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Posted 03 November 2010 - 12:48 PM

Gentlyundulating peneplains, pampas, plains, forests, mountain areas, deserts, SouthAmerica has it all for the small game hunter.




Whatyou should know

Localauthorities do not allow hunters to enter ammunition to the countries of theregion; you will have to purchase cartridges and bullets in major cities.

Ifyou are planning to go hunting there, request a permit to hunt with no lessthan a month and a half in advance. Be ready to provide your passport number,country of origin, trademark and serial number of the gun.

Toavoid complications, we suggest contacting a travel agency; most operatorsoffer for rent typical hunting weapons:

• 12 gauge shotguns with brenneke

• .308 Winchester

• .44 Magnum

Seasons

Seasonsand required permits vary from one province to another and from year to year.

Argentina

ducks:May 1st to Jul 31

geese:May 1st to Aug 15

doves:Jan 1st to Aug 31

hares:Apr 15 to Jun 30

foxes:May 1st to Jul 31

viscachas:May 1st to Aug 31

Uruguay

ducks:May 1st to Sep 15

quails:May 1st to Jun 31

doves:Jan 1st to Aug 31

hares:all year long, less than 10 per day

Chile

ducks:Apr 1st to Jul 31

yeco:Apr 1st to Aug 31

doves:Apr 1st to Aug 15

tinamou:Jun 1st to Jul 31



Someinteresting species

Youwill not need a hunting permit for some species, like hare and parakeet.

Monkparakeets, locally known as “cotorras” (Myiopsitta monachus), are considered tobe damaging or harmful wild birds.

Withthe exception of those species that are reported as detrimental, local lawsprohibit at all times the destruction of nests, or the collection of eggs andhatchlings.

Tinamouor Spotted Nothura (Nothura maculosa), “Perdiz, in Spanish.

Thisbird, prized for its taste, lives across the region. Its eggs have acharacteristic chocolate color with a glossy shell. It can fly, but not verywell.

Spanishsettlers found this bird similar to Europe’s gray partridge (Perdix perdix) andnamed it Perdiz.

Spottednothuras breed in spring and summer; which is why it can be hunted duringwinter.

Neotropiccormorant (Phalacrocorax)

Knownas Yeco in Chile and as Biguá in Uruguay, this bird likes to fish in both freshand saltwater.

Witha 1-meter wingspan (40 inches), it is one of the largest birds in theregion.

Itlives along coastlines from California in the USA to southern South America. InChile, government allows hunting up to 15 specimens per day.

Tortolaor Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)

Similarto the Mourning dove found in North America, it has two black lines behind theeyes. Easily identifiable by theirdistinctive oo ah ooooo hoot.

Itis so common in some areas that a hunter may shoot hundreds of these doves in asingle day. However, they are fast-flying birds with great maneuverability andvery suspicious, so you will discover how difficult it is to approach them.

Shinycowbird (Molotrhus bonariensis) or Blackbird; Mirlo, in Spanish

Thisparasitic bird does not build nests, but takes control of the nests of otherbirds to lay eggs and uses the owners as incubators. Only males are completelyblack or iridescent blue-violet. Females have a brownish hue. It is aninhabitant of the open areas, cultivated fields, slopes of hills or beds of riversand increasingly common in cities.



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