Argentina Dove Hunting

Why Hunting Doves in Cordoba, Argentina?

For more than 35 years, seasoned international wing shooters have recognized Cordoba, Argentina as the world's leading destination for high-volume dove hunting. There are an estimated 50 million doves in the northern area of Cordoba, providing high quality hunts for thousands of visitors over the years.

  • Easy arrival: it is very easy to fly to Cordoba with direct flights from either Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires, Lima (Peru), Panama City (Panama) and Sao Paolo (Brazil).
  • Perfect weather: the weather is great for hunting with more than 320 sunny days per year and no extreme temperatures.
  • Highest standards: the competition among local lodges has created the highest standard of service of any other hunting lodges in the world.

Typical Dove Hunting Day - A day in the life...

8:00 a.m. - Wake up call.

We're only 5 minutes from the shooting stand so you can enjoy a little more sleep. If you're an early riser, join us for fresh coffee in the outside dining area.

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast is served.

Help yourself to fresh fruit, muffins, toast and eggs before you begin your day. You will definitely want to try the Argentine favorite, dulce de leche.

9:00 a.m. - Head out to the field!

Dove hunters will be caravanned to the fields in one of our African-style safari trucks. The morning hunt lasts 3-4 hours and is adjustable according to your preference.

1:00 p.m. - Enjoy a traditional Argentine asado (BBQ) lunch.

Feast on delicious, homemade empanadas, dove brochettes, pork sausage, tenderloin, ribs, skirt steak, pork chops, chicken and much more.

2:00 p.m. - Free time.

Enjoy a stroll on our grounds or return to your suite for an afternoon nap or enjoy our outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Because of shortened daylight hours during the winter months, our winter guests may not have the benefit of this extended period of free time.

4 p.m. - Enjoy the best hunting in our fields during the 4-hour afternoon shoot.

After the shoot, enjoy a professional upper- or full-body massage from one of our local masseuses. Also enjoy an afternoon cocktail and snack by the Texas fire pit. Recount the day's events and compare stories with fellow hunters..

9:00 p.m. - Dinner is served.

Taste a variety of local seasonal favorites including our famous cuts of Argentinean beef. Our Italian nights are another favorite of our guests.

End your evening on a high note with a Cuban cigar and premium label whiskey or scotch.

Setting Records

There are two types of dove hunters: those who count, and those who don't...

Each Bird Boy in the field has a tally to keep track of daily totals for those guests who prefer to count the birds they've shot. Last year's average was 22 boxes per hunt, equaling 550 rounds.

Hunters can expect to shoot around 45% in a typical day, and the average has been increasing as many of our repeat guests have improved their shooting percentages over the years.

Our property's record was held by Chuck Rod of Houston, TX who shot 5,014 birds using 262 boxes in 1 day in February 2004. Chuck woke up at 6 a.m. and shot all day with two loaders and a counter. On January 13, 2008, Russell Pagel from Houston, TX shattered the single day bird mark by shooting 6,015 birds on 7,250 rounds. Russell finished shooting at 6pm with 3 hours of daylight still remaining.

On February 12, 2009, Eric Hellbach from Houston, TX set the new record shooting 7,069 birds on 9,000 rounds. In the last few years, the record has been broken several times including by Eric Hellbach again. A special mention goes out to Shannon Watson and his son who destroyed the father/son record and the Kikis group who now hold the group record at the lodge.

Location! Location! Location!

Our unique game management program and convenient roost location set us apart from all the other outfitters and competitors. We own more than 40 shooting fields, all located less than 15 minutes from the lodge.

Our game manager assigns each guest a new setting on every hunt – from roost hunts to field hunts, or even a competitive hunt with friends. It is guaranteed to be a great experience!

Shooting variety is also a Los Chanares advantage. We’ve heard time and again how much our guests appreciate the diversification – some of them come year after year and never shoot in the same spot twice.

Cordoba for the Non-Shooter

Los Chanares is a popular destination in Cordoba for non-shooters. We stand out from the rest mainly due to the comfort of our beautiful lodge, excellent Argentine food and the company of your hosts, Nahuel Gramajo who works with an excellent team to ensure you enjoy every part of your stay.

Besides dove hunting, there are many fun activities to participate at/from Los Chanares including:

  • A full-day tour of Cordoba and the Jesuit Estancias with a private English-speaking guide.
  • Massages, manicures and facials at the lodge.
  • Relaxing pool with spacious deck and/or the Jacuzzi.
  • Golf in Ascochinga or Cordoba.
  • Cultural immersion classes with a teacher who worked outside Argentina for seven years. More Information

    Let your experience in Cordoba be not only a sports one but also cultural

    Enjoy a day with Carmela Flores who was a teacher in the US and the Middle East for more than seven years having gained the experience and knowledge to offer a new program for hunters and families during their stay in Cordoba. With “Enjoy It” you will learn some basic Spanish phrases in a fun way and you will be able to communicate in the language right away. Activities are developed according to the hunting schedule or during the hunters’ free time.

    Some of the activities suggested for the participants are:

    • Through games and dynamic activities, the participants learn greetings and idiomatic expressions in Spanish and/or specific vocabulary related to hunting.
    • They represent dialogues with real situations: at the restaurant, in a shop, etc.
    • They learn typical Argentine songs singing Karaoke.
    • In Spanish, they learn how to prepare mate, tango and folklore steps.
    • Using the vocabulary learnt, the participants are accompanied to do different activities in the Estancia (trekking, biking, rides, etc.).

    This invitation is extended to all the family. While the hunter is away, the family can be immersed in a program with cultural and fun activities.

Dove Hunting in Argentina vs. the U.S.

In the past century, dove hunting became a popular pastime of many hunters in the United States. Though it has taken many years, almost all states now have legal hunting seasons for mourning doves. Currently, there are only nine states that don’t, specifically those that are in the northwest part of the country. Popular North American dove hunting sites include states that have traditionally dry seasons, such as Wyoming and Texas. While dove hunting in the United States is very popular, the differences between hunting domestically and participating in dove hunting in Argentina are very extreme. As a result, those who are looking to experience dove hunting on a whole new level would greatly benefit from considering all that Argentina dove hunting has to offer.

Season and Bag Limits

Even though dove hunting is legal in many parts of North America, all states impose bag limits on dove hunters. Typically, the bag limit is 12-15 birds per day and the possession limit is restricted to 30 birds per day. As far as the season is concerned, dove hunting season typically runs from only September 1 to October 30.
On the other hand, those who choose to participate in Argentina dove hunting face no bag limits and no seasonal restrictions. There are approximately 50 million doves that nest and live in the north of Cordoba, Argentina, and because they are consistently reproducing, the country imposes no maximum limits on dove hunters. Not only are there no limits, Argentina dove hunting also has no set season. As a result, the country (particularly Cordoba) has become an extremely popular destination for individuals who want to hunt at any time during the year.

Accessibility

Even though there are many areas in the United States that allow dove hunting, finding an ideal spot can still be a challenge. Many times, the best places for domestic dove hunting are on private land, which can make accessing them a challenge. Certainly there are services that offer packages that allow you to hunt on certain tracts of land, but in all reality, that money would be better spent on a dove hunting excursion in Argentina. Not only does Argentina offer millions of doves that are primed for hunting, there are also massive tracts of land that are designated specifically for dove hunters. Often, a hunter in Argentina will fire off 1000 rounds in a single day.