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About hunting in Free State
This province is essentially a Highveld (highland) grassland plateau. This predominantly flat plain with scattered hills (kopjies) rises to the spectacular sandstone Maluti Mountains of the Golden Gate National Park. The province shares a border with the little known independent country of Lesotho, known as the “Mountain Kingdom” which boasts the highest mountain peak in the Drakensberg (Dragon Mountains) Mountain range, Thabana Ntlenyana at 3,482 m (11,424 ft) high. When hunting in the shadow of these mountains in winter you can expect cold, windy and sometimes snowy conditions. The Highveld specials can be hunted during your visit to the Free State, these include the Black Wildebeest and Grey Rhebuck. Plentiful in the region are Gemsbuck, Blesbok, Springbuck, Red Hartebeest, Roan, Sable, Waterbuck, Red Lechwe, Zebra and even Buffalo. Some Outfitters also offer small predator hunts at night with a spotlight, hunting mainly for Caracal, Serval and Jackals. The province has a thriving agricultural industry which produces 70% of the country’s maize (corn) and the bulk of the country’s sunflower crop. The combination of these two crops when harvested provides some of the finest bird shooting opportunities in the world. Everything from doves, pigeons to upland birds and waterfowl are attracted to these fields during the harvest to enjoy the spilt grain and sunflower seeds. Good cover around the corn field also offers some great Francolin, Spurfowl and Guineafowl shoots. These hunts normally commence first thing in the morning while the cold winter air is still dense leaving good scent trails for the pointing dogs. When the dogs tire, it’s time to move onto the mid-morning shoot, an assortment of doves and the highly rated Speckled Pigeons (formerly called Rock Pigeon). Rockies, as referred to by local bird hunters, are fast flying and a much sought after quarry by bird shooting enthusiasts. Read more...
The day is rounded off with a waterfowl shoot when the birds return to roost on the shores of the many water impoundments in the area. Numerous duck species, including Yellow-billed Ducks and Spurwing Geese, Africa’s biggest Goose (size of a Snow Goose) are hunted at last light. If you are looking for something different, take a horseback hunt in the spectacular Maluti Mountains for free-range Eland and the endemic Grey Rhebuck. Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) and CITES permits are required for some species even with an exemption permit. All the necessary documentation details will be provided by your Outfitter. Learn more about South African hunting regulations here. Hide details
1:1 Bushveld Rifle/Bow Hunt South Africa
We believe in the spirit of fair chase in all your hunting endeavours and our stance on conservation through hunting is evident by the abundance of game on our hunting areas. Long after you have left, you will still recall the warm welcome, professionalism and hospitality extended to you on your hunting safari and you will return soon.
Trip duration: 5 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2021
1 x 1 Highland Mountain Hunt South Africa
A scenic 'Big Country' spot and stalk hunt. We use a vehicle to be able to cover ground and may walk short distances to vantage to points glass the area. Once a potentially suitable trophy is located we plan our stalk across the plains or in the mountainous terrain. Our hunting days are from sunrise to sunset. NOTE: Prices are subject to foreign currency fluctuations between the time of the quotation and the hunting date.
Trip duration: 4 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2021 30 Nov 2021
Free State Introductory Package 1x1 South Africa
A hunting expedition in Southern Africa is something every hunter should do at least once, during his or her lifetime. With its excellent infrastructure and vast availability of wild game species, South Africa offers the perfect setting to fulfill the hunter’s African dream. Perfect destination for first time hunters in Africa! This offer is for 5 days / 4 nights for 4 African Plains game species such as 1x Blesbok, 1x Springbok, 1x Black wildebeest, 1x Gemsbok on one on one basis.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 Dec 2021
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