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Hunting, shooting for Ostrich

Stalking, Bowhunting

You're hot, it is midday and the sun beating above is testing your internal thermometer. Through binoculars you can't seem to distinguish anything between hazy clouds of dust but you can feel, through all your senses that this is ostrich country.

Suddenly trackers have pushed a group of ostrich towards you and in a second the booming noise of the stampeding land birds produce a swath of black-and-white runners, yours for the taking, if you can stand the heat that is.

Ostrich are typically found in herds, running or dropping down to the ground when startled. Claiming not only the biggest bird species prize, they are also the world's fastest bird, running at speeds up to 70 km/hr.

Components of difficulty when hunting for the largest bird in the world include scouting, tracking and accurately targeting one of the bird's kill zones.

Because of their habitat- bushy, dry shubs that cover and conceal often their body and the bird's dense feathering and thick skin, they are a quarry hunted with far heavier equipment than other game birds.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Struthio camelus 

Size: height: 2.1 – 2.8 m, wingspan: 2 m 

Weight: male 120 kg, female 100 kg

Lifespan: 45 years

Methods: Bow hunting, Safari, Driven big game, Stalking

Countries: Africa