Game Bird Conservation
At Karoo Wingshooting in South Africa, we consider the conservation of the game bird population in every wingshooting experience. Our aim is to assist with the maintenance and sustainability of the game bird population. All the game birds gathered from our bird hunts are consumed by either the hunter's, ourselves or the local community.
Upland Game Bird Conservation
Upland Game Bird Conservation is essential to the management of the wild game bird population. The totally wild populations of Upland Game Birds include various Partridge, Francolin, Spurfowl and Guineafowl species. No more than 30% of a population is harvested per annum.
Guns can expect to flush between 60 and 100 birds per day and a bag of between 20 and 30 birds depending on the number of guns and level of shooting. Smaller groups are preferred. Three guns being the ultimate size group, four being maximum.
Waterfowl such as Geese are often considered a pest by the agricultural community as they trample valuable crops during the initial growth stage after germination. The damage a flock of a thousand geese can cause on pastures is unimaginable to uninformed outsiders. By adding value in terms of concession fees paid to landowners, Karoo Wingshooting create tolerance towards the birds from landowners.
It is also seen as a protein supplement to their labour force and excess birds are distributed to the impoverished local communities. These benefits deter landowners from eradicating these birds en-mass. The employment of insalubrious solutions often leads to indiscriminant game bird eradication or secondary poisoning of other species who live in the area.
DOVE & PIGEON Conservation
Pigeons and doves are considered agricultural pests as they consume and squander a vast percentage of the annual national sunflower crop. The damage the estimated 7 million pigeons just around Bloemfontein cause annually is quantified in eight digit figures, something unimaginable to the uninformed public.
By adding value in terms of concession fees paid to landowners and curbing the population increase to some extent, Karoo Wingshooting lessens some of the impact these birds have on sunflower yields. Additionally, excess shot birds are a protein supplement to farm labourers, but more importantly to the impoverished local communities in the district. Many a time, these locals will gather at a distance from shooting guns and be more than willing to help picking up shot birds. For them sharing in the spoils of the day is the only fresh protein their families will receive and is looked upon as a god sent.
All birds are consumed by clients while on safari, while the excess are prepared and frozen for post-season consumption by ourselves or the local community.