Greywing Partridge Shooting in South Afica

 (Scleroptila africanus)

The Hunt

This is a walk up shoot over pointing dogs and has been described as champagne shooting with the “Rolls Royce” of the African gamebirds. English Pointers are used to hunt, point and retrieve the birds. Greywing Partridge can be found in covies of between five and twenty birds, sit tight for pointers and flush in singles, pairs, or at once. The greywing hunt takes place in the pristine highlands of the Sneeuberg mountain range north of the historic town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, at altitudes of between 1600 and 2100 meters above sea level. An average level of fitness is an advantage. It can be described as challenging by some, but it is extremely rewarding to the enthusiastic wingshooter. You can expect to walk in excess of 7 miles or 10 kilometres per day. You will experience classic shooting to bag the fastest upland gamebird in the world, while observing endless vistas and breath-taking mountain topographies few travellers will ever lay eyes on. Karoo Wingshooting has exclusive partridge concessions in excess of 75,000 hectares (185,000 acres).

 

Program

A typical day will commence with an early morning breakfast after which we will depart for the day's shooting. Transportation to the shooting area will be by means of a luxury 4WD vehicle. Shooting commence on arrival in the field until noon. A hearty field lunch will be served and there will be enough time given to rest weary legs. Guns will resume the shoot at around 2pm. The day's shoot will conclude during the afternoon with a photo session of the day's bag and something to fight off the cold from within. A mouth-watering dinner will be served at 7.30 pm and the day's excitement will be relived around a comfortable fireplace until bedtime.

 

Duration

A typical Greywing shoot takes place over 2 to 3 days. International sportsmen and women can combine a Greywing Partridge shoot with some of our other shooting and touristic options.

 

Gear

This is the Southern hemisphere’s winter time! Good, sturdy, well worn, waterproof ankle boots are essential. The mornings and late afternoons will be cold; therefore dressing in layers are advisable.

A warm jacket, jersey, beanie, scarf and gloves are recommended. Sunblock, a shooting cap, eye and ear protection as well as a shooting vest is recommended for an enjoyable shoot.

Guns and Ammo

12 or 20 gauge over/under shotguns are recommended.

No Semi-auto’s will be allowed on Greywing hunts.

Shot in size No.5 will be supplied to visiting sportsmen.

This combination has found to be ideal for Greywing hunting in our areas.

 

 

Conservation

As these are totally wild populations of partridge, 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. Greywing Partridge season is from the 1st May until the 31st July. All birds are consumed by clients while on safari, while the excess are prepared and frozen for post-season consumption by ourselves.

 

Accommodation

Lodgings are at a comfortable upmarket starred guest house in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet. All rooms have air conditioning, comfortable beds dressed with percale cotton linen. All are en-suite with complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.  Rooms are serviced daily. Delectable cuisine and great Karoo hospitality can be expected.

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