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Hunting in Argentina - FAQs

This is a list of items and topics to keep in mind when it comes to hunting in Argentina. Many of the frequent questions that a traveler may have we will try to answer on this page.

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TRAVEL INFORMATION

How do I reserve my dates?

We ask for a non-refundable deposit in the amount of 50% of the trip fee.  We recommend trip insurance in case of cancellations. Please inquire regarding purchasing trip insurance directly from us.

Do I need any special vaccines?

There are no special vaccines required to come to Argentina for dove hunting. You may want to consult your doctor.

How is the weather for dove hunting?

We have a special weather section that breaks down each season. The best place for up to date weather is http://weather.msn.com/local.aspx?wealocations=wc:8747.

Is Argentina safe?

Many consider Argentina to be the safest country in South America. It has a very educated population and violent crime is definitely less than countries like Mexico and Brazil. However, like any big country there are robberies and thefts especially pickpockets in Buenos Aires. The best advice is to avoid going out with rolex watches, expensive jewelry or anything flashy that would make you a target. In cities, it is a good idea to take radio taxis from the hotels and restaurants and just be aware of the situation.

Who will meet us up at the airport?

The baggage handlers will meet you in the baggage claim area and will lead you to the Sierra Brava dove hunting lodge representative, which is usually Juanjo or Topo. They will then take you to the lodge.

Can I take doves home with me?

It used to be possible to bring birds back home. They now have a new procedure which includes a SENASA certificate. SENASA is the equivalent to the FDA. Right now, SENASA is not giving certificates for wild life animals. For some reason in BA they are not requiring this certificate. So to bring doves back you can either fly through BA or risk it at the Cordoba airport. From past experience this year, they have taken away the doves at the airport. Sorry for the inconvenience.

What documents will I need when traveling to Argentina to dove hunting?

There is no visa necessary for US, European and most Latin American citizens. You do need a valid passport. If you are unsure about whether you need a visa, please check with the appropriate consulate in your country to find out if you will need one.

There is no visa fee for US citizens. There is a Reciprocity Fee only for  Canadian and Australian citizens. The easiest way to process this fee is at www.visatoargentina.com

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BEST WEATHER FOR DOVE HUNTNG

The best place for up to date weather is http://weather.msn.com/local.aspx?wealocations=wc:8747

The weather in Cordoba is usually fantastic for dove hunting.

It is part of the package that is sometimes overlooked until you arrive to the field and feel extremely comfortable shooting thousands of doves in perfect weather conditions. There are a few nice things about the weather:

  1. It hardly ever rains. Even when it rains it is usually at night or does not affect the dove hunting.
  2. It is hardly ever unbearably hot. There are a maximum of 5-7 days per year between January and February that might be very hot days. You have to be extremely unlucky to come during these days. Even though the birds fly more in the heat so you will be compensated with unbelievable high-volume dove hunting.
  3. It is never freezing cold. It has snowed once at the lodge in the last few years. And it was amazing how the birds still flew. Almost everybody who comes to the lodge during our “winter” months of June-August only rave about the crisp, cool weather.
  4. We have about 330 days of clear blue, sunny skies. It is almost always perfect dove hunting conditions.
  5. The temperature always drops during the evenings. Since we are at about 800 masl, the temperatures always comfortably drop about 10-20°F. This makes for perfect sleeping conditions without air conditioning and heat.

Below is a brief description of our four seasons:

  • Dec-Feb: summer months. Temperatures are usually in the 70-90s during the day and drop to the 60-70s overnight. It does rain occasionally during these months. This is high-volume dove hunting season.
  • March-May: fall months. Temperatures vary between 60-80s during the day and 50-70s overnight. It also rains during these months, but hardly ever during the shoots.
  • June-Aug: winter months. Temperatures during our winter range from 50-70s during the day and it can sometimes freeze overnight. It never rains during these months.
  • Sept-Nov: spring months. Temperatures are very pleasant during our spring months and can range from 60-80s during the day to 50-70s overnight. It starts raining in November, but once again it hardly affects the dove hunt.
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OUR GUNS

What guns are available for rental?

Our gun inventory includes: Beretta semi auto 12 ga; Beretta 303 youth gun 20 ga.; Beretta semi auto 20 ga., Benelli semi auto 20 ga., Beretta Silver Pigeon o/u 20 ga., Fair Premier o/u 20 ga., Beretta 686 Onix O/U 28 ga.,  Benelli Rafaello semi auto 28 ga and  .410 o/u (Huglu). All of our guns are in excellent condition and most were purchased within the last 3 years. The selection of shotgun available in the lodge is made with the intention that the entire pigeon hunting experience in Sierra Brava is the best.

What kind of shells do you use?

We have 12, 20 and 28 gauge shotgun shells. We sometimes have .410 shotgun shells, but you should ask in advance regarding availability. The cartridges are high quality shells manufactured in Tucuman and Entre Rios, Argentina, and which is about 4 hour drive from Cordoba.

Can I bring my own shotgun shells for dove hunting?

You are not allowed to bring shotgun shells into Argentina. The Argentine gun agency will confiscate your shells and it will be an uncomfortable situation at the airport. Please do not bring shells with you.

Are shotgun plugs used in Argentina?

Everything about Cordoba is about high volume. You are not required to have plugs for dove hunting in Argentina.

Do you have any guns for left-handed shooters?

Yes, we have guns for left-handed shooters.

Come visit us at Sierra Brava Lodge and see for yourself why everyone says we have the best high-volume dove hunting in the world!

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FIREARMS

Renting vs. Bringing Your Own

 

Dove hunting in Cordoba, Argentina means ultra high-volume shooting. It takes the right gear and the right gun to handle the extreme shooting conditions. One of the most common dilemmas people have is whether they should bring their own shotguns or rent a gun at the lodge. In most cases we would recommend renting, but there are a couple of exceptions. Here are some common questions and important things to consider…

Can I bring my own guns?
When it comes to traveling with firearms there are some restrictions, and also airline policies can change from time to time. It is important to check with them directly before planning to bring your own guns to Argentina. Specific gun-entry paperwork must be completed accurately and submitted to the lodge in advance of your trip. The Argentina government charges a gun entry fee, which depending on the daily fluctuating exchange rate, converts to approximately $120 per gun.
What shotguns are best?
The most common (and comfortable) gun for dove shooting in Cordoba is a semi-auto 20 gauge. In general, the preferred models for the high-volume shooting conditions are the 20 gauge Beretta 390 and 391, although comparable models work well too.
Why rent guns?
Sierra Brava maintains a terrific selection of 20 gauge semi-autos as well as a smaller selection of 28 gauge over/unders. The rental guns are cleaned each night by the Sierra Brava staff for optimum performance in the field. Remember that in one day of dove hunting in Cordoba a shotgun could cycle through several thousand shells. This is a lot of wear and tear on a gun... renting our guns can extend the life of yours. Renting makes the travel experience quicker and easier.
Why bring my own guns?
Our guns fit most adults, but smaller women and children may want to bring their own custom-fit guns. Left-handed shotguns are very difficult to find in Argentina. If you'd like to shoot a left-handed semi-auto, we recommend bringing your own.
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ACCOMMODATIONS

How can I pay the shell bill at Sierra Brava Dove Hunting Logde?

Sierra Brava Dove Hunting Lodge accepts cash, personal checks and credit card. A 4.5% fee will be applied for US credit card. These fees are what the local banks charge us; we regret any inconvenience.

What is the capacity of the lodge at one time? How can we arrange to have the private lodge?

Our lodge has ten (10) bedrooms, each with two (2) twin size beds and a private bathroom. The private lodge can be reserved for $5,700 per day in High season (Jan-Aug) and for $4900 per day in Promo season (Sept-Dic). This is a great discount, guaranteeing you the best experience in dove hunting.

What is the normal attire at Sierra Brava Dove Hunting Lodge?

The atmosphere at the lodge is very casual. Most importantly, we want you to feel at home while in Sierra Brava Dove Hunting Lodge. In the field, we do suggest darker colored or camouflage shirts and pants. In summer time, it is very common to wear shorts. These suggestions are designed so that, at the time of dove hunting, you can have the most effectiveness.

What is the Internet connection at the lodge and can I make long distance phone calls?

We have high speed satellite Internet service with Wi-Fi throughout the lodge. There is cell phone service at the lodge.

How do I connect my electronic equipment at the lodge?

There are electric outlets in every room and throughout the common areas. Electronics in Argentina require 220 volts so it is necessary to bring an electricity converter (we usually can supply one at the lodge). Additionally, European adapters will be needed for two-pronged plugs.

How far are the drives to the dove hunting field?

Most of the year, the drives to the field are between 15-20 minutes since our lodge is located near the Macha roost. During the Argentine harvest season (March-June), the drives are about 45-60 minutes since we hunt the flatland fields that are being harvested. But trust us that the unit will be worth it because you will have the best dove hunting experience!

Come visit us at Sierra Brava Lodge and see for yourself why everyone says we have the best high-volume dove hunting in the world!

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The Cordoba Dove Hunting Experience

More on the Cordoba Dove Hunting Experience…

When it comes to dove hunting in Cordoba, Argentina, it is often said that “you have to see it to believe it”. We couldn’t agree more. Until you’ve experienced high-volume Cordoba dove hunting for yourself, it is impossible to fully comprehend. The sheer volume of birds can be dizzying and awe-inspiring to first-time visitors. With estimated dove populations topping 50 million, no bag limits and a season open year-round, Cordoba is the world’s most exclusive and revered dove hunting destination.

Why are there so many doves in Cordoba?

In Cordoba, we hunt the golden eared dove. While this dove shares some qualities with dove in the northern hemisphere it is distinct in a number of ways. First and foremost, the golden eared dove reproduces an amazing 5-6 times per year with 3-5 eggs per nest. With Cordoba serving as one of South America’s bread baskets, sprawling farms and established irrigation provide the dove with ideal habitat, abundant with food and water. In fact the habitat is so well-suited for the birds that these dove do not migrate, making for incredible high-volume dove hunting year-round.

How many dove can I expect to shoot each day?

The Argentine government has designated the golden eared dove as an official “pest” due to the extraordinary damage these birds cause to crops. High-volume dove shooting is encouraged as it has proven to help farms better maintain their crops and protect their harvests. There are no bag limits so the number of birds a hunter takes is up to his or her shooting appetite and shooting skill. Some hunters will be quite content shooting a few hundred shells each day and others will aim to shoot a few thousand shells each day…it is entirely up to the individual.

What makes hunting doves at Sierra Brava different?

First and foremost, Sierra Brava hunters enjoy exclusive access to many of Cordoba’s best dove hunting fields. In fact, Sierra Brava is the specific lodge that many extreme shotgunners visit in pursuit of Argentina shooting records. In addition to the unmatched volume of birds, Sierra Brava also offers 15-20 minute drives to the fields almost the whole year long. Occasionally the shooting is done within walking distance of the lodge. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, the field staff consisting of professional guides, scouts, bird boys and field chefs, is widely considered to be the best in all of Argentina.

Come visit us at Sierra Brava Lodge and see for yourself why everyone says we have the best high-volume dove hunting in the world!