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Welcome to Los Ombues, the finest bird hunting lodge in Argentina.

Since 1988 we have been hosting hunters in Argentina and in 1992 we were lucky to find what is probably the premier hunting spot in our country. The area is located at 250 miles northwest from the city of Buenos Aires in the Entre Ríos Province. The terrain consists of rolling hills with extensive pastures and agricultural land next to one of the largest marsh areas in Argentina. There are several roosts in over 2,000 acres of natural brush, with a total population in excess of thirty million eared doves regularly flying to feed in the open fields. I leased over 130,000 acres of land for hunting partridge over Pointer Dogs, and have regularly hunted ducks from blinds over decoys in the marshes, with terrific success every season. Literally, a Bird-shooters paradise!
The only thing missing was the right place to stay, where all this hunting would be at walking distance from the front door of the lodge. With a group of American bird hunters as investors we bought a 2,500 acre spread and, in early 1994, we started building the first five star hunting lodge in Argentina. Since then we have been buying land every year. Today the property is 40,000 acres large. The house stands on top of a hill overlooking a marsh surrounded by this beautiful landscape dotted with the legendary Argentina tree: “The Ombú” from where the the lodge takes its name “LOS OMBUES”. The lodge has been open since August 1995 and the shooting is getting better every year.

The Lodge

The house was designed to cover every expectation of high demanding bird shooters offering all basic accommodation and additional amenities. The lounge and dining room look out across an endless expanse of the delta marsh. The panoramic window provide an extensive view including at least half a dozen blinds scattered just off the lodge grounds. It takes no more than 20 minutes to get from the lodge to any of the available blinds. Terrific dove shooting may be enjoyed within walking distance from the house as well as upland game over pointer dogs. The lodge include nine spacious double rooms with private bathrooms, a heated mudroom for removing and drying boots, waders, and clothing, a gun cleaning room, a large dining room, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a large living room with comfortable chairs and sofas around a fire place. Mounted ducks and hunting scene paintings decorate the walls and creating a highly enjoyable relaxing atmosphere. The lodge also provides a full-service business center caten to the needs of international businessman (including long-distance telephone lines, fax, PC’s and Internet & e-mail service). We provide Internet service via a wireless broadband. Bring your own laptop computer and be connected in the privacy of your room. During the hunt every guest is assisted by a bird-boy who picks up and counts shot doves, calls and picks up ducks in the blinds or handles pointer dogs for partridge shooting. For convenience and safety, every car, boat and guide are equipped with VHF two-way radio systems for permanent communication with the lodge. At Los Ombues we have over 50 shotguns for rent, including Berettas, Benellis, Brownings and Winchesters, Side by Side, Over & Under and auto loaders, ranging from 410 to 12 gauge.

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Highlights – All about bird hunting in Argentina.

The best place in the world for dove, ducks and partridge shooting.

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World’s finest dove hunting

Season: Year round.
There is no season or limit for dove hunting in Argentina. As doves are considered a serious threat for crops, local farmers welcome hunters. Shooting is excellent all year round. Each day affords six to seven hours of good, steady shooting. An average of 3 cases of shells per day per shooter is the daily norm, Even Though shooting is superb all year round, records show mid-September through early April has produced the best shooting. During our spring doves concentrate in huge numbers when farmers begin harvesting the winter wheat, but there is plenty of food for the doves even during our winter months. One of our customers shot 7.800 shells in one day.
Bonus: Dorado and Piranha fishing.
Los Ombues is the only place in Argentina that offers both the best dove hunting in the country and great Dorado and Piranha fishing in the marshes that are close to the lodge.
Those who have shot doves in Argentina return impressed by the waves of birds that cross the sky all day long. Los Ombues shooting location is near the Parana River, where the birds roost at night near the water to circle the fields everyday to feed in the vast hilly region with year-round. At midday the birds fly in both directions and in the evening they return the their roost.

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Variety

At Los Ombues you find a variety of ducks that are very different than those found in the Northern hemisphere, including the White chek pintail, Silver Teal, Ringed Teal, Red Shoveler, Cinnamon Teal, Southern Widgeon, Brazilian Duck, Speckled Teal, Tree ducks and the sporty Rosy Billed Pochard. Duck shooting is done in blinds over decoys with the assistance of pick-up boys who will call and pick-up the birds. The Entre Ríos Province Game Department, as well as the Game National authorities, enforce daily duck bag limits. Entre Rios Province has the highest duck limit in the country which is 20 ducks per hunter per day. As an example Buenos Aires Province has a legal bag limit of 5 ducks per person per day, Santa Fe Province has a legal bag limit of 12 ducks per person per day, Santiago del Estero has 12, Corrientes has 20 and Córdoba has a legal limit of 3 ducks per person per day. All these numbers were confirmed by the Game Department of each Province and they are no exceptions in any case. And at Los Ombues we go strictly by the book.

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From May to August

The partridge or perdiz hunting is done as a supplement to duck and dove shooting in May, June, July and August. This fast flushing bird is hunted over fine pointing dogs on rolling hills in the beautiful countryside. The perdiz is similar to the quail, though this bird is larger and is found in singles and sometimes in pairs, instead of covies. Every year before the season start a dog trainer comes from Texas to tune up our dogs.

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Mixed Bag

Our mixed bag shooting takes place in the province of Entre Rios in a vast area of private ranches located 250 miles northwest of Buenos Aires. Los Ombues is the only hunting lodge in the country where you can shoot ducks, perdiz and high volume doves in the same area without leaving the lodge. Duck shooting in the Entre Rios Province is fast gaining recognition as some of the world’s finest. This gentile farming country has vast areas of ponds and marshes, which are the wintering ground of thousands of South American waterfowl. Shooting is done in blinds over decoys. This region is absolutely magnificent for dove shooting. Waves of birds cross the sky all day long, therefore this program can also be combined with hot- barrelled dove shooting. Driving time from lodge to the shooting fields is approximately 5 to 15 minutes. Sometimes you literally walk right out of the lodge to shoot. Duck shooting or partridge shooting usually takes place in the mornings and the afternoons are typically dove shoots. The ducks are hunted from blinds over decoys and the partridge shooting (perdiz) is done as a supplement of duck shooting in the same area behind pointing dogs in grassy fields or walking-up as preferred.

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Press

Forbes Winter 1998

The Bird Hunting Report September 2006

The Dove Shooting Guide to Argentina 2008 Edition

Exciting Hunting and Fishing Destinations 2008 Edition

RGS Magazine Fall 2009

The Bird Hunting Report July 2009

FIELDSPORTS Spring 2009

Garden & Gun December 2009 – January 2010

FAQ.

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What Documents Will I Need When Traveling To Argentina?

VALID PASSPORT: check the expiration date on your passport. It should not expire within six months of your trip’s departure date. No visa is required for U.S. or European citizens to travel to Argentina or Chile. No Visa is required for American and European Citizens. Make a photocopy of your passport. Keep the original in your packed luggage, and only carry a photocopy of it when you are outside your hotel room, or the lodge. The only time you might need your original passport would be while shopping and paying with a credit card, or changing money.

What Forms Of Payments Are Accepted At Los Ombues?

Los Ombues accepts cash, personal checks with no surcharge and Credit Cards: Visa and American Express. Los Ombues does not accept credit cards

Is There A Dress Code At The Lodge?

No, there is no dress code at the lodge and the atmosphere is very casual. In the field, we suggest shorts or pants plus long or short sleeved camouflage or dark green shirts. Please do not wear khaki or light-colored shirts or hats in the field.

Do You Have High Speed Internet Connections Or A Phone To Make International Calls From The Lodge?

Yes. We have high speed Internet service available for your use. You can use Skype at the lodge to make calls. There is VOIP free American phone line for our guests use

Is It Customary To Tip At The Lodge?

Tips for the lodge and field staff are not included in our prices. Tipping is discretionary. The house staff tips are distributed evenly among the entire staff. For the bird pick-up boys, we recommend $60 per day per hunter. And another $ 60 for the lodge staff and masterguide, gifts such as camouflage caps, shirts and other hunting related items are also greatly appreciated by the bird pick-up boys.

How Far Is The Drive To The Fields?

The longest drive to get to the dove fields is 20 minutes and sometimes we shoot outside the front door of the lodge. We shoot perdiz at walking distance to the house, and the duck blinds are located 2 minutes driving to the boats and five to 40 minutes to the blinds.

What Guns Are Available For Rental?

We have over 140 guns for rent: Beretta, Benelli, Franchi, Browning, Remington: 12-20-28 and 410 gauges.

What Kind Of Shells Are Available?

We have 12, 20 and 28 gauge shotgun shells. We periodically have 410 shotgun shells. Please contact before your visit if you will require 410 shells so that we may check availability.

Am I Allowed To Bring My Own Shotgun Shells?

No. You are not permitted to bring shotgun shells into Argentina. Argentinean RENAR officials will confiscate your shells. Do not bring shotgun shells with you.

Do We Have To Use Plugs For Our Shotguns?

No. Plugs are not required for dove hunting in Argentina.

Do You Have Any Left-Handed Shotguns Available?

We do not have any available at this time.

How Many Shotguns Can We Bring?

You can bring a maximum of three guns into Argentina for the purpose of hunting.

Is It Hard To Bring Our Firearms To Argentina?

Bringing firearms into Argentina is a bureaucratic process and is only recommended for those who have specially fitted guns. U.S. Customs requires that you register your guns, and other expensive items such as: cameras, binoculars, notebook PC’s, etc. with them before leaving the country. This form is a one-time requirement, and it is valid for as long as you own your gun. The purpose of the form: it proves to U.S. Customs upon return that you bought the gun (or other high dollar items) in the USA, and not in South America. The truth is this: most people do not register items such as binoculars, cameras, and computers before they travel. Only on very rare occasions have we heard of customs officers questioning hunters about such items, however, it can happen.
The U.S. Customs Form 4457 must be completed in person at an international airport, or U.S. customs office. You must physically take the guns (in a case!) to an international airport, or a local customs office. If you are going to do this on the day of departure, we suggest that you arrive two hours earlier than normal (which is four hours prior to departure), because sometimes one has to wait for an available inspector.
Individuals who wish to enter into the country with one or more firearms AUTO OR SEMI AUTO SHOT GUNS, with the proposal to perform hunting activity, sporting shooting or other legitimate purpose, will have to submit application at the origin country argentine consulate, holding the equivalent legal possess authorization extended by the local authority, identification document or passport, requiring the applicable “temporary authorization and temporary possess permit” of corresponding material, during their stay in Argentina. Consular permits are no longer needed for people bringing over/under shotguns, side x sides and single shot guns. Barrels must be longer than 24”
European Travelers –You should inform the airline prior to travel date that you will be carrying shotguns and declare them when checking in for your flight. An airline official will escort you to a Customs post for gun registration and then hand carry your guns to the plane. On return, you must retrieve your guns at the airline service desk in the baggage hall. An airline official will accompany you to the red channel, where your guns are registered with Customs as re-entering the country. As soon as you get the Gun Permit from the consulate, all you have to do is send that permit via fax or email to us and we handle the rest of the paperwork for you. Upon arrival in Argentina you need to present your gun at the RENAR office, show the consulate gun permit to them and pay a fee of U$D 100,00 per gun entry. Los Ombúes will have the necessary paper-work at the Renar Office upon your arrival. The waist time to register your gun upon entering the country could be 45 minutes TO TWO HOURS. Please note that you will be asked to show your gun papers on several occasions at the different airports so allow for extra time to check-in for flights. Please note there is a new regulation at the Buenos Aires airport that requires passengers to check shotguns against the gun registration with the airport police (RENAR) AND AGAIN WHEN YOU GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. Please allow an extra 30 minutes to go through this process. If you are travelling with guns you do need a Los Ombues representative entering your guns, and if you are not travelling with guns, we also recommend using us to facilitate your transfers in the city. Please note you are allowed to bring small moving parts such as small springs, fire pins and hammers. You need to inform us if you plan on bringing whole trigger mechanisms, action bolt assembly system or carrier latches. You will need to declare these items just as you do a gun and pay the fee.

What Do I Have To Do To Reserve My Dates?

We require a non-refundable deposit in the amount of 50% of the land package cost. Deposits may be transferred to another hunter but may not be applied to a future season or year. We recommend that all guests purchase a trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment.

Are Any Special Vaccines Required?

No. But we suggest to consult with your physician for advise on travel to Argentina.

What Is The Weather Like?

Please see the weather section for seasonal information.

Is Argentina A Safe Country?

Argentina is probably the safest country in South America, and there have been no recorded threats directed against travelers or foreign tourists in Argentina. Robberies and thefts do occur, and we strongly urge you to use common sense when touring. Take the same precautions that you would if you were traveling in any large city where crime is an everyday occurrence. As in any popular tourist destination, tourists are sometimes targets of pickpockets, purse or camera snatching, taxi theft and in some instances, muggings for the purpose of robbery. Your personal safety should not be taken for granted so we urge you to maintain a high level of situational awareness when touring outside your hotel or when soliciting transportation. Los Ombues can provide you transportation and tour guides in Buenos Aires, you only have to let us know. And, please, don’t wear your Rolex around Buenos Aires.

Who Will Pick Us Up At The Airport?

A Los Ombúes representative will meet you at the airport and will assist you with the air/ground transfer to the lodge.

What Is Important Before Leaving Home?

Your paperwork and preparations begin before you leave for your trip. First, check the expiration date on your passport. It should not expire within six months of your trip’s departure date. Second, make a photocopy of your passport. Keep the original in your packed luggage, and only carry a photocopy of it when you are outside your hotel room, or the lodge. The only time you might need your original passport would be while shopping and paying with a credit card, or changing money. Third, if you intend to bring your own firearms, U.S. Customs requires that you register your guns, and other expensive items such as: cameras, binoculars, notebook PC’s, etc. with them before leaving the country. This form is a one-time requirement, and it is valid for as long as you own your gun. The purpose of the form: it proves to U.S. Customs upon return that you bought the gun (or other high dollar items) in the USA, and not in South America. The truth is this: most people do not register items such as binoculars, cameras, and computers before they travel. Only on very rare occasions have we heard of customs officers questioning hunters about such items, however, it can happen. The U.S. Customs Form 4457 must be completed in person at an international airport, or U.S. customs office. You must physically take the guns (in a case!) to an international airport, or a local customs office. If you are going to do this on the day of departure, we suggest that you arrive two hours earlier than normal (which is four hours prior to departure), because sometimes one has to wait for an available inspector. We purchase your hunting license for you prior to your arrival, and there is no requirement for you to sign it. European Travelers –You should inform the airline prior to travel date that you will be carrying shotguns and declare them when checking in for your flight. An airline official will escort you to a Customs post for gun registration and then hand carry your guns to the plane. On return, you must retrieve your guns at the airline service desk in the baggage hall. An airline official will accompany you to the red channel, where your guns are registered with Customs as re-entering the country.

Can I Bring Birds Out Of The Country When I Go Home?

It used to be possible to bring birds back home. However, the new airline regulations are making it impossible to check birds as luggage. Sorry for the inconvenience.

How to Get Here.

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Transfers from Buenos Aires can be done overland by car or van. Air transfers are also available from both the domestic and international airports landing at our private landing strip. Ground transfer takes around four and a half hours and flight time is one hour. Los Ombues will arrange your transfers to and from the lodge.

Weather at Los Ombues.

At Los Ombues we have four distinct seasons, but the weather is relatively temperate and extreme conditions of any kind are rare. Often it is best to dress in layers, as it’s not uncommon to be shooting in a jacket in the morning hours and in short sleeves during the afternoons. Here is a quick look at the general weather patterns and links to different weather resources.

Sumer: Hot at noon through early afternoon; pleasant mornings and evenings. Winter: Cool to cold days with occasional warm stretches; chilly evenings. Fall: Pleasant throughout the day with cool to cold evenings. Spring: Pleasant throughout the day with cool to cold evenings.

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Buenos Aires Offices:

Av. Santa Fe 2653 3rd floor (C1425BGB), Buenos Aires, Argentina

info@losombues.com

+54 (11) 4821-8504

At the Lodge:

+54 (3436) 42-4285

WhatsApp: +54 911 4400 6607