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Los Laureles: Duck hunting starts early in the morning. Breakfast, consisting of coffee, toasts, jams, bacon and eggs, etc., is served at 5:00 AM. Duck hunting goes on until 9:00 AM, when you go back to the lodge to relax, freshen up, take a siesta and get ready for lunch: a starter course with salads and fruit, a main course of beef, chicken, pork or seafood, and a great dessert, all served with coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks or bottled water.
Then you can rest or even take a second siesta until 2:30–3:00 PM, when you go back to the fields to shoot for doves, perdiz or pigeons until evening before heading back to the lodge, normally only a 10–20 minute drive, to have drinks and talk about the day’s hunting.
Before dinner you will be served game, a wide variety of cheeses, ham, olives and drinks prior to dinner. Dinner consists of three courses (a starter, a main course and dessert).
The lodge is fully equipped with trucks, vans and boats, plus experienced guides who know every waterfowl flyway and location in the area and will fulfill the expectations of any hunter.
Location(s) of Hunts
Your Argentina duck hunting adventure will take place on the islands in the Paraná River or in nearby local lakes and lagoons; the dove hunting is done on ranch property, normally only a 5- to 10-minute drive from the lodge. The perdiz hunting is also done on ranch property, in cut grain fields within 10–15 minutes from the lodge, using excellent Brittany pointer dogs.
Duck Hunts: Duck hunting is the main activity in this area and our country is, without a doubt, a particularly great choice for duck hunting. Reserves in Entre Rios province are a permanent habitat for the different duck species of Argentina, such as white-faced whistling duck, yellow-billed pintail, speckled teal, red shoveler, cinnamon teal, white-cheeked pintail, silver teal, rosy-billed pochard, Brazilian duck, ringed teal, black-headed duck, etc. The unique grounds and the wealth of water in this great delta of streams, lagoons and marshes turn this area into a particularly attractive habitat for ducks and a variety of aquatic animal species.
For the duck hunting that takes part in the morning or in the afternoon, hunters are placed individually or in pairs in areas previously selected by the head guide. Every hunter is accompanied by a guide and a bird-boy as they travel to the hunting place in 4×4 light trucks or vans. Hunters may be shooting by a lagoon or lake or within the river’s system of islands from blinds located near the water. Every spot will have decoys set up, and every hunter will be assisted by a bird-boy whose job is to make sure the hunter’s needs are catered to. Bird-boys will use typical duck calls. Our duck hunts typically produce 20–25 ducks per shooter within the morning’s first hour of shooting.
Dove Hunts: Dove shooting takes place during the afternoon, and in this area you will have the chance to shoot more than 1,000 cartridges per outing. Most of the dove flyways are located within a mere 5- to 10-minute drive from the lodge.
Pigeon Hunting: Decoy-based pigeon hunting is also available in this area. Scouts are sent out to find the pigeon feeding areas and flyways, and blinds are built and decoys set out prior to the hunters arriving. The pigeon hunts normally produce a total of 90–150 pigeons per blind between decoying pigeons and pass shooting.
Perdiz Hunting: Some of the very best perdiz hunting in Argentina is available right on the ranch within 10–20 minutes from the lodge. Hunts are performed using Brittany pointing dogs, and the perdiz limit is eight birds per hunter.
For our duck hunters, the most common species found in this area are white-faced whistling duck, yellow-billed pintail, speckled teal, red shoveler, cinnamon teal, white-cheeked pintail, silver teal, rosy-billed pochard, Brazilian duck, ringed teal, and black-headed duck.
For dove hunters, we have millions of golden-eared doves, and for our pigeon hunters, we predominately have spot-winged pigeons, plus occasionally the larger picazuro pigeons.
Great numbers of common perdiz partridges are also located on the ranch.
The duck and perdiz season in Entre Rios is from May 1 – Aug.10 with 20–25 ducks per person for our duck hunts and eight-bird limits the norm for our perdiz hunts. The dove and pigeon season is all year long with averages of about 1,000–1,500 rounds per dove shoot and 45–90 pigeons per hunter for our decoying pigeon shoots.
The optimum time for golden dorado fishing is Oct.15 – Apr.15 each year, when the waters of the Paraná River are warmer. At these times many dorado in the 5- to 12-pound category are caught, with occasional dorado over 20 pounds.
Los Laureles lodge is a beautiful estancia located on the banks of the Paraná River and has all the necessary facilities to accommodate 12 persons, with six deluxe double bedrooms, all en-suite with private baths and air conditioning, a large beamed-ceiling great room and sitting area with fireplace, a separate bar area, a large dining room with an adjoining grill, a sitting room, satellite TV and music, wireless Internet service, outdoor patio areas, an outdoor swimming pool, etc.
A separate lodging facility is provided for Lodge employees. There is also a launching ramp and dock for Lodge boats, and dog kennels for the Brittany pointer dogs used for perdiz hunting.
The estancia has a chef who has cooked for the lodge for the past 12 years and receives great reviews for its atmosphere, food, wine and service. The meals are prepared by Chef Rose Marie and include an excellent selection of prime Argentinean beef, chicken, local game, ribs, sausages, seafood and pastas. These fine meals are complemented with a selection of premium Mendoza Salentein wines including cabernet, malbec, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc wines for a truly memorable dining experience.
The noon meals and asado barbeques are also wonderful dining experiences with gourmet Argentinean beef, ribs and sausages—all of which are wood-grilled to perfection and accompanied by salads, fresh fruits, and desserts. The main Argentinean asado BBQ is a memorable experience and is served outside near the river on the last day of the hunting trip.
Beverages available at the lodge include bottled water, soft drinks, local beer, fine wines and a full open bar with a selection of hard liquors.
Transportation from the Santa Fe Airport or Paraná Airport to the lodge is by air-conditioned truck, SUV, van or bus depending on the size of the group.
We recommend lightweight chest waders or hip waders for duck hunting, a hunting jacket and pants, shooting gloves, ear protection, leather gloves, a cap (all items mentioned must be in camo), a blaze orange hunting vest or jacket and a blaze orange cap for perdiz hunting, a shell pouch, a backpack, lightweight boots for perdiz and dove shooting, a wool sweater, long-sleeved cotton shirts, polar fleece zip-up tops (layering is important—depending on the time of year it can be 40°F and windy in the morning, then end up calm with temperatures over 60°F in the afternoon), a polar sweatshirt or warm jacket and a lightweight rain jacket with a hood or rain hat.
Other essential items are polarized sunglasses, insect repellent, sunblock SPF 40 or higher, shirts and a vest, underwear, good comfortable wool and cotton socks, and an extra pair of sandals or sneakers (the lodge provides daily laundry services).
Bring a camera, video camera, batteries, and any prescribed medications or personal effects. All electricity in Argentina is 220 (European-style). We have converters for your laptop computers, digital cameras and PDAs, and a shaving kit with Mylanta, Advil (or preferred painkiller), Neosporin, Band-Aids, vitamins, prescription medications, etc.
During the May through August duck, dove, perdiz and pigeon hunting season, the temperatures are normally in the 30s during the early morning and late evening, and mid-day temperatures in May are normally in the 48°F to 68°F range. Pleasant weather at midday and in the early afternoon; cool during the rest of the day.
During June, there are slightly lower temperatures, with an average of 65°F during the day and 40°F during the night and early morning. By the end of June, the weather gets a little colder. There are also light rains during these months.
During our dove hunting and golden dorado fishing seasons from October through April, the morning temperatures will be in the high 40s–50s Fahrenheit and daytime temperatures will be in the 70s to 80s and possibly in the 90s during December and January.
Los Laureles Hunt Cost & Hunt Length
Our 5-Night / 5-Day Combo Hunts (10 hunts for duck, dove, pigeon and perdiz) are $4,950.00 per person for a minimum of two hunters and maximum of 12 hunters.
Our 5-Night / 5-Day Dove Hunting and Dorado Cast & Blast Package (4 dove hunts and 3 days of golden dorado fishing) is $2,800.00 per person for a minimum of two persons and maximum of 12 persons.
Our 4-Night / 3-Day Golden Dorado Fishing Package (3 days of golden dorado fishing with guide and fishing license included) is $2,050.00 per person for a minimum of two persons and maximum of 12 persons.
Included: Included in our hunting and fishing packages are hunting and fishing as noted, all deluxe accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, all meals, daily laundry, gun cleaning, boot cleaning, premium wines and full open bar, hunting guides and bird-boys, fishing guides, fishing licenses, transport between the lodge and hunting locations, and transfers in/out of Santa Fe or Paraná airports.
Not Included: Hunting licenses, shells, gun rentals, gratuities and items of a personal nature,
massages, telephone calls, etc.
Hunting Fees and Any Additional Expenses
The fees not covered in our hunting packages are hunting licenses ($200.00), gun rentals ($75 per day), shells ($14.00 per box), and gratuities for guides, bird-boys and house staff (chef, maids, drivers etc.).
Terms: Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check, as well as by Bitcoin. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in Hunting Packages above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All hunts are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 60 days prior to your hunt date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details. Global Sporting Safaris recommends the purchase trip cancellation insurance. Click here for travel insurance.
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