Undoubtedly our most popular dove-only destination in South America… Miles & Miles’s is pleased to present their renowned lodge in Argentina’s Cordoba Province.
With Miles & Miles, not only can you expect to have the bird hunt of a lifetime, but you will also feel instantly at home when you are welcomed upon arrival at Estancia La Catalina, a lodge that combines the elegance and tradition of yesteryear with the luxury and convenience of modern living. During your stay you will feel that you are staying with friends, enjoying a wonderful mix of great Argentina gunning and relaxed country estate living.
Over the last two decades, Argentina’s Cordoba Province has become synonymous with the phrase ”high-volume dove hunting”.
The region has a delightful climate that allows grain crops Such as corn, sorghum, wheat and peanuts to flourish most of the year. This enormous food supply is bordered and interspersed with dense hillside roosting cover, and the combination of food source and roost has produced a population of eared doves -Zenaida Auriculata- estimated to be over 20 million birds.
These doves do not migrate, reproduce up to four times annually and provide literally year-round shooting.
During some periods it is possible to look across a landscape and see flocks of five to fifty Argentine doves traveling at virtually all points of the compass. Shooting stands are generally positioned along flight lines to access doves exiting and returning to the roost.
About the same size and coloration as the mourning dove, eared doves are a species endemic to most of South America and like doves worldwide, they offer fun and challenging shooting – the difference here is their monumental numbers. On a typical hunters will fire anywhere from 1000 to 2000 shot shells, or even more, depending on conditions and personal inclination.
Each hunter is provided with a young man (known as a “bird boy”) who assists with shells and drinks, keeps the area around the shooter picked up, serves as a loader if requested and of course, picks up fallen doves. Many of the birds are retrieved immediately after the hunters depart, so as to not interfere with the shooting.
The hunting for eared doves in this area is excellent twelve months a year, and in certain months – February through July – outings can include field and decoy shooting for wild pigeons (spot-winged and picazuro), either in combination with the doves or as a dedicated shoot.
Of course, being in Argentina, all of this shooting is broken up midday for a wonderful lunch at the estancia or moro often, with an opulent Miles field picnic - a classic aside of grilled steaks, sausages, ribs, doves with chimichurri sauce, robust wines, salads and fresh breads, followed by an Argentine Siesta and back to work!
Guests may opt to see a polo match, horseback ride, play golf at nearby Ascochinga Golf Club; enjoy a day visiting the area’s historical sites, including the 450-year-old Jesuit mission; enjoy a little pampering in one of Estancia La Catalina’s lovely day spas followed by lunch at a fine restaurant; or take advantage of the Argentine peso’s relative weakness against our currency (currently almost 4 pesos to the dollar) and do some serious shopping for silver, leather and fine handmade goods.
Here is a brief list of suggested items for your trip. Once booked, we will provide you with a more detailed list.
- Hearing Protection
- Insect Repellant
- Extra film, batteries, or a charger
- Personal Medications
- Good Quality Rain Gear
- Baseball Cap
- Recoil Reduction Pad
- Shooting Gloves
- Alarm Clock
- Shooting Glasses
- Sweater or Jacket
- Flannel or Fleece Shirt (in drab color or camo)
- Undershirts (layering is the key to staying comfortable)
- Hunting Boots (ankle height or taller)
- Comfortable shoes for around the lodge
- Shell Pouch
- Electric converter (220 volt, European 2 prong plug)
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Architecturally, La Catalina is a classic Argentine estancia with an Old World flavor and appeal. But La Catalina has also been designed from the ground up to be the exact lodge that an international sportsman would enjoy on a trip to Argentina. The interior features appealing living, dining and bar areas, supported by hand-hewn beams, tile ceilings and thick walls. The exterior has lovely landscaping with beautiful handing gardens and patios and a deck with a huge outdoor hot tub.
Ten oversize bedrooms with private bath, with either king or double beds, and dedicated massage suite finish out the design. The lodge is located near the village of Tortoral, within 15-30 minutes of the world’s largest dove concentrations.