With a mainland area of 2,780,400 square kilometres, Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world. It features a vast, extremely varied landscape, ranging from steep Patagonian snow-capped mountains to tropical jungles and waterfalls to marshes and swampland. The diverse landscape is home to all manner of animals and birds, so it’s no surprise that Argentina is the most popular hunting destination globally, attracting more than 20,000 foreign hunters every year. Whether you’re looking to hunt Doves, Ducks, Pidgeons or Partridges, Argentina can offer some of the best action.
Without a doubt, the region of Cordoba, situated in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas on the Suquía River, is one of the most famous destinations for wing shooting and is often referred to as the Dove shooting capital of the world. Due to its rich agricultural land and the lack of natural predators, it’s estimated that there are 35 million eared Doves and rising in the region. The birds are a pest to farmers and the general population, so hunters are a welcome sight in the area, and it’s possible for guns to shoot them by the thousands each day.
The provinces of La Pampa in the west and Entre Rios in the south offer some of the best Duck shooting, with over thirteen different species to shoot at any given time. Add to this the fantastic shooting over pointing dogs for Perdiz; then it’s easy to see why the Argentina shooting holidays are regarded as some of the best in the world.
Below we have listed the main destinations for you to choose from.
The Lodge has been purpose-built with shooters in mind and every possible level of comfort and service is assured. 18,000 square feet of pure luxury with ten expertly appointed rooms allow group sizes to be small and intimate with singles or doubles. Probably the most exclusive Dove shooting lodge in Argentina.
Jacana Lodge is one of the top lodges in the whole of Argentina for Duck shooting, this lodge has hundreds of acres of private wetlands that provide perfect habitat for the 12 common species of Duck. You will be shooting from both dry “bucket blinds” as well as pit and platform blinds depending on the topography of that day’s shoot.
La Dormida is located in Cordoba which is widely considered the Dove shooting capital of the world. The 100 square mile radius around the La Dormida Lodge is annually inhabited by over 50.000.000 million doves, and the birds reproduce over five times per year, so it's easy to see why the Dove shooting is so productive.
Pica Zuro is the most exclusive Dove shooting lodge in Cordoba and it offers unparalleled luxury and comfort from which to enjoy some of the best shooting found anywhere in the world. This elegantly restored 19th-century house is decorated in a friendly safari style, but there’s a feeling of old-world elegance that starts outdoors and extends throughout each room of the property.
Located just a 35-minute drive from Cordoba Airport, is the first lodge opened by the Hayes brothers. It is a beautiful European style lodge with seven spacious bedrooms. The drives to the fields are very comfortable 15 to 50 minutes. The lodge offers many amenities including a lavish outdoor pool and a jacuzzi with capacity for ten people.
La Portenita is situated on top of a hill with magnificent views, nestled in a beautiful country setting. The house is set within the confines of a working Argentine Estancia, making for a unique hunting experience. This lodge has access to a huge area of ground ranging from low lying fields to higher ground within the Dove roosting areas.
Wing shooting done the right way, with obedient retrievers and expert guides, Perdiz over well-trained pointers, Pigeons over decoys, passing Doves and Ducks from the blinds, the opportunities are endless and the choice is yours. Each and every day you can experience something different and exciting at Los Crestones.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 90%
"The dove shooting is superb. The food is absolutely wonderful. The facilities are spotless clean, very new, and simply beautiful. The location is remote and perfectly situated for the best dove shooting experience that one can find anywhere in the world. In short, this lodge is one of those few holiday destinations this is actually better -- MUCH BETTER -- than its website would indicate. I would return to this destination without hesitation. If you want to shoot doves and I mean lots of dove, this is the only place to go."
"We thought the lodge was great, food excellent, great rooms and even the shell allowance found the correct balance. Bird boys were without fault and very professional, I was impressed with the variety of locations and the quality of sport offered and the organisation was seamless, full marks to Charlie for getting us up every morning, I couldn’t do that all season. I have already told my shooting friends about the trip, their most important question was ‘Would you go back’? The answer was YES"
"I’d like to thank all the organization for the most wonderful opportunity to hunt at Pica Zuro last week. The tripmore than exceeded every hope and expectation I had. From the service, to the meals, to the shooting, everything was perfect. Never could I imagine shooting over 4200 rounds in 3.5 days! The lodge manager, Maria Capizzi, was an absolutely wonderful host. My field assistant, Lucas, was a trooper, loading all 4200+ shells for me, even on a 101+ degree day. All the field assistants and lodge staff treated us like royalty. I would have to say this trip ranked in the top three vacations I’ve ever been on (the other two being my honeymoon and 10 year anniversary)! You can most certainly use me as a reference as I can’t imagine anyone having less than a spectacular time"
With its vast, diverse landscape, Argentina shooting holidays offer the travelling hunter a chance to shoot many different species of birds, depending on what region you’re visiting. The area in and around Cordoba is famous for its non-migratory Eared Doves. The lodges of Guayascate, La Dormida, Pica Zuro, Sierra Verde and La Portenita offer some of the best action. In the Cordoba region, at Montaraz lodge, you can also shoot many wild pigeons, including the White-spotted Wing and Pica Zuro Pigeons.
For the best Duck shooting in the country, look no further than Jacana Lodge. Situated in Lincoln, in the province of Buenos Aires, this destination gives you the chance to encounter thirteen common species. These include the Fulvous Whistling-Duck, White-Cheeked Pintail, Silver Teals, White Faced Whistling Duck, Southern Wigeon, Speckled Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Rosy Billed Pochard, Ringed Teal, Black Headed Duck, Red Shoveler, Yellow-billed Pintail and the Brazillian Duck or Teal.
Los Crestones is another excellent destination for Ducks but also offers lots of different species. Here, depending on the season, you can shoot non-migratory Eared Doves, Perdiz, Ducks and Pigeons.
If you’re going shooting in Argentina, why not read our blog: Dove Hunting and how to shoot them.
The hunting takes place in many different area’s, landscapes and terrain. Eared Dove roosts in surrounding hills and mountains, but they leave to feed in nearby fields each morning. The shooting commonly occurs in the hills, flatlands and flight lines over the agricultural land, generally over cut wheat, sunflower, sorghum or corn. You await the roosting and feeding birds in their thousands.
For Ducks, you will often be shooting over decoys from a selection of comfortable and camouflaged dry blinds; there’s also the chance to shoot from sunken “Bucket blinds”, Pit blinds or platform pallet blinds situated around the ponds and lagoons.
With an estimated 32 million Eared Doves in the Cordoba area alone, it’s no surprise that the shooting is productive all year round. However, the months of August to February have exceptionally high numbers.
For Ducks and Perdiz, the season runs from May 1st to August 31st. The Perdiz shooting is excellent throughout these months, whereas the Ducks have a peak between June and August.
The climate in Argentina is very varied; Buenos Aires and Cordoba have a temperate climate, meaning it can be pretty cold in winter but hot and humid in summer. Its winter runs from June to August, spring from September to November, summer from December to February and autumn from March to May. Averagely the coldest month is July, the wettest December and the windiest October.
The shooting destinations in Argentina are a relatively low key affair regarding walking and carrying equipment. However, be prepared for a frantic days sport and to shoot an incredible amount of shells through your gun. A typical day can be very punishing on the shoulder, and we recommend a decent shoulder pad and shooting vest to help combat this.
You depart the UK and fly direct to Buenos Aires, where on arrival, you transfer to the domestic terminal for your connecting flight to Cordoba or the destination you’re visiting. Once there, you will be greeted and transferred to your lodge by a Sportquest representative.