In the last several years, more and more hunters have discovered that Nicaragua offers some of the best Wingshooting in Central America and flights to get there are short! Since the 1990s, Nicaragua hunting has gone from being “virtually unknown” to becoming “legendary.” Nicaragua serves as the wintering grounds for millions of ducks and offers expansive habitat that’s perfect for dove hunting. Unspoiled lagoons and far-reaching farmlands make for robust bird populations. Dove hunting in Nicaragua means white-winged dove hunting – as a matter of fact, hunters can expect 90-95% White-winged Dove, and 5-10% Mourning Dove. Duck hunting in Nicaragua means plenty of Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teal, with occasional pintails and widgeon. DCA’s exclusive Nicaragua hunting program is complemented by beautiful accommodations, fantastic regional foods, and a friendly staff of professionals to take care of all your needs, in and out of the field.
The season for duck and dove hunting in Nicaragua is November – March, for white-winged dove only, it goes through to April. There is also a short white-winged dove season that runs mid-July to mid-August (a break during the rainy season).
Trips are typically arranged: Thursday morning to Sunday afternoon; or, Sunday afternoon to Thursday morning.
You will be met at the airport in Managua, Nicaragua, and driven to the lodge where the friendly staff will cater to your every need. Duck hunting will be conducted in the mornings, with a 6 box (150 shells) limit per hunt. Wake up call will be at 3:00 a.m., for daily duck hunts; the sun is up at 5:15 a.m. Airboats and mud boats comfortably transport hunters to the blinds located in a beautiful volcanic area, which is home to Nicaragua’s best duck hunting. Hip waders are all you will need. After returning to the lodge for lunch and a much needed “siesta,” hot barreled dove action begins – 8 to 12 boxes per shoot is to be expected. All dove fields are 15-20 minutes away; duck hunting is 45 minutes from the lodge. Additional days of hunting consist of a morning shoot and an afternoon shoot. You will never shoot the same location twice. Typical programs include 6 hunts – 3 duck hunts and 3 dove hunts, making this a great mixed-bag destination.
The new lodge is located in the beautiful colonial town of Granada (oldest city in the Americas), and is conveniently close to the marshes where you will be duck hunting. This lodge is a great find that includes ten large rooms (private baths), with air-conditioning, a pool and beautiful terrace area that has a back patio area, and great views of the Mombacho volcano and Lake Nicaragua. The lodge can accommodate up to 10 hunters. The lodge has a wonderful staff, including a great chef – you can plan on full meals of seafood, steaks, fresh fruit, and includes an open bar.
Nicaragua is rated as one of the safest countries, and is rated #1 for retirement and second homes for Americans and Europeans; it is one of the easiest world-class dove and duck hunting destinations for American hunters to reach. It’s a 3 ½-hour flight from Houston, 2-hour flight from Miami, and 3 hours and 45 minutes from Atlanta. Both American Airlines and United Airlines offer convenient flights to Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua. The lodge is only 45 minutes from the Managua International Airport.
Best time to go suggested by DCA: Duck and dove hunting November – March; white-winged dove only November – April and mid-July to mid-August.