Bird hunting and wing shooting in South Africa
Bird hunting and wing shooting in South Africa was initially regarded as a sport for non- game hunting enthusiasts. In years gone by few hunters brought their trusty shotguns along on a hunt with the occasional PH having a 22 or a 12 ga available to take odd shots at passing birds. Birds hunted in this manner soon became top notch with the camp Chef preparing whatever was brought to camp.
Fortunately, bird hunting and wing shooting in South Africa soon picked up among the locals and foreign hunters alike. This made bird hunting and wing shooting in South Africa an extremely popular option as a stand-alone hunt, or as an add-on to an existing hunt.
Bird hunting and wing shooting in South Africa has since developed into a hunt in its own right.
Some PH’s and bird hunting outfitters have since starting specializing in wing shooting and bird hunting operations in South Africa. Consequently, this lead to the establishment and furthering of the use of gun dogs, more commonly known as German Shorthair Pointers (GSP’s). The skill level of both gun dog and master of the hunt soon picked up. The South African bird hunting and wing shooting outfitters have become highly qualified and true masters of the art of bird hunting in South Africa.
It takes hours of diligent off-season training of the hyper-active GSP’s to keep them ready for bird hunting season. Combined with a limited official bird hunting season in South Africa, the true bird hunting outfitters do not come cheap. It is one thing to take the 22 and shoot the odd dove sitting in a lone Acacia tree. It is a whole different kettle of fish when a bird hunter would like to hunt ducks, geese and several species of francolin on the same hunt. Shooting doves and pigeons over corn fields usually happens during the heat of the day that is not usually associated with waterfowl hunting.
This is where Mkulu African Hunting Safaris has the answer: we offer bird hunting and wing shooting in South Africa for the hunter who would like to utilize between 250 and 500 shells per day. Dedicated bird hunting and wing shooting packages in South Africa are on offer for the dedicated bird hunter wishing to discharge in excess of 500 shells per day.
Bird hunting and wing shooting in South Africa is conducted over static- and mobile bird hunting decoys for pigeons, doves and geese. Upland game bird hunting is conducted while walking with the gun dogs running to-and-fro while sniffing for birds. Once a bird / birds are located, the GSP commences into a point at which stage the bird hunter should be ready. Once the master of the hunt issues the command the gun dogs flush the bird allowing the bird hunter an opportunity at shooting whatever was flushed.
Bird species we can realistically expect to shoot
Cape turtle dove
Emerald spotted wood dove
White face whistling ducks
Yellow billed ducks
Knob billed duck – limited regions
South African shelduck
African black duck
Fulvous whistling duck – limited regions
White backed duck – limited regions
Limited areas – Orange River francolin
Best shotgun gauge for bird hunting in South Africa
We know the 20 ga is commonly used worldwide, so please let us know in advance to order 20 ga shotgun shells
12 ga is the most commonly used shotgun in South Africa and ammunition is readily available in all shot sizes
Please remember you are not allowed to bring semi-automatic firearms to South Africa
Wing shooting in South Africa information
From the above it is abundantly clear Mkulu Hunting Safaris can keep you busy on a dedicated bird hunting in South Africa safari. If you are a supreme duck hunter we can set you up to hunt all thirteen duck species that occur as native birds in South Africa. This will be a wing shooting safari in South Africa of a lifetime.
Be prepared to pay a little extra for a whole lot more.
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