Uruguay is a small South American country just northeast of Argentina; it is rich in agriculture, especially rice, sunflower, sorghum and corn, making it a Mecca for waterfowl, Perdiz and dove. The doves and Perdiz are found in the rich agriculture area near the towns of Carmelo and Colonia. Uruguay has hosted sportsmen for several years and while it has not received the same volume of publicity as it’s neighbor, Argentina, the secret is starting to get out. Uruguay has some great wing-shooting and is an excellent mixed bag area for the hunter. Shooters can either experience dove only shooting or a Perdiz/dove combination.
Perdiz Dove combo
During the months of May thru early August hunters can enjoy a Perdiz dove combination shoot. Perdiz is hands down the most popular bird to the South American hunters and for good reason- at about the size of a chucker partridge, Perdiz is a very challenging target which is hunted over pointing dogs. If you enjoy hunting quail in the south over bird dogs you will love Perdiz hunting. This area of Uruguay is hands down the best Perdiz shooting in the world. Argentina can not compare with the Perdiz numbers found in Uruguay. Afternoon will be spent shooting high volume doves very near the Perdiz fields.
During the dove only season of September thru April hunters will leave the lodge after a leisurely breakfast before making the short drive to the fields, often as short as 10 minutes but never more than one hour. On an average day you can expect to fire two to three cases of shells on doves. It all depends on how much shooting you can stand! We encourage shooters to bring small-bore shotguns, as they are perfect for the shooting in Uruguay. The dove hunting in Uruguay is year round and the dove fly all day long. We are shooting eared dove, which are almost identical to the U.S. Morning dove. Most days we will shoot all day with a big barbecue or “asado” in the field. The barbecue features steaks, chicken, lamb, salads, fruits and excellent Uruguayan Wines. We will return to the lodge in plenty of time for a swim, to have a snack and a drink before dinner.
The Carmelo and Colonia areas are the center of agricultural operations in Uruguay with large tracts of sorghum and sunflower making it the ideal habitat for dove and Perdiz. Large thickets, or roosting areas, add to this diversity of the habitat, which support large numbers of dove and Perdiz.
Dove are hunted year round in Uruguay
Perdiz season runs from May 1st to early August
Las Palamas or Santa Elena Lodge as we call it, is one of the most important lodges in the country with 90,000 acres of land. It was built in 1896 and will compare to many of the top lodges in Argentina but without the white glove service found at some of our Argentina lodges. Santa Elena has 11 bedrooms, two big dining rooms, a swimming pool and a nice barbeque where you will taste the finest food in Uruguay along with excellent local wines. Every client who visited the past six years said the same thing: “The shooting was unbelievable with great service and outstanding food.” The Las Palamas or Santa Elena Lodge is very quaint and quiet offering clients a chance to relax and have privacy and is quickly becoming a favorite with hunting groups. The atmosphere on this hunt is one of the best in the world so you don’t need to worry about anything. All you do is eat, sleep, drink and shoot doves or doves and perdiz until you can’t stand it anymore!
Visiting hunters can fly direct several days a week into Montevideo from Miami. In addition hunters can access Uruguay by a short 20-minute flight from Buenos Aires, which opens up all of the popular carriers that fly into South America. From Montevideo hunters will be transferred in a comfortable van for the hour drive to Santa Elena.
Climate can vary greatly during the year in Uruguay but hunters can expect mild temperatures during the May thru August combo season with temps averaging 40’s to 60’s.
4 day dove only $1695 per hunter
4 day dove perdiz combo from $2500 per hunter