Wing shooting in Rhodes with Linecasters ...

Greywing Francolin

The North Eastern Cape is famous for its Wing shooting for Greywing francolin which can be compared with the American Chukka Partridge hunting.  The beauty of the rugged mountain terrain, clean, crisp air together with experiencing well-bred English Pointers sniffing out cunning Greywing and adrenaline pumping, bombshell take-off’s of the covey makes this hunt extraordinary and highly sought-after.

Greywing shoot

Region

The Southern Drakensberg is a remote area; often for kilometers one cannot see signs of human habitation.  The Greywing which live here are high altitude birds and are often hunted between 7000 ft. and 10 000 ft. above sea level.  Greywing group into coveys of 6 to 30 birds. This is wing shooting at its best!

Hunting party that has hunted with Linecasters for more than 12 years

Season

The hunting season starts in May and finishes at the end of August.  These cold winter months can be very uncomfortable if precautions are not taken.  Balaclavas, gloves, warm jackets and even thermal underwear are often needed.

Guns and Equipment

Guns to be used are 12, 16, 18 and 20 bore with 5 and 6 shots.  Many hunters argue that the shot may be too heavy and prefer a No. 7 but taking into account the speed of the bird, it’s up, down and across flight and the wind, a 5 and 6 is what we permit.  This cuts losses in wounded or leg-down birds.  Gun safety is of primary importance at all times.

How we hunt

The hunting day (depending on the hunter) normally starts after breakfast, 7 – 9 o’clock.  We drive to a specific farm and head for a specific location.  Hunters and P.H. walk behind the dogs which range 20 – 100 m ahead of the party.  Linecasters can also provide horseback hunting of a very high standard.

Once the birds are pointed, hunters move (dismount) over the dogs and flush the birds in a straight-line formation.  The birds are flushed by the hunters, not the dogs.  The amount of shots fired, downed birds or wounded and the number of birds in the covey is calculated for later reference.  Only 40% of a covey can be shot and hardly ever do we target a covey more that once a year.  A gillie will accompany the party to seek and carry downed birds.  The bag limit is 4 – 6 birds per hunter per day depending on the season, this quota is set by Nature Conservation.  The gillie will clean the birds at the end of each hunt.  Hunters should be fairly walking fit, if they do not choose to hunt on horseback, so as not to hold up the party and loose shooting opportunities.  The hunting party has a field lunch at midday with tea, coffee and drinks.

English Pointers

Our two English pointers are trained by ourselves and show remarkable discipline and stealth on these hunts.  Hunters are more than welcome to bring their own gun dogs.