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Pigeon hunting in South Africa

The Free State is the “rock pigeon capital” of South Africa. we will entertain you with hot-barrelled pigeon and dove hunting over sunflower fields, testing the abilities of all those proficient in the art off game bird hunting. International hunters refer to Rock pigeons as the “most challenging game bird hunting in the world,” excluding the odd exceptional international experts. Here the seasoned wing-shooter’s-shooting talents will be tested to his limits, while novice shooters will have opportunities to hone their shotgun skills and improve their shooting abilities.

Four Seasons pigeon hunting will entertain you with hot-barrelled rock pigeon hunts over sunflowers, testing the abilities of all hunters, in reference to Rock pigeons, they are the “most challenging game bird in the world” by all international hunters. Here the seasoned wing-shooter’s hunting talents will be tested to the limit of your shooting abilities, while novice hunters will have opportunities to polish their shooting skills and improve their hunting ability.

Hundreds of thousands of Rock pigeons commute twice daily, between the low-lying Drakensberg mountains, collared doves also from around local rural cities, head to the ripening sunflower blocks in the surrounding areas. This is where pigeon hunters ambush rock pigeon flight-lines from hunting blinds on route to sunflower fields, Pigeon shooting is hot barrel fast paste shooting action, pigeon hunting on these flight lines a single hunter can fire more than a thousand cartridges on a good day! With 250 to 350 cartridges shot per day being a more realistic average expectation when budgeting for cartridges. Pigeon hunts are in operation throughout the year, but the best high-volume hunting time is from mid-March to mid-April.

Hunting pigeons in South Africa

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Pigeon Hunting in South Africa Profile

Duration
6 Days
price
GBP £1050
Quarry
pigeon hunting
Country
South Africa
group size
1-10
Destination
johannesburg
UK Departure
heathrow
accomodation
Farm Lodge
Food & Drink
all inclusive
seasons
mar-Apr

Pigeon hunting in South Africa: prices

Pigeon Hunting in south Africa: Overview

 

Free State pigeon hunting offers a wild bird festival for wing-shooting enthusiast. The sport has been around since the turn of last century and it is still going strong today! You will have hot-barrels as pigeons fly over sunflower fields while testing your respected hunting skills with rock pigeons – often referred to as “the most challenging game bird in world” by many international sportsmen. Novice hunters will have sufficient opportunities to practise their shotgun hunting skills; no matter what hunting level you are at there will always be hundreds of pigeons moving around the sunflower fields at any one time satisfying anyone who loves pigeon shotgun hunts!

Pigeons and doves from the cities commute twice daily, with millions of birds flying back-and forth between different sunflower blocks. Hunters often lie hidden waiting for incoming pigeons on flight paths so they can hunt these rock pigeons! hunting rock pigeons is hot barrelled action that requires hunters to firing up to 1000 rounds on one day – it’s best when done seasonally though because there are better times depending upon what month you’ll be hunting: March through to beginning May provides the best opportunity for excellent driven pigeon opportunities.

The “rock pigeon capital” of South Africa, is in the Free State, home to the toughest pigeon hunting from around the globe. The Free State is famous for its hot-barrelled pigeon hunting over sunflower fields that tests even experienced shotgun hunters! If you are looking for something new and challenging, then this might just be your lucky day–we will train everyone how to become an expert in the art of wing shooting whether they have been hunting all their lives or just at the beginning of this new adventure! Or for those who would rather just focus on personal improvement.

Four Seasons pigeon hunts wants to make sure you have a wonderful time while hunting. They offer hot-barrelled rock pigeon hunts over blocks of sunflowers, undeniably the most challenging pigeon in the world by professional wing shooters! If your hunting skills need work or if it is just unfamiliar territory for you then there will be sufficient opportunities during these hunts where newcomers to the sport can polish their technique with expert guidance from experienced wing shooters – with four Season’s pigeon hunting.

Millions of rock pigeons roost in the low-lying Drakensberg Mountain range and hundreds of thousands of collared doves from around local rural cities areas come from. Hunters wait for pigeons and doves on hunting grounds or flight paths that are found throughout the Free State among booming sunflowers with ripe seeds which attracts all manner of birds! Pigeon Hunting season is a year-round sport with the high-volume pigeon hunting season starting in early March through mid-April; one hunter can fire more than one thousand cartridges per day, but with the average cartridge count being a more realistic 250 to 750 for each hunter.

At Four Seasons pigeon hunts, we have the privilege of hunting the best plains agricultural farming areas in the Free State of south Africa’s best dove and pigeon ground! We will be hunting Cape turtle doves amongst other species like red-eyed pigeons mourning dove laughing rock pigeon…Contrary to widespread belief this sport is beneficial for local communities farming agriculture as they consume more than third (35%) of sunflower or peanut crops each year with high volume shoots done in mornings & afternoon

hunting rock pigeons with decoys is more of an activity for those who have time during the day. It is not unusual to shoot 350 cartridges per hunter, four seasons hunting lodge donate every single dove or pigeon to the local township! The best time for rock pigeon decoying is from mid-August to the end of September when you can get together all your pigeon hunting friends in one spot – and you can always spice up your pigeon hunting with Upland game birds at this time of year.

The “most challenging game bird worldwide” is just what you can expect when targeting rock pigeons in South Africa. With its high-volume shooting opportunities over sunflower and Sorghum fields, this country will surpass even experienced wing shooters expectations for skills with fast paced sporting driven pigeon hunts!

The pigeons and doves constantly moving between the cities, mountains & ripening sunflower/sorghum fields. Birds fly at first light and again from 12 o’clock midday daily to get their food from these farm locations all over the Free State! Incoming pigeon and dove flights will occur along the same flight lines annually depending on crop rotations before pigeon’s head out onto hunting grounds rock pigeon feeding times change throughout the year with various times during March through May time, when weather conditions are right for (hot barrel action). You may shoot those pesky pigeons any day but there is really nothing better than hitting rock pigeon flight-lines while it’s on an early morning or late afternoon sunflower raid – especially if you can catch them right near some trees when you become invisible to the pigeons when standing in the shade of trees.

The thrill of fast action-packed rock pigeon hunting in South Africa is something that would be challenging for any shotgun hunter. The rock pigeons are agile and fly into the middle or back fields, making it crucial pigeon guides have done reconnaissance to finding out where rock pigeons will appear from before you set your hide (or blind).

Rock Pigeons are small birds that cohabit all over the Free State in South Africa. They typically flock in numbers of 5-100, and once they start flying you will experience truly sporting birds! If there is not any wind rock pigeons’ fly high; but when the wind blows hard (and gusty) these pigeons drop onto the deck flying at head height twisting and turning in the gusts of wind, you will feel as if you have to duck for these rock pigeons will knock your hat clean off your head.

South African rock pigeons flying
Rock pigeons in-flight in South Africa

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Pigeon hunting in South Africa, Itinerary 2022

  • check-in 3 hours beforehand at terminal 5, London Heathrow at 15:20 for departures to South Africa with BA55
  • check-in 4 hours beforehand at terminal 5, London Heathrow at 14:24 departures with a Firearm to South Africa with BA55
  • BA 55 departure times 18:20 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.
  • Depart the Lodge at 2 PM for a late afternoon pigeon hunting in South Africa till 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
  • local pigeon hunting 6 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Bloemfontein pigeon hunting 5 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Early morning rock pigeon hunting in South Africa starts at 6:45 AM  concluding at 9:30 AM.
  • local rock pigeon hunts return to the Lodge at 10 AM for full English & continental breakfast.
  • Bloemfontein morning rock pigeon hunts will have breakfast in the field.
  • Afternoon pigeon hunting 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.
  • Day 8: local pigeon hunting 6 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Early morning pigeon hunting in South Africa starts at 6:45 AM in-field concluding at 9:30 AM.
  • local pigeon hunts return to the Lodge at 10 AM for full English & continental breakfast.
  • Depart four seasons Lodge for JNB airport transfer 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 5:25 AM local time.

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