Category: Hunting Equipment

Each province within Argentina requires hunters to have a hunting license. Licenses known as “permiso o licencia de caza” and are paid to the Argentina Wildlife Resource Office, known as Argentina Ambiente or Fauna Departmento. Often you will hear the word permit used which is a more popular translation of license in Argentina.

Prior to your trip you outfitter will ask for passport information. This information is used for your hunting license and is supplied to the province in Argentina you will be hunting in.

The cost of the hunting license varies from province to province. For example in Cordoba Argentina the license is $65 per day which is at the high end of the scale. Many hunters that shoot doves in Cordoba hunt the afternoon of arrival and the morning of departure, and even though these 2 half days are considered 1 full day from a lodge perspective, for hunting licenses you will be required to pay the license fee for each day you hunt regardless of the length of your hunt. Entre Rios and Santiago del Estero provinces charges $150 for the entire hunt regardless of the number of days.

We often hear about hunters that are confused about the license fees. Since each province has different regulations and requirements it is the responsibility of your outfitter to keep track of this information, make sure clients are informed of the fees and pay the Departmento Ambiente.

Some hunters have asked to see the license or to even take the license home with them as a memento from their trip. Unlike in the US there is not a small license you put in your wallet, it’s a legal form that contains multiple hunters on one form. For those that have hunting in Argentina before you have probably noticed a large envelope on the dashboard or map pocket in the van you are transported to and from the fields in. In this envelope are the licenses for your group. It’s rare that you will be stopped by an oficial ambiente, but in the event your group is checked your host or driver will have the licenses with them in this envelope.

Finally with regards to licenses, it is the responsibility of the outfitter at the end of your trip to report to Departmento Ambiente the types of birds you shot, the number of each you shot, and the number of shells you shot. All reputable lodges are well aware of the policies and procedures and everything related to the licenses is transparent to the hunter other than the fees paid as part of their hunting excursion.

On our list of suggested items to bring we have listed medical tape for your loading finger/thumb. We are commonly asked “what the heck is the tape for?” For those that have been to Argentina its likely you know, for those that haven’t experienced dove shooting in Argentina yet, we’ll be glad to explain.

For those that shoot double barrels this blog doesn’t apply.

On your busiest day at the skeet range or dove field in the US, you might load 100-150 rounds into your semi-automatic. In Argentina you may load 1000 or more rounds per day and over 3-4 days of shooting this equates to more than rounds than most shooters load in 2-3 years at home. Repeatedly pushing up and into the spring loaded tang or flap of the magazine tube thousands of times will cause your finger/thumb nail to be a sore, raw mess. I have seen the nasty bruising, sore digits and even blisters under the nail to bad that the nail fell off.

Simply wrapping tape around your loading finger provides protection for your loading digit, and allows a smooth surface to contact the tubular magazine tang.

It may sound crazy, but don’t make the mistake of going day 1 without the tape as on day 2 you’ll be squeamish and day 3 you’ll be so sore you’ll have your bird boy loading your shotgun for you!

The dove in Argentina flies very similar to the dove in the US, therefore your shot presentations are essentially the same, and however there is one big difference which is simply the volume of dove.

On most days improved cylinder or even skeet is the preferred choke. You will almost immediately notice how much better your shooting percentages become for two reasons. 1) You can pick your shots. For example that 55 yard crossing dove that you have little chance of hitting, in the US most hunters take the shot. They do so hoping at a minimum they cause the dove to turn towards them, and there is a remote chance they get lucky and actually drop it. 2) Repetition! You will shoot as much as you want and get lots of practice at varied shot presentations. For dove shooters that have not experienced Argentina dove shooting, you will be amazed at how well you do shooting 35-40 yard shots using an improved cylinder choke.

Now on windy days in Argentina, much like in the US the dove fly much higher and faster. If a hunter is faced with high, fast birds you have a couple options. The first of course would be to tighten your choke to modified or even improved modified and practice your long leads. Once a shooter determines the lead you’ll be knocking down these birds consistently. The second option is to simply ignore the high birds, face into the wind and pick off the birds that have chosen to fly into the wind. There won’t be as many dove flying into the wind as with it, but it has been my experience around 10% of the dove you will see on windy days haven’t quite figured out to use the wind to their advantage. These birds will be by far the easiest shots as often they’ll be flying so slow it’s almost as if they are not moving.

In summary we suggest starting with skeet or improved cylinder and make adjustments to your choke as needed. Each shooter has different styles and preferences, so the most important issue related to shotgun chokes is to experiment and have fun!

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.

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