Córdoba Lodge was created for groups of up to 16 shooters – groups looking for the ultimate dove shooting adventure in a relaxed atmosphere that also offers an unbeatable value. We like to think of Córdoba Lodge as the Gateway to the Dove Hunting Capital of the World! In this lodge, we have created the perfect venue for groups of friends, corporate trips, shooting schools, or families to experience the fine service and outstanding shooting that David Denies is known for. Córdoba Lodge features comfortable shared rooms, fine service, and short drives to waves of doves and a virtually unlimited variety of shooting scenarios.
Córdoba Lodge is an elegant yet modern property ideally suited for our hunting guests. Located on beautifully landscaped grounds, and within minutes of our best dove fields, it’s composed of several separate buildings that unite on one compound, with each residence surrounded by an open porch or gallery.
In the main house you will find the common areas, including a large living area with a fireplace and large windows that grant views of the surrounding landscape, with an adjoining bar offering a great place for after dinner cocktails and “story-time”, reveling in the day’s activities. The main lodge also houses a large, welcoming dining room, and a private wellness room for massages. Outdoors you will find a hot tub—perfect for a soak after a day in the field, as well as a large, outdoor fire pit, which often serves at the center of activity as night falls over the countryside.
Eight large bedrooms are located in quiet buildings, which flank either side of the main lodge. Each bedroom is furnished with 2 queen-sized beds, vaulted ceilings, air conditioning, hotel-quality amenities, and a private bathroom.
There are 4 seasons to the “Dove Year”, as the birds react to seasonal changes in weather and availability to food and water. As with any wild hunt, these factors can vary, and as such, may affect the timing of the different seasons. Throughout the year doves are in search of food and water, it is vital for them to have access to it within a short range of our main roosts and transitional roosts. In years with unstable weather, which may affect these factors, the traditional movement of our dove can change. Doves react to these changes and we do too.
At David Denies we are prepared for these natural changes, and for this reason, we are in continuous geographical growth to provide comfort in daily logistics as well as the quality and quantity of doves you will enjoy during your hunt. Our daily logistics begins with our main scout who goes out to check the expansive area we hunt, and then once we are in the field, the other 3 scouts check the area near where we are hunting. This makes it possible to obtain valuable information that is then analyzed by our heads guides.
The head guides are seasoned, professional hunters who take the birds’ movements into consideration and decide on the best possible hunting locations, prioritizing the quality and quantity of doves. The decision also takes into consideration the length of driving required to reach the field, but always with the mission of providing you with the best possible dove shooting experience.
The following calendar separates the year into quarters, and each section highlights perfect times for hunting. All of this information is based upon traditional data compiled over our 38 years of hunting the area. Weather and other factors may affect the date ranges and drive times listed.
Weather: This season includes the end of winter, the entire spring, and part of our summer— almost half our year. For the end of winter and most of the spring, we experience mild temps and blue skies carrying easterly winds. During our mid-winter and early spring, we can find challenging birds due to a combination of deep valleys and wind, especially in August. The tail end of this block is our summer when we can experience tropical showers late in the day with a predominantly northerly wind.
Doves: We can present every bird in the book during this broad time of year, from sky-scraping high doves to low and slow birds perfect for beginners—and all flying at every possible angle. We’re situated in the hills daily at this time of year, changing hunting scenarios every hunt, and we can use our location to our advantage to produce just about any hunt a client or a group might prefer. We can also “duplicate” every game birdshot in the book—from high pheasants, crossing ducks, or incoming grouse. If hunters want low birds we hunt the ridges; and if they want high doves we go deep into the valleys. We also hunt an array of local farms, which provide a nice variation from day-to-day.
Also, hunting with double guns can be offered, our professional field assistants can stuff or double gun every day.
Driving distances: 15 to 25 minutes
Weather: Sunny and dry, with occasional light showers.
Doves: A combination of the hills and flat hunting, with the best hunts occurring early in the morning and after 3 p.m. until sunset at 8 pm. Much like our June/July hunting, but with the benefit of longer days and warmer temperatures. This season is short because the doves will stop hatching due to lack of food and start holding in temporary roosts in the flats close to the agricultural production areas. As David Denies is the only outfitter holding 300.000+ acres of land, we can still guarantee incredible customized hunting while other outfitters close their doors during this time. This is the opposite movement from our June/July hunt in that we are now moving from the hills back to the flats; two great hunts per day, often with a long lunch and time for a nap at midday. Beautiful, warm weather.
Driving distance: 15 to 70 minutes
Weather: This is our autumn, and while we can have some rain in March, April, and early May it’s rarely more than a day or two of rain per month. Then our dry season begins.
Doves: During “The Flatlands” period we find a high concentration of low-flying birds feeding or in temporary roosts. We can see high birds depending on the wind and how far we’re located from the feeding or roosting areas. The main reason the birds fly this way at this time of year is because they’re following combines that are harvesting sorghum, soybean, and corn. During this time of year, we also shoot feedlots and water holes where the birds gather to eat and drink.
Driving distance: 15 to 60 minutes
Weather: Cold in the morning, comfortable in the evening; blue skies every day with a predominant south wind.
Doves: A combination of low and high-flying birds depending on where we find better hunting conditions (flatlands or hills) or both. One day we can be hunting in the flats; the following day in the hills. This time of year is what we call our winter transition, and it only lasts a month. We continue to hunt the flats and we start hunting the hills as well, depending on the flight pattern of the doves from day-to-day.
Driving distances: 20 to 35 minutes.
To get to Córdoba Lodge there are daily direct flights from many U.S. cities to Buenos Aires (Ezeiza Intl. Airport – EZE). From Ezeiza you might be able to connect into a direct flight to Córdoba (Pajas Blancas Airport – COR) or ground transfer to the domestic airport Jorge Newbery – AEP (40’ to 1 hr drive), and take a 1 hr flight to Córdoba.
Once at the lodge, you are conveniently close to terrific dove fields with drives averaging 40 minutes depending on the time of the year.
Hunters may also fly into Santiago, Chile with connecting flights to Córdoba city. That will allow you to make the most of your trip as you will be dove shooting the day of your arrival (depending on the different flight schedules).
Córdoba Lodge is located in the province of Córdoba, in central Argentina, 53 miles (86 km) north of the Córdoba City International Airport. The driving time is 1 hr and 30 minutes by paved road. For more than 25 years, seasoned international wing shooters have recognized Córdoba as the world’s leading destination for high-volume dove hunting.
At Córdoba Lodge the focus of the program lies in the field experience. Córdoba is considered the dove shooting capital of the world for good reason, with over 40,000,000 doves residing within a 100-mile radius of the lodge. Simply put, the dove hunting available in our part of Córdoba is, on its worst day, amazing, and more typically is beyond comparison with any other dove hunting resource around the globe.
Furthermore, these 40 million birds reproduce at an average rate of five times a year. So that is the dove resource we have available. To utilize this staggering resource, the lodge has 75 shooting fields located within a short drive through the region’s scenic, rolling farmland.
This bird we pursue is the Eared Dove, named for a dark patch of feather on the side of the bird’s upper cheek that looks like an ear. These doves are the size of North America’s popular mourning dove, and in the hand, it’s difficult to tell the two species apart. In the Córdoba region, farming practices and vast roost areas allow these birds to thrive at epic population levels.
Hunters can experience a wide variety of shooting scenarios throughout the year. The gorgeous, brushy hillside roosting and feeding areas offer great variety, as you can take positions down in valleys, from aside riverbeds and on the peaks and points of the hills. During the fall harvest seasons, hunters might find themselves shooting along agricultural fields of sorghum, corn, and sunflowers. While each location offers its own special scenarios and shooting opportunities, all offer incredible numbers of fast-flying doves.
In the field each hunter will be joined by a field assistant, who will prepare your shooting blind, provide shells and refreshments and oversee your experience. Unlike some other outfitters, David Denies Bird Hunting field assistants are full-time professionals, with years of guiding and shooting experience. There are no young “bird boys” in the field, all of our staff are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to high volume dove shooting, and their expertise will bring your experience to the next level.
One of the most common questions we are asked, in regard to the shooting, is “what happens to the birds?”. Each day our lodges donate hundreds of pounds of processed dove meat to Mission Esperanza Foundation. We feed 800+ children per day and have already built 3 community centers with our donations and those of our guests.
Mornings will begin with a wakeup call, approximately an hour before departure time. Breakfast will be served shortly thereafter, with everything from waffles to Eggs Benedict, all made to order. Hunters will depart the lodge after breakfast, usually, around 8:30 – 9:00am. Drives vary depending on the season, but generally average around 35 minutes. The morning shoot will begin upon arrival at the field. You will be met by your field assistant, and escorted to your shooting position. Additionally, our head guide will also be available to assist or provide tips on your hunting if desired.
Depending on the time of the year, you will shoot until noon each day, then enjoy an incredible Asado lunch, shaded by a comfortable tent or unique hand-made shelter, where you will enjoy Argentina’s wonderful beef and superb wines. After lunch, and a short siesta, the afternoon shooting begins at around 2 – 2:30, and continues until around 5:00 pm. There is no required quitting time, good sense and tired shooters dictate when the day is through.
After the shooting day has come to an end, you will return to the lodge, where you will be met with cocktails & appetizers, followed by a delicious dinner and time to relax.
Many of our guests find renting guns from the lodge they are visiting to be an easier solution than applying for consular permits and traveling with their own shotguns. It’s easy to rent a gun from the lodge. We have an excellent selection of guns that are appropriate for the destination at each lodge. Just browse the gun rack until you find a gun that you like. Then, the lodge manager or your guide will note the specific number of the rental gun. That gun will be yours for the duration of your stay. However, you are welcome to change guns along the way and try something different if you wish. You are only charged for one rental so you can switch guns if you wish. We want you to shoot a gun you are comfortable and effective with! You will settle up for the rental at the end of your stay when you are charged for shells and other expenses.
Our kitchens come to life through the use of fresh, locally sourced meats and produce. By combining these elements, we create delicious flavors and varied textures that harbor hidden stories and package traditions on each plate. A top-notch team of experienced national and international chefs, trained in both classic and avant-garde culinary techniques will prepare your meals, with an artisan’s touch.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – in our lodges it consists of choices going from local free-range eggs benedict, fresh baked breads and pastries and organic & healthy foods – we change the options daily to keep things fresh.
Dinner menus, influenced by the earthiness of the surrounding landscape, will be enjoyed in our beautifully designed dining room and each day you will enjoy an outdoor lunch experience, where chefs prepare every dish from scratch to be served at a minute’s notice. Freshness is paramount and flavor is key.
Our famed Argentine beef comes from Aberdeen Angus and Hereford steers, grass-fed, from our Pampas. We carefully select our suppliers, guaranteeing the highest quality, flavor, and tenderness of our meat. In addition, our inspired lunch and dinner menus are paired with some of Argentina’s—and the world’s—best wines; Bodega Catena Zapata.
In addition to our focus on fresh food with organic origins, we also celebrate our Argentine heritage with a wine partnership that brings truly world-class wines to our lodges. Our wide selection of finest wines, the best Argentine malbec from our region in Mendoza and a large variety of other grape selections, are served by a prepared team. We feel that the food we present and the wines we serve should mirror the sporting opportunities we offer—and be the very best available. While our vast country offers many options for traditional activities such as riding, hunting, eating good meats, and drinking good wines, we have chosen to blend fine food and outdoor activity at an even higher level.
Season 2022-23 – All year round
Rates fluctuate between $595 and $695 per person per night. These rates are flexible based upon the month of the season, number of hunters in the group, and lodge availability—please CONTACT US for an accurate quote.
* Non-hunters: $350 per person per night.
* Private parties: $5,950 p/night (up to 12 guests) + extras (Hunting Licenses, Gun Rental. cartridges & Tips)
* Hunting Licenses: $70 per person per day
* Gun Rental: $115 per person p/day
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