Dove Hunting

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Only a few hours by car from the majestic Andes and southern Bolivia and framed by the picturesque, tree-covered Centinela Mountains, Salta's 620,000-acre Anta valley produces bountiful yields of soybeans, corn, peanuts and wheat. Due to its northerly location (closer to the equator) the region enjoys a delightful climate that changes little throughout the year.

Recent increases in populations have been so staggering that local farmers consider the dove a serious agricultural plague. According to Argentina´s department of agriculture, over 100 million doves reside in the Anta Valley, making it by far Argentina´s best dove-hunting destination. Progressive farming techniques, including active crop rotation and no-till planting, ensure that tons of waste beans and corn remain available to hungry hordes of doves and pigeons. This grain production is surrounded and interspersed with the forest of the Gran Chaco, which covers northern Argentina, southern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay, providing an environment in which the populations of eared doves flourish to incredible numbers. The millions of voracious doves actually prevent the farmers from producing sunflowers and milo!

Shooting takes place in a variety of settings-one day hunters may be positioned in the midst of a huge roost, the next around the perimeter of a harvested grain field, the next down in the river bottom or over a waterhole.

A typical day consist of breakfast at the estancia at 7:00, departure at 7:30 and arrival in the field at 8:00. Bird boys will have been at work since the early hours of the morning so that upon arrival guests will find the blinds prepared and the guns ready, meaning that shooting starts upon arrival. Drinks and snacks are on hand constantly but at mid-day shooting stops for a hearty lunch at the estancia or as is more often the case, an unforgettable field lunch.

The traditional Argentine "asado" a time-honored grilling tradition started by the gauchos, consists of steaks, sausages, ribs, robust wines, salads and fresh breads and is often served at the same location where the prior hunt took place. Additionally, our in-field chefs frequently collect birds shot in the morning to use in preparing delicious brochettes of dove or pigeon. After lunch, cots are set up to offer guests a brief siesta while the bird boys clean the guns and prepare for the afternoon´s hunt. At sunset, following the afternoon´s hunt, guests return to the lodge where they will find waiting delicious hors d´ouvres, a full bar, masseuses and hot sauna. Everyday our guests will have the chance to shot almost 8 hours to incredible and constant flocks of birds. Driving distance to the hunting locations vary from 10 to 35 minutes from the lodge. The weather is dry and warm providing excellent shooting from March to November. The hunting season is March 1st to November 30th.