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Frequently Asked Questions about Hunting in Uruguay

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How Do I Get to Uruguay?

Getting to Uruguay is easy. All clients take an overnight flight to Buenos Aires as listed above, and then have only a ground stop before continuing on to Montevideo. There is no need to change airports, claim bags, clear customs, or pass through immigration in Argentina. Your bags will connect, and you simply proceed to the next gate, just as you would if you were making a domestic connection in the USA.

American Airlines has a direct flight from Miami (MIA) to Montevideo (MVD). It is currently on an every other day schedule but provides time to shoot the afternoon upon arrival into Uruguay. This direct flight (MIA-MVD) departs Miami on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings at 11:15 PM.

Another popular option for those visiting Buenos Aires, Argentina is to take the short 50 minute boat ride from Buenos Aires to Colonia. The Buquebus reservation can be made by Los Gauchos. This option is great for those dove hunting in Uruguay as all of the Uruguay dove hunting lodges are located near Colonia.

How do you get from the Uruguay Dove Hunting Lodge to the Duck Hunting Lodge?

Los Gauchos provides a van with a host that will be with your group the entire trip. The drive time between the Uruguay Dove Hunting Lodge (Elena) and the Uruguay Duck Hunting Lodge (Fortin) is about 5 hours.

All ground transportation fees are quoted in US Dollars. All ground transportation fees are subject to change without notice (historically ground transportation fees fluctuate with the price of crude oil). Ground transportation fees are quoted for group transfers (more than one passenger) unless otherwise noted.

**If you are a single shooter, a surcharge could be added to your transfer. A single shooter is, by definition, a shooter who arrives at an airport or other agreed point of pickup outside of an intact group. The reason for this arrival may be intentional, or unintentional (missed connection, cancelled flight, etc.). All single passengers, and not Adobe Travel LLC or it's Providers, are responsible for any additional fees or charges incurred as a result of the foregoing circumstances.

Remember, the country of Uruguay is free of traffic and the roads are nice. The scenery and the vast farms are a large part of the Uruguay hunting experience.

When are the Uruguay Hunting Seasons?

Uruguay Dove Hunting - There is NO set hunting season for doves in Uruguay. Dove hunting can be enjoyed anytime of year in Uruguay.

Duck Hunting - May 1st to September 10th

Pigeon Hunting - La Tany Lodge near Punta del Este - March 1st to April 30th

Perdiz Hunting - Uruguay Perdiz hunting season is May 1st to July 31st.

Do I need a visa for Uruguay?

No, you do not. Currently you just need a current passport (if you are a US citizen). Your passport must not expire within 6 months of entering or departing Uruguay.

If you are not an American citizen, please check with the appropriate consulate in your country to find out if you will need a visa.

Do I need any special shots or inoculations for Uruguay?

No inoculations are required for hunting trips to Uruguay. Los Gauchos Outfitters is not qualified to convey medical advice. We encourage you to consult your family physician and/or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for the most up to date information and recommendations for travel within Uruguay.

Can I book a Uruguay bird hunt for a single shooter?

Yes. In fact, many bird hunters come down by themselves. We usually have at least 4 hunters in the lodge. If you would like a private group, please have at least 4 to 6 shooters.

Can I bring my own shotgun? Do you have left handed shotguns?

Just complete the Los Gauchos Uruguay Gun Form and pay the license fee of $100 USD (payable with check, Mastercard, Visa) before you depart. Our hosts will meet you in the new terminal of Montevideo's International Airport and assist with getting your shotgun registered.

The Uruguay Gun form is located on our PRE-TRIP forms page.

For bird hunting in Uruguay this is a very personal decision. Many of our clients bring their own shotgun every season, and will continue to no matter what. Los Gauchos Outfitters has had seasons with 20% of our total clientele bringing their own shotgun for the waterfowl or wingshooting trips. The remainder decided for various reasons, not to bring their own gun.

We suggest that you look at the following pros and cons very carefully before deciding which choice is right for you: Bringing your gun to Uruguay is an easy process and with the Trip Protection designed for international sportsmen/women taking their own hunting equipment, it is not a problem.

Uruguay uses a formula, calculated as a UR unit, which changes with the fluctuation between the U.S. Dollar and the UY Peso. They have always charged high entry prices. If you wish to bring your firearms to either country the paperwork process on the South American side is actually easier than the U.S. re-entry—if one chooses to look at it from an investment of a “time spent standing around” standpoint (see the next FAQ for more info).

Upon arrival in South America, you simply open your case in front of the only two authorities that issue gun permits at the airport, and they stamp and complete your paperwork.

The fee for entering Uruguay with a shotgun is $100 USD per gun. The fee and the paperwork is completed before you depart, making the issue of the Uruguay hunting license an efficient one.

If you are traveling to Uruguay, you will experience very little waiting, and won’t have to leave a “tip” at the airport to get a gun permit.

Now, if you are planning a Uruguay hunting trip, but spending some time in Buenos Aires before or after your hunt, then we recommend NOT bringing a shotgun. You will have to pay for the gun license in both Argentina and Uruguay. We hope our Los Gauchos Hunting Trips that all include shotguns will make it easy when deciding whether to bring your favorite shotgun to hunt in Argentina or Uruguay.

Our recommendation if you have a favorite shotgun or a gauge (ex. 28 gauge) then book a Uruguay hunting trip. Fly direct into Montevideo, pay once, enjoy shooting and depart without hassles or trouble.

Los Gauchos Outfitters will send you the form or you can complete it online and the license will be ready when you arrive. The form is a "FINAL" sale type transaction, Uruguay officials set their schedules based on your arrival into the Montevideo airport. If it changes or you bring another gun or change anything the fee is still imposed.

So, while it is safe to enter Uruguay with a gun, please complete the paperwork carefully with the correct information about the gun you will have with you upon arrival into Montevideo.

The required data for each shotgun you bring into Uruguay must include the:

  • serial number

  • make

  • model

  • gauge

  • your passport information

Contact Los Gauchos with any questions you have about arriving with shotguns. Our entire staff has gone through the process and can "walk" you through or answer any questions you may have.

We do not have guns for left handers - so pack your favorite!

What type of Shotguns does Los Gauchos provide for Uruguay Hunting?

All of our premium waterfowl destinations offer use of 12ga Benelli m2 or Beretta 391 semi-autos in Uruguay duck hunting, various Italian over and unders in 20 ga. for dove, pigeon, and perdiz shooting in Western Uruguay, and nothing but Benelli m2 12 ga.

All of our guns are impeccably maintained, and none of them are ever more than a couple of years old. We guarantee that you will not be issued a low quality firearm at Los Gauchos.

What type of shotgun shells are used for the Uruguay Dove Hunting Trips?

The Uruguay dove hunting lodges have 12, 20 and 28 gauge shotgun shells. Sometimes you can shoot with .410 shotgun shells, but please ask in advance regarding availability of the .410 shells. The dove hunting shells in Uruguay are high quality shells manufactured in Europe.

What is the electricity in Uruguay - How do I charge my Iphone or Blackberry?

Electronics in Uruguay require 220 volts so pack an electricity converter. You can find these at any drugstore or large store such as RadioShack, Target or Walmart. A European adapter will be needed for two-pronged plugs.

Are shotgun plugs used in Uruguay?

No. Leave your plugs at home. The bird hunting in Uruguay is consistent, fast and furious - so enjoy hunting as it used to be. But, do not forget to put those plugs back in when you hunt in North America opening day.

How can I pay?

We accept checks, Visa, Mastercard, and wires.

Do I need any special vaccines?

No, there are no required vaccinations or shots needed for travel to Uruguay. However, please consult with your doctor and the CDC site regarding travel to Uruguay.

What do the lodges look like?

Los Gauchos travels and shoots at all of our destinations. So when you speak to us, we have been there. We have professional photographs of the lodges including the living areas, dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Enjoy our picture galleries of the Uruguay Hunting Lodges.

Do you need a hunting license for bird hunting in Uruguay?

Yes. Please complete the form for the Uruguay hunting license. You will pay for your license before you depart. The license fee will be included on the final invoice.

The license fee is per hunter - so if you hunt one day or 6 days - the fee is based on the birds and your point of arrival.

Los Gauchos requires a complete Customer Data Form that will be used to process your Uruguay Hunting License.

The Hunting License is processed BEFORE you arrive - so we apologize but you cannot make changes to your bird hunting trip once you arrive in Uruguay.

For example - if you "think" you want to shoot Perdiz - go ahead and sign up for a day. That way we can process the Upland hunting license along with your dove or duck hunting license.

Who will pick us up at the airport to begin our South American wingshooting trip?

In Uruguay, you will be met by our staff either in the baggage claim area (if you have guns) or outside the baggage claim area. You will transfer directly from the Montevideo airport to the estancia or Uruguay hunting lodge. The estancia Elena is 2.5 hours from the airport, and the Uruguay Duck Hunting Club (Rio Branco Lodge) is 4.5 hours. The Fortin Lodge (Uruguay duck hunting) is about 3.5 hours from the Montevideo airport.

Thus, there is no time for shopping or city tours in Montevideo, unless you plan to arrive the day before—we recommend discussing a day/night to sight-see in Montevideo for guests wanting to visit the capital city of Uruguay - Montevideo. Now, made famous with their World Cup soccer team.

If your flight does not depart until late on the last day - the host will usually ask if you would like to see the main sights of Montevideo. While there is no extra charge - a tip for this special service is always appreciated.

Montevideo has many excellent seafood restaurants, mom and pop stores selling anything and everything, and many casinos. Read and learn more about Montevideo and Uruguay travel here.

What does the Uruguay Duck - Dove Hunting Combo Itinerary Include?

Uruguay Duck - Dove Hunting Combo

Day 1: depart USA for MVD (Montevideo). Currently Miami has a direct flight out of MIA to MVD departing at 11PM in the evening.

Day 2 - arrive in Montevideo, Uruguay
If you choose not to take the direct flight, you will land first in Buenos Aires (EZE) and then connect to MVD.

The direct flight arrives in time for a 1/2 day hunt for the FORTIN LODGE - Uruguay ducks or the ELENA LODGE - Uruguay doves.

Those duck hunting at the Rio Branco lodge will transfer to the lodge and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 3 - full day of duck hunting or dove hunting

Day 4 - full day of duck hunting or dove hunting in Uruguay

Day 6 - either 1/2 day hunt and depart Montevideo in the evening (9PM) OR transfer to the Dove or Duck Hunting Lodge in Uruguay.

Do I need waders for Duck Hunting in Uruguay?

No - not for Uruguay duck hunting. Light weight or fly-fishing waders are great to have, but not necessary in the duck hunting blinds.

Hip boots are always safe as the terrain can be and usually is wet.

How far is the drive from the Montevideo airport to the Uruguay Hunting Lodges.

Our host (English speaking) will meet you at the airport in Montevideo and transfer your group to the lodge. Those arriving on the direct flight (American Airlines) from Miami will get to hunt the day of arrival.

Uruguay Dove Hunting - Elena - Hotel Suizo - 2 hours from MVD.

Uruguay Dove Hunting - Mercedes - 3 hours from MVD.

Uruguay Duck Hunting - Fortin Lodge - 3.5 hours from MVD

Uruguay Duck Hunting - Rio Branco - 4.5 hours from MVD

Uruguay Pigeon Hunting - La Tany - 1 hour from MVD

Uruguay Dorado Fishing - Salto - 6 hours from MVD

Is there internet connections at the Uruguay Hunting Lodges?

Yes. The majority of the lodges do have internet access. Please check with Los Gauchos and remember you will be outside a major city and the Uruguay duck hunting lodges are on private rice farms, do NOT expect high speed wireless!

What is the Ground Transfer fee?

The Ground Transfer fee includes the roundtrip from the Montevideo airport to the lodge and the return to the airport in Montevideo on the day of departure. The ground transfer fee is set based on an intact group. If you need a separate trip due to flight arrangements that are different than your group, you will be charged a higher fee. Please contact Los Gauchos Outfitters if you have questions about the ground transfer.

For those that want to rent a car in Uruguay - you can. However, please realize a fee will be incurred due to the guides/hosts that will meet you at the airport for the hunting license issuance.

The Ground Transfer fee is per passenger, both shooters and non-shooters. The Ground Transfer includes meet and greet and assistance with luggage at the Montevideo airport OR the Buquebus station in Colonia. The return trip to the MVD airport (Montevideo) or the Colonia Buquebus station. The Ground Transfer fee is set for groups arriving/departing together from the same place: airport or Buquebus terminal. Extra fees will be incurred for ground transfers OUTSIDE an intact group.

All ground transportation fees are quoted in US Dollars on your statement. All ground transportation fees are subject to change without notice (historically ground transportation fees fluctuate with the price of crude oil). Ground transportation fees are quoted for group transfers that arrive/depart on the same flight (more than one passenger) unless otherwise noted.

**If you are a single shooter, a surcharge could be added to your transfer. A single shooter is, by definition, a shooter who arrives at an airport or other agreed point of pickup outside of an intact group. The reason for this arrival may be intentional, or unintentional (missed connection, cancelled flight, etc.). All single passengers, and not Adobe Travel LLC or it's Providers, are responsible for any additional fees or charges incurred as a result of the foregoing circumstances.

The Ground Transfer DOES NOT include any transfer or travel within Buenos Aires, Argentina or getting to Uruguay. We have guides that are happy to meet you at the Buenos Aires International Airport and assist with your transfers within Buenos Aires. The driver is paid directly for this service. Please contact Los Gauchos, we have a company that has been a friend of our clients and host to hundreds of our guests.

Does the daily rate include a tips for the bird boys and house staff?

Yes, Los Gauchos prices our Uruguay Bird Hunting trips to include tips. Anything extra is always appreciated but not necessary.

Is there a minimum number of days for Uruguay bird hunting trips?

No - but we recommend at least 2 days and 1 night. Los Gauchos is happy to work with your travel plans to have you in the field experiencing the great Uruguay dove shooting.

Uruguay duck hunting can be 2 days or 4 days. We do host some waterfowl hunters for 5 days which is great when combined with some Upland hunting.

Remember to add in a 1/2 day of travel when you plan a Uruguay dove AND duck hunt.

How much notice do you need for a reservation?

We are here by phone and more accessible by email at anytime. So, we can put together a last minute trip and our staff in the US is good at working to have you in the field. However, when working with a group, we prefer to have at least a month for reservations and details.

Many also plan a year in advance. One year works, since you can book flights 360 days in advance. Please note airlines change their schedules - so have some flexibility and know that some things are out of our control. Los Gauchos will work with you for all your logistics regarding your Uruguay bird hunting trips.

I have a lot of questions to ask before I book a trip, can I just call and ask?

Sure. If we are not in the office, just leave us a message or send us an email to have us contact you by phone. We welcome your questions and planning your Uruguay hunting trips..

What is the bag limit for doves in Uruguay? What is the bag limit for ducks in Uruguay?

Uruguay dove hunting limits are - UNLIMITED. Just like Argentina dove hunting, you can shoot all day without a regulation controlling your dove hunt.

Uruguay duck hunting - limits are liberal. We issue 4 boxes of shotgun shells for the morning duck hunt and 3 boxes for the afternoon duck hunt.

Los Gauchos hosts up to 8 duck hunters per week, so we keep the duck hunting consistent and the waterfowl sport as it always should be. A sport not a high volume massacre.

Can I Bring the Bird back for Taxidermy ?

No. We apologize but the country of Uruguay as well as the airlines have halted the export of birds from Uruguay.

What type of ducks will I shoot in Uruguay?

Uruguay duck species: Brazilian Ducks, Speckled Teal, Silver Teal, Ringed Teal, White-Faced Tree Ducks, Yellowbilled (Brown) Pintails, Rosybilled Pochards, and occasional Black-headed ducks, Chiloe Widgeon, and Red Shovelers.

Do We Hunt Perdiz over Bird Hunting Dogs?

Yes, pointers and setters in Argentina and Uruguay, we have Brittany Spaniels in Uruguay as well.

The work of the dogs is a huge part of the Upland hunt in Uruguay. Take advantage of the Perdiz hunting season and try a day out in the field with the Upland game bird dogs and the unique Upland bird in Uruguay - the Perdiz.

What will the weather be like for the Uruguay Hunting Trip?

The seasons are opposite those in North America, so December to February is the summer season in Uruguay and June - August is winter time (Uruguay duck season).

The weather is mild in Uruguay making it just about perfect for dove hunting any month or season. See our main website with the South America weather information.

What size shotgun shells do the Uruguay Bird Hunting Lodges have?

We stock 12 and 20 gauge shells at our WATERFOWL HUNTING and UPLAND HUNTING destinations in the following shot sizes:

  • 12 gauge: #1, #3, #5, and 7.5 and/or 8.

  • 20 gauge: #5 and 7.5 or 8 only

  • 28 gauge: please inquire; only # 7.5 or 8 is available

  • 16 gauge: please inquire, only # 7.5 or 8 is available.

  • 410 gauge: not available at waterfowl destinations

Our dove hunting destinations stock ammunition for 12, 20, 28, and 410 is occasionally available on request. Our South American dove hunting lodges do not stock 16 gauge shotshells.

How do I pay for my shotgun shells in Uruguay?

Los Gauchos accepts US cash or credit cards (Mastercard - Visa).

Many of the lodges will also accept checks. Please note that checks require a 3% addition due to the payment processing fees in Uruguay.

Please ask if you have any questions about appropriate payments for shotgun shells and other incidentals. Traveler's Checks are not widely used in South America. Los Gauchos does not advise using Traveler's Checks when visiting Argentina or Uruguay.

Please note that a fee for a returned check is $50 USD.

The ATM's in Uruguay accept most US based ATM cards. If you have any questions about paying for your shells upon departure, please ask Los Gauchos Outfitters.

Can I Bring my Own Ammunition to Uruguay?

No. Do not bring ammunition. In Uruguay, it has always been illegal to bring shells into the country. Every one of our destinations will have the best duck hunting loads available, as well as the best light loads for dove, and upland bird hunting. We take no responsibility for ammo confiscations or, if you do not heed the advice and end up being detained for questioning by the authorities.

Do you offer any type of Trip Protection?

Yes. Los Gauchos is licensed to sell Trip Protection designed specifically for international traveling sportsmen and women. Your hunting deposit is non-refundable and if you decide to bring your shotgun, please purchase the Trip Protection. It is offered by Travel Guard and they have 24-7 customer support while you are traveling.

Los Gauchos recommends that all clients protect their investments by purchasing trip cancellation insurance in the event that they become unable to travel for any reason. Please contact our office for more information about the Sportsman Trip Protection offered by TravelGuard, an insurance affiliate dedicated to hunters and anglers who travel internationally with equipment.

The Sportsman Trip Protection was designed for the international hunting trips. If a flight is delayed, luggage gets lost, your shotgun does not arrive. These are just some risks everyone takes when traveling. However, when you travel to South America and have a hunting schedule set, you want to be in the field with your hunting clothes and shotgun, not wondering where it is or how you are going to get to it. The TravelGuard company has a service center that is on call 24 hours, 7 days a week to answer your questions if you do miss a flight or you do not receive your luggage when you land in Argentina, Uruguay or Peru.

Rates are based on your age, the total trip cost, and the country you will be hunting or fishing.
Please read and learn more about the Sportsman Trip Protection by going to the insurance link below:

For more questions or to get a quote - contact Los Gauchos or review their website that explains the Sportsman Trip Protection.

Can I Bring Cigars with me to Uruguay?

Yes, you can bring up to 50 cigars into Argentina without paying a tax.

Los Gauchos suggests buying some in the duty free shops when you arrive at the Montevideo international airport (MVD).

You will find various brands and the rates are good.

Why is the Hunting so Good in Uruguay?

Both Uruguay and Argentina feature an A+ habitat for reproduction, with far fewer predators to bird ratio than in North America. Combine that with a limited hunting season, and very few hunters per capita, and the result is a bonanza of wildfowl.

Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions about the Accommodations and Lodges in Uruguay

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Uruguay Duck Hunting Lodge - Fortin Lodge
Chuy, Uruguay

How many hunters can you accommodate, and how far is the drive from the estancia (lodge) to the hunting fields in Argentina and Uruguay?

Uruguay duck hunting lodge or Rio Branco Lodge in Uruguay can host up to 8 duck hunters per week.

In Uruguay, our furthest blind is only 25 minutes from the house!

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The Uruguay Duck Hunting Club - Rio Branco Uruguay Duck Lodge
Rio Branco, Uruguay

Uruguay wingshooting estancias can host up to 12 dove hunters per week and the time to the fields is about 20-30 minutes.

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Uruguay Dove Hunting - Estancia Elena

Estancia Mercedes (Mercedes, Uruguay) - hosts dove hunters year round - Perdiz hunting available May 1st to July 31st. This lodge can hold up to 10 shooters - we require a 4 shooter minimum for this lodge.

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Uruguay Dove Hunting - Upland Hunting - Estancia Mercedes

How do you conduct your duck hunts in Uruguay?

We use man-made cover as a blind when possible. They are the most comfortable, and with the use of a seat, provide the hunter with maximum swing. When natural cover is not available, we construct dry blinds made for two shooters—please see photo below.

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All of our duck hunts in Uruguay take place over decoys, and with the assistance of professional guides, bird-boys and callers.

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The Los Gauchos Uruguay Perdiz Hunting Video can be found here. Los Gauchos Outfitters now has our own You Tube channel with many good Perdiz hunting videos. Check them out on youtube.com/losgauchosoutfitters.

Some Final Thoughts about Hunting in Uruguay

The fact is, all Los Gauchos Uruguay destinations offer HIGH VOLUME shooting for doves, ducks, and/or pigeons. Our clients tell us that their expectations were met in over 90% of all cases for waterfowl and upland hunting, and 99% of the time for dove hunting.

How do things go wrong on these types of trips? What can I do to ensure my trip will be a positive and successful experience?

There is nothing worse for sportsmen, or later, for outfitters alike, not to have 100% of their questions answered satisfactorily before a single penny is invested.

Far and away, the Number One disaster that befalls traveling sportsmen every year is the inability to travel unexpectedly—for whatever reason. Those who fail to protect themselves by purchasing trip cancellation insurance often find it painful to learn that their outfitter cannot just stick them in his schedule next season.

For example, waterfowl hunting outfitters in South America that are worth their salt all operate at or near 100% occupancy due to the short seasons and the infeasibility of being able to provide a quality hunting experience to more than 6-8 guests per week. Therefore, any cancellation by a client and subsequent refund by the outfitter results in permanent lost revenue for the outfitter—especially when it occurs on short notice. When a client purchases trip cancellation insurance, he protects his investment.

It is not expensive, but well worth it when needed. Get more information about the Trip Protection designed for the Sportsman/woman.

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If I am thinking about organizing a group for a Uruguay hunting trips, what is the most important thing to do to ensure a successful trip for myself and my friends and/or family?

As a group leader we ask that you be sure to share as much information about this trip as possible to the others in the party. Make sure that they understand the cancellation / refund policy, and are aware that they should purchase trip cancellation insurance in order to protect themselves from financial loss in the event that something unexpected comes along and interrupts their plans.

We insist on speaking to every member of every one of our groups to ensure that their questions are answered to their satisfaction. What do I need to bring? What do I need to know about hunting in Argentina, or hunting in Uruguay?

In addition, the following questions are nice to have answered by your outfitter, no matter whom you choose to book with: "My expectations of this trip are_________, what kind of feedback can you give me with regards to these expectations?"

Are these realistic expectations? Do you as an agent or outfitter guarantee any set number of birds, or shot opportunities?

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