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 ducks are found in the rice area known as the province of Rocha. Here there are huge marshes that are the wintering home to hundreds of thousands of ducks. Uruguay is one of the top waterfowl destinations in the world. 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 wing-shooter.
The day will start with breakfast at the lodge and then we will head out for a 30-minute to 45-minute drive to the duck lagoons where your guides will be waiting for you. Generally we will hunt two clients to a blind over decoy spreads in baited holes. The hunting area is the agriculture region of Uruguay located on the Brazilian border; this area is home to some of the largest concentrations of waterfowl in South America with all the local charm that Uruguay offers. Each hunter will be issued four boxes of shells every morning to harvest as many ducks as possible. Most all the ducks will be piling into the decoy spread so you should have no trouble shooting the four boxes of shells each morning. Afternoon hunts will be very similar to the morning shoots with a shell limit of two boxes per hunter. We will be shooting a large variety of ducks including rosy-billed pochards, silver teal, Brazilian teal, speckle teal, rigid teal, brown pintail and whistling ducks. The rosy bill is the largest species and very similar in size and character to the mallard.
The habitat consists of large commercial agriculture areas where corn, sorghum, and sunflower are the primary crops, which make it the ideal waterfowl habitat.
The duck season is Uruguay is from May 1st thru early August with consistent shooting through the entire season.
Hunters will be accommodated in an historic property that can only be described as a castle. Located in the extreme eastern region of Uruguay, near the town of Chuy, on the Brazillian border, the lodge is known as El Fortin. This beautiful little hotel sits atop a hill and overlooks some incredible lagoons that hold thousands of ducks which migrate there from May to September. Fortin de San Miguel has 20 nicely decorated guest rooms and a huge dining room and lounge area with a panoramic view of the surrounding property. Groups will dine on local gourmet cuisine prepared by the lodge’s chef. In addition, El Fortin has a separate “asado”, or BBQ area, which makes the perfect setting to enjoy your evening meal after a great day in the marsh.
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 four hour drive to El Fortin.
During the duck season hunters can expect temperatures to range from the 40’s to 60’s. While rain can be common during the Uruguay winter, showers generally are not long in duration and seldom effect the shooting.
Hunting packages available with a daily rate. Call for pricing and availability.