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Hunting in Argentina – The La Pampa Hunts

Map of Argentina, site of the La Pampa Safari. Argentina Hunting
Argentina is fast becoming the next hot spot in the world for hunters willing to travel. It is totally safe for travelers with a low crime rate and virtually no drug traffic. Argentina offers 19 total big game species and world class wing shooting for doves, ducks and geese.

Climate

The country has a wide variety of climates ranging from north to south and from Winter (June-August) to Summer (December-February). Hunting areas are located mainly in the center of the country which include the 5 provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Entre Ríos, Córdoba and Neuquén. Temperatures in this part of the county can range from ?5°C (23°F) to 20°C (68°F) during winter and from 15°C (59°F) to 30°C (86°F) in summer time.

Gun Permits

Argentina is friendly regarding the importation of firearms by hunters. There’s no need to make any permits from your home country. All it takes is to declare them upon arrival at Buenos Aires International Airport in Ezeiza. Once you arrive, you will be directed to the International Police Office prior to going through the Customs Office. You will then fill out the required papers that usually takes 15 minutes and you are done. The permits are good for 60 days and cost is $40 US per gun.

Transportation

Several airlines fly non-stop from Buenos Aires to United States and Europe. US: American Airlines, United, Aerolineas Argentinas, LAPA, and Delta. Europe: Iberia, Alitalia, Aerolineas Argentinas, British Airlines, Swissair, Lufthansa, Air France among others service Argentina. Depending on the location of your hunting ranch, it will be necessary to take a short flight from the domestic Buenos Aires Airport called Aeroparque. This airport is 40 minutes away from the “Ezeiza International”. In those cases, the transportation between airports and the meeting at final destination is provided at no additional cost. Below are the various destinations for the major hunting venues.

Visas

Normally most of the countries do not need a Visa to enter Argentina. Call the Argentine Embassy in your own country.

La Pampa Bird Shooting Adventure

Volume dove in La Pampa hunting ranches is unique in the world, so if you haven’t experienced it yet you should not put it off any longer. This is the place where doves fly all day over the sunflower, wheat or sorghum plantations. Experienced hunters may easily expect to shoot 1000 rounds a day!

Seasons

Doves All year, but the best times are when the crops are mature in March to after harvest in August.
Partridge May to August.

Hunting

Doves are done nearly all day long beginning early in the mornings and stopping for lunch at midday (lunch can be served in the field if requested). Generally, the doves fly from the woods into the plantations for feeding, but they can come basically from any direction. Hunters are placed every 100 yards and everybody goes with a guide/helper for spotting the birds and to pick them up. At no additional cost, hunting can be complemented with partridge (if in season) and vizcachas (an interesting mammal resembling a big rabbit that lives in communal tunnels and are nocturnal). Also big game species like wild boars, cougars and red stag are available in this area.

Guns

Recommended are .12GA semi-automatic shotguns, but other gauges such as 20 GA are also acceptable. In case you do not want to bring your own gun, there are .12 shotguns available at the ranch at a cost of $40/day. Shells are sold at $9 per box of 25.

Clothing

Winter (June-August): Warm shirt and light jacket. Summer (December-February): Camo T-shirt and camo light pants plus a cotton hat with 4-inch brim for daylight hours.

Accomodations

All lodging and meals during the hunt are included in the daily rates. Rooms are comfortable, clean and normally with private bath. Luxury lodging is available; please ask if required. Meals are served 4 times per day beginning with a Continental Breakfast, and Lunch and Dinner are beef-based meals. Mid-afternoon Tea with pastries is a highlight. Special meals can be prepared upon request. Beverages include soft drinks, local wine, beer and normal amounts of whisky.

La Pampa Big Game Safari

La Pampa is known worldwide for its Red Stag, Wild Boar, Puma (Cougar) and Water Buffalo trophies. This is the most accessible province, and therefore, the most frequented hunting area in Argentina.

Species and Seasons

Red Stag March-April is the Roar
Water Buffalo All year
Puma (Cougar) All year
Wild Boar All year
European Mouflon All year
Feral Goat All year
Four-Horned Ram All year

Hunting

Most of the ranch consists of wooded forests in which all the species live. Normally, they will only come out to the grain fields to feed (some during daylight and some at night). Red stag is typically hunted inside the woods during the rut season. Hunting is conducted during early mornings or late afternoon until after dark. Wild boar and Buffalo are spotted only at night, by walking in the cornfields or at the waterholes. European Mouflon, Feral Goat and Four horned Ram can be stalked in daylight. Cougar is a different hunt. By chance, you may see one at a waterhole while waiting for a boar, but the normal technique is by tracking using specially trained small dogs that will follow the cougar’s track during daylight.

Clothing

Winter (June-August): Warm shirt and light jacket for daytime. Heavy, dark camo clothing, gloves and waterproof, insulated boots for night hunts. Summer (December-February): Regular jacket and light boots for night; camo T-shirt and camo light pants plus a cotton hat with 4-inch brim for daylight hours.

Accomodations

All lodging and meals during the hunt are included in the daily rates. Rooms are comfortable, clean and normally with private bath. Luxury lodging is available; please ask if required. Meals are served 4 times per day beginning with a Continental Breakfast, and Lunch and Dinner are beef-based meals. Mid-afternoon Tea with pastries is a highlight. Special meals can be prepared upon request. Beverages include soft drinks, local wine, beer and normal amounts of whisky.

Duck & Goose Hunting at the Patagonia

Argentina is recognized as the foremost waterfowl shooting paradise in the world. The quantity of birds and the variety of species make it a top destination for any waterfowl shooter.

Seasons

May to August. The high season for ducks is June. The best period of high volume goose shooting is June-July.

Patagonia Duck Hunting

Wild duck hunting at our ranch in Lincoln town (Province of Buenos Aires) is carried out in six natural lagoons.

Shooting is performed from 38 camouflaged blinds. The hunting guide determines which lagoons will be best suitable for the day. Transfer to the blinds is provided in comfortable boats, decoys are placed out and downed ducks are retrieved by the personnel. The activity starts at the break of dawn up to 11 A.M. regardless of weather conditions. The blinds are one meter square and have a comfortable revolving seat. They are always set up in pairs for hunters to have a company.

Duck Species available are: Crested duck; Brown and White-cheeked Pintails; Silver, Speckled and Cinnamon teal; Brazilian duck, Rosy-billed Pochard, Red shoveler, Fulvous and Black-bellied tree ducks.

Goose Hunting

Hunting is offered at the Bahia Blanca Ranch, on the grain fields where geese fly into for feeding at dawn. We depart from the house at 6:00 AM to be ready at the blinds at 7:30 AM, when the birds begin to fly. They will fly until 9:00 AM. Shooting is intense during that short period. Geese hunting can be complemented in the afternoons with Dove and Partridge hunting.

Guns

Recommended is 12 GA semi-automatic shotguns. Guns and shotgun shells are available for renting at the estancia.

Clothing

Tall water-proof boots, Heavy camo water-proof jacket or parka for Winter months (June-August), Waders are optional, Waterproof (Gore-Tex) gloves.

Accomodations

All lodging and meals during the hunt are included in the daily rates. Rooms are comfortable, clean and normally with private bath. Luxury lodging is available; please ask if required. Meals are served 4 times per day beginning with a Continental Breakfast, and Lunch and Dinner are beef-based meals. Mid-afternoon Tea with pastries is a highlight. Special meals can be prepared upon request. Beverages include soft drinks, local wine, beer and normal amounts of whisky. Both ranches are also used for “Estancia Tourism”; having several activities and excursions for the non-hunter person. Among others are horse rides, Argentinean Asados (BBQ grilled meat), Gauchos costumes, Pato Games and guided visits to typical towns and big Estancias.

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