Shooting doves in Argentina

Dove Hunting Season
Eared Doves give shooters the last big-bag hunting adventure on the planet. There is estimated to be more than twenty-three million doves feeding on arable lands around Cordoba in northern Argentina, recent estimates place the figure nearer to 32 million doves. It is common for a single hunter single to shoot one thousand birds plus in a day.

With the scale of wing-shooting in the 1800s the numbers of Passenger Pigeons being shot by North American hunters, brought about the rapid extinction of the Passenger Pigeon – the Eared dove on the other hand seems to be much more resilient than the Passenger Pigeons, Eared Dove flocks in Argentina and Bolivia sometimes “cause a partial eclipse of the sun”. It comes to mind to say that dove populations on sporting estates in Argentina are thriving, with Eared doves breeding four times a season with vast areas of arable lands as a food source, this causes some discontentment amongst the farming community and asks the question what are the benefits to farmers, however most commercial farms are happy to support the dove shooting as this brings in alternative income to the community.

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Dove shooting in Argentina: Trip Profile

Duration
3 Days
price
£2425
Quarry
Eared dove's
Country
Argentina
group size
1-6
Destination
Córdoba
UK Departure
heathrow
accomodation
Lodge
Food & Drink
all inclusive
seasons
Jan-Oct
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Dove shooting in Argentina: Overview

The Eared Dove is abundant in plains and other open areas, including arable lands, and has adapted well to cohabit alongside human dwellings, seen on power lines and on the TV Aerials of nearby towns in Trinidad, Venezuela and in all community spaces of large towns areas such as Bogota Colombia and feeding in nearby coastal resorts in Tobago.

Eared Doves feed on seed taken from the ground but will feed on bird tables taking crusts of bread in rural gardens. They are pests in arable areas. This is a gregarious bird at feeding time, they form flocks when migrating or when going to communal roosts.
The dove’s flight is fast, high, and direct, with the regular wing beats and with the odd sharp flick of the wings which is characteristic of pigeons as a species. It also has a breeding display that starts with a steep climb and the turns into a hover dive back to its perch. It builds a small stick nest 10-15 feet up in a tree and lays two white eggs. These eggs hatch in 12–14 days and take another 9 days to fledging and are flight worthy. There is no fixed breeding season, and if food is plentiful and given good habitat to nest the birds will breed continuously through the year.

The Estancia de los Chanares, one luxury lodges which specialize in dove shooting, estimates that there at least one million doves on its estates. The season is all year round “365 day to be precise”.
Eared Doves in and around Córdoba do not migrate and enormous flocks fly constantly from there roosting woods to arable feeding fields. In the Cordoba areas in Argentina, Eared Doves are known as palomas Dorada’s because of the shining feathers that are occasionally present in their plumage.
More northerly, in Bolivia, around de Gran Chaco area, near to the immense soy and sorghum plantations surrounding Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the dove shooting is a little more seasonal, starting in May and ending in September with large flocks arriving from Argentina to plunder the grain crops.

Locals say that Eared Doves, Guarani name today were quite rare in these areas a decade or two ago, it is not only a testimony to the resilience of the Eared Dove, but also explains how the significant impact of creating large new arable farming areas has increased the dove populations.

Average Weather Temperatures

The warm season lasts from November 14 to March 14 with an average daily hot temperature above 27°C. The hottest day of the year is January 13, with an average high of 29°C and low of 18°C.

The cold season lasts from May 21 to August 14 with an average daily hot temperature below 19°C. The coldest day of the year is July 16, with an average low of 5°C and high of 17°C.

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