Host provided great hospitality and wonderful hunting experience.
Getting rifle into and out of Argentina was difficult.
World-class high-volume wingshooting for doves, pigeons, ducks, and partridges
Excellent big-game hunting, including some of the world’s best red stag hunts
Upscale hunting accommodations with excellent food and wine are typical on Argentine hunts
Argentina is the most popular hunting destination in the world, attracting more than 20,000 foreign hunters every year. The vast majority are wingshooters, many of whom come for Argentina’s world-famous high-volume dove shooting. Doves are considered pests in this region; huge flocks come into agricultural fields in incredible numbers. However, Argentina is also an excellent destination for big-game hunters; it has some of the best free-range red stag hunting in the world. Cordoba Province is the most famous destination for high-volume dove shooting, but there are many other regions that have excellent wingshooting. Waterfowl and upland birds are plentiful in many areas and provide outstanding mixed-bag wingshooting. Most hunters choose either wingshooting or big-game hunting since they usually take place in different areas; however, combo hunts are possible. Red stags were originally introduced into Patagonia in the foothills of the Andes and La Pampa Province a hundred years ago. In addition to stags, other big game is available to hunt, including water buffalo, brocket deer, white-lipped peccary, and wild boar. Other animals have been introduced in some areas, including axis deer, blackbuck, fallow deer, feral goats and sheep, and mouflon. Pumas are also plentiful. Many lodges in Argentina are upscale, with excellent food and wine provided, and often a midday barbecue is served in the field. The country is filled with interesting culture and contrasts, including gauchos in traditional dress sitting in sheepskin-lined saddles, villagers driving horse-drawn carts, and locals passing around the traditional gourd of mate.
No visa is required for citizens of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, or the European Union for stays of less than 90 days.
Increasing numbers of hunters now rent firearms for their Argentina hunts to avoid the hassle of bringing them, and many outfitters are equipped with excellent guns to rent—but be sure to check with your outfitter first if you wish to go this route.
Gun-import requirements for Argentina have been in flux in recent years, which has caused some confusion for visiting hunters. Visitors who want to import breech loading shotguns or rifles can do so by having their application filled out before hand with the help of their outfitter and then apply for the import permit upon arrival. If you want to import a semi-automatic gun you need to do so by applying for a temporary import permit at the nearest Argentine Consulate, which must be done in person. Check with your outfitter in advance of your trip for the most up-to-date requirements. You will definitely need to fill out the required forms for RENAR (Registro Nacional de Armas) in advance of your trip; you should be able to get these forms from your outfitter. If you can make your port of entry Cordoba as many hunters report entering Cordoba with guns is much less time consuming than Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires, where many hunters arrive, has two airports: Ezeisa Airport (EZE) is where many international flights arrive. Many domestic flights leave from Newbery Airport (AEP), which is across town. It can take as much as two hours to go from one to the other, so if you are connecting, it’s important to allow plenty of time.
It’s a good idea to arrange for someone to meet you at the airport to assist with rifle importation, especially if you don’t speak Spanish. You will collect your luggage and take your guns to the RENAR office, where your paperwork will be processed. Then you will have to go through Argentine customs, where a second round of paperwork is required. The process is time-consuming.
It’s important to keep your RENAR papers and passport with you at all times while you are hunting in case you are stopped by a routine police check.
Argentina’s winter climate is mostly mild during hunting season. Rain gear is always a must, as are waterproof boots. If you are wingshooting, prepare for shooting many, many rounds; a jacket or vest with a recoil pad is a good idea, and shooting gloves are a must. Many outfitters recommend semiautomatic shotguns as they have less recoil; either 12- or 20-gauge guns are fine. For wingshooting, you will purchase shells from your outfitter and be charged for those you use at the end of the trip. Big-game hunting areas vary in terms of terrain and difficulty, so consult with your outfitter for a recommended gear list.
It’s important to note that most species native to Argentina, such as puma, peccary, and brocket deer, can be legally hunted in many provinces but cannot be exported. Introduced species such as red stag can be exported with the proper permits. When your hunt is completed, your outfitter can arrange to have your trophies shipped to a taxidermist to prepare them for shipping and export.
We had good accommodations. Guides worked very hard to find game. There were a great group of hunters at the lodge, which made the trip very enjoyable. The weather did not cooperate for a great "roar", but still were able to find decent stags.
Had problems with the airlines transporting guns and ammunition. Not the outfitters problem, but would suggest not taking your own rifle and renting one of the outfitters (which we did, after leaving our rifles at the airport in Los Angeles)
The fact that you can hunt five minutes from the lodge is unique. Shooting in the sunflowers was incredible. Lodge was awesome. But best of all is the staff. 5-star all the way
From the U.K., the flight is long so only can go once per year.
A very large cattle ranch that has been in the family for many generations. It consists of opportunity for wild game to thrive and make it a quality hunt. Do not get in a hurry as you will be surprised at the amount of game here.
The hunting party I was with love the experience of hunting on a working cattle ranch. Staying in an adobe ranch house and hearing the gauchos riding out on horse back was a very enjoyable. The variety and amount of game was plentiful.
Argentina gun laws
The entire experience is focused through the lenses of a hunting trip. Personally, I have been hunting all my life, and have experienced several other "lodge" type hunting excursions. So, from the perspective of a place where hunters gather to enjoy qualified and knowledgeable guides, good lodging, great meals, and good atmosphere, I could not be happier. Tomas was our guide, he was very knowledgeable of the area. This is real hunting, guided by real people who have a vested interest in the well-being of the wildlife in the area. We spend time exploring the area and its culture. Great host, great outfitter and awesome memories.
Everything about them is top notch. In a few weeks, we will be visiting Argentina for the 8th time. I would not use any other outfitter.
It's not the easiest lodge to travel to, but that makes it even more special.
The quantity and quality of the game, the guides, the food, and all the people that own and work at the ranch.
The RENAR paperwork hassle at the airport in Buenos Aires.
I've hunted all over the world, but hunting with this outfitter was very unique. First off, the interesting assortment of animals (big and small) in this region is unlike any other. The quantity and quality of game is astounding! The good folks are no longer "workers at a hunting ranch" -- as they quickly become friends in life. Genuine, good, friendly people that are a joy to share a bottle of their own Malbec with. The scenery, the clean air, big skies, incredible sunsets, the Southern Cross at night, the beautiful Argentine culture -- what's not to love?! What will surprise you is the dining experience! With a world class chef (not an exaggeration), you will feast like a king during your entire trip, savoring in your harvested game slowly cooked in an open air wood fire stove, enhanced with extraordinary local wines, and finished with some of the most beautiful desserts you've ever set your eyes upon.
The only negative thing experience I had: Having to leave...
Ramiro, the owner/operator, runs a top operation. The lodge is new and the rooms are comfortable and well furnished. The chef prepared excellent meals and Ramiro was always attentive to any requests. The dove and pigeon hunting was outstanding and located within a 15 minutes drive from the lodge. This was a big plus! We had a wonderful time at South Pioneers and I recommend it highly. You won't be disappointed!
accommodations, people, ranch = class food fantastic after hunt in the bar
not that I didn't like it but the language barrier with guide didn't make for much conversation on the hunt (if I had to pick one)
The bird density and opportunity was unparralled. The guides were perfectly accommodating. The proximity to hunt from the lodge was 5min or less everyday. The accommodations were stellar. The food almost stole the show, it was that good. The staff was friendly and inclusive. The wine was top shelf.
Super hunting experience in Argentina. Very reliable, Honest and high-quality outfitter. They go the extra mile to make you feel like a king. The amount and quality of the game is superb. The guides go the extra mile to make your hunt one to remember. The food win, Honest and high-quality outfitter. They go the extra mile to make you feel like a king. The amount and quality of the game is superb. The guides go the extra mile to make your hunt one to remember. The food And lodging was superb. The Malbeck was excellent also! A trip you should not mess if you want sure if you read stag, Asian water buffalo and Blackbark among others. 85,000 acres of private lands with a beautiful Hacienda to come back to at the end of the day. Would love to go again.
And lodging was superb. The Malbeck was excellent also! A trip you should not mess if you want sure if you read stag, Asian water buffalo and Blackbark among others. 85,000 acres of private lands with a beautiful Hacienda to come back to at the end of the day. Would love to go again.
The accommodation & the food was excellent. The shooting was varied, challenging and very exciting. The loader was a great help and the transport to and from the shoot was first class
There was nothing we did not like! It was an amazing trip! ! Every bit as exciting as Cordoba
I have hunted all over the world. Nico's outfit is superb. Saw ample game,harvested quality animals. Staff, guides etc were attentive and polite. Food was fabulous, accomadations top notch.
Long bus ride to airport
I can't think of a thing.
The chef we had at each location, amazing food, a lot of game meat, all excellent. The equipment was all first rate. Huge number of game animals. The people, the guides, managers, and staff were all friendly and very professional. Having two locations to hunt in different parts of Argentina. Was a wonderful couples trip as well.
Bringing firearms into Argentina, time consuming at the airports. The accommodations were clean and well maintained, but they were "rustic". It was overall comfortable. They are starting construction soon on a lodge, hopefully completed in 2018.
The amount of game and ample opportunities at harvesting game. Also, the excellent accommodations, food and professional guides.
Very hot during the afternoon but that is certainly not within the outfitter's control and I'm from northern Canada...where it's usually cold!!
I have hunted red stag twice with this outfitter. Had a fantastic trip both times. Nothing better than free range stag hunting during the roar. Sitting on the porch with a good drink at night listening to the stags roar is a treat in its self. Stalking in close for a shot while they are chasing cows is a real thrill. One of my most fun hunts. Plan to hunt with them again for ducks this time.
There is not one thing that I didn't like about the hunt.
Great free range hunting of blackbuck, axis, water buffalo and others. Outfitter was excellent, always arranged for nice accomodations and knew his stuff. Adds some nice touches like BBQ picnic for lunch. A fun experience, I highly recommend!
Sometimes it takes awhile to reach the hunting areas but it wasn't an issue for me because I got to view and take in the Argentinian countryside and visit with the outfitter during the drive.
Doves and Pigeons were flying together thru out the day. Also plenty of birds to be shooting. If you weren't shooting it was because you didn't want to shoot...not because either a Dove or Pigeon wasn't in the air.
It's a long way to Argentina
The PH's we're great and very knowledgeable about the game and hunting areas The owner and host Nicco is a great guy and accommodating to any needs or requests Also the wine is made by his family locally and is wonderful Professional chef at the lodge will cook anything you want including the game you harvest. The whole experience was wonderful and we plan on returning again asap.
Incredible "roar" hunting in a beautiful landscape, superb food, & all with tremendous hospitality. Comfortable accommodations with attentive staff. The ranch abounds with many animals of all big game species, bird life, & other wildlife. Challenging spot & stalk free range hunting. Hardworking, experienced guides.
Domestic travel inside Argentina is logistically challenging & prone to delays. Plan for generous time between your domestic & international connections.
Lo que mas nos gusto fue el trato que recibimos por parte de los dueños quienes nos recibieron con todo el esmero y atención. La inmensidad de La Pampa y Patagonia realmente nos dejo perplejos, y la posibilidad de combinar Caza Mayor y Caza de Tortolas desde el mismo lodge también nos agrado mucho. Es un lugar donde uno puede recorrer 40 Kms y aun seguir en el mismo campo lo cual no es común en otros lugares. La comida y el vino de Argentina realmente es especial y motivo suficiente por el cual volveremos nuevamente!
No me gusto que solo estuvimos 7 días! Es un viaje para combinarlo con otros programas Mendoza, Cataratas del Iguazú y Buenos Aires (mínimo 3 días)
The best wingshooting at the best price! This is a very personalized program. We are a small business, you will be able to share the trip with Tomas , owner and host of Norte Hunters. There are not just some birds flying; there are black clouds dancing over our fields, any day, any time of the year, flying constantly between their roosting woods and the open farmlands. If you enjoy hunting, you can't miss these 4 days/3 nights experience. On the arrival day, our staff welcomes you with lunch and get ready to go shooting that same afternoon. The next couple of days our routine starts at 700 am with a wake up call and homemade breakfast. We drive for no longer than 30 minutes to the shooting field. Each hunter has a bird boy assigned, to assist you with shells and drinks. You will be located in a hidden camouflaged spot. Everything is supervised by our dove scout. At noon, you return to the lodge for a classic argentine meal. You can get changed and even take a nap, depending on the time of the year. In the early afternoon you go back to shooting until the day declines. It is common for a single gun to shoot 1,000 birds in a day. Back in the lodge you will find a comfy rural entertaining environment with cocktails, beer, dove chest appetizers, pool and dinner off course. You cannot not have fun. Last day, after the morning hunt and lunch, we will take you to the airport to take your flight.
Trip duration: 1 - 10 days
Trip available on: 9 October 2018 1 November 2019
The lodge area offers literally clouds of doves! Dove hunting takes place to the North of San Luis Province, very near the border with Cordoba Province. At any time shoot 1000, 2000, 3000 or more shells per day. We have exclusive access to more than 200,000 acres of the best fly ways for dove hunting in Argentina. The variety of dove hunting spots we offer (over crop fields, on feed lots or passing shooting camouflaged in the bush ) will give you each time a different shot, thus adding more fun to your Argentina dove hunting trip. We request minimum 4 hunters for the group, the minimum stay is 3 days. For groups of less than 4 hunters please consult.
Trip duration: 1 - 6 days
Trip available on: 1 April 2019 31 August 2019
We are one of the top ranches in Argentina offering +85,000 acres of endless free range woods with plenty of Stags, wild boar, rams and additional species like the massive water buffalo and the elusive blackbucks plus other 10 additional species... challenge for all skill levels. Woody areas assure close encounters with shots in between 50-100 meters... plains areas will require longer shots up to 300 mts. Tons of fun for rifle hunters and for bowhunters. Flat terrain with no special requirentes nor any special physical condition. Everybody will enjoy the trip from the first minute to the last. On top of this, we offer excellent year round wingshooting on doves & pigeons so we can add wings to the hunt all at same location. We can offer you a Red Stag program during March/April (Stag high season). Such program will give you the chance to feel the adrenaline of the spotting and stalking challenging stags by foot and hunt additional game as per your wish list. You will be able to pick additional game in between 14 species. All of this at the same location ! Recommended time window for free range stag hunt and other game is a 6 days / 7 nights program. Full week Big Game and wings program Dates: March/April (excellent weeks for stags) 7 nights - 6 hunting days. All lodging and hunting services. 1 Free range Red Stag - up to 210 SCI score. Option to add other species. 1 x 1 Hunting Guide. Reg price per hunter: $4,800 Total Price per non Hunter: extra USD 1,750 If the non hunter opts to hunt along a hunter sharing the guide, we will only charge the licences and game fees. If the non hunter opts to join the wingshooting we will only charge shells and wingshooting licence.
Trip duration: 7 days
Trip available on: 19 April 2019 31 May 2019
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