Normally shot in the mornings and afternoon coming in to feed around harvested corn and sunflower fields. Our Pigeons and Doves offer serious hot barrel shooting, with birds coming at a fast pace with singles, pairs and flocks coming to the field with regularity. High, low and every angle with a zigzagging flight just to confuse things, seldom is there a moment when a dove or pigeon is not in sight over your barrels.
Rock Pigeons are rated by world shooters as the most sporting birds on the planet and their ability to change direction in mid-flight makes them an extremely worthy quarry. Doves consist of about 40% of the total bag and constitute Cape Turtle Doves and Laughing Doves, as well as the large Red Eyed Dove. Doves and Pigeons are considered an agricultural pest and there is no bag limit or season, however their numbers peak in March, April and May, nonetheless the hunting quality is sustained throughout the bird shooting season of June, July, August and September.
A Typical Day
After enjoying a light breakfast the days wing shooting commences in all earnest after travelling a short distance to the designated area. Here you are met by the bird hunting team consisting of a dog handler and a couple of assistants. The morning up until eleven is dedicated to field sport after which a brunch is enjoyed in the field. After some time relaxing wing shooting is resumed till the late afternoon after which the party returns to camp.
The most popular dog breeds utilised for bird hunting in South Africa include Pointer, German Short-haired Pointer and Weimaraner. In certain areas, some other well known breeds will also be encountered. These include German Wire haired Pointer, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever as well as Beagle. In all cases the dogs are well trained and a delight to be in the field with.