If you are looking for the perfect blend of world-class shooting, combined with the finest amenities in a contemporary, yet elegant, setting, look no further than La Dormida Lodge. It is the perfect venue for small groups, both corporate as well as family and friends, who are looking for a relaxing, private escape. In the field, you will experience captivating dove flights, paired with opulent field lunches served under the shade of a canvas tent or one of our authentic thatched roof quinchos. Back at the lodge, which was purposefully designed to cater exclusively to the traveling wing shooter, you will experience a near-perfect manifestation of a sporting retreat. Exquisite meals, coupling traditional Argentina preparations with cutting-edge international cuisine, are paired with some of the best wines Argentina has to offer.
La Dormida Lodge offers an upscale, contemporary ambiance that is most unexpected in the ruggedly beautiful rolling hillsides of the Cordoba countryside. Surrounded by handcrafted stone walls, the compound has the feel of an elegant “fortress” of sorts, containing everything the traveling hunter, or non-hunting guest, could possibly ask for on a wing-shooting holiday.
The inviting plunge pool and adjacent fire pit in the main courtyard often become the center of lodge life once the hunting day is complete, offering a relaxing respite from the fast-paced days in the dove fields. Behind the main building lies yet another fire pit, with a nearby game room, which is the perfect place for those looking to continue challenging themselves, and their lodge mates, over a game of billiards. The center of the lodge houses an open-plan dining room and living room, along with the bar.
Purposefully designed with the internations bird hunter in mind, La Dormida leaves no detail to chance, when it comes to providing the very best David Denies has to offer.
We often get asked ”What is the best time to dove hunt in Argentina?”. Dove hunting in Córdoba, Argentina does not have specific seasons but rather depends on the behavior of the doves themselves. Throughout the year, doves are in search of food and water, which is vital for them to have easy access to. However, this behavior can vary depending on the location, the weather, and other environmental factors.
In Córdoba, there are numerous locations where you can hunt doves at any time, including sunflower fields, feedlots, hills, flats, waterholes, and roosts. The choice of location will depend on the behavior of the doves, and while some locations may be more productive during certain times of the year, you can hunt in any of these locations year-round.
At David Denies, we understand the importance of staying ahead of the doves’ movements to provide the best possible hunting experience. Our scouts regularly monitor the expansive areas we hunt, gathering valuable information that is analyzed by our seasoned, professional head guides. We also take 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.
Córdoba has a temperate climate, with mild winters and hot summers. During the summer months of December to February, temperatures can range from 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, making hunting in the middle of the day uncomfortable. That’s why it’s the perfect time to take a break and enjoy a delicious asado under our tented quinchos and rest in the shade of the trees before heading out for the rest of the day. This break will help you stay energized and refreshed for the remainder of the day’s hunting activities.
In the fall months of March to May and in the spring from September to November, temperatures in Córdoba are milder, with highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit. The weather is generally dry during this time, which makes for excellent hunting conditions.
Winter in Córdoba runs from June to August and can be chilly, with temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit. This is the coolest time of the year, but it’s still a great time for hunting. So whether you prefer mild or hot weather, there’s a perfect time for you to come and enjoy the hunting experience in Córdoba.
To get to La Dormida 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 45 minutes daily 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).
The province of Córdoba is located in Central Argentina, while La Dormida lodge rests 80 miles (130 km) north of the Córdoba City International Airport. Driving time from the airport is about 1:35 hours.
Known as the “Heartland of Argentina“, the province of Córdoba boasts of its abundant natural resources and breathtaking landscapes. It is considered one of the most prosperous provinces in the country due to its thriving agricultural industry, especially in the production of soybeans and wheat. The province’s mild climate and optimal breeding conditions have also resulted in a significant population of doves, making Córdoba a world-renowned destination for dove-hunting enthusiasts.
At La Dormida Lodge the focus of the program is the perfect synergy between the personalized, small group-focused, lodge experience with traditional dove shooting. Your days will be spent in pursuit of the fast-flying Eared Dove, which is named for a dark patch of feather on the side of the bird’s upper cheek that looks like an ear. These doves are about the same size as North America’s popular mourning dove, and on 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 considerable population levels.
With millions of doves residing within a 150-mile radius of the lodge, we can easily access a wide range of shooting fields, with short scenic drives through the area’s idyllic countryside. 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.
The driving time from the lodge to the fields can vary significantly depending on the location of the doves and other environmental factors. Driving distances usually range from 20 minutes to 90 minutes on average, with a daily average of 45 minutes. Our priority is to provide you with the best hunting experience, so we always aim to take the shortest route possible. However, if one day we need to drive a longer distance, we’ll always try to balance it out with shorter driving times on other days of your stay. Please take into account that driving times are always subject to the behavior of the doves and the weather.
In the field, each hunter will be accompanied 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.
The morning 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 – 9:00 am. Drives vary depending on the season, but generally average around 45 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.
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, after which 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 a good 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 bread 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 the 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. All of 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 2023 – All year round
Rates fluctuate between $650 and $850 per person per night. These rates are flexible based on the month of the season, number of hunters in the group, and lodge availability— please CONTACT US for an accurate quote.
* Non-hunters: $450 per person per night.
* Hunting Licenses: $70 per person per day
* Gun Rental: $115 per person p/day
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