Rock Pigeons and Doves
Normally shot in the mornings and afternoons, as they move to the corn and sunflower fields. Rock Pigeons fly in singles, pairs or groups similar to coveys of Grouse, some flying high and some very low, zigzagging at speed over the sunflower fields. Clients can’t help but feel like they are on a grouse moor at times but instead of heather…there are sunflowers. These birds will challenge you for pace and agility. As they are an agricultural pests, there is no bag limit.
Season: No season – however the numbers of bird’s peak in March, April and May. Good numbers are sustained all through June, July and August as well..
Guinea-fowl are both extremely satisfying and frustrating to all those who pursue them. Naturally alert they require fieldcraft from all involved of the birds are to flush the birds towards the line of guns. Deceptively quick through the air they are easily missed by even the most well versed of shots. The flocks of Guinea-fowl are often mixed with Francolin and Spurfowl, erupting in bursts from the thick cover. A very exciting and unique style of shooting.
Season: May, June, July and August (South Africa). July, August and September (Botswana)
Francolin and Spurfowl
For those who enjoy a brisk morning stroll – with the added excitement of a gun in one hand as a pair of eager Pointers weaving ahead of you through the thicket, this is certainly worth building into your bespoke package. There are 3 species of Spurfowl and 2 different species of Francolin to shoot, with each offering a different problem. From the small, fast Natal Spurfowl to the unbelievably cunning Crested Francolin – these birds will test your skill to the limit.
Season: May, June, July and August
Each species offers a totally different challenge. This is what makes Africa unique. Rock Pigeon, in particular, are considered the most sporting bird on the planet. Their agility and speed is incredible.
Greywing are considered one of the finest sporting upland bird in the World. They are frequently mentioned in the same breath as the Red Grouse, these birds inhabit some of the most beautiful and untouched habitats on earth. In Africa they are only found above 5,000 feet in the gnarled, rugged mountains – so pack a good pair of boots. Fast and agile, they utilize the wind and terrain to their advantage. Once in a lifetime shots can certainly be made – as the birds dive below you, down the mountain face with the wind at their tails, dipping between boulders and rocks.
Season: May, June and July
Duck & Geese
With over 15 different species of waterfowl, including the world largest goose (The Spurwing), the best shooting is experienced in an evening flight. Silhouettes of duck and geese against the African sunset is truly memorable, as is the shooting itself. The waterfowl can appear from all angles and will continue to drop in right up to last light. This experience is makes this trip a totally unparalleled experience.
Season: May, June, July and August
The central Kalahari Desert in Botswana offers the finest Sandgrouse shooting in Africa – the same bird that Ernest Hemingway wrote so passionately about and loved to shoot. They are another of Africa’s intrepid sporting birds – swift and dexterous in flight and bold in nature. Shooting occurs in the morning and evening. Guns form a ring, at least 400 yards from specially identified water holes. This provides not only tremendous high birds, but it also allows the grouse to drink once they have run the gauntlet – which is important.
Season: October (Botswana). September and October (Namibia)