A variety of factors — climate, population, local flavor, and more — have come together to make this location one of the premiere 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.
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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.
For any duck hunter who hasn't been in a blind south of the equator, the first sighting 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 in thousands of noises and the ducks start flying, flock after flock to the decoys while the guide calls them in. On any given day, hunters will see nearly a dozen different species including: rosy billed pochards, Chilean widgeons, numerous teal and mixes of pintail and tree ducks.
NEW FOR 2014 - RECIPROCITY FEE
The below concerns the Reciprocity Fee that in the past you were able to pay for when you arrived into Customs & Immigration in Argentina. If you have been to Argentina within the last 10 years- you should have in the back of your passport a copy of theReciprocity fee attached. It is good for a 10 year period. If you do have it- no need to go through the below.
Argentina has recently changed the laws regarding the reciprocity fee it charges people entering the country. As of December 31st, 2012 it will be necessary for individuals traveling to Argentina to pay the reciprocity fee online BEFORE ARRIVING in Argentina. The fee for US citizens is $160 and it is similar to a visa in that it covers travel to Argentina for 10 years.
Instructions on how to pay the Argentina reciprocity fee online.
2. Complete the form including personal and credit card details. This information and the entry code will be sent electronically to the DNM.
3. After payment is processed, print the receipt (click on where it says ticket). Make extra copies – you will use this form should you return to Argentina within the 10 year period.
4. Upon arrival in Argentina, go to the DNM Office and present the printed receipt.
5. The receipt will be scanned by DNM staff and the data will be validated to enable entry to Argentina.
Argentina Duck Season 2014
Ducks: April - August Duck/Dove: April - August Combo: June - July Duck/Goose: June - July
2014 Argentina Duck Hunting Rates:
Ducks: 5 days - $3,995 per person
Duck/Dove (Days: 3 duck, 2-1/2 dove) - 5-1/2 days - $3,595 per person
Ducks/Dove/Pigeon/Perdiz Combo - 5 days $3,995
Argentina Duck 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
One guide per each hunter
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.
Package price does not include ammunition($15 box), gun rentals($50 per day), Gun induction fee($125), Argentina entry fee($160), airfare, laundry or guide gratuities.
Goose and custom hunts are not included in program price. Custom transfers, tours and extensions are available. Please contact Gage Outdoor Expeditions for details and pricing. What to Bring - click for a printable list of what to bring on your dove, duck or combination hunt.
San Juan 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.
One of the advantages of hunting from the estancia is the drive to the shooting areas are short - 30 minutes or less. we have 22,000 acres leased, with about 50 percent of that total 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.
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 2014
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, cash or traveler's checks.
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 has become increasingly difficult to secure the necessary paperwork to import birds for mounting from Argentina. You may find a taxidermist from outside the USA to import your Argentina ducks but Gage Outdoor can not handle exportation.
Please note that all birds being imported must be cleared with the USDA upon your arrival in the US and then shipped in bond directly to a USDA certified taxidermist.
If you want to take birds back, please notify us so that we can let our office in Buenos Aires know prior to your arrival.
Cash and major credit cards are acceptable for purchases in most of the stores. At the Lodge they accept only cash, traveler checks or personal checks.
The easiest way to call the United States while in Argentina is to use AT&T USA Direct Service. Whenever possible, call and you will be connected with an English speaking operator that will help you with your call. Be sure and tell the international operator that you are using AT&T. This is by far the least expensive way to call the United States. However, this service is unavailable in some areas.
While in the hunting areas, if there's a need to place a call, you will need to be driven to the nearest town or use the guide’s cell dialing 0800-222-1288 or 0800-555-4288. If for any reason you need to change your airline tickets, please ask your host. The office phone number is 011-54-11-4808-0111. The emergency phone number is 011-54-9-11-6444-2379.
CLEARING CUSTOMS FOF ARGENTINA DUCK HUNT
Right now, the Consulate permit is not requested by the airport Police. This could go back to the previous procedure, in which case we will let you know it. For your information this is the mentioned procedure: If you are bringing guns you will have to submit application at the closest Argentina Consulate, holding the equivalent legal possess authorization extended by the local authority, identification document or passport, requiring the applicable "temporary authorization and temporary possess permit" of corresponding material.
When arriving at Ezieza International Airport, in Buenos Aires, you will clear customs and proceed to the baggage claim area to secure your luggage. If you are bringing guns-you will then proceed to the police office at the airport (P.A.N.) where you will clear your guns. The gun introduction fee is AR$300 (around $100). A representative from Four Seasons will greet at the P.A.N. office and assist you with this process (for Airport security reasons our guide could not get into customs area). If you are renting guns, proceed to the exit where a Four Seasons staff member will be holding a sign with your name. There may be quite a few people with signs, so please be aware.
Before you leave the USA you must complete a U.S. Customs Form 4457, which proves that you did not buy the guns in Argentina—therefore no taxes are due to the USA by you upon re-entry. Unfortunately, the Form 4457 must be completed in the presence of a US Customs officer.
This means on one of your days off, you need to go to the airport, or a U.S. Customs Office, and have this done. Otherwise, plan to arrive at least four hours before your scheduled departure in order to have this verification accomplished. Otherwise you may have to wait nearly an hour just to see an inspector that is “available” to help you.
GUN RENTAL FOR ARGENTINA DUCK HUNT
If you prefer not to bring your own guns, you can rent them at the lodge. The rental cost is $50 per gun per day depending on the Argentina duck hunting package you select.
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.
Check-out time at the hotels is 12:00 Noon. The hotel has a secure area to store guns and luggage
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.
It is advisable to obtain traveler’s medical insurance.
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.
U.S. citizens must have a passport to enter Argentina. NEVER PACK YOUR PASSPORT IN YOUR LUGGAGE.