The operation is relatively small, about 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) behind a fence and another 400 hectares (988 acres) free-range. It's not every hunter's cup of tea, but some would be happy with this kind of experience, and it's a destination most big game hunters have not visited.
Trophy wild boar is the biggest draw here, but the property also has red deer, axis deer, fallow deer, angora goats and mouflon. The animals were introduced on the property in the early 1900s, including stags from New Zealand, which were interbred with Argentine red deer.
Manager Mathieu Jetten says Uruguay Natural Hunting (UNH) has been in operation since 2004 but has only marketed to Brazilians. He was at the Dallas Safari Club introducing the luxury ranch and its hunting to the US market. Jetten says the hunting is conducted from 12 ground blinds set up with feeders. Hunting can also be done from 4wd vehicle, by horseback or on foot. All guiding is 1x1 with guides staying in the blind with clients to identify shooting-quality stags. Breeder bulls are not huntable.
They also work with other operators to offer wingshooting for perdiz, doves and ducks, plus wild hare, and fishing in the Uruguay River for freshwater dorado.
Accommodations are in a gorgeous ranch house featuring a pool, private baths and six double bedrooms. Jetten says he does not allow more than four hunters at time on the property. Pick up is at the Montevideo airport. Interested hunters will find it easier to borrow firearms from the operation than to get import permits for their own. Jetten says they have very serviceable Ruger, Weatherby and Remmington........(continued)