Bird Shooting Safaris

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Bird Shooting Safaris

We primarily offer bird shooting safaris in the Free State Province because of the diverse habitat and mixed farming practices in the region, which leads to heathy game bird populations. It must be noted that land owners value and care for their game birds therefore populations are carefully monitored and they strictly ensure that all shooting is done sustainably and responsibly. The shooting season is regulated by the provincial game department. This region of South Africa boasts the greatest variety of game birds in the country. Waterfowl which can be hunted include Egyptian geese, Spur winged geese, yellow billed duck, red billed teal and white faced whistling ducks. Upland game birds which are prolific in this region are helmeted guinea fowl and 3 species of francolin as well as quail. In addition, the Free State province is known for its astounding Rock pigeon and dove populations, which provide guests with hot barrelled action earlier in the season.

SHOOTING SEASONS FOR THE VARIOUS SPECIES

February, March, April & May: Rock pigeon, Redeye Doves, Cape Turtle Doves, Laughing doves-hunted in sunflowers and various crops, this is hot barrelled non-stop action. (300-800 shots per day)

1 May-31 August: Helmeted Guinea Fowl, 3 Species of Francolin and Quail hunted over German shorthaired pointers. Driven shoots can be arranged. Sometimes massive flocks are encountered on crop farms or grasslands.

1 May to 31 August: All waterfowl species (Egyptian Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, Red Billed Teal, White Faced Whistling Duck) hunted from blinds or decoys over crop fields, lakes and dams.

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ACCOMMODATION

The Main Lodge: An old-fashioned ranch house is where you are accommodated. It boasts 7 rooms (all with their own bathrooms) and honesty bar. There is a dining room and cosy lounge. Additional rooms are available in a smaller cottage next to the main ranch house. Meals, service and hospitality are all excellent! Driving time from the nearest commercial airport to the ranch house is 1 hour 10 minutes from the town of Bloemfontein. Its location lends itself perfectly to stopping by for a few days of fine shooting when driving between Kwa Zulu Natal and the Kalahari concession. Shooting is conducted within an 80-mile radius of the ranch house and this allows for a variety of shooting disciplines daily. It also enables us flexibility in terms of been able to hunt various locations so that the birds are not pressured in any given area. Guests can contact us regarding shotgun hire if they don’t wish to bring their own guns and we can also provide all the shot required. There is no malaria in this area. Note, we also offer shooting in the Northern Cape province (Waterfowl, upland game birds and Sandgrouse) and Kwa Zulu Natal (Waterfowl and upland game birds) on a more limited basis. Please contact us for information on these areas.

ROCK PIGEONS – FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL & MAY

OPTIONS

DAILY RATES FROM

2/3 guns

$800 per day + VAT

4 or more guns

$750 per day + VAT

Observers

$300 + VAT

GENERAL GAME BIRDS
(Waterfowl, Guineafowl, Francolin)
1 MAY TO 31 AUGUST

OPTIONS

DAILY RATES FROM

2/3 Guns

$900 per day + VAT

4 or more guns

$850 per day + VAT

Observers

$300 + VAT

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