Shooting holidays with four seasons

South African Rock Pigeon Shooting

South African rock pigeon shooting, Found in astounding numbers throughout the Free State in South Africa, the south African Rock Pigeon (or ‘African grey Grouse’) is a fantastically exciting pigeon to shoot! These flighty erratic rock pigeons twist and turn at speeds of 60 mph presenting a challenge to even the absolute best of game shots. Rock pigeons of South Africa are utterly unique, like no other bird you would shoot anywhere else in the World, considered the ultimate challenge in the world of wing-shooting.

South African rock pigeon numbers peak at Easter, making the last two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April the best time for high volume pigeon shooting in south Africa.

The South African Rock Pigeon is not a “game bird” nor a Dove, but a pigeon with outstanding speed with airborne agility enabling rock pigeons to out-jinx any situations. Rock Pigeon Shooting in South Africa makes red Grouse shooting look decidedly easy in comparison!

Popular regions are primarily a mixed crop farming area particularly rich in game birds and water birds along with rock pigeons & doves. Your shooting skills will be tested by pigeons flighting over sunflower fields and walk-up Duck and Snipe in marshlands. The best Game Bird shooting opportunities are from May to August, which coincide with the open season in all South African provinces. wing-shooting is a social hunting event ideal group sizes 4 to 8 people. Four Season shooting holidays can personally bespoke your trip to suit any team, however…our most popular wing shooting packages listed above on the South Africa web page.

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Decoying rock pigeons in South Africa

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South African rock pigeon shooting: Trip Profile

6 Days
GBP £1050
rock pigeons
South Africa
group size
UK Departure
Farm Lodge
Food & Drink
all inclusive

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South African Rock pigeon shooting: Overview

Sunflowers rustle in the light South African warm winds that blows directly in your face, you can feel the warmth, even though the sun has only just risen in the African sky, you can feel the heat building throughout the morning. The camouflage netting blind in which you stay hidden makes you invisible with the warning of no sudden movements, an absolute essential when shooting rock pigeon, or the ‘African grey Grouse’

The Warm wind gusts, immediately a shout out, ‘coming over at, 12 o’clock’, you look hard into the Africa blue sky, way off in the distance grey specks appear in coveys of 30 to 70 rock pigeons riding on the inward winds, rock pigeons are coming in straight at you, upon the first shot being fired from high above the African scorched earth, pigeons descend whiffling down to head height, hugging the contours skimming across the tops of the sunflower field in front of you,  rock pigeons are now 100 yards off your position, fast paste coveys approach you’re blind, your presence not detected.

slow gun and body movement is crucial, it is imperative you stay concealed, with deliberate focused intent you address the pigeon covey with your gun barrel, you are certain of the first pack you have pictured in your mind’s eye the falling pigeons, two pegs to your right a shot is fired by a neighbouring gun Causing your covey of pigeons to starburst right in front of you catching you off guard, with barrels nowhere the sound of wings cutting through the air is loud and intense, evasive action was taken, down the gun line each side of you, gunshots ring out, frantic swinging of barrels is all that can be seen as the packs of ‘rock pigeons’ head to sunflower block to feed in the field to the rear of your position.

South Africa has become a popular hunting destination on the dark continent. with an abundance of bird species available for hunting, with a plethora of hunting experiences available, affordability and great infrastructure all culminate to a world-class African wing-shooting destination. our farm lodges are easily accessible via OR Tambo International in Johannesburg or Bloemfontein, you should take into consideration as part of the appeal in choosing South Africa for your Rock pigeon hunting holiday.

Four Seasons shooting specialise particularly in wing shooting in Southern Africa, this has supported increasing popularity in the past decade among wing shooters headed to the dark continent to evaluate their shotgun skills. From one end of the Free State to the other wing shooters can find more than twenty varied species of game bird shooting.

We are extremely excited to announce Four Seasons pigeon Shooting in South Africa is a world-class expert on Rock Pigeon shooting. Four seasons can offer you a truly unforgettable experiences tailored for the client’s pleasure!

South Africa is especially good when accompanied by partners or observers, such a wealth of local highlights is available to enjoy, from horseback riding to safaris or go exploring the nearby towns and cities.

The African Rock Pigeon is an unbelievably exciting bird to shoot! These flighty birds duck and dive at speeds of 60 mph, making them a challenge for even the most skilled shots. They truly are like no other kind you have shot anywhere in this world – considered by experts as being the most challenging wing shooting pigeon on the planet? The reason this quarry is so popular with hunters around the globe and within the Free State in South Africa can attributed their incredible combination of high speeds, coupled with their free range which allows easy pursuit when flight line shooting

South Africa’s rock pigeons are a wing shooter’s dream come true. They are as fast, agile, and skilled at flight management as they were when you shot them on your first hunting trip back home – only now it will be with an automatic shotgun instead! These birds will challenge even the most experienced shooters all day long; there is not much that can match this kind of excitement (unless we count high-speed driven grouse). So, if you need new challenges in life then give us call because South African sunflower farmers have already told us how their crop got strip mined by these speedy little feathered demons called “Rock Pigeons.”

The early morning is the best time to shoot because it is cool, and the pigeons are hungry from their night on the roost there are no birds yet. As you wait for pigeons to fly over your blinds and ease yourself into action while others stay hidden in thicker brush where they are hiding out until it gets brighter outside before appearing then too! The afternoon brings more activity as flocks of pigeons break through bushes one after another like driven red grouse, a challenge that will make any hunter proud.

Shooting rock pigeon is a daylong sport where the excitement does not diminish. “As afternoon progresses,” one shooter says, “your skill gets further addressed by sky high birds returning from their sunflower fields.” The pigeon shooters often must make shots at 80+ meters up– but it is worth all that trouble when you see how satisfying they find picking out and killing pigeons at such astronomical heights shortly after another pigeon behind is just waiting screaming towards you, you think to yourself (not long till your turn comes along too!)

I would have to say that the South African Rock Pigeon is one of nature’s fastest flyers – they can out-jinx any situation with their airborne agility.

Shooter’s need to understand one fundamental difference between pigeon shooting in South Africa compared to Wood-pigeons

It is not just the field they target but also what day it is. On a warm morning, wood pigeons will fly into an open area and land on ground ready for eating while African rock pigeons of avoid this kind of crop during daytime hours because there might be another shooters ought to notice that these two species behave slightly differently when choosing their food source: While both can eat almost anything from fruit or grain crops of varying maturity levels – but the rock pigeons will strip a field like a plague of locusts!

Southern African rock pigeon shooting
Shooting rock pigeons over decoys in Southern Africa

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South African rock pigeon shooting: Itinerary.

  • 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 goose and the sand duck flight 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 goose shooting  6 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Bloemfontein goose shooting 5 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Early morning Egyptian goose shooting in South Africa starts at 6:45 AM  concluding at 9:30 AM.
  • local Egyptian goose hunts return to the Lodge at 10 AM for full English & continental breakfast.
  • Bloemfontein morning Egyptian goose hunts will have breakfast in the field.
  • Afternoon South African rock pigeon shooting, shot over decoys with a pigeon magnet starts at 12 o’clock and concludes at 3:30 PM
  • return to the Lodge from South African rock pigeon shooting at 4 PM.
  • 4:30 PM duck & goose fed pond flight.
  • 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 rock pigeon shooting 6 AM pre-hunt coffee tea and toast in the bar.
  • Early morning South African rock pigeon shooting starts at 6:45 AM in-field concluding at 9:30 AM.
  • local rock 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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