Dove Hunting: it’s World Class in Argentina
Rancho Salvaje is a private hunting lodge with a full staff near a private dove roost. A short 20 minute drive to the field will put you under a sky filled with birds. The amount of doves you shoot will be determined by the number of times you want to pull the trigger. Argentina is famous for its dove hunting. It is not uncommon to see clouds of doves swarming over water, or flowing through the air like“a river” when the birds start moving between the field and the roost, undulating through the air like flowing water.
Come and experience what hunting the American frontier once was, and still is, in Argentina. Enjoy this beautiful land teaming with wildlife, the incredible hospitality of your host Daniel Zanuso and his attentive staff, and the most amazing dove hunting on earth.
We have clients who regularly shoot a thousand doves in a day, but an average shot can bag 500-800 doves in a day. Each hunter has a bird boy to keep your shell bag full, load your guns (if you are using two) so you can try for the “1000 Bird Club,” take pictures, count birds, and (most importantly) to pick up all those shells and dead doves for you. One reason for the world-class dove hunting in Argentina is the incredibly high number of cattle and other livestock, all of which are fed from seed crops such as corn, soy, sorghum, wheat, milo and sunflower. This creates a perfect environment: grain fields dotted with pothole lakes and no other hunters, for the abundance of doves.
Your day of dove hunting begins after enjoying a hearty breakfast and then approximately a 20 minute drive to our private roost. Shooting lasts until 11 or 12 o’clock when you will return to the lodge for a large lunch followed by a short siesta. After your evening hunt, it’s time to return to the lodge to relax and unwind. Enjoy your choice of beer, wine or other beverages with hors d’oeuvres followed by a full dinner.
Check out this blog about dove and duck hunting in Argentina–written by Alex, a six-time repeat hunter in Texas. He gives fantastic explanations, dove hunting videos from Rancho Salvaje, pictures of a few of the duck lodges, some of his other hunting from Argentina and other entertaining information on The Poachers Journal.
Dove hunting in Argentina is amazing because the country grows incredible numbers of cattle and other livestock, all of which are fed from seed crops such as corn, soy, maize, sorghum, and wheat. This creates a perfect environment, grain fields dotted with pothole lakes and no other hunters, for the abundance of doves.
Check out this blog about dove and duck hunting in Argentina–it is from Alex, a 6 time repeat hunter in Texas. He gives fantastic explanations, dove hunting videos from Rancho Salvaje, pictures of a few of the duck lodges, and of some of his other hunting from Argentina other entertaining information on The Poachers Journal.
Rancho Salvaje can provide accommodations groups of up to 12 people on a first class duck or dove hunting trip. All meals, food, drinks, and transfers to and from the airport are included in your guide fee. We provide a premium service and complete exclusivity to our guests. You will not see another outfitter or hunting party while you dove or duck hunt with Rancho Salvaje, except in the airport when you realize you shot more birds than the other hunters!
Our staff includes experienced guides, kitchen staff, housekeeping, birdboys, and drivers. Our goal is to make your only worry: “Should I use a different choke?”
If you wish to charter a private plane from Buenos Aires, there is a grass airfield 5 minutes from our lodge, and you will get to add another dove hunt to your trip with the time you save traveling.
In Argentina doves are considered a pest. The doves eat about one third of the farmers crops, so the farmers are glad to see hunters and get some money lost to depredation by the birds. Of course caring for the environment is at the top of our minds as we live off the land, and must have sustainable management practices to care for our resources.
Rancho Salvaje’s private roost has approximately 10 million doves that breed every six weeks during the breeding season which is six months long due to our mild weather. This will produce about 54 million eggs, of which a third will hatch. That makes about 49,000 new doves a day. So a group of 12 hunters has to shoot 4,100 doves per person a day just to keep pace with their breeding rate. Kill all you want, we’ll make more.
Special Dove Hunting Package
4 Days 8 Shoots
4 Hunter Minimum
$2200 per hunter
with 1000 free shells
Ammo – $13.50 per box
Gun Rental – $50
Gun Permit at Airport – $110
Airfare ($900 approximate from Miami)
Tips or gratuities – $140
Hunting License – $210
Weapon rental – $50 per day
Long distance phone calls, personal items or equipment
Activities before or after the hunt
All personal expenses such as extra excursions, curios, gifts, etc.