The dove hunting program begins early in the morning, with a full breakfast of eggs cooked to your preference. Your guide will introduce himself during breakfast time and he will speak to you about the guns and the ammo for the day’s shooting. He will also give a safety speech on the first day and help you with any accessories that you might need. At around 8:00 am, you will leave with your group out into the field. It will be a 15-to-25-minutes drive towards the best hunting locations.
Upon arrival, the field staff will be ready to take you to the shooting blind. It will be about 3 hours of shooting time before lunch. Where Argentine barbecue, more known as Asado, and the best Malbec wine, followed by a restorative nap before continuing with the afternoon hunt till sunset, make the day follow in its footsteps to perfection.
Our lunch area, has a luxurious campsite, with leather chairs, white tablecloth and hammocks for the nap.
The head guide will be available to assist and provide support for any needs you may have. They are experienced and qualified shooters who can provide you with special recommendations to improve your accuracy.
Finishing the afternoon hunting, the group will return to the lodge, take a bath, or a relaxing massage, or join at the fire pit, for a picada and some drinks before dinner.
In Tucumán, you will find that 70% of the time we shoot in low fields and food lots. It is a very plain area full of medium-height bushes with thorns that make the terrain difficult but not impossible to walk through. 30% of the time we will be recording with our cameras. There are also fields with crops or natural grass where it is very easy to stalk.
The birds usually leave the roosting area at daybreak. They fly an average of 40-60 miles to forage.
The available options, depending on the time of year:
- Shooting migration routes: a point between the resting area and the feeding field.
- Fields: crops, such as soybeans, corn or sorghum (especially from March to May).
- Food lots: birds congregate for crops in large food lots. They are excellent hunting options during certain periods throughout the year (March to July).
- Waterholes: These are excellent shooting options, especially in summer (October through April).
- Roosting areas: when birds leave the main roosting area and stay in the momentary roosting fields, we have the option to shoot them there without affecting their main roosting site during hatching time.
Tucumán is the new capital of Dove hunting, which means non-stop shooting.
We hold exclusive rights to many of the most revered dove hunting properties in Tucumán Argentina, in the highlands and plains area. The Dove population exceeds 50 million birds. It is similar in appearance to the North American Mourning dove. The dove you are going to shoot is known as the Eared dove. This bird has a dark feather patch on the side of the bird’s upper cheek that looks like an ear, which explains its name. The hatching of this bird occurs between 3 to 5 times a year, depending on the type of feeding.
Our numerous hunting grounds will give you the opportunity to establish your own Argentine dove hunting record. Visit us for the ultimate high-volume shooting experience. We are open all year round. We are ready at any time. Join us for a unique shooting trip. Your concept of dove shooting day will change forever.
Season: All year round
Day 1: Arrival at TUCUMAN Airport, direct transfer to the shooting field (1:30-hour drive), shooting and lunch depends on schedule, nap and afternoon dove shooting, return to the lodge for cocktails/dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Breakfast, morning dove shooting, lunch/nap, afternoon dove shooting, cocktails/dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Breakfast, morning dove shooting, lunch/nap, afternoon dove shooting, cocktails/dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Breakfast, morning dove shooting, lunch and afternoon departure to TUCUMAN Airport for the return flight home.
Gear and Equipment
Many of our guests find that renting guns at the lodge, is an easier solution than applying for consular permits and traveling with their own shotguns. We have a good selection of destination-appropriate guns at each lodge. You will settle the rental at the end of your stay, when you are billed for shells and other fees.
Here is a list of the weapons we currently have at the lodge:
- Benelli 20 gauge
- Beretta 20 gauge