Enjoy amazing Argentina dove hunting, pigeon hunting, ducks and perdiz through one of 9 Five-Star luxury shooting lodges offered by Wing Shooting Cordoba in both Argentina and Uruguay. Contact Wing Shooting Cordoba for specials, pending dates, availability and group size.
Tucuman Lodge: The lodge is ideally located in the center of the new frontier in wing shooting in Argentina and near the borders of Catamarca, Santiago del Estero, and Tucuman Provinces.
The hunting program is directed by Adolfo Alonso and Julio Perez. Both have over fifteen years experience guiding international hunters. Their experience allows them to orchestrate incredible programs. They continually monitor each shoot to make sure that every client has everything he or she needs, ensure that guns fire flawlessly under the rigors of unlimited shooting and, of coarse, that each hunter has the amount and kind of shots they desire.
The dove program starts with breakfast around 6:00 a.m. with hunters departing to the field around 7:00 a.m. depending on destination, flight patterns, and weather. Hunters normally start shooting around 8:00 a.m. and will enjoy steady flights of doves until around 12:00 at which time, everyone takes a much needed lunch break normally consisting of a "picada" (smoked meats, cheeses, olives, and other snacks) followed by a delicious "asado" (Argentine barbecue) showcasing the country's incredible beef and delicious eared dove breasts. Of coarse, there will be plenty of cold or hot beverages all served in a comfortable setting allowing the guests to kick up their heels. A siesta is normally taken before returning to the field for the afternoon shoot.
We have three distinct choices for lunch break including an on-the-spot field lunch for those that want to stay close to the action. Guests also can enjoy a more comfortable lunch break taken at a local hot spring where hunters can enjoy an amazing hot spring pool to soak any sore muscles and rest. The hot spring is located at a hotel that includes a nice outside barbeque area where we enjoy the meal and also rooms to enjoy a very restful siesta before the afternoon shoot. The third option, which depends on the location of the morning shoot, is to return to the lodge and enjoy a great lunch and a siesta before returning to the field.
The afternoon hunt begins when doves begin to move and feed once again normally around 3:00 p.m. The afternoon hunt is likely to be in different area than the morning hunt. Guests normally shoot until about 6:00, at which time most of the doves have entered the roost and everyone heads back to the lodge for a hot shower, maybe a massage, and for cocktail hour before dinner at around 9:00.
Each hunter is assigned a bird boy to assist during the shoot. The bird boy counts the number of birds shot, loads shotguns, provides snacks, assists the hunter with any need they might have during the shoot, collects spent shells, and picks up doves at the end of the shoot. They are in constant communication by radio with the head guide and manager in case the hunter needs anything or has any problems with his blind or equipment. Each hunter is provided a cooler with cold drinks and a thermos with hot drinks. Each hunter can also expect snacks, a comfortable chair to enjoy a break, and a blind if necessary for each shoot.
The climate in the Northwest of Argentina ranges from tropical to sub-tropical, and it can be uncomfortably hot and wet throughout the Argentine summer. It doesn't happen very frequently, but we have offer the perfect world. Many places in the north are burning hot throughout the northern summer and hunting season doesn't start for many months--feed your desire to hunt--get your fix! Our area of Argentina is in it's "prime time" while other areas of Argentina, including Cordoba, are experiencing and offering the "low season". Get out of the heat and enjoy a perfect climate and millions of birds.
April and May Shooting is consistent throughout the Argentine fall and winter (North American Spring and Summer) as most doves remain in their roost year-round and those that migrate are returning from the south to further add to the population. It is well known that eared doves can feed off the stock, and it is devastating to the local farmers. April and May is sorgum harvest time....Imagine a million doves landing and feeding on a couple hundred acres of ripe sorghum and you are right in their path! You start shooting and a cyclone effect happens with flights coming in and others circling around. It is unbelievable!
April, May and June The fall harvest in the northwest marks the real start of the "feeding frenzy" of the doves. Sorghum, corn, and soybeans are all normally harvested from April to June in the northwest. Since the area is large and agriculture is diverse, there are always thousands of acres being harvested and hundreds of thousands of acres of already harvested fields for the doves to feed on throughout the winter. During the harvest, you will literally see millions of doves head in one direction to feed on the easy spent grains that the harvester didn't capture......imagine sitting in your blind and watching millions of doves entering a corn harvest with reckless abandon and once again, you are in their way or you are positioned in their flight to water! The sky moves and it can only be described as complete chaos! The shooting causes the doves that are already there to circle and move, others oblivious to your shooting are pouring in recklessly. Being on the front of a harvest is and unforgettable experience!
July - October The harvest is nearing the end, and the dove population is absolutely at it's highest. Flight patterns become incredibly predictable and shooting is consistent. Doves leave the roost about the same time in the morning and return about the same time every afternoon. Mid-way on their flight path, ADU and their guests are waiting for them. Hunts take place in-between fields where they feed and temporary roosts and in-between where the feed and water. As flights of doves pass by, hunters can choose their shots and "practice" one kind or different kinds of shots. Guests experience non-stop flights throughout each session and find this type of shooting to be incredibly sporting and challenging shooting. Have you ever caught a dorado? You might consider booking a cast and blast trip this time of the year in Sept. and Oct. and enjoy flyfishing for dorado and the world's best wing shooting in the same trip.
November and December Finally, during the planting season, there is also incredible shooting. Soybeans are planted in December, and doves attack the planted fields and eat the sprouts (one of their favorite meals) shortly after planting. Doves can devastate the planting, and many times cause the farmer to re-plant his fields. The same feeding frenzy as during the harvest happens when the soy are spouting and some of the most intense numbers of birds will congregate eat the highly nutritious sprout. Don't forget that you can also add-on a fishing trip to Patagonia with Patagonia River Guides and enjoy the best of both worlds!
We shoot exclusively RD shells manufactured locally in Tucuman. In years past, local shells were of poor quality and the powder was "dirty". Not anymore! RD is manufacturing high quality shells in their sophisticated factory outside of Tucuman, and because we are so close, we are ensured a fresh and unlimited supply of the best shells. With our RENAR permit and relations with RD, we can buy, transport, and store any quantity of 12, 20, 28 and even .410 (short) shells. Our price is $13.00 per box and guests are only charged for what they shoot. It is normal for guns to shoot 500 shells in the morning and 500 shells in the afternoon. It is possible to shoot well over 1000 shells each session and actually hard to shoot less than 500 per session with the numbers of birds available. Guests decide how many shots they want to shoot depending on desires and physical level.
You can travel with your guns to Argentina; however, the fees required, process of filling out paperwork, and actually carrying your gun might encourage you to consider renting one of our guns. We can provide every hunter with a gun or even two for each shoot for $75 per day. We shoot exclusively 20-gague Beretta autoloaders, which are new and meticulously cleaned and maintained. A gun reservation should be made in advance to be sure you get what you need.
If you want to bring your own gun, the process is simple, read on. Hunters may arrive into Argentina without prior permission from the Argentine Consulate or any other authority. The police at Argentina's international airport will provide you with the Technical Form, which must be filled out in triplicate. The authorities will sign and stamp all three copies and keep the first copy. You must keep the second and third copy. This is your gun permit allowing you to possess, transport and use the firearm. It is important to keep these documents safe as you will need to provide the third copy to the police authority when leaving the country, at which time the police authority will verify the exit of the corresponding firearms. Your gun permit or Techinal Form will expire ninety days after entry of the weapon to the country and each gun is charged 300 pesos or about $85 to $100 dollars depending on exchange rate. You can find all this information and download the Technical Form at: http://www.renar.gov.ar/index.php?seccion=circuito_en
It is important to register your gun with United States customs prior to your departure at the international airport allowing you to return with your gun without any problems. You must be sure to fill out "Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad" prior to departure from your international airport. The form you need to fill can be downloaded here: http://forms.cbp.gov/pdf/cbp_form_4457.pdf
Our Argentina travel agency will provide a person to assist with the Argentina paperwork and clearing your gun upon arrival into Argentina, so using one of our agents will save you time and make the process efficient.