Overview of this species and the hunt
Although it is a bird, the ostrich is considered a member of the plains game family. They are unable to fly, but they are exceptionally fast runners with a tendency to give a nasty kick. With only two toes and a long neck, the also ostrich has very powerful legs. The head and neck are not covered with feathers, as the rest of the body is, but instead, these parts are covered in bristles. The male birds have black feathers tipped with white on the wings and tail while the females are mostly grey. Females lay huge eggs and the male shares the parenting duties with his partner, often looking after the eggs at night.
Ostriches live in massive flocks of up to 40 birds and they thrive in all kinds of environments. If you are hunting in a dry region, you are likely to come across these birds at the local water hole. Ostriches feed on berries and seeds, as well as insects and reptiles. When hunted, their meat is eaten while their hide can be used to make a quality leather.
You don’t have to be too concerned about the calibre of your weapon or the bullets you will use, any rifle will be good enough when hunting ostrich. If it is a trophy you are after, don’t shoot the head, neck or wings. Trophies are normally shoulder mounts. Aim your rifle to the centre of his body. One shot should be enough to do the job!