Wing Shooting Hunts in Africa
Wing shooting hunts in Africa are slowly gaining a reputation as the “new” Argentina” of bird hunting. In addition to world-class waterfowl hunting, Africa offers high-volume bird hunting for species such as dove and sand grouse that rivals anything available on other continents. Locals have been enjoying the excellent wing shooting hunts in Africa for decades, but it is in the last 20 years that Africa has emerged onto the wing shooter’s map as a primary destination to enjoy the type of high-volume shooting that attracts the serious wing shooter.
Wing shooting hunts in Africa are led by South Africa’s burgeoning wing shooting industry. Many of its nine provinces now offer multiple outfitters that offer dedicated wing shooting hunts for international sportsmen. South Africa offers both waterfowl hunting and upland bird hunting. Over 20 species of birds are available for the visiting sportsman. The best wing shooting months are June, July and August. These months coincide with South Africa’s winter, which is also peak safari season for plains game and big game hunters. Most wing shooting in Africa is for two to four days in duration and is added on to the end of a traditional safari.
Common bird species hunted in southern Africa include Sand grouse and Quail. Two species of geese are available to hunt; the Egyptian goose and the Spur-winged goose. Popular ducks include the Yellow Bill, the African Shell duck and the White-faced Whistling duck along with several species of Teal. Upland hunters will enjoy hunting over dogs for various species of Frankolin, Guinea fowls, Doves and Pigeons.
Namibia also has a few outfitters that offer wing shooting hunts for the visiting sportsman. The wing shooting season in Namibia runs from May through November. The best wing shooting hunts in Africa normally occur between July and the middle of October. Most wing shooting hunts in Africa are set up for two to four hunters. Some of the species available include the Namaqua sand grouse, Double banded sand grouse and the Burchell sand grouse. Laughing doves, Cape turtle doves, Frankolin, Spurfowls and Helmeted guinea fowl fill out the roster of available targets. The sheer number of species available along with the volume of birds makes for great wing shooting hunts in Africa.
Winged Safari £2250 / $2677 / €2573
5 DAY WINGED/Bird Package:
Dove/Pigeon shooting – This is done over Maize fields / stubble. It is possible to shoot well over 100 per hour. May – August
Guinea fowl Shooting Our game shooting is predominantly done over thick grass lands on the side of water sources or fields of maize. The shooting is carried out on a large arable farm, mostly walked with some driven. Flocks of 300 – 400 plus guinea fowl
Sand Grouse We move West from Kimberley to experience possibly the most exciting wing shooting Africa has to offer. Large flocks of Sand Grouse can be seen during April – August.
Shooting Party The ideal party size is 6 – 10 guns. Minimum of 4 Hunters
The hunting area is in the Northern Cape of South Africa approx 250km from Kimberley.
Accommodation is based in 4* Lodges within the hunting area.
The hunting will take place over 5 days. All Birds included in Package price. Species available Sand Grouse, Guinea Fowl, Francolin, Dove & Pigeon. (Also Duck & Geese depending on date of visit)
Included in the Package
- 5 Days Hunting & 6 Nights Accommodation. Full Board including Laundry.
- Transport in the Hunting Area
- Pick up and Drop off at Local Airport. In this case Kimberley SA.
- Full Time Services of an Experience Professional Hunter.
- Trained Trackers and Skinners
- Field preparation of Trophies & Delivery to Taxidermist.
- All Hunting Licenses and Permits
Not included in Package
- International and Domestic Flights (We will however make the Booking for you if required).
- If required Rifle / Shotgun Hire £200 / $237 / €236 per Safari. Ammunition can be supplied at Cost.
- Taxidermy Work and Shipping back to UK / USA.
- Additional Animals can be added to your Bird Package. Please let me know your requirements.
- If you wish to bring your own Firearm Prostalk will arrange all the permits etc. We offer a Meet & Greet service. Basically we will meet you after you have cleared Customs and collected your luggage and guide you through the process with the Police. The cost for this service is £130 / $158 / €150 per person.
- It is recommended that you obtain your own Travel and Medical Insurance as this is not covered by Prostalk. Prostalk use and fully recommend the services of Global + Rescue for a small fee starting at £98 / $120 / €114.
- Global + Rescue will also issue you with Travel and Medical cover if required.
BIRD HUNTING SEASONS – SOUTH AFRICA
he Bird Hunting seasons in South Africa vary between the different provinces. Please bear in mind that South Africa has 9 provinces!
|As a generalisation, you can follow these guidelines.|
|Doves & Pigeons:||1 January through 31 December (best Mar to May)|
|Ostrich:||1 January through 31 December|
|South African Shelduck:||1 January through 31 March|
|Burchell’s Sandgrouse:||1 January through 31 March|
|Double-banded Sandgrouse:||1 January through 31 March|
|Egyptian Geese:||1 February through 30 November (best 20 May to Aug)|
|Spurwing Geese:||1 March through 30 September (best Late May to Aug)|
|Namaqua Sandgrouse:||1 April through 15 July (best May to Jul)|
|Partridge (Francolin):||1 May through 31 July|
|Guineafowl:||1 May through 30 September (best Jun to Aug)|
|Ducks:||1 May through 31 August (best May to Jul)|
|Francolin (Spurfowl):||1 May through 31 August (best Jun to Aug)|
Restricted game birds like the African Black Duck, Pygmy Goose, etc. do not have an open season, but may be shot when issued with a special hunting permit obtained from the provincial Conservation Department before the hunt commences.
Please confirm these dates when booking your bird hunting safari as the dates mentioned covers more than one province with individual shooting seasons.