Fishing & Hunting in Patagonia
t’s been 12 years since we first discovered the existence of doves around what we now know as Kono Lodge. It actually was the result of a process of deduction. After observing the dove population growth in places such as Córdoba (which we pioneered), Tucumán, Salta and Entre Ríos, I could see there was a distinct pattern. There are areas in Argentina covered with native forests of Tala and Caldén trees. These are not very tall trees but they are thick and thorny and they make for very thick bushy areas that serve as ideal nesting and roosting places for “eared doves” (Zenaida auriculata). With today’s high end agricultural technology as soon as intensive agriculture is developed right next to these wooded areas, sooner or later there’s going to be a new dove roost and the dove population will eventually explode.
We were in search for the southernmost dove place; and the southernmost region where we could hope to find a resource of that nature in 2004 was the Province of La Pampa, so I deduced that if we scouted hard, we would very likely find a dove roost. And if we did, then that roost would turn into multiple roosts.
In July of 2004 me and guide Nando F. Beschtedt took off and headed for La Pampa Province in search for the southernmost dove roost on the planet (that would be also close to the our duck hunting area, which was a KEY point). It took us a few days and finally, while Nando was driving, I was able to see a large flock of doves flying west. We stopped. I took my video camera and started filming the second large flock that was flying west one minute later. I told Nando “let’s follow the flocks”.
Kono2Sure enough, one hour later we found an immense dove roost, it was 6:00 PM and we could see millions of doves coming from all directions. We had found it!
Unlike Buenos Aires Province, there weren’t as many great estancia houses around the Province of La Pampa, but finally we were able to find this uniquely beautiful estancia which we took, and what we now know as Kono Lodge.
I was delighted. We knew the area offered a variety of species including perdiz and pigeons, and this newly found “Kono Lodge area” was also close to marsh areas that enabled us to include ducks in the mix too. Plus, being the southernmost dove place in the Southern Hemisphere, it offers the possibility to run dove hunts all year, even during our summer when the weather in all other dove areas is too hot. And on top of all this, it is close to our grand duck hunting destination: Santa Rita Lodge. We couldn’t ask for more!
“Serendipity” may very well be the word that bests summarizes the Kono Lodge project.
Year after year Kono Lodge has proved to be the ideal dove & mixed-bag wing-shooting destination. And this year is no exception! Come join us this season!
It is hard to believe this is our 33rd duck season, and we’re enjoying it as much as we did when we first
started, or even more. Time flies!
This late fall has brought unusual cold weather stimulating ducks to concentrate in larger numbers
around Santa Rita Lodge’s area, and besides the numerous duck species we permanently have, we’re
seeing waves of fresh rosy-bills coming into our area making for spectacular hunts.
We’re foreseeing cold weather for the coming month of July which is great since it ensures ideal
We like to think consistency is the Holy Grail in duck hunting and we’ve always taken our goal very
seriously. We do know how much importance grain fields have in any form of hunting success or
consistency, whether it is corn, sunflower, soybeans, flooded fields or just any kind of stubble. We’ve
learnt how to deal with that concept and we also learnt that, no matter what we do, we need to make
sure that the grain is always where it has to be.
See you in the duck blind!
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