Photgraphs of Pica Zuro have never done it justice. Some great old buildings are like that. This one is. The rooms are bigger, the ceilings higher, and the chairs are softer than they seem in photos. It is peaceful and tidy in the rooms, quiet on the outside verandas. After a shooting day you may want some quiet, or a place to laugh with friends while white-jacketed waiters bring drinks and snacks. A photo doesn’t capture the wisper of the fan blades overhead, or the tinkling of ice in glasses. You have to visit to enjoy it. The photos don’t come close to explaining the dove shooting eiter. Even video doesn’t do that. Since 1983, you still have to see it to believe it…
When you arrive at the swinging gate outside Pica Zuro, then proceed up the winding drive you’ll sense at once that the lodge has had time to age and settle. Things look comfortable here, geese swim in the pond, and fan blinds swirl on the porches. There’s a feeling of old world elegance that starts outdoors and extends throughout each room of the property It’s a perfect background for dove shooters and their guests to enjoy, unwind, and revel in a perfect shooting holiday.
Our guests say that it is difficult for them to describe our shooting to others–because you can’t put the shooting into words, and a still photo doesn’t do it justice. The quality of the shooting and of the decoyed pigeon is of such a high level. We feel the same way about the dining we provide for our shooting clients–just telling you about it doesn’t scratch the surface. You have to come and shoot with us, and smell the fresh, hot, empanadas steaming in a wicker basket, smell the baby goat or lamb grilling over orange coals, taste the earth in carrots grown in the lodge garden, or the flavour of plums and cinnamon in one of our fine Malbec wines. At Montaraz, we take your dining experience seriously, and we strive to make every meal as wonderful as every trip to the field.
The big difference at Montaraz is that you have choices, and it is both a privilege and an innovation to offer ala carte dining to our shooting guests. No other lodge in the shooting world offers such choices. For breakfast choose eggs prepared any one of six ways. Or perhaps you’d like waffles, porridge, or French toast? Coming right up!
Our field lunches are legendary, and are served al’ fresco in the shooting area each day. Lunch will feature a variety of meats and salads, grilled pigeon breasts, a fillet of our tender beef, several varieties of our famous sausages, short ribs, plus lamb, grilled chicken or other meats. To the meats we add several salads, bread we make in our own kitchen, plus beverages and a nice desert. Not surprisingly we also bring hammocks to lunch in case you need a little siesta.
The evening meal is a celebration of fine dining, yet in a casual setting, and it is a chance for our in house chefs to really shine. Again, options are ala carte, so if you are enjoying our famous beef and wish to enjoy a steak each evening, we’ll happily grill one to order, but if you’d dare be a bit more adventurous and would wish to try Risotto with calamari ink, or grilled trout with tomato puree, then we’d encourage you to join us with our special daily dishes. Finally, there are the deserts. Each day brings new a creation, from flan to our local delight, dulce de leche, plus fruits, homemade ice creams and pies.
A special note about our wines. Great wines are part of the Argentine culture, and part of our daily lives. Here in Cordoba, you can buy wines in a convenience store or a gas station. The problem is, many outfitters buy them there, on a shelf next to the wiper blades. That just doesn’t fit. We have partnered with several unique and very special vineyards, and they provide use with wines that join the foods we serve, in harmony. Our cellars are extensive, and we are happy to introduce you to our Malbec wines, which are known throughout the world as an Argentine treasure. Other spirits are also available, but of course we ask you to enjoy in moderation.
Pica Zuro Lodge is located in the province of Cordoba, in Central Argentina, 60 miles (100 km) North of the Cordoba City International Airport. The driving time from the airport to the lodge is 1:15 hr.
To get to Pica Zuro Lodge there are daily direct flights from many U.S. cities to Santiago, Chile with connecting flights to Cordoba city. That will allow you to make the most of your trip as using most flight schedules, you will be dove shooting at midday on the day of your arrival.
Hunters may also fly into Buenos Aires (Ezeiza International Airport), transfer to the domestic airport and take a 1 hr flight to Cordoba.
Cordoba is considered the dove shooting capital of the world. The 100 square mile radius (160 km) around the lodge is annually inhabited by over 50.000.000 million doves, and the birds reproduce over five times per year. The lodge maintains 55 shooting fields all within a short drive through the region’s rolling farmland.
Each day the lodge donates hundreds of doves to a local food kitchen that serves the area’s needy children.
The program generally starts at 8:00 AM with a hearty breakfast and short drive to the shoot.
In the field you will be assigned a pick up boy, who will provide you with shells and refreshments and direct you to your shooting stand.
You will be visited frequently by our head guide who will be available to assist you with any need, even giving you some tips on your shooting if required.
Depending on the time of the year you will shoot till noon when you will be treated to an incredible barbeque lunch, shaded by a comfortable safari tent, tasting some of Argentina’s wonderful beef and superb wines.
Afternoon begins at around 2 or 2:30 hr., and continues until almost dark. There is no quitting time, good sense and tired shooters dictate when the day is through.
Return to the lodge for cocktails and early dinner.
Beretta over and unders. Models: Silver Pigeons with 28 inch barrel and Onyx with 26 inch barrel.
Browning over and unders. Models: Classic 525.
Benelli semi automatics. Models: Inertia Driven models Montefeltro and M1, unplugged.
Beretta over & unders. Models: Silver pigeon 28 inch barrel; single trigger and non automatic safety; 686 and 687 26 inch barrel.
Browning over and unders. Models: Classic 525.
Benelli Vinci semi automatics Models: Montefeltro, M2 and Supersport (30 inch barrels).
Beretta over and unders. Model: silver pigeon 28 inch barrel, single trigger.
This bird was named Eared Dove for a dark patch of feather on the side of the bird’s upper cheek that looks like an ear. These doves are the size of the popular Mourning Dove in North America, and in the hand, it is difficult to tell the two species apart. In the Cordoba region, farming practices and vast roost areas allow these birds to thrive at epic population levels. Various recent estimates put the Eared dove populations in excess of fifty million birds.