Category: Argentina Hunting Travel Information

It’s actually quite easy to bring your shotgun with you on a duck or dove hunting trip to Argentina. First of course you need an airline approved, lockable gun case. When you arrive at the ticket counter at your local airport tell the agent you have a firearm. They will ask you to open your case, make sure your gun is unloaded and fill out an orange tag demonstrating the firearm has been checked and is unloaded. A copy of the orange tag will be placed in your gun case, then you lock it up and it then goes through the process that all other baggage goes through before being loaded on the plane. Generally speaking this will be the last time you see your shotgun until you arrive at your destination, even if you have connecting flights. (If connecting in Santiago Chile they may ask you to open the case and once again verify the shotgun is unloaded before loading onto your final flight into Argentina)

Argentina allows each hunter enter the country with a maximum of 3 shotguns. Extra barrel sets are considered an additional gun, so a 2 barrel set counts as 2 guns.

The department that processes your paperwork and registers your firearms is called RENAR (Registro Nacional de Armas y Explosivos). Upon arrival into Argentina and after collecting your luggage and entering the customs area of the airport you simply tell the customs officer you have a shotgun (escopeta in Spanish) and you will be directed to the RENAR department. Here the officers will match your RENAR form up to your shotgun ensuring the make, model and serial numbers match. There is a fee for bringing your shotgun, and it ranges between $100 and $140 U$D per shotgun/barrel, paid in cash to directly to the RENAR department.

As part of the service that Southern Outfitting provides, we will complete your RENAR forms and answer any questions you may have related to bringing your own shotgun to Argentina.

Southern Outfitting has been involved with dove hunting for over 35 years. Over that time we have learned many dove hunting techniques. Below are a few ideas we suggest to make your high volume dove hunting trip to Argentina a success.

  • Feeding PatternsDove feed early in the morning and late afternoon and in Argentina are constantly on the move. The day starts with the dove traveling from their roosts to the feeding grounds, then from the feeding grounds to the water holes, then back to the feeding grounds and just before dusk they head back to their roosts. Your field host will select the area you hunt and assist with an ideal shooting position.
  • Movement Always try to stay as still as you can when hunting for doves, shoulder your shotgun only when ready to shoot. Doves have great eye sight and if they feel something isn’t right, they will flare off in another direction.
  • Camo / BlindsAlways blend into your surroundings, preferably full camo clothing or earth tones  that complement the area that you are dove hunting . Your Bird Boys often build a blind out of natural material that is available in the hunting area. For multiple reasons the shady side of tree is the best shooting position as you stay well shaded and the dove can’t see you because of the contrast of the shade.
  • Shotgun – Because of the high volume dove shooting Argentina offers, we recommend you rent or bring 20 gauge shotguns only. Even the most seasoned 12 gauge shooter will be sore after a day of high volume shooting. We recommend Beretta 391 or Benelli M2 Auto loaders. For those that prefer over/unders the line of Beretta, Caesar Guerini or other higher end over/under will perform flawlessly. We do not recommend other “big name” shotguns as they simply don’t withstand the punishment that high volume dove hunting in Argentina puts them through.
  • Duck Tape – Many ask why?? The answer is simple; in the US an extremely busy day of shooting may be 200-250 rounds. High volume dove shooting in Argentina often has you loading 200 or more rounds in an hour. Pushing the shells into the magazine tube repeatedly will make your fingers, thumbs and nails extremely sore over time. Wrap your loading fingers/thumb in duct tape and you can load pain free for on your 3-4 day dove hunt. For the Over/Under shooters shooting gloves are recommended.
  • Choke Tubes – Improved Cylinder is typically your best option, however on windy days the doves tend to fly a little higher and faster and modified will be a better option.
  • Radios/Walkie-Talkies – If you are dove hunting with a group of people it is very handy to have everyone outfitted with radios. Your shooting positions often will be separated by 70-100 yards, because of this you are just out of shouting distance so radios come in handy to schedule a break, or borrow and item your hunting partner make have like choke tubes or duct tape.

There are many more ways that Southern Outfitting can help make your dove hunting trip a success. Contact us today so that we can plan the dove hunting trip of a lifetime!

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