TUKU LODGE

TUKU LODGE

Tuku Lodge was built to provide the best Cast & Blast experience, combining high volume dove hunting with amazing fishing experiences and pigeon hunting this lodge has been perfectly equipped to be everything you would have ever expected.

Located to the side of the steep and impressive mountains of Salta province and very near to what is known as “El Rey" national park sits Tuku Lodge. With incredible views to the most amazing landscapes and mountains, this lodge is sorrounded by salta highlands and the productive valleys of soy, corn and wheat among a great variety of crops. This renovated spacious 20,000 sq. ft lodge has ten spacious suites and private bathrooms to acomodate our guests. 


General Information

This superb lodge located in northern Argentina is perfect for groups of hunters who wish to experience unparalleled hunting and Golden Dorado fishing along with comfort and luxury all togheter during their stay.

Species: Eared Dove, pigeon, Golden Dorado.

Season: April 1st to September 30th

Capacity: A Maximum of 20 people in double/single bedroom accommodations. 

The following is a sample itinerary:

Day 1:  Arrival at Salta Airport, transfer directly to the lodge (2:00-hour drive), cocktails/dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Breakfast, morning fishing session or dove hunting, lunch/siesta, afternoon dove shooting, cocktails/dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Breakfast, morning Pigeonshooting, lunch/siesta, afternoon dove shooting, cocktails/dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Breakfast, morning fishing session or dove hunting, lunch/siesta, afternoon Pigeon shooting, cocktails/dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Breakfast, morning Pigeon shooting, lunch/siesta, afternoon dove shooting, cocktails/dinner and overnight stay. 

Day 6: Breakfast, morning dove shooting, lunch and afternoon departure to Salta Airport for the return flight home. 

Accommodations

At Pointer Outfitters we believe that your experience at the lodge is just as important as your experience hunting or fishing.  Our team goes to great lengths when you are with us to ensure you have the best vacation possible.

Our Lodges are primarily Argentine Estancias built by the Cattle Barons of the Early 20th Century.  They were built with luxury and relaxation as the main goal.  

After an exciting day in the field or on the water, you will be met by our staff and treated as if you were the Cattle Baron of yesteryear.  Cold drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a relaxing fire allow you to unwind from the glorious day afield and once you are thoroughly relaxed you will be called to the table and served a meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in Argentina.

Many of our clients say that the hunting and fishing bring them to Argentina but that our lodges and staff bring them back to Pointer Outfitters.

 


YOU SHOULD BE THE NEXT ONE

Tuku lodge perfectly combines all the amenities to make the best of your stay. Ten cozy and comfortable suites with private bathrooms and equipped with air conditioners. Our sauna and spacious and ample living room are perfect for winding down near the fireplace after the hunting day.

Tuku Lodge has  been perfectly designed to accommodate exclusive groups that wish to enjoy dove and pigeon hunting during the best months of the year..

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Cuisine

Enjoy our gourmet and traditional cuisine every night after your hunt; our  expert in-house chef will delight you with amazing Argentinean and international dishes. We will have special appetizers available as well as drinks before dinner.

Accompanied by all sorts of salads, fine wines - especially Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, from the provinces of Mendoza and San Juan - and tasty desserts. 

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The Fields

Doves live near big feedlots we can find in the north of Cordoba, San Luis or Salta as these provinces have big cattle ranches. Weather conditions and water increase the development of their nesting areas.

The fields that comprise our shooting options, depending on the time of the year, are: 

1)  Shooting in the “flyways”: Which means between the roosting area and the feeding field. 

2) The fields and feedlots:  Anta Valley producing incredible amounts of wheat, sorghum, soybeans, corn and peanuts, there is never a shortage of food for the doves and pigeons. Birds which feed at the feedlots are great shooting options for some months of the year. 

3) Roosting areas: when birds leave the main roosting area and stay in temporary roosting fields, we have the option of shooting them there without affecting their main roosting place. During a hatch, you will see them flying both directions.

The Hunting

Our dove shooting program starts early in the morning with a complete breakfast, which provides fruit, cereal, toast, coffee, and eggs prepared according to your preferences. Your guide/host will arrive for breakfast and will talk to you about the hunting location, the guns, and the shells that will be used in the field that day.  He will also give a safety speech on the first day of your hunt and will assist you in acquiring any/all accessories you could need. Around 8:00 am – 8:30 am, you will depart with your group to the field. Depending on location, it can be anywhere from a twenty-minute to a forty-minute car ride.

At your arrival, the field staff will be ready to take you immediately to your shooting blind. It will be an estimated three hours of shooting before lunchtime. The head guide will be available to assist and coach you if you so desire. Each guide is an experienced and qualified shot. They will be able to provide you with special coaching and tips to improve your accuracy. 

The personal field assistants are in their thirties and most of them have been working in the field for many years; this becomes apparent when you see them shooting. They work hard every day preparing your blind, carrying shells, shotguns, drinks, and stools to your spot. They are also responsible for cleaning the field and picking up all shells expended.

*Schedules can change depending on the time of year.

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Gear and Equipment

Shooting Clothes – Hunting shirts which are shades of green and brown are recommended. Camouflage clothing is optional. The weather is typically cool in the morning and evening, so packing a light sweater or jacket wouldn’t hurt. Hopefully the weather will be exceptional while you’re here, however it rains quite often so bringing a rain jacket is a necessity.

Ankle High Boots/Shoes – Lightweight, ankle-high boots/shoes work exceptionally well. A Gore-Tex breathing shoe, like the Rocky Boot, would be an excellent choice. There are quite a few thorny plants where you will be hunting. Keep this in mind when deciding on what footwear to bring. 

Safety Glasses – Your glasses should serve a dual purpose; protection from the sun and any debris that might fall from above. The green or yellow protective glasses that can be worn over regular glasses are optimal. They have a small side panel which protects against glare. You will be able to find them in most hunting/fishing supply stores.

Ear Protection - This is perhaps the most important item on this list. The average hunter shooting dove here will shoot their gun anywhere from 500 – 3000 times a day. There are numerous varieties of ear protection on the market. You should look for comfort, fit, and sound deafening components.

Lightweight Hat – A personalized hunting cap will be provided although we also recommend bringing a wide brimmed hat for better protection. 

Shooting Gloves – the volume of shooting is immense. You will need to protect your hands from the hot shotgun barrels, as well as any brush traversed through. Having gloves will also reduce the likelihood of nicks and blisters from reloading, breaking your gun(s) and activating safeties. Golf or batting gloves are a good substitute if you cannot find quality, sensitive leather shooting gloves.

Shoulder Pad – We highly recommend the Caldwell Field Shield. It is ambidextrous for ease of use for all shooters. 1/4-Inch thick energy-absorbing pad provides excellent protection for all shotguns.

Small Field Bag – A small bag/backpack would be a good idea if you desire to bring any personal items to the field. A camera for example. 

Insect Repellant/Sunscreen – During our spring and summer season (September to March), bug repellant will keep those bothersome pests from driving you crazy. Sunscreen is a necessity. Our blinds are set up daily, depending on where the birds are flying. So you might be in the sun or in the shade. 

Camera - The area you will be hunting is exceptionally beautiful. We also offer a private service by a professional photographer. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

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

Band-Aids/Tape/Medicinal cream - We have first aid kits in the field in case of an emergency. It’s a good idea to bring your own personal medical supplies however. Antihistamine cream for bug bites, Neosporin for cuts, etc.

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

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Travelling Here

Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport (SLA)

Right now, 7 airlines operate out of Martín M. de Güemes Airport

Martín M. de Güemes Airport offers nonstop flights to 6 cities.

Every week, at least 73 domestic flights depart from Martín M. de Güemes Airport.

The biggest airlines flying from Buenos Aires to Salta:

 Aerolineas Argentinas 

 

The final destination for this hunting option is Salta City (SLA)

The best connections are through Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Lima (Peru) and Panama City (Panama).

Ministro Pistarini Airport International Airport (EZE)

Right now, 31 airlines operate out of Ministro Pistarini Airport in Buenos Aires.

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.

 

Important airlines to be considered for international flights:

American Airlines

Delta

United Airlines

Copa Airlines

Latam Airlines

Aerolineas Argentinas

Iberia

British Airways

LATAM Airlines  

 

When connections are through Buenos Aires (Argentina) you arrive at Ministro Pistarini Airport in Ezeiza and have to change airport to Aeroparque. It is a 40 minutes drive in between airports and up to 80 minutes in rush hours. We will organize your ground transportation in Buenos Aires to make it hassle free.- There are great connections to Buenos Aires from Miami, Dallas, Houston or Atlanta.

When connections are through Santiago (Chile) the connection will be at the same airport. The positive thing about Santiago is that you can sleep all night without a connection. The negative issue is that if you get delay there are only 1 or 2 flights a day to Cordoba.

When connections are through Cordoba (Argentina) Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella international Airport (COR). Currently there are 6 weekly flights departing from Cordoba Airport to Salta city. There are great connections to Buenos Aires from Miami, Chile, Houston or Atlanta.

Consider also private charters from Buenos Aires or Cordoba to Salta. We will be pleased to send you further info and budgets.

From Salta airport to the Lodge is 2:00 hours drive.

Gun Rental

Most of our guns are semi-automatic Benelli  Montefeltro 20 gauge and Beretta Urika 391 20 gauge. 

We have Benelli Montefeltro, Benelli M1 Black, Beretta Urika 391, Beretta A400 and Beretta A300. 

We have Beretta silver pigeons 20 Gauge over and under. We also have a couple of Beretta silver pigeons 28 Gauge over and under and a couple of Browning 525 410 gauge for rental. Check for rental pricing on this guns.

They are all use guns like in all companies, because the big volume of shooting in Cordoba. That is why for a better service to our guest, our policy is to work with 2 shotguns per person per blind, so if you have jamming’s or miss fires, your filed assistant will be able to change your gun, and take the other one to camp for a check or a cleaning. We would like you to understand that we work really hard to provide a great hunting service, but sometimes, shells could be working wrong or even a gun can get ammunition and get stacked, or a spring could be broken, or the fire pin could be broken. 

Your field assistant will be taking good care of you on the blind and if by any reason your gun needs to be replaced, he will contact the head guide in the field personally or by radio to be sure you will have a great hunting experience.

Regarding chokes, we have mostly modify and IC, so please be sure to have your special chokes if you are planning to have something different, or be sure to let us know about your special request before your hunting trip

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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 tours@beagleinternational.com and she’ll be glad to help you.

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