Uruguay Duck Hunting is Back!
After a three-year pause on duck hunting in Uruguay, Trek invites you to once again experience one of South America's premier waterfowl regions. Uruguay is renowned by hunters for its impressive array of duck species such as Brazilian ducks, Rosy-Bill Pochards, and Brown Pintails. Our new partnership with the newly renovated La Lagunita Lodge ensures you will be close to the shooting action and accommodations that are among Uruguay's very best.
The dove hunting is year round and with a major roost literally next door they always have great dove shooting within a short 15 minute drive, or you could always walk. The best time for strictly dove shooting would be their spring from September through March and for combination hunts of perdiz hunting mixed with doves May through July are truly excellent. Uruguay has without a doubt the best perdiz hunting that South America has to offer. Situated above the Rio Negro, Ninette also offers dorado fishing for those of you who get tired of all the shooting and would like to try their luck at catching the famed golden dorado.
Your trip starts on with an overnight flight from the United States arriving Montevideo the following morning. Upon arrival in Montevideo, a member of Eduardo Gonzales’ staff will meet you, assist you with clearing guns with customs and then drive you about four hours to the Chuy area of Uruguay and La Lagunita Lodge. Upon arrival at the lodge, you will have time to relax from the full day of travel before dinner. The shooting will begin the next morning, and you will enjoy three full days of duck hunting, with morning and afternoon hunts. If the weather allows, you will have the option to shoot perdiz between duck hunts. You will receive four boxes each morning and four boxes each afternoon during your duck hunts while the perdiz are limited to 10 per hunter. On the last morning of the trip we will hunt ducks and then return to the lodge for lunch before we drive back to Montevideo where you will catch your international flight back home.
Trek’s roots go back many years in the Rocha Department of Uruguay mainly because it is one of the best duck hunting areas in South America. After a few years of allowing the waterfowl to rejuvenate and searching for more modern lodging, Trek has renewed its relationship in Chuy with outfitter Eduardo Gonzalez operating out of the newly renovated La Lagunita Lodge. The last several seasons has seen a tremendous rebound of Brazilian Teal, Chilean Pintail, white-cheeked pintail and Rosy Billed Pochard. The rise in beef prices has helped the perdiz habitat thrive to now offer groups a wonderful compliment to the morning and afternoon duck hunts should time permit.
This trip is designed mainly for duck hunters only. Each morning we will have a full breakfast at Lagunita around 4:45 AM, and then head out to the duck lagoons. Most drives to the lagoons are 45 minutes or less. When you get there, your duck guides will be waiting for you. Most of the time we will be hunting in double blinds with each blind having a sitting stake and a spread of decoys. Each hunter will be issued 4 boxes of shells each morning and each afternoon. Most all the ducks will be good decoying ducks to the spread and depending on the time of year you hunt, we will be shooting a wide variety of ducks. One of our more favorite species is the Rosy-Billed Pochard. The Rosy-Bills are similar in size and character with our mallards. The target species however are mostly silver teal, yellow-billed pintails, widgeon, and Brazilian teal.
In the Rocha area we hunt mostly fresh water lagoons and potholes and scout them repeatedly. Most of the blinds are very easy to reach and typically on the water’s edge and we suggest you bring hip boots or lightweight neoprene chest waders to hunt in. Should the morning hunt end in time, we will head directly to a pre-scouted perdiz field. The perdiz are hunted behind Eduardo’s excellent kennel of Brittany’s. There will be two hunters and one dog handler with each dog. Most of the walking is very easy with lightweight hunting boots preferred. There is a hard limit of 10 perdiz per hunter imposed in Uruguay with season being from May 1 – July 31. Groups traveling after August 1st will be shooting ducks morning and afternoon with a mid-day break at the lodge for lunch and siesta. In the afternoons we will again hunt ducks in a different area and blinds. Departing the lodge around 3:30 PM we will be in the lagoon in plenty of time for the fast flying crescendo of ducks in the last days light.
On the last morning of the trip we will hunt ducks and then return to the lodge for lunch before we drive back to Montevideo where you will catch your international flight back home.
La Lagunita, located just north of Chuy, is a quaint, six-bedroom lodge, close to the duck blinds and perfect for smaller groups. Each room has a Queen or King size bed and en-suite bathrooms, as well as heat and A/C. All of our meals will be taken on-site and prepared by our own chef and will consist mainly of local beef, poultry and pasta, as well as a selection of red and white wines from both Uruguay and Argentina.