Dove Hunting in the US vs Argentina

Introduction to Dove Hunting

Dove hunting is a popular activity for wing shooters from around the world. It offers a fun, challenging, and engaging experience for hunters new to the sport as well as experienced shooters.

There are many different options and locations for dove hunts, and Argentina is widely regarded as being the best in the world. Over recent years, the focus has shifted from the United States to Argentina for hunters looking for premier hunting experiences.

This is mainly due to the extremely high populations in Argentina, which in turn results in consistent action and high-volume shooting. While the United States is limited by bag limits, Argentina is full of non migratory birds numbering in the millions…resulting in no bag limits and year round opportunity.

Why South American Adventure Safaris for Dove Hunting in Argentina?

South American Adventure Safaris offers an incredible experience for any interested dove hunter. We offer several different types of wingshooting hunts, different lodges, and different locations affording the ability to perfectly tailor an experience to any individual based on what they are interested in.

We also offer many other hunts, and world class fishing trips, that can be combined with our impressive dove hunting. This allows hunters to have a well-rounded and full hunting experience without the difficulty of finding several outfitters. You dream about the hunting, and we’ll help make it as seamless as possible.

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Dove Shooting Argentina

Season: September – April

  • 4 nights of full deluxe lodging in double occupancy rooms
  • 4 full Dove Hunting days (High Volume) 
  • Gun rental available 
  • Hunting License
  • Full boarding service – Open Bar
The Best of Both Worlds!
Red Stag & High Volume Dove Hunting

The Season: March to July

  • 9 nights / 7 Hunting days
  • 4 full days of big game hunting
  • 3 full days of wingshooting
  • Hunting License (game and birds) 
  • Full board lodging – Open Bar

Expert Guides and Personalized Service

All the guides at South American Adventure Safaris are extremely experienced and knowledgeable. Each day they will do everything they can to make sure you have the best day possible, with the highest chances of action.

Our guides will be able to provide you with local knowledge regarding the doves and are intimately familiar with the best locations based on recent conditions. Our guides take pride in making sure each guest has the trip of a lifetime.

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High Volume Dove Hunting Experiences

We offer several different high volume dove hunting experiences, ensuring we have an option for everyone. When out on a shoot, it is not uncommon for a hunter to go through 2,000 rounds!

SAAS has two different lodges in different locations for our dove hunts, one in the Entre Rios Province, and one in the Santa Fe Province, both world class areas. Both of the lodges are full of amenities to make sure your stay is comfortable and luxurious.

The hunts are very flexible and can be tailored to hunter preference. Most hunts will start in the morning, with lunch served back at the lodge or in the field if you would like to stay out. After lunch, hunters will be back for an afternoon shoot until last light.

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The History of Dove Hunting in Argentina

November 19, 2021

The hunting of doves in Argentina has a long history that began over 30 years ago. Contact South American Adventure Safari today to book your hunting trip to Argentina featuring dove hunting!

Hunting Regulations and Seasons

Due to the astounding number of doves in Argentina, the regulations and seasons are very open. Currently, there is no bag limit for doves, so the only limitation is the stamina of the hunter.

Because the doves in Argentina are not migratory, the season is year-round. We are able to hunt doves every month of the year. These birds are so abundant that they can be harmful to farmers crops and harvests, making the hunting of them an important mitigation tool.

Hunting Weather by Season in Argentina

December 21, 2021

Argentina is one of South America’s top hunting destinations all year round. Some of the most popular types of hunting there include Red Stag, Asian Water Buffalo, Axis Deer, Blackbuck Antelope, Dove, Partridge, and Dorado fishing. There is never a bad time to plan a hunting trip to Argentina, however, it is important to consider…

US Dove Hunting Regulations

The United States has many opportunities for dove hunting, but in a very different way from Argentina. Many of the doves  in the US are migratory, which makes for different seasons and bag limits. Each state has different limits and hunting regulations that must be followed.

Because most of the birds are moving, it means that there are only certain times of year where birds are present and available to hunt. This is different around the country, and there is an exception for the invasive Eurasian Collared Dove, which can be hunted year-round in some places.

Argentina Dove Hunting Regulations

With an extremely healthy population of doves that do not leave the country, Argentina does not have any bag limits or seasons. This allows hunters to take advantage of the excellent year-round hunting opportunities.

The high number of birds poses a threat to many of the crops, and hunters are welcomed by most farmers in the regions.

Hunting Locations and Environments

Dove hunting is a very broad activity, with hunts taking place in many places around the world. Many of these hunts are specific to certain times of year and conditions.

Typically, doves can be found in open areas with a food source like grain or other agricultural crops, a water source, and some type of trees or shrubs where they can roost and nest.

Top Dove Hunting Spots in the US

Dove hunting is a popular activity across the United States. While almost any state will have some dove hunting available, some really stand out.

Texas is the most well-known dove hunting spot in the U.S. with its large population of birds. Along with Texas, many other agricultural states are very good like Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, etc.

When researching a dove hunt in the US make sure to learn about local seasons and regulations.

Prime Locations in Argentina with South American Adventure Safaris

South American Adventure Safaris offers dove hunts in different regions of Argentina to ensure an option that fits everyone’s needs.

The lodge Estancia Cortaderas is in the Entre Rios province, just north of Buenos Aires. Entre Rios is known for its excellent dove hunting and hunters will have the chance to shoot up to 2,000 shells a day.

The other lodge, Rancho Cristobal, is in the Santa Fe province, also known for superb dove hunting.

Each location is special, so please reach out today to learn more and find out which lodge fits your needs.

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Best Locations in Argentina to Dove Hunt

August 19, 2022

Dove hunting is extremely popular in Argentina due to their high volume. In fact, high volume dove shooting is highly encouraged in Argentina as it reduces the damage to crops that the excessive bird population causes and protects harvests.

Hunting Methods and Techniques

While there are many different methods to hunt doves, most commonly they are hunted as they enter or leave a field, flying near the hunters. It is common to hunt first thing in the morning and also at dusk as the birds tend to be more active at these times.

Many hunters will find their hunting spot and wait. They may also utilize decoys of different types to help with the hunt.

Dove Hunting & Wingshooting Techniques

June 20, 2022

Wingshooting in Argentina Argentina is the #1 dove hunting destination in the world. Due to Argentina’s ideal temperate climate and abundance of agricultural lands and water, the country offers the very best high volume dove hunting, along with several other types of wingshooting including pigeon, duck, and perdiz. You can read more about Argentina’s role…

Common Practices in the US

In the US, it is important to understand the doves behavior in order to select a good hunting location. This will normally be near a field that has some type of food source, some water, and some gravel.

Nearby cover and structure of varying types will also be assessed where the birds will sit before entering a field. Hunters will want to be in the flight path and be ready to take their shots as the birds fly by.

Unique Techniques Offered by South American Adventure Safaris in Argentina

SAAS has access to a high number of private fields to hunt and understand the patterns and behaviors of the doves at each location. Our expert guides will make sure that you are situated in the best location for the hunt.

With SAAS you will get many exciting shots from different angles and scenarios, ensuring a great trip and a fun way to test your skills

Volume and Variety of Doves

Dove is a common term that covers several individual species that fall under the umbrella. Each variety has its own specific traits and locations they can be found. It is important to understand the differences.

Dove Species Commonly Hunted in the US

Although there are many types of doves in the United States, the two most hunted are the Mourning Dove and the Eurasian Collared Dove.

  • The Mourning Dove is the most hunted migratory game bird in North America and has a large range across the United States. It is carefully managed with specific seasons and bag limits.
  • The Eurasian Collared Dove is not a native species to the United States and is considered a nuisance species. In most states, they can be hunted year-round with no seasons, but the numbers do not approach the other dove types.

Dove Species Commonly Hunted in the South America

In South America, the most hunted dove species is the Eared Dove. The Eared Dove is a close relative of the Mourning Dove.

The Eared Dove extends across much of South America, and is highly abundant and resilient, making it an excellent hunting target. They feed mainly on seed and grain and are attracted to the agricultural fields of Argentina in huge numbers.

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Cost and Accessibility

The cost and accessibility of dove hunts falls into a wide range depending on the experience a hunter is looking for. With so many options, it’s important to know the basics.

Expense of Hunting in the US

In the United States it is possible to hunt doves on your own, however, without specific local knowledge it would be very difficult to be successful.

Ranches will often charge a couple hundred dollars for a day hunt (sometimes this may only be an afternoon) and $1,000 or more for a package that includes lodging and meals – but not usually alcohol.

The hunts will be limited by the local bag limits and regulations.

Value and Experience with SA Adventure Safaris in Argentina

With SAAS, hunters will experience the best dove hunting in the world along with exceptional lodging, meals, and other amenities.

There will be no limit on the amount of birds that can be harvested and hunters are sure to leave with a better experience than they could have imagined before arriving.

Between the top notch hunting, world class lodging, gourmet meals, and superb staff it’s hard to find a better bird hunting experience for the money.

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Conclusion

While dove hunting is an umbrella term that covers a variety of different experiences, Argentina is at the top of any list.

There is nothing else like this in the world, and South American Adventure Safaris is here to show you the best time possible.

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