Southern Africa’s central Kalahari Desert in Botswana truly offers some of the finest sandgrouse shooting Africa has to offer today. This is the bird that Hemingway wrote about so passionately and loved to hunt. Burchells and Namaqua sandgrouse arrive at waterholes at a gentlemanly hour of 09-00 and the double banded just before it’s too dark to shoot in the evening. The strategy of Sandgrouse shooting has been carefully worked out and honed at each waterhole, by the guns forming an outward facing circle around the water hole about four hundred yards from it, leaving an un-shot area in the middle large enough for incoming sandgrouse to land and drink. With the guns at this distance from the waterhole, the incoming packs of sandgrouse are fair game at a high range and are extremely sporting. Once the birds have passed over the guns, they drop down to the waterhole to get their fill and then fly out once again to run the gauntlet. All in all, they offer fantastic shooting and great table fair. Sandgrouse season is September and October in Namibia and only October in Botswana
Our doves are shot over pans and occasionally a local feed lot.
They are either shot in the morning or afternoon depending on the flight.
Guinea fowl are usually located close to watering holes. Once a strategy has been devised the guns are placed and the beaters circle the birds and drive them towards the guns. This provides for challenging shooting and a quick re-load is advantageous.