DON JOAQUIN

DON JOAQUIN

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 for 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.

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.

 

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

 Chest Waders - These are by far the most common type of waders. They keep you dry in deep water, and shoulder straps ensure they stay in place. Most come with pockets and clips to secure shell holders, calls, and other hunting accessories. *we provide rentals at the lodge

Hip Waders - These give hunters unparalleled comfort, protection, and value. Durable stretch neoprene provides excellent insulation, bonded and taped seams provide protection against leakage, and double-layered neoprene in the knees insulate wonderfully. *we provide rentals at the lodge

Shooting Gloves - We suggest bringing Pro Camo Waterproof Insulated Gloves, or some Primos Stretch-Fit Gloves. Another great option for cold days would be Drake Men's Double Duty Gore-Tex Decoy Gloves.

Socks - Cotton Thermal with Stripe Accents Boot Crew Socks; High Bulk Acrylic Thermal Boot Crew Socks.

Headwear – Camo or Brown Reversible Beanie ~ Duck Hunting Hat Stocking Cap. Should be 80% cotton/20% Acrylic or polar.

Polar Necks – For especially cold and windy days.

Insulated Underwear – Mid-weight long sleeve thermal top-provides more warmth and comfort in cool/cold outdoor situations. Carbon Alloy® technology combines with an anti-microbial treatment to provide an ultimate barrier for body odor. The garment also breathes to keep you dry and cool.

Full-Season Headwear - keeps hunters insulated, camouflaged, and comfortable throughout the seasons and the range of temperatures experienced here in Argentina. The earlier part of the season will be cool, mid-season will be breezy, and the end-season will be quite cold. Its large opening prioritizes visibility, hearing, and comfort. The hinged facemask design lowers easily so you can quickly call or shoot. Especially recommended for late June and July hunting trips.

Insulated Jackets - put warmth and durability ahead of any frilly features, so you end up with a performance powerhouse ready for any water fowling hunt. We suggest one built with a 100% polyester shell and 100% nylon lining.

Ear Protection - There are numerous varieties of ear protection on the market. You should look for comfort, fit, and sound deafening components.

Evening Dress- Clothing is casual. Slacks and sport shirts are all you need.

Shooting Safety Glasses or Sunglasses : 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.

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.

Bands-Aids or Tapes: 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.

In case you need a little help, click here to find all these hunting supplies.

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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.

Gun Rental

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

We have Benelli Montefeltro, 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.

 

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BEAGLE TOURS

In order to make the most of your stay here in this beautiful country, partnered with Beagle Tours, our sister company with amazing professionals that will be greatly happy to assist you if you are interested in doing some kind of non-hunting activity in Argentina.

Our focus is to offer our guests the type of travel experience they wish in terms of hotel accommodation, activities 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. We specialize in custom itineraries based on your group's wishes and budget keeping in mind that anything that your heart desires can be found in our country: From the award winning wine to the highest mountain in the western hemisphere, salt flats and even glaciers. Tourist attractions in Argentina offer something for every traveler.

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 Beagle Tours manager Vicky Fallotico at travel@pointeroutfitters.com and she’ll be glad to help you.


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