probably old news too most but just incase
Goose Hunting in Argentina is now Illegal !
Argentina had arguably the best goose hunting in the world. Nowhere in the world do the geese decoy closer, and in such great numbers. Combine that with no limits, no plugs, no steel shot, and you had a goose hunting bonanza beyond compare.
These geese are crop destroying pests and the Argentine government places no limit on how many one can shoot. And they still don’t…they just ban the shooting of these birds in all of the productive counties in the country in order to protect a sub-species of the Magellan goose called the Cauquén Colorado (Chloephaga rubidiceps) that has made the endangered species list.
Yes, it is an all or nothing, throw the baby out with the bathwater approach. But it is the law, and the Argentine government is deadly serious about enforcing it. Several Argentina hunting outfitters (and their clients) were jailed for hunting in illegal areas this year. There are now signs warning you not to hunt geese in the airports where visiting wingshooters clear their firearms.
Local farmers still welcome American hunters to hunt on their land in an attempt to ease the destruction of their profits, since it is no longer legal for them to poison the birds. But now it is against the law for anyone to shoot Ashyhead and Magellan geese now in any county that they frequent because the protected goose is said to flock with them, and could accidentally be shot.
Because of the fact that this ban was instituted a week before the season started this year, it naturally caused us problems. We were forced to hunt only in legal areas, and the goose shooting was predictably fair—and fair is way below our standards.
As you can imagine, no intelligent businessman is going to book an entire season full of hunters, only to have this happen again. One time, shame on the Argentines, two times, shame on us. So we are done for now. We are monitoring the situation closely, and if things change, we will be back in the market to serve our customers—but a lot of time will have to pas with out a ban for us to re-enter the market for this particular type of wingshooting.
Until then, you can count on Los Gauchos to keep you updated on the goose shooting situation. Our advice to all hunters is this: DO NOT BOOK A GOOSE HUNT TO ARGENTINA until at least two or three seasons pass without a ban (their was a partial ban in 2005 as well).
Additionally, we suggest that you contact us before leaving on any goose hunting trip that you have booked with another outfitter, and we will provide you with a copy of the most current laws (including the one below) on the ban in order to make sure you are not being deceived. If your outfitter does put you in a situation that is illegal, and you are jailed, or your property is confiscated, we will be happy to assist your attorney with any information he or she might need for a lawsuit against the agent or agency that booked your hunt…and should have known not to.
If you have a goose hunt to Argentina booked for 2008, we suggest that you get it in writing from your booking agent that you will receive a full refund in the event that the ban is not reversed, or have him or her book you into another hunt in place of the geese. It’s your money, and your livelihood—don’t take chances, and don’t assume anything.
For your reading pleasure, Resolution 83, which extended the ban to every productive goose hunting county in Argentina is provided below (in Spanish). The ones not mentioned, are not worth hunting…but sources in the department of fauna say that a complete nationwide ban will be declared in 2008.
Savvy hunters would ask their agent to sign off that your hunt is going to be conducted in a completely legal area (good luck) and not subject to the restrictions set forth in the Articles below:
From the office of the:
Gobierno de la Provincia de Buenos Aires
Minesterio de Asuntos Agrarios