Wingshooting in Uruguay
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It was at the beginning of the year 2004, when a group of friends from the State of Florida (USA), after having decided to invest on a rural property in Uruguay, arrived at “El Saladero” in Colonia Suiza, at the outskirts of the town of Nueva Helvecia.
As they had been coming in the past to hunt ducks, doves, pigeons and “perdiz” up north in the country, they wanted to have a cattle ranch as well as a lodge to go hunting on their property and on several different fields by the surrounding area as well.
Their adventures and those of their numerous friends who happened to come to the Ranch along the seven years they owned it, produced a lot of amusing stories, some of which are told on the nice book “The Hunt for Nirvana, the Gentlemen Ranchers of El Saladero, Uruguay” (Cutting Edge Communications publishers, 2012).
Our knowledge about lodging, hunting, getting good places with enough duck, dove, pigeon and “perdiz” to shoot, good restaurants to eat & drink, interesting places to visit, and a lot more, was highly enhanced from the experience we acquired while working at El Saladero with all those people. They were experienced hunters and taught us how to attend them all at the very high level they requested.
So far and after selling their property at the end of their investing arrangement circa October 2011, since 2013 some of the former owners and visitors of El Saladero, went on coming, year after year to hunt and have fun with our assistance.
That is why we decided to start a small enterprise to receive (at the airport), lodge, supply (rental cars, ammo, etc.), and handle some good hunting times for all those who are brave enough to call us..., and to come hunting with us!
According to the experience we have had since we worked at El Saladero, and after all those years with its former owners and their buddies coming with us, our current goal is to receive groups of friend-hunters only, so we can assure privacy to our guests. That's why our target are groups from three to six hunters each time.
Our standard offer consists of 5 days hunting Ducks at different ponds or Pigeon at Dairy farms at dawn, Perdiz in the mornings and lots of Doves at several roosts by the creeks that spread all over the area, in the afternoon/evening.
There is a special option of an early breakfast before duck or pigeon hunting, a small break on the fields to go for perdiz hunting in mid morning, lunch at the lodge and a great dove hunting in the afternoon.
We have a nice place at the seaside of the Rio de la Plata, with all the amenities a group of hunters -with or without their families-, could need. Six very comfortable rooms w/bath, a huge sitting-dining-cooking-bar-fireplace-room, with a barbecue and some other places to enjoy the outside. There are also about 15 kilometers along the sandy banks of the widest river all over the world, where one can walk or run whenever it's wanted.
In case the hunters come with their families, we may provide several options for activities to be done while the hunters are shooting, depending on the number of people and the ages of the children.
Outstanding meals froum our lodge chef.
With the “perdiz”, Nothura maculosa, you’ll be shooting the most common specie of tinamou. It's a bird that holds well for dogs, flies fast, and thrives in our fields of light cover terrain. Besides, it gives you a succulent white meat once cooked.
There are two wild pigeons that could be shoot in Uruguay, Columba picazuro and Columba maculosa, two blue-gray big pigeon that might be seen in town squares. They are fast, hard to hunt, similar to pheasants or mallard ducks. We mostly hunt them at dairy farms, where they come to eat by the hundreds.
Uruguay offers three species of duck, Netta peposaca, Dendrosygna viduata and Anas georgica. Our lodge is located in an area where ducks thrive, on corn, soybean or sorghum fields.
When you come duck hunting at our lodge, you’ll experience on different ponds. After a short trip we’ll take you where the ducks are. Sometimes this requires a short walk but anyway, the ducks are accessible for hunters of all ages and experiences.
We have one species of dove, Zenaida auriculata the spot-winged dove. They can be found in great numbers coming back to their roosts in traditional settings in rural areas by the creeks.
“A wonderfull duck hunting as the end and chao, see you next year...”
“Very nice feeling at home with my buddies in this gorgeous place.”
"Food, drinks, hunting, everything very good..., what else?”
"The cook and the food were excellent, but the asado the most!"
"Down here the mixed bag was quite real, we had ducks, pigeons, perdiz... and doves!"
"I wonder if we may bring our families with us, next time."