San Juan Lodge

Season

All year (dove) & May-Aug (mixed-bag)

Getting There

Paysandú, Uruguay

The Hunting

From blinds & walked up, over dogs

Hunting equipment

Shotgun 12, 20, 28 & .410 ga

Hunting equipment

Shotgun 12, 20, 28 & .410 ga

Rates

Per night per person

Combine Your Trip

The Kautapen Group

Estancia San Juan is perched majestically atop a knoll, with breathtaking views of the Uruguayan countryside. In addition to the view, the lodge also finds itself in the perfect mixed-bag location, where you can access water impoundments teeming with ducks, partridge cover in abundance, and incredible dove roosts, all just a short drive away on good roads. With seemingly unending rolling pastures and grasslands, this area of Uruguay is considered the perdiz capital of South America and San Juan’s kennel of purpose-bred bird dogs have been trained from birth to pursue these birds.  Add to this upland resource, fantastic flights of migratory ducks as well as roosts full of doves and pigeons, and it is easy to see why the lodge offers an unparalleled Uruguayan mixed-bag hunting experience. San Juan Lodge features 5 well-appointed twin rooms with private en-suite baths and can host a maximum of 10 hunters. 

Why Choose San Juan Lodge?

An upland hunters mecca, in the gorgeous Uruguayan countryside

Perfectly suited for the traveling hunter, San Juan is centrally located within very short distances from all of the hunting species you will pursue. These incredible logistics allow for more time in the field, and less time traveling in the van. One of the largest dove roosts in all of Uruguay is located directly on the vast estancia property, and it is surrounded by nearby perdiz fields dotted with duck ponds.

San Juan Lodge offers a collection of 5 double occupancy rooms, each with a private en suite bath. The heart of the lodge is its large, common area, which offers an open plan including the dining area and living room area, with a 360 degree walk around the fireplace as its centerpiece.

  • Capacity: 10 guns.
  • Accommodations: 5 twin rooms, each with a private bathroom and fireplace. Single rooms are not surcharged (subject to availability).
  • Comfortable sitting room, with a large central fireplace, open bar, as well as outdoor seating areas and fire pit, all with spectacular views across the Uruguayan countryside.
  • WiFi Internet access and satellite TV.
  • A gourmet dining experience each day, with delicious menu options including local Uruguayan beef as well as wild game and fine wines, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, Traditional Asado, and more.
  • On pleasant evenings or before the next hunt the Estancia offers an open-air galleria so guests may enjoy the fresh air and Uruguayan countryside at any time.
  • Maid and laundry service.
  • Professional hunting guides.
  • Gift shop which offers local artwork and crafts, logo wear, and more.
  • Gun rental, with a selection of fine 12, 20, 16, and 28 gauge shotguns, available in over and under and semi-automatic.

What time of the year should I come?

The hunting season in Uruguay is a long one, running from mid-February through mid-December. 

  • Doves and Pigeon hunting is open year-round, with no limits.
  • The Duck hunting season goes from May 1st until September 15th.
  • The Perdiz Hunting season goes from May 1st until July 31st.

Peak Season occurs May through July when all the feather species are open and available at the same time. At this time you can enjoy excellent hunting for Perdiz over pointing dogs, Ducks over decoys, as well as decoyed Pigeons and high volume Dove shooting. Within this May to July timeframe, there are some slight differences, that are mainly weather dependent. 

May

During the early season, we are in the middle of the Fall and days are still long and temperatures are mild. The hunting days during this time of the year are very pleasant; at noon there is time to rest and to take a nice siesta.

There is excellent forage for the birds to feed-on at the farms we hunt, due to the recent harvesting of the soy, sorghum, and corn, among other crops. During this fall harvest season, the dove and duck begin to congregate in great numbers, thanks to the excellent feed they have access to.

May is also “THE” time to hunt Perdiz over pointing dogs, with birds spread across the countryside, and many different options to pick from when choosing fields to hunt. Pastures are lush and green, providing great cover for the birds, and beautiful pastoral scenes for the hunter to enjoy.

June

During June days begin to shorten and the daily temperatures begin to slowly fall, as winter approaches. As a consequence, generally speaking, there is less food on the harvested fields of the near-by farms.

The doves start to concentrate in greater numbers, with flock sizes growing truly impressive. With the earlier sunsets, these flocks normally initiate the evening flights back to their roosts earlier in the day.

At this time of the season, the perdiz begin to concentrate more, as some of the covers in the pastures begin to wither away, pushing birds into the smaller stands of thicker grass, which still offer excellent food and protection for the birds. In general, where we find good, thick grass, we will find plenty of birds. Perdiz hunts during June are normally very good, as there are still an excellent number of options where to chase birds, on the variety of farms we hunt.

Ducks begin to migrate into Uruguay during Mid-April, with peak numbers arriving around this time in June. With the abundance of birds, it makes June an excellent time of the year to hunt ducks.

July

July has similar patterns as June, but days are a little bit shorter and temperatures a little bit colder. Many guests believe that since July is the last month of the season where we hunt ducks and perdiz, and after 2 months of hunting pressure, the hunting will be far more limited, but in reality, it is quite the opposite.

Due to the amount of land that we own and lease in Uruguay, this month can experience some of the best hunting opportunities of the season. New lands and fields enter into the rotation with an excellent concentration of birds. Pasture grasses keep on diminishing, so our farms, which still have grass, concentrate an amazing number of Perdiz.

As the migration is already over, or close to being over, ducks are plentiful in all our lagoons and ponds with a wonderful number of different species present.

The shorter and colder dates make the doves concentrate even more and the flocks start their flights in the early hours of the morning and return in big numbers to their roost in the early afternoon every day.

Guests of Estancia San Juan have multiple means of arrival/departure from the lodge based on their point of origin or final destination. Most commonly, shooters traveling on international flights to Uruguay and Montevideo International Airport will be met by a San Juan Lodge representative who will assist with gun clearance, if necessary, and who will transport the group to San Juan Lodge. The drive is approximately 4 hours through scenic rural Uruguay via paved highway.

Other transfer options which may be considered are:

  • Private Charter from Montevideo: Guests arriving into Montevideo may choose to expedite their travels by chartering to the Paysandú airport (40 minutes flight) located approximately 20 minutes from the lodge.
  • Private Charters from Buenos Aires: Charter options are also available directly to Uruguay (Paysandú intl. airport) from Buenos Aires for those guests arriving from an Argentine lodge, who have been enjoying the city or who have arrived into Buenos Aires internationally.

Location

San Juan Lodge is located in the northwest region of Uruguay in the state of Paysandú near the river town of Paysandú. The lodge is located approximately 228 miles (336 km) from Montevideo, the capital and the major metropolitan center of this small country.

The Hunting

What to expect on the field

The program at San Juan Lodge offers a diverse mixed bag hunt, with a focus on the hard flying, upland perdiz. Typically, you will be hunting multiple species almost every day of your stay. Most days feature hunts for two species, with mornings dedicated to perdiz over well-trained pointing dogs, or decoying ducks from dry-land blinds on ponds and lagoons, and afternoons are dedicated to some of the best high volume dove hunting in all of Uruguay. Also, subject to harvest seasons, you can partake in some fast-paced, decoyed pigeon shooting on select afternoons.

Perdiz hunts in Uruguay are typically two to three-hour hunts through short cover and on flat or gently rolling ground. Hunters will go to the field in pairs and you will be joined by a guide/dog handler. You will walk-up the birds, following the dogs until they “make game”, and then walk to the point for the flush of the partridge. After one field has been covered, you typically make a very short drive to another and will repeat the process with a fresh dog until the perdiz limit has been bagged.

Morning duck hunts will find you hunting from dry-land blinds, strategically located on ponds, before dawn. Your guide will get you set in the blind, layout the decoy spread, and identify birds as they approach. You will see a variety of species, including Yellow-billed Pintail, Speckled Teal, and the sought after Rosy-billed Pochard, to name a few.

For those who have not been Pigeon hunting, it is more akin to a dry land duck hunt than it is to a dove hunt. Hunters will find themselves in a blind with a decoy spread within range, typically in an agricultural field. Pigeons are very decoy friendly birds, but they are sharp-eyed and it is vital to stay well-hidden to enjoy success. Birds will come to the decoys in singles and small groups, and many times you will see the birds well in the distance as they cross an open expanse until they are in range.

The eared dove is the most prolific dove in South America, and it’s also become, over the last several decades, one of the most important sporting birds for well-traveled bird hunters. Fortunately, the San Juan property envelopes one of the largest dove roosts in all of Uruguay, which is located just 5 minutes away from the main lodge. In addition, we have exclusive access to two other incredible roosts, just 30 minutes away. We’re confident in saying that we have some of the best high-volume dove shooting the country has to offer, and there will be ample opportunities for hot-barrel shooting. Your field assistant will be at your side throughout the shoot, providing you with cartridges, refreshment as needed, and keeping an eye out for birds.

Our typical program calls for multiple species hunts almost every day of your stay. Most days feature hunts for two species-and other days you’ll have three different hunts on the menu (having 3 hunts in one day is optional, of course). The morning will begin with a wake-up call, approximately an hour before departure time. Breakfast will be served shortly thereafter, with everything from waffles to Eggs Benedict, all made to order. 

For Duck Hunts, you will depart the lodge well before sunrise. Drives vary depending upon water conditions and location but range from ten to forty-five minutes. Shooting over decoys starts at first light and continues until 10 am or after.

For Perdiz Hunts, you will depart the lodge after sunrise, and hunt until your limits have been reached.

You will return to the lodge for lunch, and some time to relax, or enjoy a siesta. Hunters will again depart for their afternoon hunt around 2 to 3 pm. Evening hunts last until 5 to 5:30pm, after which you will return to the lodge, where you will be met with cocktails and appetizers as well as a delicious dinner.

Hunting Equipment

David Denies provides hunters with high-quality loaner hunting equipment

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 and 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.

Gauge

Brand

Model

Quantity

28

Browning

525

3

28

Browning

Silver Pigeon

1

28

Fausti

 

1

20

Browning

525

7

20

Webley Scott

 

1

20

Sabatti

 

1

20

Stevens

 

1

20

Fausti

 

3

20

Uglu

 

8

12

Browning

525

3

12

Zabala

 

1

12

Ugarteburu

 

1

Gauge

Brand

Model

Quantity

20

Beretta

Urika

8

20

Benelli

Montefeltro

4

20

Beretta

Confort

2

12

Benelli

Premium Plus

4

12

Beretta

Urika

1

12

Benelli

Magnum

1

12

Beretta

301

1

Gauge

Brand

Quantity

28

Zabala

1

28

Beretta

1

12

ELG

1

Culinary Experience

At David Denies, our goal is to deliver a true taste of Uruguay.

Our kitchens come to life through the use of fresh and regionally representative 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 create dishes, with an artisan’s touch, influenced by the earthiness of the surroundings and landscape, that can be enjoyed in our inviting dining room. Freshness is paramount and flavors the key.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At our lodges, it consists of choices from local free-range eggs benedict to organic and healthy foods – we change the options daily to keep things fresh. 

Our inspired lunch and dinner menus are paired with some of the very best local wines. All our beef comes from grass-fed cattle raised locally to our estancia. We carefully select our suppliers, guaranteeing the high quality, flavor, and tenderness of the meat we serve.

In addition to our focus on fresh food with organic origins, we also celebrate our 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.

Rates

Season 2022 – May 1 to Jul 31 (Mixed-bag) & Feb 15 to Dec 15 (Dove)

* Prices are in US$ and per person

Mixed-bag: Perdiz, Duck & Dove

Rates fluctuate between $1250 and $1495 per person per night – based on shared occupancy & shared blind. 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.

  • Hunting Program Based on 3 nights & 6 hunts = 2 AM Perdiz hunts + 1 AM Duck hunt + 3 PM Dove shoots – (Possibility to exchange 1 afternoon dove shoot for Perdiz, Duck or Pigeons at no extra cost)
  • Hunting Program Based on 4 nights & 8 hunts = 2 AM Perdiz hunts + 2 AM Duck hunts + 4 PM Dove shoots – (Possibility to exchange 1 afternoon dove shoot for Perdiz, Duck or Pigeons at no extra cost)
  • Hunting Program Based on 5 nights & 10 hunts = 3 AM Perdiz hunts + 2 AM Duck hunts + 5 PM Dove shoots – (Possibility to exchange 1 afternoon dove shoot for Perdiz, Duck or Pigeons at no extra cost)

Note: Clients have the possibility to hunt Perdiz, Duck or Pigeon in the afternoon for a $350 surcharge per person per hunt. We require a minimum of 2 hunters willing to take this option to apply this price per person.

* Non-hunters: $650 per person per night

* Hunting Licenses: $395 per person for the total stay

* Gun Rental: $110 per person p/day

* Shells: $18.50 per box approx.

Dove

Rates fluctuate between $595 and $795 per person per night – based on shared occupancy & shared blind – These rates are flexible based upon month of the season, number of hunters in the group, and lodge availability—please CONTACT US for an accurate quote.

Note: For those clients coming to shoot doves during the Mixed-bag season (May 1st until July 31st) they will have the possibility to hunt Perdiz, Duck or Pigeon in the morning for a $ 350 surcharge per person per hunt. We require a minimum of 2 hunters willing to take this option to apply this price per person.

* Non-hunters: $450 per person per night.

* Hunting Licenses: $350 per person for the total stay

* Gun Rental: $110 per person p/day

* Shells: $16.50 per box approx.

Included

Not included

Combine your Trip

Double down on your sporting adventures and experience all The Kautapen Group has to offer by combining your stay with another of our hunting or fishing lodges.

Our research and experience tell us that over 50% of bird hunters are also actively interested in big game hunting, while over 60% are captivated by fishing. If you are a part of that majority, and are interested in adding variety to your sporting life, look no further than Red Stag Patagonia and Nervous Waters Fly Fishing. All three brands are proud members of The Kautapen Group – a single team of dedicated professionals focused on maintaining the highest standard of service and elevating your sporting experiences.

Interested in adding more hunting or fishing to your trip?

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