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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.
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
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.
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.
8 Double/Single Standard Rooms; Each with Private Bathroom
Dining Room, Sitting Room, Bar, and Swimming Pool
Internet Access and TV
Maid and Laundry Service
Gift Shop, Logo Wear, and Accessories
Gun Rental Semiautomatic 20 Gauges. Special Request for O/U and Other Gauges
Professional Hunting Guides and Field Assistants
Comfortable Vehicles and Boats
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Final destination for this hunting option is Santa Fe City (Sauce Viejo Airport)
Final destination for this hunting option is Santa Fe City (Sauce Viejo Airport).
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.
Sauce Viejo Airport (Santa Fe, Argentina)
Right now, only 1 airline operates out of Sauce Viejo Airport:
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. We will be please to send you further info and budgets.
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.
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.-
Please feel free to contact us for further information,
Travel and Leisure
We have a special department inside Pointer Outfitters for Travel and Leisure.
For Non hunting activities, we have some other options for families like boat tours of the marshes, visits to historical sites (Santa Fe city ruins and museum), bird watching, shooting and fishing classes, etc.
The boat and bird watching tour in the marshes are interesting if you enjoy sightseeing. Most likely you will see a wide variety of wildlife, especially exotic birds, and a spattering of local gauchos.
We are able to set a day trip to Cayasta, where the old Santa Fe City was built. The first foundation of Santa Fe was held in Gayaste, on the right bank of San Javier (tributary of the Parana River), just over 70 kilometers north of the provincial capital today. We can arrange for you to visit the museum and learn more of our history.
Shooting and fishing classes: Our experiences guides will be able to handle and personalize lessons for the whole family.
Please let us know if you would like to receive more info about it, contacting Cecilia Centeno, the manager of the Travel and Leisure department, at email@example.com
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.
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.
RATES PER PERSON
4 Nights $ 3,600.00 + extras
Check for special deals for over 4 hunters, some free inclusions in groups of over 8 hunters.
Check for rates for the complete lodge for 4 or 5 nights. Let us know if there is wife, girlfriends, non-hunters, or kids and we customize your trip.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Accommodations based on double occupancy.
- All meals and drinks.
- Services of a professional hunter-guide and field scout (not including optional gratuities).
- One Field assistant (bird boy) as required per person (not including optional gratuities).
- All vehicles and transportation for the shooting itinerary.
- All hunting rights or payments to landowners.
- Meeting and airport reception.
- Upgrade to single room depending on availability.
- Gun rental.
- Ground transportation from the airport to the lodge and back to the airport.
- Late checkout - Massages - Insurance (*check pre-trip file). Gratuities (*check pre-trip). Extra hunting to be added in between the 2 regular hunts will have an additional cost. Airfare. Gun import permit/ Phone calls, laundry, Dry cleaning and other items of a personal nature/ Reciprocity Fee/ Insurance/ Photo & video/ Shop/ Massages.
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