Four hunting days
Trek Safaris and longtime outfitter Erik Von Sneidern have teamed up again in Paraguay to offer one the best high volume pigeons shoots in the world. The Grand Chaco areas of Northwestern Paraguay are well known for their large peanut harvests produced by the Mennonite community. It is these peanut fields that attract both the Picazuro and Blue/Gray-spotted pigeons by the many thousands. Truly a wing shooting event like no other.
Combining our comfortable setting at the Boqueron Hotel in Neuland with a sky full of decoying pigeons is not to be missed.
The best way to reach Asuncion is United/Copa Airlines connecting in Panama City Panama either from MIA our IAH. Trek will be happy to assist with all flights associated with this program. We encourage you to check with your ticketing agency or Trek’s travel department to find out which works best for you and your group. Once you arrive in Asuncion, you will be met by our local agents and transferred to a waiting 10:00 AM charter flight to the Neualand hunt area (see below). After settling into your hotel room, you will have lunch and hunt pigeons this afternoon.
It is important to note that the charter flight is based on everyone arriving by 8:00AM and you should not book your departure flight from Asuncion before 5:00PM. You will need to pay special attention when booking your international flights and urge you to call us regarding your flight times and schedule. Trek will not be responsible for those who arrive too late or schedule themselves too early and miss the charter flight in Asuncion. Should anyone need to overnight in Asuncion on arrival or departure days we will assist in arranging rooms and transfers.
Throughout this adventure, you’ll hunt both the Columbus Picazuros and the smaller blue-gray spotted pigeons. The pigeons in the region are considered a pest and the locals welcome our hunters. The pigeons have been known to destroy an entire 70-100 acre field in one day. The countryside is very flat with normally small to medium sized-cultivated fields. Depending on the group and field sizes, we could as well spread the group into several fields so we can give hunters plenty of room to spread out. Generally we will shoot over mostly peanut fields that have recently been harvested. The pigeons normally come in groups of 5-30, making this area heaven for anyone who wants to shoot doubles. Typically, flock after flock of pigeons pour in all morning long and some days the pigeons will fly heavily for two or three hours in the morning, slack off in the middle of the day, and resume flying two or three hours in the afternoon.
A typical day begins with a wake-up call between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. A full breakfast is taken at the hotel before we depart for the shoot between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. The wake-up call and departure time may vary a little depending on the time of year and where we will be hunting pigeons. Most drives to the pigeon areas are within 45 minutes to 1 hour from the hotel. Please understand that we are shooting pigeons and these birds can travel vast distances to feed, so some drives may be 1:30 – 2 hours should you choose to hunt these fields. Once we arrive at the selected field, each hunter will be issued two pick-up boys. Your bird boys will build you a blind and spread out decoys including electronic “pigeon magnets” that work wonderfully, before hiding and retrieving birds that fall outside of your spread. As the shoot goes on, Erik will be constantly checking on the group and checking other fields in the case he needs to changes fields.
Depending on the field we are shooting, we might return to the hotel for lunch but mostly we have lunch in the field at a nearby shady area. Erik is well known for his field lunches, and many of our clients who have hunted with Erik in Colombia or Bolivia know what we are talking about. Usually they’ll grill steaks, chicken or pork. Fresh salads, bread and desserts will round out the meal. Local wines, soft drinks, water and beer are also provided.
Typically, we shoot the same field in the afternoon. If the birds are not coming in to feed in the afternoon, however, we may change locations for the afternoon shoot. Scouting is being done constantly during the day and Erik will put forth the effort to provide good hunting. When the afternoon shoot is over, typically around dusk, we will head back to the hotel where you’ll have time for a drink and a hot shower before dinner. The food, while not gourmet, is hearty and good for this program. Meals are served family-style, with beef, pork, chicken and plenty of vegetables. Salads are also fresh and very good. You will not be hungry.
Boqueron Hotel offers comfortable accommodation in Neu-Halbstadt, Paraguay. The property boasts 22 guest rooms, all elegantly decorated and equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, cable TV, minibars and more. Facilities and services available to guests staying at the hotel include inclusive breakfasts, Saturday barbeques, and an on-site restaurant serving German and Paraguayan cuisine.
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