Decoyed Pigeons are the speciality at Monteraz Lodge and Cordoba is considered one of the best pigeon shooting regions in South America. The 50 square mile area (80 km) around the lodge is annually inhabited by over 5 million pigeons. The lodge enjoys 60 shooting fields all within a scenic drive through the region. This decoyed pigeon hunt is a mere one hour from Pico Zuro and La Dormida lodges so a combination of dove and pigeon is easily arranged. This is a great way to add a wonderful compliment for those shooters interested in some quality decoyed pigeon.
Montaraz lodge is located in the province of Córdoba, in central Argentina, 95 miles Northwest of the Cordoba City international airport which is approximately 2 hours travel time. The lodge sits on the “Sierras Chicas” and the “Sierras Grandes”.
The program generally starts at 8:00am with a hearty breakfast and a short drive to the shoot. In the field, you will be assigned a blind or hide, and you’ll be attended by a bird-boy, who will provide you with shells and refreshments at your shooting stand. Throughout the shooting session, you’ll be under the watchful eye of your guide, who will be available to assist you with any need.
Depending on the time of the year, you will shoot till noon when you will be treated to a traditional barbecue lunch at the lodge, tasting some of Argentina’s wonderful beef and the exclusive wine. Afternoon’s sessions begin at around 2:00pm or 3:00pm, and they continue until 5:00pm or 6:00pm before your return to the lodge for cocktails in the wine cellar and a delicious dinner.
Wild pigeons are both large and fast, which make calculating their speed and lead bit deceptive. Pigeons are also wary birds, and there is an element of hunting involved that makes the shooting closer to decoying ducks than shooting doves. Staying hidden and still in a good blind, is the key to success.
There is a swimming pool, tennis court and riding stables available at the lodge as well as City and Estancia tours, San Telmo Market, Tango shows, Colón Theatre and shopping trips.