Cordoba’s Dove Season Pause is an Investment in the Future
Cordoba | Apr. 24, 2019
Cordoba, Argentina — Trek International Safaris is proud to support an agreement to a dove season contraction in Cordoba, Argentina, which all regional outfitters unanimously and voluntarily entered into last year. As a response to Argentina’s worst drought in a century in 2017-‘18, this agreement effectively pauses all dove hunting in the Cordoba province during November and December.
Trek and our Cordoba partners, H&H Outfitters, have always taken extraordinary care to methodically rotate our hunting areas, even when requiring new investments in the region. We are unconditionally committed to long-term sustainability of dove hunting in Cordoba and our leadership role in the Cordoba hunting community.
Cordoba remains the greatest dove show on earth for traveling wingshooters, and for good reason. Research shows that eared dove populations in Cordoba are massive, with an estimated 23 million to 32 million eared doves calling the region home. Notwithstanding the continued strong numbers, birds always follow water, so the move is a logical response aimed at protecting Cordoba’s position as dove hunting’s premier venue.
“Last year’s drought really compelled Cordoba’s outfitters to take action, because we all understand the birds need water to thrive,” said Joe Patterson, vice president for Trek. “The season contraction comes during a key breeding period for the birds, and as the water conditions are favorable this year, we feel the timing of this agreement is ideal.”
Argentina’s eared dove is classified as a “least concern” conservation status, and in fact, continues to be characterized as an economic nuisance owing to the damage the species perpetually wreaks on crops.
The relationship between farming and hunting has always been a symbiotic one, but perhaps no place is this more critical than in Cordoba. The birds here breed four times a year, thriving in an agriculturally rich area that depends greatly on grain farming.
With the drought causing a 20-percent reduction in crop yield last year, both the farmers and the birds were affected. Fortunately, this year’s crop yields have returned to normal levels, and the 2019 harvest is expected to last much longer than that of 2019— great news for Cordoba’s farmers and tens of millions of eared doves.
It is important to reiterate Cordoba’s outfitters took the initiative to reduce the hunting season independently and with no pressure from outside influences.
“This is probably the first time Cordoba’s outfitters have all agreed on anything,” Patterson said with a smile. “We all see the agreement as an investment in Cordoba’s future.”
As with any environmental concern, the cause-and-effect relationship with this decision is complex and not easily measured. Going forward, the agreement will be re-evaluated on a year-by-year basis.
50 Years of Trekkin’: 2023 Annual Catalog
Throughout Trek International Safaris’ 2023 Annual Catalog, we celebrate the thrilling journey we’ve shared with our clients over the past five decades. From the very first group Trek Founders Bob and Shirley Cloaninger hosted in 1973 to our clients currently experiencing new Trek programs in Colombia and Uruguay, our team has served seven generations of adventurous travelers. […]
Strobel’s monster trout are an otherworldly experience
By Jason Luther Trek International Safaris Argentina’s Lake Strobel is among the most truly magnificent angling destinations on earth— not just for its insanely large resident rainbow trout, but also for a surreal natural environment you’re unlikely to experience anywhere else. You’re not quite to the end of the earth here— the tip of Antarctica […]
It’s Not Just Fish We’re After at Mexico’s Grand Slam Lodge
Thoreau wrote that “many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” Among many interpretations of this quotation is that fishing connects anglers with nature and one another in a way that traces back to the origins of mankind. Connecting with our fellow anglers is an edifying […]
Family, Fishing and Fun in Costa Rica = The Best Father’s Day Ever
Trek and our partners in Los Suenos, Costa Rica, have your Father’s Day hook-up this June. And we can assure you the pun is not only intended, but also a certainty— as Los Suenos offers both an unparalleled blue-water fishing experience and a host of exciting activities that do not involve a rod and reel.
Morocco is THE Global Hotspot for Cultural and Sporting Adventure
Morocco is having a moment right now, as it sits atop nearly every published list of the hottest international destinations for adventure travel. Having experienced this majestic country extensively in planning and hosting adventures for numerous Trek client groups, we can confirm the acclaim is long overdue. Riding in a caravan of camels across the […]
EXCLUSIVE EXPLORATORY BRAZIL PEACOCK BASS ADVENTURE and 2019-20 REGULAR SEASON DATES
No visa will be required for US citizens traveling to Brazil after June 17, 2019. In addition to our regular season Amazon Floating Cabins Adventure dates listed below, we are excited to offer a few lucky anglers a rare exploratory peacock bass fishing expedition into the relatively untouched waters of Brazil’s Rio Preto. The Rio […]
SIX REASONS WE LOVE BOLIVIA FOR SPORTING ADVENTURES
The picturesque country of Bolivia has long been a popular destination for adventurous anglers and wingshooters alike. A crown jewel among Brazil, Peru, Chile and Paraguay, this country is rich in agricultural and natural resources and lays claim to being one of the most biodiverse locations on earth. With altitudes ranging from just under 300 […]
WRAPPING UP AN INCREDIBLE Nicaragua Duck and Dove Season
From the questions the Trek team received during the recent SCI shows, one may have surmised the story of the 2018-19 Nicaragua duck and dove season actually played out in the spring of last year. In Reno and Dallas, we continued to receive a high volume of inquiries about the country’s sociopolitical climate; meanwhile an […]
What You Need to Know When Taking Your Guns To Argentina
Shortly after booking his first dove hunting trip to Córdoba last year, our client Mike asked about taking his own gun with him on the adventure. We typically recommend that our clients leave their guns behind when traveling to Argentina, to minimize stress and time required for the day of travel and customs experience. Having […]
Thirty Years of Peacocking: What We’ve Learned
“Bebê!” the guide exclaims in Portuguese, excitedly pointing to the water a few meters ahead of the boat. A succession of small bubbles rise up through the root beer-tinted water, each one delicately popping as it reaches the surface. On Brazil’s Rio Negro, this effervescence is an indication of baby peacock bass schooled up beneath […]
Nicaragua Teal: Early Season Update
Nicaragua Teal Season Off to Typically Strong Start Chinandega, Nicaragua — As the first major migration of ducks flock to their wintering home on Estero Palo Grande Lagoon in northwestern Nicaragua, Trek’s first groups of duck hunters of the 2018-2019 season are returning home with reports of robust blue-winged teal action. With Nicaragua’s rainy season […]
Nicaragua’s Road to Recovery
I write to you from the beautiful city of Granada, Nicaragua, offering a first-hand report of the current situation on the ground here. In case you are unaware, this spring brought demonstrations against Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega’s government, leading to clashes that resulted in tragic loss of life. Trek Safaris has maintained a hunting presence […]
Trek is known for planning the most unforgettable adventures for our clients. We've been in business since 1973 for one reason: we always place the quality of your travel experience as our #1 priority.
Complete our contact form and let's get started!