Pigeon shooting in South Africa 2023

South African pigeon shooting

If you want your Shooting skills to be tested to their limits, The African Grey Grouse, a.k.a. South African rock pigeons, will be your new adversary.

Rock pigeon shooting is year-round hunting; however, hunters must place extra focus on Easter for high-volume rock pigeon shooting in South Africa.

Argentina is world renowned for being the holy grail for Dove shooting, but confidentially speaking South Africa comes in a close second with the sporting rock pigeon.

With abusive gun recoil to the shoulder, it is not long before your shooting enjoyment starts to dwindle; this is where South Africa offers you a compromise, with the highly acrobatic grouse-like-in-flight ability’s, of the rock pigeon, The Free State also has astonishing dove & pigeon numbers to boot.

The most challenging wild pigeon shooting in the world is without question, 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 sporting Wing-shoot, the 7th Pigeon shooter goes for FREE (T&Cs applies), package for March & April 2023 – with Four Season’s in South Africa Pigeon Shooting guides, with twenty-three seasons of pigeon shooting experience working around Bloemfontein in the Free State.

South Africa has become famous for its challenging Rock Pigeon shooting, known as “The Grey Grouse of Africa” 

Rock Pigeons, well recognised as being the world’s toughest pigeons to shoot!

Doves along with Rock pigeons fly into sunflower, Sorghum, and maize fields, well over 100,000 Rock pigeons and doves use these arable areas twice daily, Morning flights starting just after first light, lasting 90 minutes. Afternoon Rock pigeon shooting in South Africa begins around midday, lasting 4 hours with enthusiastic younger clients firing over one thousand cartridges throughout the day.

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 sets, 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 pigeons fly in a wing-like formation, up to 150 birds strong, with smaller packs of rock pigeons flying in a somewhat raft-like style.

“The Grey Grouse of Africa;” AKA (The rock pigeon) whilst feeding will avoid trees, finding comfort with open areas devoid of landmarks. Rock pigeons pillage sunflower fields nearest to their roosts, decimating fields before moving to the next ripening sunflower block.

pigeon shooting in South Africa 2023

Pigeon shooting in South Africa: Trip Profile

Duration
5 Days - 6 Nights
price
GBP 1475
Quarry
Pigeon shooting
Country
South Africa
group size
1-8
Destination
johannesburg
UK Departure
heathrow
accomodation
Farm Lodge
Food & Drink
all inclusive
seasons
March-September
Shooting pigeons in the Free State South Africa, March 2022
Pigeon shooting with clients from Kuwait in South Africa March 2022.

Pigeon shooting in South Africa: Trip Prices 2023

Pigeon shooting in South Africa: overview

Four Season’s 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 throughout the Free State in South Africa.
Resident pigeons along with Egyptian and Spur wing geese numbers have significantly increased in the last 20 years with resident Egyptian goose shooting starting on 1st June, ahead of hundreds of thousands of migratory geese flying down the Free State corridor feeding on freshly harvested maize fields and old sunflower stubble’s in July, thereafter thousands of yellow bill ducks and red bill teal arriving in the Free State.

There are diverse types of birds in the world, but when it comes to wing shooting enthusiasts there is only one that matters – African Rock Pigeons. These fast-moving feathered athletes are all over the Free State in South Africa and their incredible numbers make them exciting subject matter for any shooter! You may never have seen anything like them before; they fly at speeds up 60 mph while ducking and interacting with their surroundings unlike anything else on Earth (or even beyond!). Rock pigeons are by experts within this niche field considered as being among toughest winged game out there.

The African Rock Pigeon is an unbelievably exciting bird to shoot! They fly at speeds of 55 mph, duck, and dive with the ability that no other shot can match. These flighty rock pigeons considered by all professional’s hunters as being one if not the most challenging pigeon shooting sport in all worlds! Because you have limited time due to this pigeon speed while trying not only to pick your bird from the covey but also taking aim quickly before they have gone through the gun line – which happens more than once to you when these feathered grey rockets seem impossible to hit.

The most difficult Wild pigeon shooting in the world is undoubtedly The Grey Grouse of Africa. Imagine grouse on steroids and you have our South African rock pigeons! Four Season’s Pigeon Shooting has arranged a fantastic sporting Wing Shooter’s, Free Package for March & April for seventh Hunter – with twenty-three seasons worth experience working around the Free State racking up millions of shots fired by clients with a perfect safety record by visiting hunters.

Pigeon shooting in South Africa is tremendous amounts of fun and we want to make it even more entertaining for you! The weather here may be warm and sunny, but that does not mean anything when there is twenty-three seasons worth experience at Four Season’s Pigeon Shooting Guides.

The doves and pigeons are two of the most common birds you will see in South Africa. The doves spend their days in the blue gum trees or out eating seeds from sunflowers, stalks while Pigeons feed on anything they can get their beaks on including sorghum heads or even maize stubble!

Doves and pigeons fly into the sunflower, sorghum, or maize fields well over 100’000 pigeons and doves each day. The rock pigeons use these arable areas for morning flights starting just after first light lasting 90 minutes; then there is an afternoon shoot where it is possible for younger clients to fire off one thousand cartridges throughout the day!

Doves also feed on these same types of crops, but they often don’t fly far because doves prefer to stay around the blue gum trees and farm properties; instead, you can find 10’000+ doves loitering around near human habitation where there are plenty water sources available, doves unlike rock pigeons can defeat throughout the whole day in their favoured but limited areas.

The experience of shooting Pigeons in South Africa offers a unique blend that is sure to please anyone with a passion for pigeon shooting. You will have the opportunity for sizzling barrelled action as you shoot these pigeons arrive on the wind and in fast pace, singles or pairs or packs hitting your fields consistently throughout your morning or afternoon session! The trip starts off based out of Bloemfontein before moving closer to Johannesburg where B&B or hotel accommodations and luxurious hunting lodge, where plains game can seem easily (which could change depending on weather).

Shooting Pigeons in South Africa is a completely unique experience you would never get game birds to fly like this in England. Flying around crops and fields drinking from watering holes, the pigeon shooting here will be action packed overwhelming exciting shooting, opposed to leisurely driven game birds that one shoot back home.

Join four seasons pigeon shooting on an unforgettable journey to South Africa for the ultimate pigeon shooting experience. You will get a chance at the world’s most challenging and revered birds, including Rock Pigeons!

Usually shot in the mornings are around fields of harvested corn or sunflower plants. Pigeons offer serious hot barrel shooting, with birds coming at a fast pace from all angles zigzagging whilst in-flight! Their ability to make precise turns mid-flight makes them worthy quarry for anyone who enjoys hunting this type of pigeon.”

Flying into Johannesburg from London Heathrow – we have you covered throughout this once-in lifetime opportunity. Private cars transport each individual person directly where they need go so there are never any worries about losing shooting time.

If you want a challenge that will make your heart race, then come shooting pigeons in South Africa. These pigeons are without doubt the hardest bird to shoot in all Africa! They fly at speeds over 60 mph with their wingspans measuring up around sixteen inches wide (what an agile powerhouse). You really need sharp eyes as well as good technical and skill if you want to success here- we have been across this Free State dozens of times, so we know where all the good pigeon shooting is in South Africa it is just waiting for an enthusiast like yourself who wants something tough and challenging but still shoot-able!

After a long day, nothing beats returning to your luxury lodge and feeling that refreshing cold beer as soon as you come through those doors. You might even raise a glass for all those speedy pigeons that got away! This is one shooting experience you will not ever forget.

Rock pigeon shooting in the South African Free State
Sunflower fields are humming with rock pigeons feeding on standing sunflowers, ready to harvest in the Free State of South Africa May 2022

What's Included

What's NOT Included

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 pigeon shooting 6 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Bloemfontein pigeon shooting 5 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Early morning pigeon shooting in South Africa starts at 6:45 AM  concluding at 9:30 AM.
  • local pigeon hunts return to the Lodge at 10 AM for full English & continental breakfast.
  • Bloemfontein morning pigeon hunts will have breakfast in the field.
  • Afternoon 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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