WHY CHOOSE NICARAGUA FOR DUCK AND DOVE HUNTING?
Let’s get down to business, boys. Forget Mexico and save Argentina for next time, these countries are overpopulated with hunters from all over the world. Nicaragua, located just 3.5 hours flight from both Miami, Florida, and Houston, Texas, is a gold mine and the world’s best kept secret when it comes to untapped supplies of fish, fowl and feathers.
Nicaragua is situated in Central America between Honduras and Costa Rica, and is known for its cascading waterfalls, lush jungles, deep blue seas and refreshing fresh water lagoons. These are the perfect environments for the land’s native species of black bellied whistlers, pintails, blue-winged teal, white-winged doves and Giant Tarpon.
Did you know that Nicaragua is one of the Best Places to Travel in 2014 according to Travel + Leisure and Huffington Post.
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In the past years; Mexico has become a danger in terms of crime and outdated as country for hunting. Nobody wants to fly into Mexico, and then drive another four to five hours to hunt. Argentina, while still a great spot for Wingshooting, but has become so overpopulated with hunters, and the 12 hour flight, and the notorious delays, flight cancellations, long transports, make’s it a challenge just to get to the hunting grounds.
When taking your hunting expedition to Nicaragua, you and your buddies have a unique opportunity to hunt in lush rice, sorghum, and peanut fields forty minutes outside of central Managua! No need to dread the car ride to your early morning hunting sessions, because our cars are comfortable, air-conditioned vans and eighty-percent of the drive time is on smooth, paved roads.
Managua is a well established city, with most all modern conveniences and infrastructure that offers the hunters a much wider variety of things to do, outside the hunting fields. You are not trapped in a hunting lodge with no options of anything much to do. Managua is a thriving metropolis with large malls, gourmet restaurants, nightlife, historical sites, spas, 5 star accommodations, pools, sauna, whirlpools, and business centers, and meeting halls.
Nicaragua has been announced as one of the safest countries in Central America, and when booking your hunting excursion with us, safety is one of our utmost priorities.
Nicaragua was in the world headlines in the 1980’s when the Sandinistas were in power. The country, bordered by Honduras and Costa Rica with coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, converted to a democracy in 1990 with a conservative President who is tough on crime and committed to creating an inviting environment for tourism, business and investment. Nicaragua today is a peaceful, stable country that welcomes tourists and hunters. It is also a country of rich ecological diversity with large areas of rain forest, rugged mountains, volcanoes and verdant agricultural valleys. The cities of Managua and Chinandega are attractive and steeped in history and colonial architecture.
To know more about Nicaragua, go to visitnicaragua.us.
Duck shooting is in picturesque lagoons against the backdrop of mountains and an active volcano. Ducks are mostly blue winged teal and fulvous tree ducks, though you can take a few green winged teal, wigeons and a couple of pintails. Shooting is done from dry blinds, while sometimes we need to get wet, according to the amount of rainfall. Shooting is done over decoys, well placed among the reeds and mangroves, usually one person, but no more than two to a blind.
The ducks are there in incredible numbers, rising like waves in the early morning as the boat pushes through the reeds and lagoon channels. It’s a spectacular sight to see ducks, cranes, egrets, herons, gallinules, oyster catchers and colorful small birds thrashing through the water to get airborne as the boat moves toward them. Hunters are limited to 25 ducks per shoot; 50 per full day’s shooting and those numbers are often attained. With most of our groups, we had lows on a half day shoot from 11 downed, 8 recovered to a high of 33 recovered depending on the shooter and the circumstances. Most hunters averaged from 12 to 25 ducks for a half day. Keeping in mind that the ducks are mostly teal, moving like miniature F86s, the numbers were very satisfactory to everyone.
The Dove Shooting doesn’t compare to Cordoba but is very comparable to Mexico with good numbers of white wings over sorghum or coming to roost. Our hunters averaged from 4 to 10 boxes per shoot. Most every shoot is great, however, they are times, we just couldn’t get positioned for the main flights. While other times were outstanding and would have been even better if could have kept the guns loaded faster. Downing 90 to 100 doves for an average shot is fair to say.
It’s a heartening sight, by the way, to see families lined up at the boat launch point and in the fields to receive ducks and doves that were brought in. The bird boys are attentive and bring in most of the downed birds and it’s good to know they are going to be some family’s evening meal.
The Best Features
First, if you have any adventure in your soul, it is interesting to venture into primitive areas that no one else is hunting and that you will see very few hunters in an entire season. There are currently only a few outfitters offering Hunting Trips in Nicaragua. We estimate that no more than 500 – 700 hunters will shoot the thousands of acres of lagoons available in an entire season- miniscule compared to Mexico and Argentina where the number of hunters is in the thousands.
In distance traveled and cost, however, Nicaragua beats Mexico and Argentina hands down. In Argentina, an average duck stay costs about $3,500 plus about $ 1,500 airfare and a 10 hour flight, and not near the inclusions you get with us. It’s about the same in Mexico, not to mention the gun fees, and the safety issues.
The cost for a similar program in Nicaragua is around the same for a hunt, but airfares from $ 600 to 800 and that being business class, and only a 3 hour flight direct non stop. Plus not all the red tape, and expensive gun fees. Nicaragua is a real value.
Finally, it’s an interesting cultural experience to see the changes being made in a country that was once dominated by the Sandinistas and Cubans and is now in the hands of a very conservative, democratic government committed to the economic rebuilding of the country, encouraging tourism, and crime control. You will not spend much time worrying whether Daniel Ortega might jump out from behind a bush and grab them.
The atmosphere was very American friendly and hospitable.
The only real negatives you should encounter are the long security lines at the airport and the typical Central American washboard roads. We recommend a connection time in Houston or Miami of at least 3 hours since flights could be closed early due to the long lines going through the tightened security procedures.
The roads in Nicaragua are generally very rough and laced with pot holes. But, with daily improvements in infrastructure, this is not a big problem now. As mentioned before, 80 to 90% of the roads we travel will be smooth paved roads. Our equipment is near new and comfortable which takes much of the sting out of the few miles of rough roads you might have to encounter. As a side comment, I’ve found that rough roads is the usual price for being able to access virgin areas that have little hunting pressure no matter where you go.
Nicaragua is fast becoming on a short list of great duck and dove hunting locations you can experience. We find that most clients are planning frequent trips to come back in the future, and inquiring for prime dates and reservations.
Why Choose Nicaragua Bird Hunting as your Outfitter?
We want to share our ability with all hunters and sportsman. But, make no mistake, if you are looking for a low dollar, cheap, bare bone hunt. We are not the company for you. If you are looking for an affordable, exclusive, luxury package, that no other company can match. Then we are your Only choice. While we will offer affordable packages, we will not, at any time, sacrifice our dedication to quality and detail.
We will not sacrifice our reputation of excellence. We are here to work with each individual, group, company to make the hunt that will fit into your budget and time frame. Please don’t hesitate to ask me for a personalized package. I would be happy to work it out to fit your needs.
We have our own office in Nicaragua, with a talented and experienced staff of Americans, who have lived in Nicaragua for many years. With a love of the country, and feel for quality hunting, along with the desire to get results for our clients. WE ARE NOT BOOKING AGENTS. We personalize your trip from beginning to end.
We only use private transportation, with chauffeured drivers. No airport taxi, or hotel taxi. You will receive your own personal driver, in a newer model SUV or Van. They are at your beckon call for any transportation needs you have while you are with us. 80% of the roads we will travel are paved, with smooth and peaceful trips.
Another thing that sets us apart from others, all of our transports come with DreamMaker Mini Bar on-board. For smaller groups it will be a cooler full of ice down drinks, available to you at all times during your transport. For our larger groups, you will have a complete mini bar on-board, your van or bus, with a waitress there to serve your favorite mixed drinks or cocktails.
We only use the nicest 5 star hotels in Managua. Our main hotel is the Intercontinental, it is modern and very nice with air-conditioned rooms, a well stocked bar and lounge, large and well furnished dining room. Amazing pool, business center, and all rooms are superior or better. Breakfast is buffet style continental breakfast. The hotel is no more than 30 to 40 minutes from the hunting fields, so you do not have a long journey getting to your hunt. Rest assured, your lodging is exquisite, and you will be living in luxury.
“Best Hotel In Managua! Beautiful hotel and great service! Stayed two nights and will be back! Stayed on the club level and the breakfast was excellent. I highly recommend this hotel. The pool area is beautiful! We ordered room service and it was excellent.” — Trip Advisor
NBH provides all your meals. Not just any meals, but only at the finest restaurants in Managua. Seafood and Steaks, or whatever you are in the liking of. We have a wide range of suppliers, that we have screened and can offer you whatever type of dishes you are wanting.
The Nicaraguan culinary art dates back to the pre-Colombian times. During the colonial era, the unique, innovative, and varied Creole menu was the result of the union of these two races. Nicaraguan cuisine is a mixture of savoury soups, spiced meats and a plethora of diverse sweets with exotic ingredients.
What makes us different!
The one thing that makes us different from all the other companies, is our inclusions. We take all the headaches and work out of the trip for you. All you need to do is show up and shoot. We do the rest. You do not have to worry about anything, we already thought of it for you. Take a look at things we provide, and then look in our inclusions packages, for details to each one.
Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime. My contact details are at the top of each page. Also please do not forget to see our package and inclusion details. If you do not have them, please request them from me.
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