General, Shooting and Lodging Information

Please, make sure you send us the Pre Trip Questionnaire and the photocopy of the ID page in your passport.

Personal Shooting Form

Argentine Requirements

  • A passport that is valid for 6 months after the last day of your trip is required.
  • Visa: Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, The United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa and other Western European countries, do not require a visa for tourist trips of up to 90 days to Argentina.
  • Argentina Shotgun Importation Fee:
    • If entering with guns via COR (Córdoba) airport price is US$140 per person p/gun.
    • If entering with guns via EZE (Buenos Aires) airport price is US$400 – US$450 p/person plus US$50 approximately per additional gun or extra set of barrels.

 

PLEASE, NOTICE THAT NOW CLEARING GUNS AT CUSTOMS TAKES AN HOUR OR MORE.

Transfers in Buenos Aires Airport

We have representatives in Buenos Aires who do an outstanding job of diligently handling all incoming and outgoing transfers.

 

Baggage/Gun Case Restrictions

In general, each passenger is permitted two (2) bags of less than 70 lbs. each and two (2) carry-on bags. It is advisable that you check these regulations with your airline before traveling.

To avoid shooters, field assistants or any other people or animal taking stray pellets, you must:

  • Always be aware at all times as to the position of fellow shooters and field assistants.
  • Never ever shoot low (below 45 degrees).
  • Always check guns are unloaded before leaving the ranch – recheck in the field and again on departure.
  • Always carry magazine shotguns with the receiver open and uncased doubles always broken.
  • Never let field assistants to shoot.
  • Always let your shooting guide know if you want to change your assigned location; he will move you to a better place.
  • Always wear protective equipment.

According to the type of game you choose, we will suggest specific equipment.

However, clothes should be light green, green or brown in general and camouflage is optional. Before travelling, we suggest that you visit AccuWeather, which will provide an accurate Cordoba or Buenos Aires forecast. For colder seasons, you should add some warm clothes.

Here are some accessories that you will need in the field:

• shooting safety glasses
• shooting gloves
• muff.
• recoil reduction device.
• soft protective gun case for daily use
• shell pouch
• lightweight hat
• small field bag insect repellent
• camera
• flashlight
• band-aids

NOTE: LAUNDRY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE AT THE LODGE IF DESIRED.

Inclusions: All meals in the shooting fields with wines and beer; best available lodging based on double occupancy; services of a professional shooting-guide; all vehicles and ground transportation as required by the itinerary; bird-boys as required; all payments to landowners for shooting rights; meeting and customs assistance; round ground transfer to Rio de Piedras Lodge & Paloma Real lodge (not available at other lodges) only for parties arriving and departing together; taxes and service charges.

Exclusions: Scheduled air fares required by itinerary from point of origin through return; shot shells; shotgun rental; all gratuities; telephone calls, laundry/dry cleaning, room service, or items of a strictly personal nature; baggage overweight charges; personal/baggage insurance; passport expense; cost of itinerary modification requested by passenger; transfers in Buenos Aires if your airline schedule requires you to change airports.

Tipping is discretionary and not included in the shoot cost. As requested by many clients, these are our suggestions:

CORDOBA LODGES

  • $60 per bird boy, per guest/day (directly in the field).
  • $60 for the household staff, per guest/day.
  • A total of $50 to $100 for your shooting guide, per person for the total stay.

BUENOS AIRES LODGES

  • Total $140 per guest/day for field staff, shooting guide and household staff.

Rio de Piedras Lodge

The ranch is located in central Argentina in the province of Córdoba, 50 miles (90 km) north of Córdoba City’s international airport.

Driving time: 50 minutes.

Available game: Unlimited dove shooting in the hilly area of Cordoba

 

Paloma Real Lodge

The ranch is located in central Argentina in the province of Cordoba, 50 miles (80 km) south of Cordoba City’s international airport.

Driving time: 50 minutes.

Available game: Decoyed and passing pigeon in the hilly area of Cordoba.

 

Pampa Lodge & Duck lodge

The ranches are located near San Miguel del Monte, in the province of Buenos Aires, 80 miles from Buenos Aires city, or 65 miles south west of Ezeiza International Airport.

Driving time: 1 hr 30 minutes.

Available game:

  • Duck hunting over dogs
  • Dove shooting
  • Perdiz shooting over dogs
  • In the Province of Buenos Aires we also offer blackbuck and axis deer stalking available.

 

San Luis Big Game Ranch

The ranch is located in central Argentina in the province of San Luis, 110 miles (200 km) south of San Luis City’s Airport.

Driving time: 2 hr

Also a private plane is available for a one hour flight from Buenos Aires Airport.

Available game:

  • Red Stag
  • Water Buffalo
  • Axis Deer
  • Fallow Buck
  • Blackbuck
  • Wild Boar
  • Doves

 

Patagonia boutique hotels

  • Red stag stalking
  • Fly Fishing

Córdoba

Dove and Pigeon shooting: available all year round, also available in the Province of Buenos Aires in particular seasons.

Bag limits in Cordoba:

  • Unlimited dove shooting.
  • Decoyed and passing pigeon. We impose a limit of 140 pigeon a day.

 

Doves

The Eared dove is a species endemic in most of South America, about the same size and coloration as the North American Morning Dove. Its distinctive feature, and what gives it its English name, is the dark feathers on the lower ear coverts. Like pigeons in general, its flight is fast, high and direct.

The fields in Cordoba area are the natural environment for a huge amount of Eared Doves. Eared dove population, estimated in more than 50 millions, makes Cordoba the wing shooting paradise for those looking for a hot barrel experience.

More information in wikipedia ›

 

Pigeons

These birds are large but fast and offer challenging shooting. They work excellently with decoys, which are strategically deployed around the blinds, at a suitable distance. We ensure one freshly built blind for each shooter.

More information in wikipedia ›

Buenos Aires

Duck hunting over dogs:

The season runs from April 20th to August 15th.

 

Ducks: In our part of Argentina, the bag limit, is quite liberal and it is based on an outfitter self impose limit and local regulations. We find this system to strike the best balance between action and conservation.

Perdiz: 6 per hunt per person.

Dove Shooting: No limit – it is low volume dove shooting, you should expect to shoot about 7 to 10 boxes of shells in an afternoon per person.

 

Ducks

The 12 species that inhabit this area are: Yellow Billed Pintail, Rosey-Billed Pochard, Brazilian Teal, White-Faced Whistling Duck, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Speckled Teal, Silver Teal, Red Shoveller, Southern Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, White Cheeked Pintail, Black headed Duck and Ring Teal.

More information in wikipedia ›

 

Pigeons

These birds are large but fast and offer challenging shooting. They work excellently with decoys, which are strategically deployed around the blinds, at a suitable distance. We ensure one freshly built blind for each shooter.

More information in wikipedia ›

 

Doves

The Eared dove is a species endemic in most of South America, about the same size and coloration as the North American Morning Dove. Its distinctive feature, and what gives it its English name, is the dark feathers on the lower ear coverts. Like pigeons in general, its flight is fast, high and direct.

More information in wikipedia ›

 

Perdiz

The perdiz or partridge shooting is done as a supplement to duck and dove shooting in May, June, July and August. This fast bird is hunted over fine pointing dogs on rolling hills in the beautiful countryside. The perdiz is similar to the quail, though this bird is larger and is found in singles and sometimes in pairs, instead of coveys.

More information in wikipedia ›

 

Climate and shooting seasons in Buenos Aires, Argentina

In the Province of Buenos Aires we offer axis deer stalking from March 1st to August 31st. Also in Buenos Aires we offer blackbuck stalking available year round except from January 1st to March 15th.

In northern Patagonia, at San Luis Ranch, we offer red stag stalking available from March 1st to August 15th.

In Argentina, bringing cartridges into the country is illegal. At the lodges, there are excellent quality 12, 20, 28 & 410 bore cartridges available and price may vary according to the lodge where you stay. Cartridges can be paid in cash or personal checks.

We recommend that you bring 12-, 20- or 28-gauge guns. Improved cylinder and modified are among the best choices – however the variable choke tubes guns are ideal. If you are taking a magazine-type shotgun (pump or automatic) please make sure it is immaculately clean – and while there is cleaning equipment available at the lodge, you may wish to take some light cleaning equipment and lubricant.

Can I Bring My Own Gun?

How to enter guns into Argentina

Bringing guns into Argentina requires taking detailed steps prior to your trip, and you may also be subject to considerable expenses. Please carefully read the information below prior to making a decision to travel with your guns, or consider renting those available at the lodges.

 

The Argentine government places visitors into two categories when it comes to gun importation:

  • Those who have NEVERvisited Argentina in the past (with or without firearms).
  • Those that have VISITED ARGENTINA BEFORE.

Depending on which one of these classifications you fall under, the rules and procedures are different. Check below:

 

1) NEVER VISITED ARGENTINA BEFORE

Requirements:

  1. A copy of your passport – Puelo Expeditions will prepare and present this upon arrival in Argentina.
  2. Warrantor – Puelo Expeditions will coordinate this upon arrival in Argentina.
  3. ANMAC (Agencia Nacional de Materiales Controlados) Hunting Form – Prepared, presented and paid by Puelo Expeditions at the moment of the hunter’s arrival to Argentina at the airport.
  4. Customs Guarantee Form – Prepared and presented by Puelo Expeditions at the moment of the hunter’s arrival to Argentina at the airport.

2) HAVE VISITED ARGENTINA IN THE PAST

Requirements:

  1. Consulate Permit* – Must be obtained in person, and by appointment, by the hunter/gun owner in the country of origin.
  2. A copy of your passport – Puelo Expeditions will prepare and present this upon arrival in Argentina.
  3. Warrantor – Puelo Expeditions will coordinate this upon arrival in Argentina.
  4. ANMAC Hunting Form – Prepared, presented and paid by Puelo Expeditions at the time of the hunter’s arrival to Argentina at the airport.
  5. Customs Guarantee Form – Prepared and presented by Puelo Expeditions at the time of the hunter’s arrival to Argentina at the airport.

* Important Note: All over/under or side-by-side shotguns with longer barrels than 24 inches are exempt of the Consulate Permit at all levels. The only guns requiring a consular permit are pump or auto-loading shotguns, to be carried by a hunter who is entering Argentina for his second visit, or any subsequent visit.

We have been assisting hunters and sportsmen traveling with guns for over 28 years and we are very familiar with the process; so if you are looking to bring your own gun please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

At all our lodges have shotguns available to rent.

Clients arriving earlier than 2.00 pm may shoot half a day on arrival date, the same as clients whose flight is scheduled after 2.30 pm on departure date.

Argentina Information

The climate in our primary shooting areas is moderate with no particular rainy season. The seasons in the Southern hemisphere are of course the reverse of the seasons in the northern hemisphere.

Dove shooting & pigeon shooting is possible all year round in Cordoba, so clothing can vary from light short-sleeved shirts to light fleece jackets in the winter season.

Duck hunting is available in the Province of Buenos Aires during fall and winter. We can have cool mornings and evenings. There is also a chance of showers. Skim ice is possible on very cold mornings. The duck hunting season runs from April 20th to August 15th0.

The climate in our primary shooting area is moderate, see chart bellow:

Average Temperatures in Argentina

Jan 95°-60°F / 35-17C
Feb 92°-57°F / 33-14C
Mar 82°-55°F / 27-10C
Apr 75°-48°F / 24- 9C
May 65°-40°F / 20- 5C
June 60°-33°F / 16- 0C
July 58°-36°F / 14- 2C
Aug 67°-34°F / 20- 1C
Sept 69°-40°F / 21- 5C
Oct 76°-46°F / 24- 9C
Nov 85°-51°F / 29-11C
Dec 90°-60°F / 32-15C

For current weather conditions in Cordoba- Argentina, please check this website AccuWeather.

Estimated Seasonal Dove & Pigeon Flight Times in Cordoba

Time of the year

June & July

August to October

November to March

 

Morning flight

8 am – noon

7:30 am – 12:30 pm

7 am – noon

 

Afternoon flight

2 pm – 5:30 pm

2:30 pm – 7 pm

3:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Estimated Seasonal Duck & Perdiz Flight Times in Buenos Aires

Time of the year

April & May

June to August

Morning flight

7 am – 10 am

7:30 am – 10:30 pm

 

Afternoon flight

3 pm – 6 pm

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

There are no requirements as regards inoculations to enter Argentina, but if you would like to get some advice on traveller’s health, you can consult the CDC webpage www.cdc.gov

When planning a trip, it is always advisable to schedule a visit to your doctor and to carry with you the medication you normally use.

The currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso. Even though many places accept payment in dollars, it is always good to carry Argentine pesos at all times.

At the airport, departure taxes must be paid in cash (approx. USD 20 on the domestic airlines and USD 25 for international flights). At the lodges, you can pay in cash or with personal checks dollars.

The electric current in Argentina is 220 volts.

To use equipment designed for 110 volts, it is necessary to use a transformer.

Also, North American and European flat-pronged plugs need adapters for two-pronged plugs.

Visitors from other countries are allowed to enter two bottles of liquor and two cartons of cigarettes into Argentina.

However, we suggest that you purchase them before departure at the duty free.

At most of our shooting lodges, mobile phones receive a signal, but this is not the case in all lodges.

Please contact us to ask about specific lodges.

Internet is available free of charge at most of the lodges we operate.

We will provide information regarding specific lodges.