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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
Free State Plains Game Hunt South Africa
We are a registered, legit company that offers a professional, reliable and dedicated hunting service to all clients. Our mission is to create a remarkable hunting experience to make your Safari a memorable one. We offer a wide variety of plains game, dangerous game as well as bird hunting.
Trip duration: 3 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 30 Nov 2020
1x1 Hunt - "The Best of the Free State" South Africa
Nestled between undulating landscapes and ravines of the Southern Free State of South Africa, this Private Game Reserve spans some 34,500 acres (14,00 hectares) on elevated plains, with majestic hills rising from the charming yet harsh and rugged African Bushveld, captivating the most discerning visitor. The reserve is unrivalled in its appeal as one of Southern Africa’s premier hunting destinations. We are also privileged to have the Lake Vanderkloof extending 25km (15,5 miles) along our western boundary. We have buffalo, white rhino, sable, roan and most other plains game species that are all available to be hunted. You will be guided by top-class full time hunting guides known as Professional Hunters (PH’s), ensuring not only an unforgettable experience but everlasting memories that will entice your return. The serene setting coupled with the day’s events will make for good conversation around the fire at sunset. We offer both the seasoned and less experienced hunter a hunt to suit their tastes and preferences. The reserve is vast and expansive, allowing a ‘walk and stalk’ hunt if you so wish. Hunting from pre-built hides is also an option. We can and do cater for all, we can hunt hard or take it easy. The vastness of the Reserve coupled with the varied topography makes every hunt different – from high open plateaus to deep thorny ravines, the environment is not only aesthetically pleasing but offers a different challenge on every day.
Trip duration: 7 - 21 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2021
2:1 Free State Plains Game Hunt South Africa
Because we hunt so many different areas and countries, every hunt is designed according to the client's needs and abilities and also which specific animal they want to hunt. Hunts range from traditional tracking methods, walk & stalk, glassing from mountains to waiting in a blind.
Trip duration: 5 - 21 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2021
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