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BIRD SHOOTING

 

Upland Game Birds (All wild)

Guinea Fowl, Swainson’s Spurfowl (Francolin), Orange River Francolin, Natal Spurfowl, Common Quail and the diminutive Button Quail can all be expected.  The season usually runs from the 1st of May through to the end of August.  Bag limit is 10 birds per hunter per day**Hunting is usually conducted as a ‘rough’ or ‘walked up’ shoot over well trained German Short Haired Pointers, though we may also do some driven shoots towards the end of the season when cover becomes sparse. 

Waterfowl

Spurwing Geese, Egyptian Geese, Yellow Billed Duck, Red Billed Teal and White Face Whistling Duck make up the quarry.  The season usually runs from the 1st of May through to the end of August.  Bag limit is 10 birds per hunter per day**Duck and Goose hunting is conducted on several large bodies of water, farm dams, ponds and wetland areas.  The pointers are also excellent retrievers and contribute to minimizing lost birds on the water.

Pigeons and Doves

Speckled (Rock) Pigeon, Red-Eyed Dove, Laughing Dove and Cape Turtle Dove are all on the menu.  No limit, no season!  Officially declared vermin.

 

We usually start shooting Doves and Pigeons around the middle of February as the first sunflower fields ripen and continue to shoot them until middle October.  On a typical day a hunter may expect to shoot between 300 and 1000 rounds, depending on how enthusiastic he is and of course the birds playing along.  It is not uncommon for hunters to break the 1500 round mark if they engage targets enthusiastically and can handle that kind of abuse!

**Note that during the general season Upland-, Waterfowl and Pigeon/Dove hunting will be combined during a day, so if your bag has been filled on Waterfowl you simply move on to shooting Upland game birds or doves and pigeons.

Benelli at Grasslands Safaris

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