Dove hunting Argentina began its popularity some 30 years ago when the country of Argentina relaxed their position regarding hunters from outside Argentina visiting with the purpose of hunting. In the past it was somewhat common for farmers to place poison around the farm fields to kill the dove, but the biologists in Argentina realized this is not a sustainable practice due to the unintended consequences of killing mammals, birds of prey and even fish that consume the poisoned dove, as well as the poison in the field. read more>>
Argentina Dove Hunting Lodges
The dove hunting in Argentina started in a way almost primitive to today’s standards, as there were no dedicated hunting lodges, no experienced outfitters and only the most connected and experienced traveler assumed the risk of traveling 5000 miles away from home to shoot doves. It was common to use a country side hotel as the home base for a dove hunting trip, but there was always some level of awkwardness being surrounded by Argentineans that did not grow up in a culture of hunting. The tide has shifted immensely as clearly today Argentina is widely recognized as the dove hunting capital of the world. In the beginning perhaps as few as several hundred hunters annually would visit from the US to pursue their passion of dove hunting, but today an estimated 30,000 hunters travel to Argentina to experience the finest dove shooting in the world.
Hunting dove in Argentina by definition can’t technically be considered an industry, but with the abundance of lodges and infrastructure in place to support tens of thousands of hunters each year dove hunting in Argentina can fairly be compared to industry.
There are hundreds of dove lodges in Argentina, each with their own nuances and most are operated by well run by respected outfitters. Due to competition hunters planning a dove hunting trip are faced with the difficult challenge of selecting the lodge that is right for them and their hunting party. In a dove hunting trip there are costs that are not flexible such as airfare, hunting licenses, gun rental and shell costs, so the truly variable cost is the lodge daily rate. These rates run generally from $300 to $900 per day, with the most expensive lodges offering fineries one might expect at a 5 Star hotel in a major city. Our experience shows in the least expensive lodges some sacrifices are made in the overall quality of your experience. The old adage rings true once again as with a dove hunt in Argentina you truly get what you pay for.
At Southern Outfitting we are happy provide our clients with the information needed to choose the lodge that is right them.