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 the world. The climate is mild, with vast areas of crop land speckled with duck ponds and flooded fields and little if any local hunting pressure. During the early 1980s, the Pampas saw heavy flooding throughout the farmlands, creating marshes and the prefect balance of feeding grounds and nesting habitat. The result has been an explosion of duck populations. With little hunting pressure, this area has become one of the best duck hunting spots in the world. All this, combined with warm Argentinean hospitality, famous beef and premium wines make for an unforgettable travel experience. South American duck hunting offers 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 the 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 sight of birds coming into decoys is a profound experience. Species seen here are varied, colorful, unique — in a word, superb. 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.
This unique location, north of Bahia Blanca, offers some of the best hunting, high volume 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. A short one hour flight from Buenos Aires and you will enjoy 5 full days of exciting hunting!
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.
Upon arriving at your destination you will be greeted by a nostalgic 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 water birds.
Ducks: April - August
Duck/Dove: April - August
Combo: June - July
Price per hunter = $5,295Package Includes:
Extra Shells - beyond the 750 included. ($15 per box), Any airfare, Communications, Tips. Transfers, tours or extensions of the trip of any kind
Price per hunter = $4,595
Ammunition($15 box), gun rentals($50 per day), Gun induction fee($125), airfare, laundry or guide gratuities.
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.
The 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 hunting in the country.
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
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 a historic Argentina estancia. There are seven double rooms, two private bathrooms and two shared bathrooms. The preferred group size is 8 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!
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
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.
It is not currently possible to export birds back from Argentina
Cash and major credit cards are acceptable for purchases in most of the stores. At the Lodge they accept only cash or personal checks.
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.
Voltage in Argentina is 220 volt, 50 cycles. Make sure to bring a transformer if you are bringing electrical appliances.
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.
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 valid passport to travel to Argentaina NEVER PACK YOUR PASSPORT IN YOUR LUGGAGE