Yes I did and it was well worth it. Everyone of us (4 hunters) spent one day of our 10 day Safari hunting birds together. The outfitter didn’t charge any extra to do it. We hadn’t booked our hunt to include birds and decided to do it in the middle of our hunt just to change things up a bit. We had a blast doing it. We still got all the trophies we booked for and got some bird mounts we hadn’t planned on.
Rock pigeons in South Africa, absolutely the hardest wing shooting I’ve had. Had two days of goose hunting, also in South Africa, birds had never been hunted and we used the ugliest excuses for decoys imaginable, great fun. And there was one evening shooting sand grouse in Zimbabwe.
Oh, and there was a hunt using a falcon near Bullawayo that was an incredible experience.
South Africa has a season, so make sure you go during it. I would have loved hunting behind PawPrints GSPs! Unfortunately I was there out of season. Tons of huntable birds around!
Good luck in your pursuit!
My PH treated me to guinea fowl hunting after we had filled my "package." It was a blast, and I have renamed them "flying eland." Do not miss a chance to bird hunt because it was as much fun as stalking big game. One of my friends did an evening of dove shooting, and we had dove breasts stuffed with cheese and jalapenos wrapped in bacon for the happy hour brie. It was fantastic. On the list for next year.
Mule deer and Colorado elk seasons almost done! Hunters driving farm roads, looking for racks, their PH driving them along, I ask that you not pull into my drive. The buck behind me, on the boundary line of the GMU somehow knows. The hunter laughs, I would invite you in to see my Searcy rifles but social distancing prevails, darkness arrives and the buck slides away into secret tree grove...