Wing Shooting Safari

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Some of these species are protected and will require prior application for permits
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Bird hunting seasons vary from area to area, but generally March through to September are the prime months. The beginning of the season provides for some of the finest hot barrel pigeon shooting in the world.
The variety of bird species available ensure a varied wing shooting experience. In our northern areas, huge flocks of helmeted Guinea Fowl are found. Seven species of Francolin, including the extremely challenging Greywing are found in the vast mountains of the Eastern Cape above 6,000 feet; and are hunted over well trained pointers. Waterfowl, of which there are 12 different species, including the huge Spurwing Goose, are mostly shot from blinds and over decoys. For some really hot barrel shooting, nothing can beat the immense flocks of pigeons and doves shot over sunflower or cornfields.
Wing shooting safaris are tailored to suit each group’s specific requirements and can include photographic, sight seeing, and plains game hunting, these can all be added to vary the itinerary and cater for non-hunting companions. Due to the different wing shooting options and species, emphasis is placed on variety rather than quantity. However, early season hunts often see some really big bags. We strongly recommend the use of 12 Gauge shotguns, as ammunition is readily available. Although we suggest a minimum of four hunters to plan an effective safari, we do cater for smaller, more exclusive groups.

Southern Africa offers some of the world’s finest wing shooting. The diverse habitat, ranging from barren windswept mountains, down to sub-tropical low-lying wetlands, provides for the largest variety of gamebirds available in the country. Whether it be for the collector of specific gamebird species, or the avid wing shooter seeking the ultimate bird hunting experience, our premier wing shooting areas provide for all enthusiasts.

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  • GEESE: The Spurwing Goose, one of the world’s largest, is shot along with the smaller Egyptian Geese out of blinds over a spread of silhouette decoys. The Spurwing ganders average around 18 pounds and are true trophies.

  • DOVES and PIGEONS: High, low, and from every angle with a zig-zagging flight just to confuse things, that’s our doves and pigeons. The birds fly into harvested grain fields in a steady stream in the afternoons. The pigeons decoy well.

  • GUINEA FOWL and FRANCOLIN: Guinea fowl are presented to the guns as in Europe’s driver fashion. This is highly challenging shooting and the chants and songs of the Zulu beaters add to the exciting atmosphere of the shoot. Francolin are shot over English and German Pointers on the edges of the grain fields.

  • DUCKS: Yellow-billed Duck, Red-billed Teal and White Faced Duck are the three species we shoot out of thatch blinds on the edge of small marshes or ponds. The Yellow-billed Duck and Red-billed Teal have decoys.

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Wingshooting Under South African Skies

Written by: Irwin Greenstein | Published 24 June 2015 in: Destinations |


Outfitter Todd Lutman (left) with the author Irwin Greenstein on the vintage Land Rover Defender
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