Los Ombues Lodge, Argentina

This hunting lodge in Argentina offers a dove hunting experience to remember.

Los Ombues Lodge, Argentina

Overview

Los Ombues lodge is perched on a hill overlooking 37,000 acres of prime bird hunting land in the rich floodplain of the Parana River, with another 120,000 acres under lease for shooting. 20 million eared doves roost in native woodlands, an abundance of ducks inhabit marshes that rival anything in the world, and perdiz (partridge) rise over dogs in the rolling grassland.

Carlos Sanchez built the lodge for bird hunting and everything about it reflects his passion for the sport and an understanding of what makes a high quality shooting experience. Dove and duck hunting takes place on the property, close to the lodge; every bit of equipment - vehicles, boats, rental guns - is perfectly maintained; and the staff is organized to keep things running smoothly. After a day of memorable shooting, you sink into a comfortable chair at the lodge among a dozen other shooters.

Extensions

Argentina is a beautiful country and Orvis Travel will be glad to organize a few extra days there for you before or after your shooting trip. Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city with excellent hotels, restaurants and music, and Iguassu Falls is a short flight from Buenos Aires and worth an extra day or two to visit the falls and adjacent forest preserve. Wine country, Mendoza, is also worth a couple days extension to enjoy the wineries and surroundings.

Let your Orvis Travel trip coordinator know you're interested in an extension and they will design a custom itinerary to suit your schedule.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

Sample of a four night, four day dove, duck, and perdiz hunt at Los Ombues.

Day 1 | Buenos Aires

You will arrive in the morning and have the option of going straight to Los Ombues, a four to five hour drive, or spending a few days in Buenos Aires. The choice is yours, but we recommend at least a day in the city. Buenos Aires is one of the most interesting cities in South America and it’s well worth spending a few days exploring it. With wide boulevards for walking, excellent restaurants and lively nightlife that lasts until dawn, it’s sometimes called the “Paris of Latin America.”

The hotels are well run and some of the best in the world, The Alvear Palace, is a favorite with Orvis guests. Located in the upscale neighborhood of Recoleta, it is near the city center and close to some of the best steakhouses in Argentina.

If you prefer to go straight to Los Ombues and bypass Buenos Aires, an overland transfer from the airport takes about four to five hours. A charter flight can be arranged from the domestic or international airports in Buenos Aires directly to Los Ombues, or in some cases to Rosario. Direct flights to Los Ombues take just over an hour; while flights to Rosario take about one hour, followed by a one-hour land transfer to the lodge.

Arrive at Los Ombues, unpack and have lunch. In the afternoon you will go shooting with your guides. There is shooting very close to the lodge, and you won’t spend a lot of time in transit.

Please note that flights within Argentina, hotels or sightseeing in Buenos Aires are not included in the trip price. Orvis Travel can take care of these arrangements for you and will quote a price based on prevailing rates.

Days 2 - 4 | Los Ombues

After an early, light, breakfast you leave the lodge and arrive to your shooting area the guides.

If you are shooting May-August for mixed bag, you will normally shoot ducks early in the day, come back to the lodge have a more traditional “American” breakfast and perdíz shooting normally follows a little later in the morning, with dove last.

If you are shooting for dove in October through April, you will go into the field after breakfast and shoot all morning until the lunchtime break. The break lasts long enough to have a good meal and rest your arm before resuming shooting for the afternoon. This is high volume shooting, so the mid-day break is appreciated. You’re usually back at the lodge around 5:00 pm.

There is also some golden dorado fishing on the property so you may be able to include some fishing as well. It's not unusual for someone to take their limit of ducks and perdiz early in the day, then take a break for some dorado fishing before going out for dove later. The lodge has some very basic gear you can borrow, but we highly recommend to bring your own fishing gear for the dorado. Any outfit you would normally use for bass fishing will suffice, but you will need some wire bite-guards to keep the fish from biting through your leader.

Day 5 | Morning Shoot, Airport Transfer, Flights Home

Shoot in the morning, eat lunch and then return to Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE). International flights typically depart EZE in the evening, so there is plenty of time to enjoy a final half-day of shooting before leaving.

If you want to avoid the four to five-hour drive, a flight may be arranged to either the international airport, or the domestic airport.

Activities

The Hunting at Los Ombues

Approximately 20 million eared dove inhabit the area around Los Ombues and is the primary reason shooters come to Argentina. They are so numerous that the local farmers and government consider them pests and there is no limit of how many you can hunt. The shooting challenges shooters of all skill levels. Beginners will enjoy the incredible number of birds, while expert shooters can pick and choose their shots opting to take only the most difficult shots or practice their most challenging swings. Non-stop dove hunting can be had throughout the day but the early morning, late afternoon and evening hours are best. There are no limits on dove in Argentina and the season is open year-round. Skilled shooters should expect to shoot 2-4 cases of shells each day.

For shooters that enjoy diversity, a classic perdíz hunt is offered during mixed bag hunts. The perdíz live in nearby grain, sunflower, corn and grass fields. Similar to and approximately the size of a quail, the perdiz are a wonderful bird to hunt. All hunts are done over trained pointing dogs, some bred especially for these fast and low flying birds. Driving time from the lodge to the shooting fields is approximately 5 to 15 minutes. Sometimes you literally walk right out of the lodge to shoot. These traditional upland hunts are normally done after you get back from your morning of duck hunting.

Duck hunting at Los Ombues is a real treat. A 10-minute boat trip from the lodge will put you in the midst of a duck-hunting wonderland. On an average day’s shoot over decoys, you may expect a mixed bag which can include brown pintail, white cheeked pintail, cinnamon teal, speckled teal, ringed teal, silver teal, southern widgeon, red shoveler, tree ducks and the popular rosy billed pochard. To put it simply, the number of ducks and the quality of shooting is unmatched anywhere. Most of the hunts use closely set decoys for passing and landing shots within 30 – 60 feet. Blinds are set up in potholes, marshes, river deltas and are accessible by boats or trucks in 10 – 30 minutes.

Lodging

The Los Ombues Lodge

Sitting on a bluff overlooking the vast fields and wetlands of Entre Rios, Los Ombues is a beautiful 12,000 sq. ft red brick and yellow stucco building constructed in authentic Argentine style. The lounge and dining room look out across an endless expanse of the Delta and at night it is possible to see the city lights of Rosario over 70 miles away through the panoramic windows.

Los Ombues has nine spacious two bedded bedrooms with private bathrooms, a mudroom for removing and drying boots and clothing, a gun cleaning room, a large dining room and a large living room with overstuffed chairs and sofas arranged around a fire place. The walls are adorned with mounted ducks and paintings of hunting scenes. It also has most of the other facilities that any businessman may need while being abroad, such as telephone, wireless internet and a PC. Food and wines are of gourmet quality.

The newest addition at the lodge is a state of the art exercise facility with a sauna. There is also a new hot tub located on the deck overlooking the pool.

For operating in the field, there are four 4x4 vehicles and eight John boats with Go-devil engines to provide quick access to the marsh. During the hunt, each guest has a field assistant who will be counting the dove you shoot, calling and picking up the ducks you hunt in the blind, or handling the dogs for the perdiz shoot. For convenience and safety, every car, boat and guide has a VHF two-way radio for immediate contact with the lodge.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Los Ombues Lodge

Argentina Bird Hunting Season:

  • Dove: all year long, no bag limit ("dove-only" shoots are not available during the mixed-bag season)
  • Duck: May - mid August, limit - 20 per person per day
  • Perdiz: May - mid August, limit 7 per person per day

2016 Pricing & dates for Argentina mixed bag and dove only shooting packages



3-day Mixed Bag: duck, perdiz, dove, 3 days shooting
(2 full days and two half days), 3 nights lodging
$4200
4-day Mixed Bag: duck, perdiz, dove, 4 days shooting
(3 full days and two half days), 4 nights lodging
$5600
Single supplement (mixed bag shoots) $700/per night
Non-shooter $1100/per night
Dove Shoot: 3 or 4 days of shooting (two to eighteen shooters;
no extra charge for the fourth day of shooting)**
$2300
Single supplement (dove shoots) $850/per night
Non-shooter, sharing a room (dove shoots) $1500/per night
**Groups of 4 or more shooters traveling between September to January and the month of April receive a discounted rate. Call Orvis travel (800) 547-4322 to ask about this special rate.

Shooting Days

You will shoot a half day on arrival and departure days. Four shooting days means you have three full days of shooting plus two half days; Three shooting days equals two full days and two half days.

Transfers

Transfers from Buenos Aires to Los Ombues are either overland or by charter airplane and can be done directly from the international airport on arrival or from a hotel in Buenos Aires if you overnight in the city. The drive takes about four and a half hours, depending on traffic. The direct charter flight takes just over an hour to the lodge’s landing strip. *Please note that the landing strip at the lodge is grass and excessive amount of rain can affect charter flight plans on arrival or departure.

Orvis Travel will arrange your transfers to Los Ombues. This is not included in the price of the trips and varies depending on how many people are being transported, fuel costs and the current exchange rate. Transfers will be done by Los Ombues unless you would like to arrange something on your own.

Estimated Transfer Cost By Vehicle

Rates are per person, round trip
$1,000   1 person
$500       2 - 5 people
$400       6 - 14 people

Transfer Cost By Charter Aircraft

Air charter costs start at approximately $2500 per airplane one way from Buenos Aires or back. A Beechcraft King Air E-90 is around $5200 one way, and holds 4-5 passengers. We will quote you a firm price for the transfers based on party size, aircraft and exchange rate.

Included:

Deluxe accommodations with all meals, beer, and wine; guided shooting each day.

Not included:

International Flights between the U.S. and Argentina, hotels and transfers in Buenos Aires, transfers to and from Los Ombues from Buenos Aires, 12 or 20 gauge ammunition (about $13-$17 per box, please request 28 or 410 ga. well ahead of scheduled trip), gun rental (Beretta and Benelli shotguns can be rented for approximately $60 per day), gun Permit, hunting license ($100 per person, payable at the lodge), gratuities - the lodge manager will collect a minimum $100 per person/per day tip to distribute to the lodge staff and field gun assistants.

Reviews

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
Los Ombues Lodge
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)
Orvis International Travel

800-547-4322 | 802-362-8790
orvistravel@orvis.com

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