Game Bird Hunting in Namibia
Wing shooting is normally overlooked in Namibia when confronted with the excellent Trophy game hunting for which the country is more well-known.
Here in Namibia you can set your clock by the arrival of the sandgrouse; Namaqua in the early morning and Double-banded at sunset, hovering above and then dropping to the water like stones from the sky. Tracking their fluttery flight path with shotgun is a mastered skill, sandgrouse shooting is “measured in minutes rather than hours”.
Doves surely challenge sandgrouse in agility and swiftness, descending at the waters in large numbers, taunting you with their three note cries work HARD–er, work HARD–er! We hunt these sporting birds in ambush over waterholes.
Helmeted Guinea fowl, the most widespread upland game bird and Francolin is hunted walked-up, flushing them in the dry river beds and open grassland areas.
Quail the smallest of the game birds are nomadic and migratory; a driven hunt flushing them in open grassland areas, quail inhabit the same terrain as Guinea fowl and Francolin; their numbers largely depend on the Namibian rain season.
BIRD HUNTING NAMIBIA - HUNTABLE GAME BIRDS
|GAME BIRD SPECIES||HUNTING SEASON||DAY LIMIT PER HUNTER|
| Helmeted guinea fowl (Numida meleagris)||1 June – 30 September||10|
| Kurrichane buttonquail (Turnix sylvatica)||1 May – 31 July||10|
| Harlequin quail (Coturunix delegorguei)||1 June – 31 August||5|
| Redbilled francolin (Francolinus adspersus)||1 May – 31 August||10|
| Swainson`s francolin (Francolinus swainsonii)||1 May – 31 August||10|
| Orange River Francolin (Francolinus levaillantoides)||1 May – 31 August||10|
| Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)||1 Jan – 31 March||5|
| Cape teal (Anas capensis)||1 August – 31 October||10|
| Redbilled teal (Anas erythrorhyncha)||1 August – 31 October||10|
| Cape turtle dove (Streptopelia capicola)||1 May – 31 October||10|
| Laughing dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)||1 May – 31 October||10|
| Rock pigeon (Columba guinea)||1 July – 31 October||10|
| Namaqua sandgrouse (Pterocles namaqua)||1 September – 30 November||10|
| Double-banded sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus)||1 September – 30 November||5|
| Burchell`s Sandgrouse (Pterocles burchelli)||1 October – 30 November||5|
Wing shooting internationally as a sporting activity only allows the use of shotguns on flying birds. Your normal twelve-gauge shotgun you use at home to hunt birds would work just fine otherwise you can rent a gun and ammunition from us to hunt any of these African game birds.
Recommended shot sizes to be used are:
- Quails, Doves and Pigeons = size 7 /8 /9
- Sandgrouse and Francolin = size 6 /7
- Ducks, Teal and Guinea fowl = size 4 /5
- Egyptian Geese = size 3 /4
Trophy hunters that hunt game birds as an additional activity to their trophy hunt may hunt two birds per huntable game bird specie during the Namibian trophy hunting season from 01 February until 30 November, if guided by a PH/ guide. A special bird trophy hunting permit is required before a trophy hunter may hunt birds for trophies.
There is no additional cost if you want to combine your plains game hunt and some wing shooting on your safari with VIERANAS SAFARIS in Namibia.
Wing shooting that are not part of a plains game hunt can be organized with VIERANAS SAFARIS in Namibia for a maximum of four bird hunters.
1x1 hunt basis @ U$ 450 per hunter per day
2x1 hunt basis @ U$ 400 per hunter per day
Rental of 12-gauge shotgun @ U$ 45 per day
Birdshot per box (20) @ U$20
I will personally work on every detail of your Bow Hunting Safari in Namibia ensuring you the best personal service.
Look forward to hearing from you.
All the best - Roger