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 to oncoming rock pigeons, with a shouted warning “no sudden movements”, absolute essential when shooting South African rock pigeon.
The Warm wind gusts, a shout out, ‘coming over at, 12 o’clock’, you look hard into the South African 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 south African scorched earth, rock pigeons descend whiffling down to head height, hugging the contours, skimming across the tops of the sunflower fields in front of you, south African rock pigeons are now 100 yards off your position, fast paste coveys of rock pigeons approach you’re blind, your presence has not been detected.
slow gun and body movement is crucial, it is imperative you stay concealed, with deliberate focused intent, you address the rock pigeon covey with your gun barrel, you are certain the first pack you have pictured in your mind’s eye, two pegs to your right a shot is fired by a neighbouring gun, falling rock pigeons Causing your covey of pigeons to starburst right in front of you, catching you off guard, with your gun barrels left pointing into blue sky, the sound of wings cutting through the air is loud and intense, evasive action was taken by the rock pigeons, 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 the rear of the field.
Southern 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 southern African wing-shooting rock pigeon destination. our farm lodges are easily accessible via OR Tambo Johannesburg International airport or Bloemfontein Airport, you should take this into consideration as part of the appeal in choosing southern Africa for your Rock pigeon shooting holiday.
Four Seasons shooting specialise particularly in wing shooting in Southern Africa, increased popularity over the last two decades, amongst wing shooters headed to the dark continent, testing their shotgun skills. From one end of the Free State to the other rock pigeon shooters can find more than twenty varied species of game bird shooting.
We are extremely excited to announce Four Seasons South African rock pigeon shooting hunts, are world-class experts on South African Rock Pigeons.
Four seasons can offer you a truly unforgettable experience, tailored specifically for each client’s pleasure!
Southern Africa is especially great for 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 south African Rock Pigeon is an unbelievably exciting bird to shoot! These flighty rock pigeons, turn and dive at speeds of 80 mph, making them a challenge for even the most skilful of shots. They truly are like no other pigeon you have shot anywhere in the world – considered by experts as being the most challenging pigeon on the planet! The reason this quarry is so popular with hunters around the globe, and the Free State in South Africa, can only be attributed to rock pigeons incredible combination of high speed manoeuvres, coupled with their abundance throughout the Free State which allows easy pursuit when decoying rock pigeons.
South African rock pigeons are a wing shooter’s dream come true. They are fast, agile, and skilful in flight – using automatic shotguns! These birds will challenge even the most experienced pigeon 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 a new challenge in life, then give us call, South African sunflower crops are currently being stripped 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 cold night on the roost. As you wait for rock pigeons to fly over your blind, other rock pigeon shooters stay hidden! The afternoon brings more activity as flocks of rock pigeons break over a line of bushes one after another like driven red grouse, a challenge that will make a pigeon shooters heart race.
Southern African rock pigeon shooting is a full day of sport, where the excitement and challenging Rock pigeons continue to come until 4 PM. “As the afternoon progresses,” one shooter says, “your skill gets further addressed by sky high rock pigeons returning from the back of the sunflower field.” The pigeon shooters will often take shots at 80+ meters up, but it is very satisfying picking out and killing rock pigeons at such astronomical heights, straightaway another rock pigeon arrives just behind the first rock pigeon you shot, screaming towards you.
Richard Mumford says that the South African Rock Pigeons are one of nature’s fastest flying birds – they can out-jinx any situation with their airborne agility.