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Argentina Duck Hunting

Argentina Duck Hunting

Argentina Duck Hunting

Located a Few Hours From Buenos Aires

A variety of factors — climate, population, local flavor, and more — have come together to make this location one of the premier duck hunting spots in Argentina and the world over. The climate is mild, vast areas of crop land speckled with duck ponds and little if any local hunting pressure, create the perfect location for your duck hunting vacation. Argentina Duck Hunting is world class hunting! Just a few hours from Buenos Aires lies a duck hunting paradise. During the early 1980s, the Pampas saw heavy flooding. Now, high-quality farmlands mix with marshes, to provide the prefect balance of feeding grounds and nesting habitat. The result has been an explosion of duck populations . With so few local duck and goose hunters, this area has become one of the best duck hunting spots in the world. All this, combined with warm Argentinean hospitality, worldwide famous beef and premium wines makes for an unforgettable experience. Duck hunting thrives in Argentina from just southwest of Buenos Aires in the heart of the wet Pampas, to the southern tip of Argentina in Rio Gallegos. You will find terrific opportunities to hunt new and different species of ducks not native to North America. A total of 13 species of ducks, reside in South America only one of which is seen in North America. Resident ducks are numerous, which along with additional species migrating from other areas of the country provide opportunity to see many ducks not found in this country.

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Duck Hunts Argentina

The Argentina Duck Hunts

For any duck hunter who hasn't been in a blind south of the equator, the first sight of birds coming into decoys is a profound experience. Species seen here are varied, colorful, unique — in a word, superb. In Argentina, hunting takes place just a short drive from your estancia or lodge. The region is populated with numerous small farms and varied terrain, including potholes, marshes and wetlands. With little pressure from local hunters, this is a waterfowler's paradise.  After a filling lunch at the lodge and short siesta, hunters head back to finish the day's limit. Some afternoons may also include a hunt for pigeons or perdiz over dogs.

Accompanying each hunter is a guide who carries shells, places the hunters in the blind, sets decoys, calls the birds and caters to every need. A typical hunt begins as soon as light comes. The marsh rises as thousands ducks erupt in the morning light, flock after flock buzz the decoys as the guide calls them in. On any given day, hunters will see a dozen different species including: rosy billed pochards, Chilean widgeons, numerous teal and mixes of pintail and tree ducks.

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Duck, Dove, Pigeon & Perdiz Hunts

This unique location, north of Bahia Blanca, offers some of Argentina's best duck hunting, high volume dove shooting and perdiz hunting over dogs, ALL FROM ONE LOCATION!
The Estancia Canada Mariano is slightly more difficult to get to, but the variety and quality of the hunt easily make up for the travel time. Just a short one hour flight from Buenos Aires and you will enjoy 5 full days of Argentina's best hunting!

Duck Species of Argentina

Rosy-billed Pochard, White-faced whistling duck, Speckeld teal, Southern Wigeon, Brazilian teal, Red Shoveler, White-cheeked pintail, Brown pintail, Fulvous tree duck & Cinnamon teal are some of the duck species you will encounter in Argentina.

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The Hunting Estancias

Upon arriving at your Argentina destination you will be greeted by a nestalgic feel of the old world. Lush grounds and charming architecture add to the experience. One of the advantages of hunting from the estancia is the drive to the shooting areas are short, usually 40 minutes or less. We have 22,000 acres leased, with about 50 percent of that being wetlands. The balance is used for cattle grazing and the cultivation of corn, soybeans, sorghum and wheat. This combination of marsh and agriculture provide excellent habitats for a wide variety of ducks and other water birds.

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Duck Hunting in Argentina

2017 Argentina Duck Season & Packages

Duck & Dove Hunting Season

Ducks: April - August
Duck/Dove: April - August
Combo: June - July

Argentina Duck Hunting Rates

2017 ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE

Package Includes:
  • All ground transportation as required by itinerary.
  • Bilingual host provided from arrival into Buenos Aires through departure back.
  • 5 days of duck hunting over decoys.
  • Accommodation in private estancia.
  • Bird Boy.
  • Hunting license.
  • Gun rental.
  • 750 waterfowl shells.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, including wine and beer.
Package does not include:

Extra Shells. ($15 per box), Any airfare, Communications, Tips. Transfers, tours or extensions of the trip of any kind

Argentina Regular Duck & Combo Packages Include:
  • Five (or more) days of hunting over decoys
  • Bilingual host from arrival into Buenos Aires until departure
  • All ground transportation as required by the itinerary
  • Assistance with the paperwork to clear the guns at Customs
  • Ground transportation in and out of the hunting area
  • Accommodations in private estancia - double occupancy
  • All meals while in hunting areas
  • Soft drinks, beer and wine
  • Hunting license
  • One guide per each hunter
Package price does not include:

ammunition($15 box), gun rentals($50 per day), Gun induction fee($125), airfare, laundry or guide gratuities.

  • Ducks - ALL INCLUSIVE: 5 days - $4,995 per person
  • Ducks: 5 days - $4,295 per person
  • Duck/Dove (Days: 3 duck, 2-1/2 dove) - 5-1/2 days - $3,995 per person
  • Ducks/Dove/Pigeon/Perdiz Combo - 5 days $4,295

A 50% deposit per hunter is required to reserve your dates at the lodge. All deposits are non-refundable and are required to hold a space for each hunter. Deposits cannot be applied towards final payment when group size is reduced.

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Argentina Duck Hunting Location

The duck hunting lodge is located about 4 hours west of Buenos Aires close to the town of Lincoln. The area is a rural agricultural part of Argentina and know to hold the best duck hunting in the country.

Travel Tips and Trip Planning Information

Argentina Duck Hunting Itinerary

Day 1 = Departure from home city to Buenos Aires, Argentina via late evening flight.

Day 2 = Early morning arrival in Buenos Aires where your are met by staff outside customs Van transportation provided to the duck hunting area in the Buenos Aires Province -4 hour drive. Enjoy a half day of duck hunting.

Day 3-6 = Enjoy four full days of duck hunting

Day 7 = Enjoy a half day of duck hunting Transportation back to Buenos Aires and onto the International Airport for overnight flight to the USA

Detailed account of Argentina Duck Hunt

San Martin is a classic estancia built in 1886 on an operating cattle ranch. It has all the modern conveniences but still maintains the “feel” of an historic Argentina estancia. There are seven double rooms, two private bathrooms and two shared bathrooms.  The preferred group size is eight with 10 hunters the maximum. The service was impeccable and the food excellent. We arrived at our destination at dinner time and after hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, sat down to a sumptuous meal of tender grass-fed Argentine beef, fresh baked breads, vegetables, fried potatoes and a glass of red wine. The final course was one of my favorite desserts - flan with dulce de leche accompanied by a glass of port. The next morning we were up early and after breakfast headed to the marshes.  We met our bird boy Julio in the field and before long the decoys were set and we were ready for action.  I was the first to spot a group of 10 in the distance and signaled to get ready. When they were 100 yards out, a few notes from Julio’s call turned them toward the decoys.  The ducks settled in 25 yards above the decoys. Julio said, "Go," and I threw the shotgun to my shoulder, caught up with a target, swung past the dark form and pulled the trigger. A dropped a bird on his first shot and I managed one as well. We were out of the blind in a flash and quickly returned with a pair of rosy-billed pochards. This was his first trip to Argentina and he was anxious to take a closer look at the birds. Rosy-bills are about the size of a mallard and are technically diving ducks. However, they behave more like puddle ducks generally feeding in rice fields and shallow marshes.  Drakes are handsome birds, sporting an unmistakable bright red bill with a swollen knob at the base.  They are considered the finest eating of the South American ducks and later that evening we were to find out just how good “patopicazo” was when marinated and grilled. As the sky brightened, the birds began to fly in earnest.  Some, like yellow-billed pintails, circled warily before coming to the decoys. Others, including speckled teal, came in small flocks and pairs straight to the decoys as if they were looking for their long lost amigos. White-faced whistling ducks never really decoyed but often passed low enough for a shot.  When the morning was over, we gathered our bounty and walked back to the pickup, then headed to the estancia for lunch and a siesta. I have been fortunate enough to hunt waterfowl in Argentina on many occasions over the past 10 years. One of the things that draws me back time and time again is not only the volume of shooting but the variety of ducks available.  Depending on the area hunted, a single days  bag may consist of a dozen or more species including speckled, silver, cinnamon and ringed teal, Brazilian ducks, red shoveler, yellow-billed and white-cheeked pintails, Chiloe wigeon, rosy-billed pochard, white-faced and fulvous whistling ducks. Each time I visit Argentina I am amazed by the quality of the bird hunting they continue to deliver. With minimal hunting pressure, good habitat and abundant stocks of waterfowl and upland birds, Argentina will continue to shine as the jewel of South American bird hunting for decades to come. If you haven't been, it's time to go!

ARGENTINA DUCK HUNTING TRAVEL TIPS 2017

AMMUNITION FOR ARGENTINA DUCK HUNTING

Ammunition must be purchased on-site at $12.00 per box of 25 for dove hunting and $15.00 per box for partridge and duck hunting. We ask our guests to clear the shell charges prior to their departure. Payment must be in the form of a personal check or cash

BEVERAGES

Common liquors, such as scotch, gin, rum or vodka are available. However, if there is special liquor you want, please let us know in advance or buy it at the duty free store in Miami or the Buenos Aires Airport.

ARGENTINA DUCKS FOR MOUNTING

It is not currently possible to export birds back from Argentina

CURRENCY

Cash and major credit cards are acceptable for purchases in most of the stores. At the Lodge they accept only cash or personal checks.

GUN RENTAL FOR ARGENTINA DUCK HUNT

We do not recommend bringing guns to Argentina but can assist you if you decide on it. The rental cost is $50 per gun per day depending on the Argentina duck hunting package you select.

ELECTRIC POWER

Voltage in Argentina is 220 volt, 50 cycles. Make sure to bring a transformer if you are bringing electrical appliances.

GRATUITIES FOR ARGENTINA DUCK HUNT

As a guideline, standard tips for bird boys are $25 per hunter per day. For the house staff, a standard tip is $ 25 per day per hunter.

HOTEL

Check-out time at the hotels is 12:00 Noon. The hotel has a secure area to store guns and luggage.

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the spoken language in Argentina. However, one of our bilingual hosts will accompany throughout your stay in Argentina. Please communicate any concerns during your trip to your host. He is there to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE FOR ARGENTINA DUCK HUNTING

Please check with airlines the luggage allowance. You may also carry on one piece of luggage providing it will fit under the passenger´s seat.

Your guns must be shipped in a hard-sided lockable case. Please note that your gun case will be considered part of your baggage allowance. If at all possible, please bring a soft case to transport gun to and from the field.

If you will be taking internal commercial air during your stay in Argentina, you may incur excess baggage charges. The maximum baggage allowance is 15 kg. (around 33 pounds).

If you have opted to take advantage of our private air charters, please remember to pack light and in soft bags, hard bags are stiff shaped and difficult to fit.

MEDICAL

Insurance

It is advisable to obtain traveler’s medical insurance.

Personal Medication

Travelers clearing customs with medication are selectively stopped and referred to Federal Narcotics Agents for questioning. They must prove that the medication is what they claim it is and has been prescribed by a physician.

Since this may cause undue delay and the possibility of missing connections, it is suggested that you make sure the container is labeled and has the prescription number from the pharmacist who supplied the prescription to you, plus the date, your name and the name of your prescribing physician.

PASSPORT INFORMATION

U.S. citizens must have a valid passport to travel to Argentaina NEVER PACK YOUR PASSPORT IN YOUR LUGGAGE