where teams of guns are lined out under the incoming flight lines of pigeons, wing shooters engage with these Wiley rock pigeons shooting them like driven game birds. These sporting rock pigeons challenge the best shots from all corners of the earth, with their speed and flying agility, with acrobatic rock pigeons out manoeuvring even the best shotgun shooting experts. rock pigeons are a highly manoeuvrable and acrobatic pigeons that use speed, sharp turns, and dives to outwit birds of prey and hunters alike, rock pigeons in South Africa, clocked at speeds of more than 60 mph in flight and exceeding 80 mph with the aid of a tailwind an evasive diving manoeuvres. Driven rock pigeon shooting in South Africa has gained popularity over the last 10 years with game shooters from the UK, due to the game season finishing at the end of January this is the perfect time for European game shooters to travel to warmer climates in search of driven rock pigeon opportunities, allowing Europeans to extend the driven game bird shooting season.

Guns arrive on Monday Morning at Johannesburg Tambo Airport in South Africa. Transfers to the lodge are five hours by road. With lunch provided with a short break en route to the lodge. With an afternoon driven rock pigeon shoot on flight lines provided on the afternoon of arrival. For the next five full days, teams of guns entertained by ten million Rock pigeons as they fly from the mountain ranges and local cities to the ripening sunflower fields where teams of guns wait beneath rock pigeon flight lines.

Guns can expect to fire 350 to one thousand shots over both morning and afternoon Rock pigeon flights per day, challenging your shooting skills with every shot in the book. Rock pigeon shooting around Easter time offer higher numbers of rock pigeon for driven shoots. Beverages and soft drinks served during both morning and afternoon rock pigeon flighting sessions throughout the day. Dinner at the lodge is always memorable, offering magnificent home cooked dining with world class T-bone steaks. After the choice of a driven early morning rock pigeon flight on the morning of day eight, teams of guns will be transfer back to Johannesburg (on a 5-hour trip by road) for their evening flight back home. Charter flights from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg are a possibility if guns want to reduce driving time.

Rock Pigeons along with an assortment of Doves coexist on the open plains of the Free state, known for its flat topography with great solitary rock outcrop formations dotted throughout this region. The grasslands, broken up by blocks of Sunflower, sorghum and Maize/Corn fields, most blocks exceed five hundred hectares. Fields attract millions of rock Pigeons with local Dove populations also feeding on the same blocks of sunflowers.

Driven rock pigeon shooting in South Africa: A typical day will start with an early morning call at about 5:45 AM. After a quick cup of coffee and toast we will leave for the morning’s driven rock pigeon shooting. After placing the guns in their respective shooting blinds, rock pigeon shooting will begin.

You will return back to the Lodge at approximately 10 AM. you will have the option of a continental or full cooked English breakfast, some time is given to clients for relaxing before heading out for the afternoon driven Rock pigeon shooting: we will leave the Lodge at 12 o’clock midday, heading back out to the rock pigeon shooting areas, where rock pigeons will start their afternoon feed, you are able to shoot on the same flight lines you did in the morning, afternoon driven rock pigeon shooting, will last for some four hours with rock pigeon packs more spaced out and relaxed.

Four Season’s driven Rock Pigeon Shooting in South Africa has been running for over 23 years, also offering the best wild game bird shooting in South Africa, Four Season’s Shooting is the largest number one wing shooting outfitter in South Africa.

Our lodges are located from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein within the Free State of South Africa.
Resident Rock pigeons along with Egyptian and Spur wing geese numbers have significantly increased in the last 20 years with resident Egyptian geese shooting starting on 1st May, ahead of hundreds of thousands of migratory geese flying up country feeding on freshly planted wheat fields and old sunflower stubble’s in July, thereafter thousands of yellow bill ducks and red bill teal also arriving throughout 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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Driven pigeon shooting in South Africa 2023