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The short answer is “as many as you want.”

 The long answer is there is no limit on doves in Argentina. The country of Argentina has an agricultural area that spans over 300,000 square miles. For perspective, this area is larger than the country of France and Portugal combined or larger than Texas and Ohio combined.

In this area, there is an estimated 200 million dove that, for the most part, do not migrate and indeed don’t migrate outside of the agricultural region.

 The dove finds home in roosts that cover thousands of acres and do nothing but eat, drink and make babies.

A band of land in the northern part of Argentina has the perfect soil, climate, and rainfall. This area is roughly 300,000 square miles, or the size of Texas and Ohio combined.

Because the area has such fertile soil and the perfect climate for agriculture, this region is the world’s 4th largest producer of corn, the 3rd largest producer of soybean, the 8th largest producer of sorghum, and the 8th largest producer of peanuts. These agricultural statistics are impressive, especially considering the country uses less than 1/3 of its geography for agriculture.

Unlike most areas in the world, in this agricultural region, Argentina has a crop turnover 3 times a year. In addition to 3 crop turnovers, the farmers in Argentina stagger the sowing of their fields so they can harvest over a larger period. The acts of staggering sowing, staggered harvest, and 3 crops turn a year means there is good on the ground effectively every day of the year.

The excellent climate, the tremendous amount of agriculture, ample access to water and roosting grounds, and the farming practices create the perfect habit for the dove.

Along with the perfect habitat for doves, over the last 100 years, the genetic, natural trigger to migrate has been turned off. There is no reason for the Argentina dove to migrate as everything the dove needs is there for them. Their food, water, and shelter are inside the region; the change in weather is not extreme, as in this region, the average temperature is around 75 degrees F, with lows in the winter months around 44 degrees F and highs in the summer months around 93 degrees F.

In this area, there are an estimated 200 million doves that, for the most part, do not migrate and certainly don’t migrate outside of the agricultural region.
The dove finds home in roosts that cover thousands of acres and do nothing but eat, drink and make babies.

A breeding pair of doves often breeds 5 times in one year and produces as many as 3 eggs. These eggs hatch in 12-14 days, turn to fledglings in 9 days, and just 45 days after hatch, the new doves can begin breeding. This breeding pair is responsible for approximately 15 doves in one year, effectively increasing the population by 7.5 times. Still, one must extrapolate, as the first eggs laid in the year begin to reproduce only 45 days later. These 15 doves produce 112 doves in 45 days; these 112 doves produce 840 doves just 45 days later; these 840 doves produce 6300 doves in just 45 days; these 6300 doves produce over 47,000 doves in the just 45 days. Now it gets staggering as the 47,000 doves are responsible for over 352,000 doves.

Beyond these 5 breeding cycles in one year, a person will need a scientific calculator and an advanced math degree to calculate the astonishing volume of doves one breeding pair is, directly and indirectly, responsible for in just one year.

Indeed, in most parts of Argentina, there is a “high season” and a “low season.” 

 I caution hunters interested in visiting Argentina for a dove hunt to not confuse dove populations with the high and low seasons.

Depending on the lodge and the area,, the high season is generally between March and September, and the low season is between October and February.

 These seasons do not relate to dove populations but rather the demand on the lodges.

The high season is in higher demand for several reasons. First, the traditional starting date of duck season is May 1st, and the season runs through August in some provinces and through September in other provinces. Additionally, summer is upon us in the US, children, and grandchildren are out of school, and it is quite common for a father or grandfather to take their children hunting in the summer. For these reasons, there are more hunters in Argentina in these months and more demand for spaces at the respective lodges. In effect, a dove hunter competes with a duck hunter for a bed at the lodge and is also competing with many other dove hunters from the US.

The low season in the October-February range traditionally has fewer hunters. Again, we emphasize the reason for fewer hunters has nothing to do with the dove populations but rather the demand for rooms at the lodge.

Southern Outfitting and our partners are wing shooting specialists. Many big game species are commonly hunted in Argentina, but because our focus and our purpose are based around wing shooting in Argentina, this information is specific to the 4 main birds that are hunted in Argentina.

Dove (in Spanish Paloma) 

The Golden Eared dove is the most commonly hunted bird in Argentina.

 There is a 300,000 square mile area in the northern 1/3 of Argentina that boasts dove populations in the tens of millions and arguably hundreds of millions.

 In Argentina, decoys are not necessary. Our scouts know where the roosts are, so generally, 1-2 days before the arrival of hunters, the scouts visit the roosts to determine where the dove are flying. They follow the dove to their end location, which is often a freshly planted field, a field under harvest, or even cattle feeding areas. Next, the scouts locate an area in between the roost and the feeding area and set up blinds or locate patches of trees for the hunters to hunt under. The doves will all fly by in the same general direction. After lunch, the doves change course and head to the water holes. Again, the scouts know where the water holes are, so you will often hunt the same field, but the doves will come from the opposite direction of the morning hunt. 



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