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Don Joaquin Duck Hunt

The best duck hunting in Esquina Corrientes

Located in Corrientes province is the land and home of the Solanet family and of “the menchos” the native horsemen known as gauchos who are the responsible of taking care of the cattle and horse herds at the estancia.

Don Joaquin in Argentina is a large rural cattle ranch surrounded by lagoons wetlands and rivers where herds of beef cattle and horses grazed freely in the South American grasslands living in harmony with wildlife and a huge variety of birdlife.

Explore the country, horse riding a Criollo horse in the wild pampas, swim with horses, cattle drive, learn gaucho skills, play polo, watch the most fantastic birds and wildlife, fish at the Corriente river or simply relax and share stories with your hosts and gauchos. Immerse in an Argentine family sharing culture and traditions, enjoying the best quality organic beef and local recipes while tasting the most incredible Malbec wines.

At the town of  Esquina, the Paraná River is met by the smaller Corrientes River and the convergence of this rivers I the heart of duck hunting in Corrientes

Combining excellent service, the comfort of a loving family and a relaxed atmosphere we will cater to your specific desires. We invite you to connect up close with nature, live the Argentine estancia lifestyle and participate in the best duck hunting.

 

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General Information

Species: Ducks.

Season: May to August

 

Itinerary

The following is a sample itinerary: 

Day 1:  Arrival to Corrientes Airport. Direct Transfer to the Lodge. Hunting time or lunch depending on schedule. Return to lodge for cocktails/dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Breakfast and morning duck shooting. Lunch and siesta.  Afternoon duck shooting. Cocktails, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Breakfast and morning duck shooting. Lunch and siesta. Afternoon dove shooting. Cocktails, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Breakfast and morning duck shooting. Lunch and siesta. Afternoon duck shooting. Cocktails, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Breakfast and morning duck shooting. Lunch and afternoon departure to the airport for your return flight home.

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Accommodations

Estancia Don Joaquin has twelve rooms with private bathroom and air conditioning system. Each room has been decorated by minor details that add coziness and distinction. Big windows with field and wetlands view. Each room has the name of a local Argentine bird.

The lodge comprises 13 Suites, 2 Living Rooms, 3 Dining Rooms, BBQ Terrace with Wood Oven and a 14m swimming pool. Every suite has its own bathroom, air conditioning and daily maid service and free wi fi.

. 13 double/single standard rooms; each with private bathroom.

. Dining room, sitting room, and bar.

. Massage service

. Internet access 

. Maid and laundry service

. Gift shop, logo wear and accessories

. Gun rental 

. Professional hunting guides and field assistant

. Comfortable vehicles.

 

The galleries at the house are the perfect place to have a drink and appetizer before enjoying lunch at the deck overlooking the river.

 

Quiet Sleep

We want all of our guests to enjoy their stay at our lodge.  We ask that, during the hours of 9pm-6am, guests be considerate of those who are sleeping. If you plan to stay up late with friends please keep noise to a minimum to avoid disturbing others. 


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Cuisine

Our menu was designed to include the most popular meals requested in various restaurants throughout the country. As always, our wish is to delight guest with fantastic food every evening. Our Chef works passionately every day to satisfy all our guests. We have delicious local desserts for every meal, and you will enjoy our famous sweet milk caramel, “dulce de leche”.

Enjor breakfast with eggs and bacon. “Asados” (BBQ), and special requests available. Good wine is provided every evening. As a suggestion, dont forget to try the Mate. It is the wellknown Guacho tea. 


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The Fields

Argentina is considered a dream for waterfowlers. One of the best options offered is the Corrientes area in Esquina, surrounded by thousands of little ponds and lagoons that are just the right place for duck breeding. 

The 50 square mile radius around the shooting area form one of the most amazing duck shooting reserves.

Our location is annually inhabited by over fifteen million duck during the season. Our Company counts on thirty different shooting fields throughout the entire region.

The duck shooting fields are in the flooded lagoons in main land. The wildlife is amazing and the river and islands in front of the lodge change colors and form all the time.

The perdiz hunt fields are in land. They are natural grass fields, sometimes with cattle, that provides great cover to the birds. It is important to approach the fields against the wind and with a great pointer dog that will mark the perdiz


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The Hunting

Duck Hunting

The Duck Program starts at 6:00 am with a hearty breakfast. Around 6:45 am we take a short boat ride to the shooting field. Schedules vary depending on the time of the year. The boat ride is between twenty to forty minutes. After the morning shoot, we go back to the lodge for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, we depart at around 3:30 pm for the evening duck shoot.


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Gear and Equipment

FOR THE FIELD: Shooting clothes should be green or brown; camouflage will be the most appropriate. Pack a sweater and a waterfowl cold weather jacket. A Men’s midweight based layer bottoms and top. Men’s silk base layer is also helpful (See table above for average temperatures.) A shooting Vests & shell bag will be good for the perdiz and dove shooting. At the lodge, Clothing is casual.

WADERS: We recommend you bring your own wader. The best option will be a Gore-Tex camouflage one.

SHOES: Lightweight, ankle-height is all you need. Many shooters even wear sneakers. A Gore-Tex breathing shoe, like the Rocky Boot, is excellent. For the ducks you will wear waders.

GLOVES: A great option for the duck hunt will be Cabelas-GORE-TEX 174-Thinsulate 8482 Deluxe II Shooting-Gloves. Sitka shooter gloves could be a nice choice for the dove & perdiz program.

OTHER CLOTHES: Get a man cold-weather headwear. A polar neck. Lightweight hat for the perdiz & dove shooting.

SHOOTING SAFETY GLASSES OR SUN GLASSES : they should serve as sunglasses and they should de be shatterproof. The green or yellow protective glasses that can be worn over regular glasses are good. They have a small side panel, which protects against glare. They are available in many shooting sports suppliers.

LIGHTWEIGHT HAT: one with a wide brim is best.

SHOOTING GLOVES: this item is important to protect hands from hot shotgun barrels and nicks and blisters from reloading, breaking guns or activating safeties. Golf or batting gloves are a good substitute if you cannot find quality, sensitive leather shooting gloves.

SOFT PROTECTIVE GUN CASE FOR DAILY USE : This is optional, we can provide you with one.

SHELL POUCH: one that will hold a box or two of shells. It can also be a belt-type pouch or vest. This is important specially if you plan to load the gun yourself.

SMALL FIELD BAG : to carry camera gear and other personal items into the field.

INSECT REPELLENT: especially for our summer season. Mosquitoes or other bothersome insects are very unusual in the field - you might take a small bottle of Cutters Cream.

CAMERA: The area is scenic and photographic possibilities abound. We also offer a private service by a professional photographer.

EVENING DRESS: Clothing is casual. Slacks and sport shirts are all you need.

BAND-AIDS OR TAPE: for sore fingers from shooting.


IMPOTRANT NOTE: We have wader and hip boots rental all sizes, please check with our office for reservations and pricing.


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Travelling Here

The best international connection is through Buenos Aires (Argentina). Ministro Pistarini Airport (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Right now, 31 airlines operate out of Ministro Pistarini Airport.

Ministro Pistarini Airport offers nonstop flights to 51 cities.

Every week, at least 126 domestic flights and 833 international flights depart from Ministro Pistarini Airport.

Guests will transfer 45mins to the Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport and fly 1 hour north to Santa Fe where they are picked up and driven 3 hours to the lodge. The Resistencia Airport can also be used as an alternative airport as Parana city, too.

Private charters can be arranged with departure from the international airport and service to Goya. Our staff will meet guests and drive only one hour to the lodge.

All domestic flights originate from Buenos Aires. Flights into Parana, Corrientes, Resistencia or Santa Fe can be booked online or with your travel agent.  We will organize your ground transportation in Buenos Aires to make it hassle free.-

Please feel free to contact us for further information.

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Travel and Leisure

We have a special department inside Pointer Outfitters for Travel and Leisure.

In order to make the most of your staying here in this beautiful country, we created Travel and Leisure, a section with amazing professionals that will be greatly happy to assist you if you are interested in doing some kind of non-hunting activity.

Our focus is to offer our guests the type of travel experience they wish in terms of hotel accommodation and city tours.

We work every day to satisfy the needs of sophisticated and luxurious travelers and guests, as well as small private groups of friends seeking for a mid rate trip, and even larger groups planning to have an affordable and nice experience. 

People’s expectations and desires are always accomplished in our company; all of our staff feels passion for what they do every day. 

From city tours in Cordoba city, to horseback riding up in the hills of that same marvelous province, we offer a great variety of activities that will make your trip with us the trip of your lifetime. 

Thus, if you feel like visiting the one and only Iguazu Falls, doing a wine tour in Mendoza province, amaze yourself navigating around the Glaciar Perito Moreno at the very end of the continent in Santa Cruz province, letting yourself go while you enjoy watching a Tango Show in Buenos Aires province, or you just simply need hotel reservations, please, contact Travel and Leisure’s manager Cecilia Centeno at cici@pointeroutfitters.com and she’ll be glad to help you.

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Land Package Insurance

To be secured and not to make sure you do not lose your deposit and hunting trip, we recommend you to purchase Pointer Land Package insurance.  If you decide to cancel your trip, for any reason, any time till your arrival schedule, you will be covered and you will have the chance to plan the trip for the next 60 months.

Rate per person to be added to the invoice:

Cancellation for any reason for future credit:  $145 per person

Cancellation for any reason with a full refund: $310 per person

This Land Package insurance do not included airfare, hotel reservations, ground transportation bought by clients, reciprocity fee, other insurance/international medical evacuation or insurance.

Refunds will be done only to one bank account under the group leader’s instructions.

 

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Gun Rental

Most of our guns are semi-automatic Benelli 20 gauge and Beretta 20 gauge.

We have Benelli Montefeltro, Benelli Super Sports, Benelli M1 Black, Beretta Urika 391, Beretta A400 and Beretta A300. We also have Beretta Silver Pigeons over and under. We mostly use 12 gauge at San javier Lodge.

At Pointer Outfitters, like in all Argentina hunting companies, all guns are \\\\\\

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