SAN JAVIER LODGE

SAN JAVIER LODGE

Typical Argentinean Estancia. Comfortable Accommodations, Good Service, an Amazing Hunt.

 

The Estancia is located in the north of the Santa Fe province. It is one of the best options for duck hunting in Argentina. The hunt is on the marshlands and islands of Parana River. The driving time from the airport to the lodge is one hour and thirty minutes. For those guests flying private charters, landing takes place forty minutes away from the lodge. 

There are daily direct overnight flights from many U.S. cities to Buenos Aires airport, with three daily connecting flights to Santa Fe. The duration of a commercial flight from Buenos Aires to Santa Fe is an hour and ten minutes. Important: when you land in EZE International Airport in Buenos Aires, you will need to change to Aeroparque Airport to fly to Santa Fe, since Aeroparque is the only airport that operates domestic flights.


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General Information

Mix Bag Hunt:

Species: Ducks, Perdiz, and Dove 

Season: May to August

Cast & Blast:

Species: Dove and Dorado

Season: September to April

Capacity: 8 people in single rooms. 16 people in double rooms

 

Itinerary

The following is a sample itinerary: 

Day 1:  Arrival to Santa Fe Airport. Direct Transfer to the Lodge (2:00 hour drive on average). Hunting time or lunch depending on schedule.  Afternoon dove shooting. 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 perdiz 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 perdiz or duck shooting. Lunch and afternoon departure to the airport for your return flight home.

Accommodations

Beautiful Estancia built in the 19th Century style, with spacious rooms and private bathrooms. The Estancia has a comfortable living room with LED TV and WiFi access. Just by San Javier River, It will surely feel unique. 

We want all of our guests to enjoy their stay at our lodge.  We ask that, during the hours of 9pm-8am, 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 well reknown \"Guacho\" tea. 

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The Field

Argentina is considered a dream for waterfowlers. One of the best options offered is the Parana River, one of the longest rivers in the world, surrounded by thousands of little islands that are just the right place for duck breeding. The Pilaga Island is also very famous for the amazing number of duck and variety of species that come every year.

The 50 square mile radius (129 km2) around the shooting area form one of the most amazing duck shooting reserves. On the northern area of the lodge, about 60 miles away, there are a couple of great roosting areas for doves, and the fields covered with natural grass have a great population of Perdiz. Our location is annually inhabited by over fifteen million duck during the season. People and outfitters talk about a population of twenty million dove. Our Company counts on thirty different shooting fields throughout the entire region.

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The Hunting - Ducks

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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The Hunting - Dove

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

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 lunch time. 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.

At our daily location, we will set up a tent and prepare the famous Argentinean barbecue. You will immensely enjoy the cuts of meat prepared, accompanied by our well known Malbec wines. After a great meal, depending on the time of the year, we will set hammocks to relax before afternoon hunt begins. In the evening, when everybody has finished shooting, we will return to the lodge for appetizers and drinks.

*Schedules can change depending on the time of year.

The Hunting - Mixed Bag

The Mixed Bag Program is a combination hunt of three different species in one place. It includes the challenging shooting of duck, thehigh volume shooting of dove, and the unique perdiz hunt. 

Normally an average program is four nights. In the mornings you will shoot duck or perdiz, and in the afternoons you will be shooting duck or dove. This is a seasonal activity that we are offering during our winters (from May to August).

The perdiz hunt could be compared to quail hunt in Georgia or Alabama, but these birds are normally in small groups of two. It requires a well trained dog, a professional guide with good skills to run the dog, and two shooters. Please the tab "Hunting" underneath the primary tag "Mixed Bag Program" for more details and pictures.

Dove shooting in this program is different from Cordoba’s Dove Shooting. The terrain is flatter, so there are not as many shooting angles in terms of presentation of the birds. The volume of birds is is just as good as the Cordoba program. It is important to know that you will have more than two hours of high volume shooting, which in Argentina means hot barrels and lots of action. 

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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.

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, sunscreen, etc.

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

Final destination for this hunting option is Santa Fe City (Sauce Viejo Airport).

The best international connection is through Buenos Aires (Argentina).

In Buenos Aires you'll arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Ezeiza (EZE) and you'll have to change airport to Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP)

Here are great connections to Buenos Aires from New York, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles. 

 

IMPORTANT: Since you have to change airports in Buenos Aires, make sure that you have at least 4 hours between connections. EZE and AEP are located far from each other (almost 2 hours drive, depending on traffic).   

Most of our guests that come hunting in Santa Fe arrive on their check-in date and start hunting that same day. A different option is to arrive a day earlier in Buenos Aires, spend the night in the city and fly to Santa Fe the following day.

If there are no flights available to Santa Fe on your hunting date, you can also fly to Paraná, General Justo José de Urrquiza (PRA). Paraná is in Entre Ríos province, which is right next to Santa Fe, and its airport is located at the same distance as SFN.

 

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.

 

Sauce Viejo Airport (Santa Fe, Argentina)

Right now, only 1 airline operates out of Sauce Viejo Airport: Aerolineas Argentinas 

 

When connections are through Buenos Aires (Argentina) you arrive to Ministro Pistarini Airport in Ezeiza and have to change airport to Aeroparque. It is 40 minutes in between airports and up to 80 minutes in rush hours.

Consider also private charters from Buenos Aires to San Justo. 

From San Justo airport to The Lodge it is 45 minutes drive. 

What people usually do is to arrive in Buenos Aires, spend the night there and take this flight the next morning since there is only one flight at 8:15 am to Santa Fe. 

Final destination for this hunting option is Santa Fe City (Sauce Viejo Airport). From the city to the lodge, is a 2:10 hours drive.

And, to return, there are two flights from Santa Fe to Buenos Aires: one at 10.15 am and another one at 2.15 Pm

 

Important airlines to be considered for international flights:

- American Airlines

- Delta

- United Airlines

- Copa Airlines

- LATAM Airlines

- Aerolíneas Argentinas

- Iberia

- British Airways

 

The best airlines flying Buenos Aires to Santa Fe:

- Aerolíneas Argentinas

 

Please, notice that the departing schedule might vary depending on the day you chose to take the flight.

You will arrive in Aeroparque and we will take you to Ezeiza for your flight back home. 

We will organize your ground transportation in Buenos Aires to make it hassle free.

Gun Rental

For mixed bag hunts in Santa Fe we have all 20 gauge semi automatics, Benelli Montefeltro, Benelli M1 Black, Beretta Urika 391, and Beretta A400.  

At Pointer Outfitters, like in all Argentina hunting companies, all guns are used.  This is because of the high volume of shooting in dove hunts that makes any gun a used gun in just a short time.  We clean and service our guns routinely and keep them in top operating condition. 

For better service to our guest, our policy is to have 2 shotguns per person per blind.  If you have a gun jam or mis-fires, your filed assistant will be able to change your gun quickly,  We want you to understand we work very hard providing a great hunting service, but infrequently gun issues do arise.

Your field assistant will be taking good care of you in the blind and if by any reason your gun needs to be replaced it will happen in a very short time.  All personnel have radios and all matters of importance can be relayed expediently.

Regarding chokes, we have mostly Modified and Improved Cylinder.  Please be sure to have your special chokes if you require something different.  Or if you will let us know about your special request before your hunting trip, we will make every effort to make it happen.

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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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