Argentina introduces you to a traditional way of life that is rapidly vanishing in today’s world. It is a country of diverse landscapes and blending of European and South American cultures. Known for its Pampas, Gauchos and Asados (Argentinian barbeque), it is also home to the finest bird hunting and trout fishing in the world. Nowhere else will you find this caliber of dove hunting and fishing while living in five-star luxury.
Buenos Aires is the gateway to Patagonia. Whether stopping for one night or several days, you will enjoy this sophisticated, lively city with luxurious accommodations and much to see and do. The walkable, a French-style Recoleta neighborhood is home to the mausoleum of Eva Peron, beautiful leather shops, great restaurants, parks, outdoor cafes, art galleries and museums.
In past decades Dove hunting in Argentina was primitive compared to today’s standards. There were no dedicated hunting lodges and few experienced outfitters. This has all changed as Argentina now offers a selection of high-end lodges, situated in the heart of the best shooting and fishing areas and catering to the most discerning traveler.
While many dedicated bird shooters consider driven grouse shooting in England to be the ultimate challenge, they rate the Eared Dove as the most exciting quarry to test your shooting skills. It’s an extremely fast and agile bird with an over-sized wingspan that allows it to change elevation and direction quickly and flawlessly. There are millions of them and local farmers rely on hunters to reduce their numbers in order to keep these birds from destroying their crops.
Although doves can be shot year round with no limits, the best time to go is from May to October. Cordoba has long been the area of choice but there are equally good shooting estates in Tucumán and Santiago del Estero provinces, in the northwest of Argentina. Dove shooting has become very popular due to the fantastic birds, great weather and the availability of so many luxury shooting lodges, serving gourmet food, fine domestic wines and outstanding service. There are also a variety of activities available for non-shooters , including fly fishing, hiking or riding with the Guachos.
One of our favorite lodges is Inti Malal, owned and operated by the Olsen family. They also own San Hubertus, famous for its supreme fishing and uncompromising hospitality. The Olsen family has hosted hunters and fishermen for nearly 100 years.
The Inti Malal Lodge, located near the city of Tucuman in Northern Argentina sits on 225 acres and has 14,000 square feet of comfort. It offers 8 double rooms, all with private baths, a comfortable bar, a Jacuzzi with spa and dry sauna, a large living area, dining room, and a veranda overlooking beautiful gardens. There is also a gunroom, barbecue house, swimming pool, wine cellar and lots of other facilities available for guests.
Outfitter Gustavo is a wonderful host and his lodge must be considered one of the elite shooting lodges in Argentina. It is doubtful there is a better place to hunt dove during the months from May to October.
The most popular dove-hunting trips are an eight-day, seven-night adventure, with four full days of shooting. Here is a sample itinerary for a trip to Inti Malal Lodge:
- The trip starts in Buenos Aires, where you will arrive early in the morning.
- Our agents will collect you and assist with your gun documents.
- You will then be transferred in a private vehicle to the domestic airport for your flight to Tucuman.
- Gustavo Olsen will meet you in Tucuman and drive you one hour to the Inti Malal Lodge.
- If time permits, you will have an afternoon shoot.
- The next four days are full wing shooting days, broken into morning and afternoon sessions with lunch and a nap in between.
- On the last day, Gustavo will take you back to Tucuman for the flight to Buenos Aires, where our agents will again assist you with your private
transfer and gun clearance.
Argentina dove hunting in Tucuman is a somewhat different than other areas of Argentina. You are up early and out to the field for a three to four hour hunt. After the hunt, you will go back to the lodge for lunch and a siesta before heading back out for the afternoon hunt. You will shoot over sorghum and sunflower fields in the morning, and waterholes or roosts in the afternoon. The afternoon waterhole hunts are a sight to behold, with many thousands of dove circling small potholes or lagoons.
Argentina provides unrivaled value for money that no European estate can offer. With modern forms of travel today, Argentina is within easy reach of the US. Our aim is to arrange a shooting or fishing trip that fits your budget but exceeds your expectations. Please give us a call to start planning your trip today.