Where to hunt Pigeon
Pigeons are a type of birds that thrive well in agricultural landscapes, wherever they are coupled with available woods or rocks for roosting, from Europe to South America and beyond. Argentina is the most famous destination for high-volume shooting of pigeons and doves, but great hunting opportunities exist also in South Africa and Namibia, as well as the more exotic destinations like Morocco and the island of Mauritius.
Pigeon hunting can be one of the most affordable or one of the most expensive wingshooting experiences, depending on where it happens and what is included. A simple pigeon hunt without lodging or catering will cost around $200-$300 a day, and a trip to Argentina, with all-inclusive stay at a 5 star lodge, and perhaps opportunities to other species like duck and perdiz, will run into thousands.
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When to hunt Pigeon?
With the wide distribution of pigeon and its status of an agricultural pest in many areas, opportunities for pigeon hunting exist in every month of the year. The best time for pigeon hunting is usually in the winter, when food availability is more limited and the birds are easier to decoy and (where legal) to bait. Since the most popular destinations for high-volume pigeon hunting are in the Southern Hemisphere, that would be March to August.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (8)
By far the most popular way of hunting pigeons is hunting from a blind with decoys at a field where the birds feed. Pigeons are blessed with powerful eyesight and expect danger in the fields, so good camouflage and natural decoy placement are essential. Motion decoys, either wind or electric motor driven carousels, help a lot. Pigeons don’t warn the hunter of their arrival by voice, so you should be alert and scan the skies like a radar station. Gunslinger’s reflexes and high-level shotgunning skills are a must. Alternative locations include trees where the birds make a stopover before flying into the fields, and pass routes from feeding to roost sites or water holes. Most hunters prefer not to shoot pigeons near their roost sites, because disturbance will force them to move to another site.
Why hunt Pigeon? All hunts (67)
A modern urban dweller usually contacts pigeons only in the parks and squares, where large flocks of unkempt birds (and their droppings) are hard to associate with the Great Outdoors. Yet, in many cultures pigeon is one of the most popular game birds. Even the lords and peers of Victorian England, who had opportunities to enjoy the best bird shooting the world had to offer, held the woodpigeon in high regard as one of the most difficult birds to kill on the wing. A pigeon is not only fast, but is highly maneuverable, and its keen eye enables it to detect the motion of the hunter’s raising the gun to shoulder and swerve away. This is a challenge for every hunter, and when you will ultimately succeed and hold the strong, clean wild bird in your hands, you couldn’t help admiring the trophy – and it will not disappoint you from the culinary perspective either. If you are a devoted bird hunter but haven’t hunted pigeons yet, don’t miss a chance to do so.
High Volume Pigeon Shoot - Montaraz Argentina
Pigeons are large and fast, which makes calculating speed a little bit deceptive. They work excellently with decoys and we ensure one freshly built blind per hunter. The program generally starts at 8:00 AM with a hearty breakfast and a short drive to the shoot. In the field you will be assigned a bird-boy, who will provide you with shot shells, refreshments, direct you to your shooting stand and help you load your gun. They have radio communication and can solve problems rapidly. Depending on the time of the year, you will shoot until noon when you will be treated to an incredible traditional barbeque lunch in the field or at the lodge. Afternoon begins at around 2 or 2.30, and continues until 5 or 6 when you will return to the lodge for cocktails at the wine cellar and early dinner.
Trip duration: 2 - 7 days
Hunting season: 1 May 2021 30 Sep 2021
Pigeon Program Argentina
Argentina is no doubt, one of the world's most important destinations to shoot Doves and Pigeons. This program offers the chance to hunt these birds with no limit and it is regular for hunters to shoot between 1000 and 1500 rounds per day. Shooting starts early in the morning, when birds come out of their sleeping places and fly towards the fields for feeding. Firing is done at these feeding points in the fields while they pass over, all along the morning. At noon we stop to have lunch outdoors in the countryside, where you will get a superb service and taste our world-known beef and fine wines or ice-cold beer. After lunch, the hunt continues till late afternoon when we return to the lodge to enjoy a pleasant dinner and turn in for the next day out in the fields. Every hunter will be accompanied by a bird-boy to reload the guns and give assistance during the whole hunt. You will be frequently visited at your shooting spot by our hunting staff in charge, to see if you need any assistance and to provide you with ammunition; also to offer you a snack in the afternoon. The Traslasierra Valley has its own microclimate with very stable and non-extreme weather conditions throughout the year. Due to the number of birds that exist in this area and their permanent breeding, hunting season goes on all year round. Argentina has very simple regulations to enter guns temporarily. By doing some simple paperwork, you may bring along your own gun or, if you let us know some time in advance, you can leave the task up to us in order to avoid any delay at the airport. It is not allowed to come into the country with a great deal of ammunition. We have a range of guns for rent, if you do not wish to bring your own. You will find from 12 and 20 gauge semi-automatic Beretta shotguns (301/303/391). The minimal stay is 4 days with two full hunting days. We are not charging any daily fee on your arrival/departure days!
Trip duration: 2 - 8 days
Hunting season: 1 Sep 2020 31 Dec 2021
Pigeon Hunt Argentina
In Santiago del Estero province, at Frias city you can enjoy the best pidgeon hunting. Daily maximum is 200 per hunter! Having woods for roosting and food in quantity, the pigeons are also found in great number. Although their habits are similar to those of the dove, the hunt uses stationary decoys like that of the duck. Plus, they fly fast as the Quail making this game a complete unnoticed challenge. We are a small business, you will be able to share the trip with Tomas.
Trip duration: 1 - 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Oct 2020 31 Dec 2021
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