Quail Hunting

PRG offers some of the finest wild quail hunting in South America, providing guests the unique opportunity to combine fly fishing and wing shooting (cast and blast) in the same trip from March 15th to May 1st. There are few places in the world where one can hunt quail offering numbers of wild birds in such a remarkable setting; and no place on earth that one can enjoy flyfishing and quail hunting of this caliber from the same lodge.

Six breeding pairs of California quail were released in Valle Traful just over fifty years ago. Temperate weather and few predators have let to an explosion in the population and wild birds can now be found throughout Central Patagonia. Although birds are abundant, California quail thrive in specific habitat and have a tendency to run, so expert guide knowledge and dog work are critical to find them and pin them down in just the right cover. Wild Patagonia quail are as tough, hearty, quick to fly and very challenging for the average hunter due to their speed and random flushing nature. For those who enjoy challenging wild bird hunting, our quail program offers a spectacular venue.

We take our quail hunting just as serious as our flyfishing and have developed an extensive kennel of well-trained pointers and a professional guide staff, who scout extensively, rotate hunting circuits and work tirelessly to ensure quality hunting for each guest. During a typical day, guests will encounter between four and ten coveys containing between twenty and one hundred quail each. A good shot should expect between ten and fifteen quail per day and shoot an average of fifty shells to bag a full limit of fifteen bids. Guests should be physically fit and enjoy easy to moderate walking for two to five miles per day. There is a direct correlation between those who walk well and the number of birds they see as well as between how well they shoot and how many birds are bagged. Our hunting should not be compared to plantation, shooting preserve or vehicle hunting and we have a style and program adapted specifically to raise the maximum number of quail for our guests.

PRG offers Beretta Silver Pigeon 20 & 28-gauge over and under shotguns as well as Urika 391 Automatic 20-gauge shotguns for rent along with shells for purchase. Hunters are welcome to travel with their own guns but should check in advance for government requirements. The process is straight forward but requires more time at the airport. Guests should pack field pants or chaps and high quality field boots with some waterproofness. Optionally, guests may choose to pack a game bag or vest, shooting glasses, and gloves. PRG will provide orange hats and vests to each hunter as well as a comprehensive safety lesson prior to shooting.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAST & BLAST PROGRAM

  • HUNT QUAIL AND FISH IN THE SAME TRIP

  • ENJOY SINGLE ROOMS AND EXCEPTIONAL LODGING AT PRG’S LODGE AT TREVELIN

  • ENJOY BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS AND INSPIRING ANDES MOUNTAIN SCENERY

  • PICK AND CHOOSE YOUR HUNTING AND FISHING DAYS

  • 100,000+ ACRES LEASED JUST FOR QUAIL

  • PROFESSIONAL QUAIL GUIDES AND ASSISTANTS

  • FULL KENNEL OF WELL TRAINED ELHEW AND ENGLISH POINTERS

  • LARGE NUMBERS OF WILD BIRDS

  • LARGE COVEYS WITH 20-100+ BIRDS

  • CHALLENGING SHOOTING AND HARD FLYING BIRDS

  • BERETTA SILVER PIGEON SHOTGUNS IN 20 & 28 PROVIDED FOR GUESTS

PRG Cast & Blast FAQ’s

Guests will normally see an average of six coveys of quail per day with twenty to sixty birds per covey.
Our area of Patagonia has valley or California quail, and although there are no provincial limits, PRG wants to ensure a sustainable population of quail and allows fifteen birds per gun.
We offer fine wild quail hunting behind trained pointers.  Numbers of birds depend on guests ability to walk, hunters shooting skills, weather, and availability of birds.  Most shoot between six and twelve quail per day while shooting a box of shells.
Guests should pack comfortable and waterproof upland hunting boots, brush or field pants, and optional hunting vest.   We have twenty gauge Beretta shotguns, shells, hunters orange, ear protection for guests to use.  If you want to bring your own gun, that is easy and you only have to request the information.
Guests can hunt a red stag in one day if they like but those wanting a bigger trophy should dedicate at least three days to scout and hunt their trophy.
We have areas that you can shoot in the morning and fish in the afternoon if you like, though most choose to dedicate the hunting days to hunting and the fishing days to fishing.

Sample Itineraries

Day 1: Arrive transfer to lodge
Day 2: Hunt quail or stag
Day 3: Hunt quail or stag
Day 4: Hunt quail or stag
Day 5: Depart
Day 1: Arrive transfer to lodge
Day 2: Hunt quail
Day 3: Fish
Day 4: Hunt quail
Day 5: Fish
Day 1: Arrive transfer to lodge
Day 2: Hunt quail
Day 3: Fish
Day 4: Hunt quail
Day 5: Fish
Day 6: Fish
Day 7: Choose to hunt or fish
Day 8: Depart Lodge
Day 1: Arrive transfer to lodge
Day 2: Hunt red stag
Day 3: Hunt red stag
Day 4: Fish or stag
Day 5: Hunt quail
Day 6: Hunt quail or Fish
Day 7: Fish or hunt quail
Day 8: Depart Lodge
Day 1: Arrive transfer to lodge
Day 2: Hunt red stag
Day 3: Hunt red stag
Day 4: Fish or stag
Day 5: Hunt quail
Day 6: Hunt quail or Fish
Day 7: Fish or hunt quail
Day 8: Fish
Day 9:  Depart Lodge
Day 1: Arrive transfer to lodge
Day 2: Hunt red stag
Day 3: Hunt red stag
Day 4: Hunt red stag
Day 5: Hunt quail
Day 6: Hunt quail or Fish
Day 7: Fish or hunt quail
Day 8:  Fish or hunt quail
Day 9: Fish or hunt quail
Day 10: Depart Lodge