William Powell Sporting

South African Rock Pigeons

The African Grouse...

We are excited to offer three packages for 6 to 8 Guns to shoot Rock Pigeon in South Africa.

Found in phenomenal numbers around Bloemfontein in South Africa, the African Rock Pigeon (or ‘African Grouse’) is an unbelievably exciting bird to shoot! These flighty birds duck and dive at speeds of 55 mph presenting a challenge to the best of Shots. They truly are like no other bird you have shot anywhere in the World and are considered to be the most challenging in the world of wingshooting. The Rock Pigeon is not a “dove” nor really a pigeon, but a bird with uncanny speed and the ability to out-jinx most situations. Rock Pigeon make Grouse look easy!

We have teamed up with South African Rock Pigeon specialist, Paul Stones African Safaris, to offer this exciting opportunity. Paul has over 15 years’ experience of organising shooting Rock Pigeons in South Africa and is considered to be the best in the business.

We are offering 3 packages for 6 to 8 Guns.

Signature Trip
6 nights with 5 days of Rock Pigeon shooting for 6 to 8 Guns – $3,430 (£2,615)* per Gun, fully inclusive

A Long Weekend Trip
4 nights with 3 days Rock Pigeon shooting for 6 to 8 Guns – $2,500 (£1,900)* per Gun, fully inclusive

Mix Bag Week
7 nights with 6 days shooting
3 days Rock Pigeon shooting in Bloemfontein followed by duck, driven guineafowl and francolin for the remaining 3 days
$5,200 (£3,960)* per Gun for 6 Guns – fully inclusive
$4,800 (£3,660)* per Gun for 8 Guns – fully inclusive

Includes the following
• 7 Nights and 6 full shooting days
• All accommodation in high quality lodges
• All meals for the duration of the trip including all bush lunches held in the field
• All wine and alcohol for the duration of the trip. Although generous in
quantity, PSSA reserves the right to request a “donation” towards those
whom exceed the “normal” quota!
• All transport from arrival, commencing with collection from ORT in
Johannesburg or Bloemfontein should those that wish to fly to this
destination, return to either of these destinations
• All transportation for the duration of the shooting trip
• All bird boys and beaters
• All field lunches
• All licenses
• 3 professional hunters plus vehicles
• *VAT at 15%

Excludes the following
• International Flights
• Non-shooting guest – $350 per night (SPA in Bloemfontein)
• Gratuities please ask your host but recommended amount $300 per Gun
• Gun hire – $100 per day for pigeons and $50 for upland birds
• Shotgun ammo:
12 gauge – 70mm $12-00 USD per box of 25
12 gauge – 65mm $14-00 USD per box of 25
20 gauge – 65mm $13-00 USD per box of 25
16 gauge – 65mm $16-50 USD per box of 25

One man’s attempt to describe the thrill of shooting the ‘African Grouse’…

The African Grouse…

The sunflowers rustle in the strong wind that is blowing directly into your face, it is hot, even though the sun has not been in the sky for long, you can feel the heat on your face and back. The netting hide in which you are concealed makes you almost invisible, a necessity when shooting rock pigeon, or the ‘African Grouse’.

The wind has picked up and suddenly a shout, ‘in-coming, 11 o’clock’, you stare into the blue sky and way off the black specks in groups of 5 to 30 are dancing on the wind, they are coming in straight toward you, high above the brown earth, they suddenly drop down to head height, hugging the contours, now only 100’s of yards out, approaching, unaware of your presence.

Lack of movement is critical, you cannot afford to be seen, carefully the gun is brought to bear, you are certain of the first flight and have pictured in your mind the falling birds, two guns down from you and the first shot of the day is fired. The starburst of the flight in front of you catches you by total surprise, your barrels are nowhere and the sound of wings cutting the air is loud and invisible, evasive action has been taken, down the line to your left and right, the popping of shells and frantic swinging of barrels is left behind as the first wave of ‘rockies’ settles deep in the sunflowers to feed.



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