Los Pampas

LocationLa Pampa Province / Argentina

SeasonApril thru August.

SpeciesGiant perdiz, Perdiz, Pigeon and Dove.

HostFrancisco Cardoso

Duration7 Days

Description

Estancia Los Pampas is truly a one-stop mixed-bag wingshooting destination, offering great gunning for five of Argentina’s sportiest species. The quality and dedication of La Pampa’s team make it your best mixed-bag shooting option. This estancia offers 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Duck shooting is equal to the standards established at other River Plate estancias. This may include shooting over small or large ponds and irrigation canals, which provides for incredible decoying. Many of our duck blinds are conveniently situated for a half day shoot on the way to or from the International Airport.

The elegant giant perdiz is rarely found in other provinces, but it abounds in La Pampa’s brush. It is one of the premier sporting birds of the world, and gunning for this giant perdiz is a River Plate specialty. Guests may opt for our fantastic European-style driven shoot for these challenging targets, or hunt the traditional style over good bird dogs. The area also supports good numbers of the smaller spotted tinamou.

Pigeons also are plentiful in the brushy habitat favored by the giant perdiz. Expect hundreds of pigeons coming in to decoy from all directions. This is truly a great shooting experience that rivals or surpasses the pigeon shooting in England and Paraguay. Pigeon shoots and driven shoots are organized as a full day program or in combination with a half day of high-volume doves.

What is unique about the dove shooting here is that it can be enjoyed at any time of day, even during the cold months. There are just a few freshwater holes in the area (all the rest is saltwater). This fact forces the birds to concentrate in a very small area as they come into the water, and the gunners, strategically placed near the water, fill the air with minute flak. Many experienced dove shooters claim that the dove shooting here surpasses in volume and intensity the dove shooting in Cordoba, which has long been considered the world’s foremost dove-shooting destination.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary – Los Pampas – Option 1: La Escondida + Los Pampas

Day 1: : Depart U.S. or Europe.
Day 2: Arrive to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city, where you will be met by River Plate’s ground transfer team and driven to LA ESCONDIDA lodge (3 ½ hours). After lunch and siesta, 5 minute drive to the high volume duck area. Back to the estancia for cocktails and dinner.
Day 3: Wake up call around 6.30 a.m.; after breakfast 10 minute drive to the duck shooting areas. At midday return to lodge for lunch and siesta. Duck shooting in the afternoon.
Day 4: Wake up call around 6.30 am; breakfast and transfer to the duck shooting areas. At midday return to lodge for lunch and transfer to LOS PAMPAS lodge for a pigeon shoot in the afternoon.
Day 5: Wake up call around 7:00 a.m., breakfast and transfer to full shooting day for the giant perdiz driven shoot, or perdiz in the morning and decoying pigeons or high volume doves, in the afternoon.
Day 6: Wake up call around 7:00 a.m., breakfast and five minute drive to full dove shoot or perdiz. Transfer to Buenos Aires International Airport after lunch (available commercial flights from Monday thru Friday. Otherwise, ground transfer).
Day 7: Arrive U.S. or Europe.

Sample Itinerary – Los Pampas – Option 2:

Day 1: Depart U.S or Europe
Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires; Argentina’s capital city; meeting by River Plate’s team and transfer to Domestic Airport for a commercial 1 hour flight (available from Monday thru Friday). Otherwise, ground transfer with a stop of 2 hours for lunch and 1 hour for duck shoot, then 1.5 hour drive to la Gwenita lodge.
Day 3: Wake up call around 6.30 a.m., breakfast and transfer to the duck shooting area. At midday return to the lodge for full lunch and siesta. Duck shooting in the afternoon.
Day 4: Duck shooting in the morning, back for lunch and siesta at La Gwenita and transfer to Los Pampas lodge, (an 80 minute drive) for pigeon shooting in the afternoon.
Day 5: Wake up call around 7:00 a.m., breakfast and five minute transfer to morning shoot for the giant perdiz driven shoot, or perdiz. Return to the lodge for lunch and siesta and decoying pigeons or high volume doves in the afternoon.
Day 6: Wake up call around 7:00 a.m., breakfast and five minute transfer to dove shooting or perdiz. After lunch, transfer to Buenos Aires International Airport (available commercial flights from Monday thru Friday. Otherwise, ground transfer).
Day 7: Arrive U.S. or Europe.

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