For those who love their Dove shooting, the Cordoba Province is the crème de la crème, as verified by hundreds of publications. The beautiful Guayascate Lodge is situated right at the heart of some of the best game bird habitats in the region and attracts thousands of travelling guns every year, all to enjoy one of the most exciting hot barrel destinations found anywhere in the world. It offers guests an incredible opportunity to get fully submerged in the excitement of a full-on four days hunting.
Guayascate Lodge is a relatively new accommodation but is one of four Lodges under the control of the reputable H&H Outfitters and the brainchild of brothers Alex and Zeke Hayes. They’ve been offering the best shooting and hunting trips in the region for nearly thirty years, and what’s on offer at Guayascate is no different. At only a 90 minute transfer from the local airport, it would be classed as only a stone’s throw away, especially regarding travel time for such an exclusive, wild estate.
Situated within 20,000 acres of well-maintained grounds, it’s home to an incredible population of wild Eared Doves. These abundant game birds roost in the beautiful surrounding hills and mountains, leaving each morning to feed heavily in the nearby fields of cut wheat, sorghum, sunflower and corn, which you will be shooting over.
Located in the heart of Argentina, Cordoba is a fertile and productive agricultural area nestled in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas. Well known as one of South America’s breadbaskets, its sprawling farms and established irrigation provides the Doves with the ideal habitat. Abundant with food and water and with a lack of natural predators, the habitat is so well-suited for the birds that they don’t migrate and have reached robust population numbers. The species is so prolific in the region that there are days when you can expect to shoot 500 rounds in the morning followed by 500 in the afternoon.
The Lodge is surrounded by over 20,000 acres of land, populated by thousands upon thousands of native Piquillin trees, where the birds roost, meaning the best shooting area’s take only a matter of minutes to access. Unless you request it, you will not shoot the same spot twice. Considered a pest by the farmers and the general populace, hunters are a welcome sight in the region.
If you’re travelling to Cordoba in Argentina and would like to know more about the fantastic Eared Dove sport on offer the best way to target them, why not read our blog on Dove Hunting And How To Shoot Them.
The Eared Dove is a stout-bodied bird with a short neck and short slender bill, weighing around 4oz and measuring typically between 8 and 9 inches; they’re renowned for their long wedge-like tails and olive/brown plumage and tiny black spots on their wings. They feature a grey crown, black lines behind the eyes and ear-coverts; it’s these black markings that give the bird its ‘eared’ name.
There is no doubt that the birds are one of the most popular amongst seasoned Wing Shooters worldwide. They provide an excellent quarry for the keen shooter, as they provide the ultimate ‘big bag’ shooting experience, and it’s not uncommon for a single gun to shoot over a thousand birds in one day. This, combined with the fact they are strong fliers, reaching speeds of over fifty miles per hour and using sharp flicks of their wings to propel themselves through the air, provide a tremendous challenge for travelling guns as their flight is often high, fast and direct.
A keen and well-seasoned wing shooter would appreciate this programme due to the opportunities for a wide range of challenging birds and could take great satisfaction in picking the most challenging targets. However, at the same time, it’s an ideal experience for the beginner and intermediate gun to try their hand at plentiful well-presented birds, with plenty of opportunities to improve their skill level.
The daily hunting program at Guayascate Lodge, Argentina, generally starts at around 7.00am, with a hearty breakfast before a short drive to the shoot. Once in the field, you will be assigned with your own experienced professional bird boy, who will provide shells, act as a loader, retrieve fallen birds and keep drinks cool and at the ready. Once you get set up and ready to go, it can be fast and furious; however, the bird boy will be on hand to assist you.
Depending on the time of year, you will shoot until noon, when you’ll get treated to a tremendous Asado-style lunch, complemented with salads, gourmet desserts and fantastic wines. After lunch, many travelling guns like to enjoy a nap in one of the hammocks, mellowing out and resting before the afternoon session gets underway. The afternoon hunting sessions re-commences at around 2.00am or 2:30am, and you will continue to shoot the influx of doves until almost dark. There is no designated time to finish; however, good sense and tired shooters know when they’ve had enough and when the day is done.
Upon returning to the Lodge, you can relax with a hot shower, enjoy some drinks and tasty hors d’oeuvres while waiting for a freshly prepared dinner. The Lodge has professional massage therapists on staff to help you unwind and relax at the end of the day.
There’s good, and there’s very good, but sometimes something comes along that totally alters your previous expectations of good. Well, that time has arrived with the beautiful Guayascate Lodge. Thousands of travelling guns visit Argentina every year, and why not? It’s safe, super attractive and offers the best Dove shooting holiday destinations the world has to offer.
Guayascate is 18,000 square feet of pure luxury with ten expertly appointed rooms with air-conditioned singles or double rooms; the Lodge is equipped to accommodate small, intimate groups or large parties.
The Lodge features a spa with two spacious heated Jacuzzi’s (inside and outside), a weight room for those looking to improve on their fitness and massage therapy to soothe those tired muscles after a day on the shooting fields. There is so much to enjoy at this Lodge for both the shooting and the non-shooting companion; the luxurious features of this Lodge really will keep you content for days.
The infinity swimming pool awaits you for a morning or evening dip. Whether you want to relax or do some laps, the pool is big enough to accommodate your needs. Also, during the summer months, you can enjoy drinks by the pool while cooling off from a day of hot barrel action.
All the living areas at Guayascate have been specially designed with absolute comfort and relaxation in mind. After a long day in the fields, we know how vital a cosy home-like environment is to kick back and relax.
One of the many reasons to travel to Argentina is the food. At Guayascate Lodge, the finest chefs have been secured to make every meal during your stay a culinary experience not to be forgotten. All meals are special occasions; this is why the dining room has been built and decorated the way it has, to make guests feel like royalty. The Lodge expect the quality of the surroundings to be of the calibre of that on your plate.
For evening drinks the Guayascate Lodge didn’t just build a bar; they created “The Bar”, a place to meet up and share great stories with your hunting friends. A friendly staff member will always be on hand to greet you and offer you the beverage of your choice.
Argentina is known around the world for its fine wines. The land of the Gauchos produces what is arguably the best Malbec on the planet. The wine cellar at Guayascate was designed to harbour an extensive selection of reds and whites to match and exceed your highest expectations.
For either travelling non-hunters or hunters who don’t wish to shoot on every session, you can explore the thousands of stunning acres of the surrounding countryside on either foot or by horseback, and the guides can take you to the best sightseeing spots. For more subtle activities, the lodge offers a massage room for the ultimate relaxation, a swimming pool and a fire pit for those lazy evenings catching up with stories told and a drink in your hand.
For your convenience, the Lodge also offers free high-speed wireless access. So you can check e-mails or send bragging photos to your friends, family and fellow hunters back home.
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The below itinerary is flexible should you require additional shooting days or additional free days to explore; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.
Depart Any international Airport (See Details)
Arrive Buenos Aires International Airport
On arrival transfer to the domestic terminal for your connecting flight to Cordoba.
Depart Buenos Aires
On arrival at Cordoba, you will be greeted by a representative from Hayes & Hayes who will be waiting to assist you through customs and if you bring your own gun you will have to be checked by the Argentinean Army at the airport. After clearing customs the staff will be ready to transfer you to the lodge. When you arrive, you will receive a warm welcome from the entire lodge staff and some delightful cocktails. Once you have had time to settle in, you will depart with your guides for your first afternoon’s high volume Dove shooting.
Overnight Accommodation: Guayascate Lodge (Twin rooms) F/B
Over the next 4 days your day will start with a 7:00 am wakeup call and a hearty breakfast before your departure to the fields for 8:00 am. Wake up calls and departure times may vary depending on the time of year and where you will be hunting that day. Most drives to the dove fields are 15-50 minutes away from the lodge. Once you arrive at the selected hunting area you will be assigned your very own professional and experienced bird boy. He will provide you with cartridges, refreshments and loading and will retrieve your fallen birds. Depending on the time of the year, you will continue to shoot until noon This when the team of guns gathers for a traditional Argentine “Asado” (Barbeque). After lunch, your afternoon begins at around 2:00-2:30 pm and continues until approximately 6:00 pm. Once your first day of shooting has come to an end and you have retreated back to the lodge you will be able to relax while your dinner is being prepared.
Overnight Accommodation: Guayascate Lodge (Twin rooms) F/B
In the morning our staff will transport you to the domestic airport for your return connection flight to Buenos Aires.
Arrive Buenos Aires
On arrival transfer, to the International terminal for your return flight back to the UK.
Depart Buenos Aires
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 88%
"I've stayed at other lodges in the area and Guayascate is without doubt the finest lodge you will find, food, shooting and staff all first class. Thanks for such a great holiday."
"Guayascate, we miss you already! What a wonderful place tucked away in Cordoba. The lodge is beautiful, the food delicious, and the wine always flowing. We had the privilege of staying at Guayascate recently with a wonderful group of people from around the world. All were discerning travelers like ourselves and in conversation one evening, we unanimously decided that we couldn't think of any way in which the lodge could improve. I am a non hunter and was the only female at the lodge at the time, but always felt welcome, included and pampered. My husband was in heaven with the sporting aspect of the lodge and it will forever hold a special place in our hearts! Guayascate took care of us every step of the way- even when there was a major airline problem which delayed our departure by a day- Guayascate just welcomed us back with open arms and had lunch ready upon our return. Thank you for a wonderful stay- we hope to see you again soon!"
"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."
The season runs from All year.
Season: All year
Peak: October to April
Cal 12 and 20: 13,75 USD
Cal 28 and 410: 14,75 USD
Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.
Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, shooting and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.
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