Key Information for Argentina Dove & Pigeon Hunting
South Pioneers hunting lodge is the place where you can find the best dove and pigeon hunting around the world. The lodge is located on a relative new farming area cultivated with more than 200.000 acres under pivot water irrigation system.
As farmers can control the water they seed every 15 days (sunflower, corn, peanuts, weat, soybean) therefore they have later harvestings every 15 days assuring a long period of food available for doves and pigeons. This farming system makes pigeon hunting available until the end of November were in other country areas is until september.
The presence of both Pigeons & Doves both by the millions in our area, makes our lodge without exageration a unique and privileged place.
Together with an elegant accommodation near to the best hunting places plus high-standard service, turn our lodge into a hunters’ haven.
The kind of hunting South Pioneers hold will enable you to practise the widest variety of shooting possibilities: short, long, passing, and decoying not to mention zigzagging pigeon flight!
As because our strategic location South Pioneers can receive their visitors at two Airports.
One is Mendoza were you arrive with daily LAN Chile flights form USA, previous scale in Santiago. After a quick gun check-in (is the only outfitter arriving with hunters to that airport this will make you avoid classic Cordoba long lines) there are 3 hours driving to the lodge.
On your way back after a relaxed morning departure from the lodge is at 10.30 am arriving with enough time to have lunch at the airport and make your baggage check-in. Flight from Mendoza to Santiago and USA depart at 17.30 hs.
Other chance is to fly to Buenos Aires, connecting with BA Jorge Newbery airport and take a flight to San Luis Province airport, just 1:15 minutes far from the lodge. There is a daily flight to San Luis. Please check flight schedule at www.aerolineas.com.ar
South Pioneers representatives will meet you upon arrival in Mendoza or San Luis Airport and transport you to the accomodation. For passengers arriving to Buenos Aires we can arrange to have our representatives who will meet you at Ezeiza International Airport.
Mode of Transportation
Either for Mendoza or San Luis airports transfer will be accomplished by either pick up, or van depending upon the size of the group. All vehicles will be very comfortable air-conditioned for your traveling comfort.
Hunters lodge into a very comfortable hotel located on a beautiful mountain area, sorrounded by a 40 acres green park with fine tree spices, and view to the magnificent valley where dove & pigeon huntings take held.
Hunters groups are practically the only and special guests, (only sometimes there are between 2 to 6 other passengers) as this hotel works hard only during the Argentina summer period in January and February.
Hunters have their own exclusive living and dinning room areas at the hotel: only for South Pioneers visitors. Even the menu is designed by South Pioneers exclusively for their passengers.
Each hunter will have his individual room with queen size bed and private bathroom. This up-grade is something only available at an extra cost at the mayority of the hunting lodges.
Wi-Fi is available at the accommodation
At South Pioneers you will find a unique hunting adventure were you will be able to combine the best dove shooting (it is usual to shoot more than 1000/1500 shells per day with superb pigeon hunting (more than 250/300 hundred pigeons per hunter/day).
Even you will be able to hunt English style pigeon over decoys, an experience each hunter must do at least once in his life.
Eared Dove (Zenaida Auriculata) and Spot Winged Pigeon (Columba Maculosa) both by the millions.
Season(s) and Optimum Dates for Specific Species
Dove Shooting: Year Round.
Doves & Pigeons: April to December.
There is no specific peack seasson for pigeon or dove hunting. As we explained because of the seeding and harvesting system, food is available year round, assuring good hunting at any time, something just a few places can offer.
As the hunting is a combination of Dove Pigeons 20 ga works great with both species, 12 ga is also good but a little bit heavy for dove shooting.
If you would prefer to rent a shotgun from the Lodge, we have Beretta semi-auto 20 gauge shotguns.
Shotgun shells are available in 20 and 12 gauge. Shells for .410 & 28 shotguns are available with 45 days in advance notice.
Travelling with Guns
If you want to come with your guns we will send you Argentina gun forms, very easy to fill. You just need to have a gun case for the international flight. The rest is very easy.
Special Hunt Considerations
Pigeon & Dove hunting is a combination of pigeon and doves, normally time is distributed 50% on each specie during your visit.
Wake up call is a 7 a.m. After a strong breackfast we drive between 15 to 25 minutes depending were are the best hunting spots at the time of your visit. We shoot till 12.30 hs. to enjoy the barbecue and a relaxing siesta. At 14.30 hs begins the afternoon shoot until sunset.
Back at the lodge you will be received with some delicious hors d'oeuvres and you will be able to have some drinks at the open bar.
Dinner will be served at 8:00, then you can relax at the living room or the wide terrace. The beautiful and illuminated park is always a chance to enjoy a night walk and watch a sky full of stars like in no other place.
- Recoil reduction equipment including shoulder pads, Kevlar-lined vests, etc.
- Bring modified, improved cylinder, or improved-modified chokes.
- Dark colored or camouflage hunting clothes and hats.
- Upland hunting boots. We also recommend both wool and cotton socks.
- Hearing protection!
- Wool sweaters, long slewrappereve cotton shirts, and polar fleece zip-up tops. Layering is important
- Side-carry shooting pouch for shells or a shell vest.
- Leather shooting gloves are an absolute must!
- Lightweight rain gear and waterproof hat - you won’t need it unless you don’t bring it.
- Shooting glasses, sunglasses, 30 SPF sunscreen (or stronger) and lip balm.
- Comfortable clothes for relaxing around the Lodge: jeans, tennis shoes, baseball caps, etc.
- All electricity in Argentina is 220 (European-style). We have converters for your laptop computers, digital cameras, PDA’s, electric razors, etc.
- Shaving kit with Mylanta, Advil (or preferred painkiller), Neosporin, band-aids, vitamins, prescription medications, etc.
- Digital camera with extra battery and media cards.
Hunt Difficulty/Health level
South Pioneers holds an exclusive hunting area granted by the Government of San Luis. This means no competition for the best spots, so from beginners to experimented hunters the lodge can provide each hunter with his own shooting requirement.
Each shooting spot will have at least one bird boy, a chair with back, a cooler with cold water and soft drinks. The bird boys also load your guns.
All staff is communicated by radio assuring whatever you need will be available in just some minutes.
Reserving dates: first please send us an email asking for available dates.
Once I decide to book a trip, what do I have to do to reserve my dates?
We require a non-refundable deposit in the amount of 50% of the land package cost. Deposits may be transferred to another hunter but may not be applied to a future season or year. We recommend that all guests protect their investments and purchase trip cancellation insurance.
The region has a sunny a mild weather. It only rains occasionally.
Keep in mind that the temperature will vary not only between the seasons, but also between morning, afternoon and evening hours. Depending on the time of year it can be 40 degrees (F) and windy in the morning and in the high 70s with calm winds by the afternoon.
What documents will I need when traveling to Argentina?
If you are a US citizwrapperen, you do not need to apply for a visa, but you will need to bring a valid passport. The passport expiration date must be at least 6 months after your arrival date. If you are not an American citizen, please check with the appropriate consulate in your country to find out if you will need a visa.
The Argentine Government applies a "reciprocity fee" to the nationals of United States, Canada and Australia countries who charge Argentinian citizens to get a visa to enter their countries.
The National Immigration Agency (Direccion Nacional de Migraciones) has added a new online form of payment of this reciprocity fee (visitor visa- rate for Americans of USD $160), through the Provincia Payment System. Online payment may now be made in advance for arrival at all airports.
How to pay the reciprocity fee on-line:
· Enter the web site https://virtual.provincianet.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/ and register to start the process.
· Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information.
· Print the payment receipt.
· The fee is good for 10 years so keep it safe for your next visit to the country.
On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and the traveler’s entry to the country registered.