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Paraguay

A little larger than the U.S. state of Montana, Paraguay is a landlocked country in the center of South America, straddling the Paraguay River. It is sandwiched in between larger neighbors: Argentina to the south, Brazil to the east and Bolivia to the northwest. The local Guarani natives were conquered by the Spaniards in the 16th century and Spanish culture and Christianity have characterized the country ever since.

The overall climate of the region is subtropical, so Paraguay has wet and dry seasons, rather than winter and summer. From October through March warm wet winds from the Amazon basin bring high temperatures and rain, while from May through August, cooler, dry winds from the Andes Mountains bring more pleasant temperatures and dry conditions. There are three distinct biotopes, the rain forest in the northeast of the country on the border with Brazil, grassland on the central plateau, and the Chaco, a semiarid region of cactus infested forest and scrub, interspersed with swamps and marshes in the northwest.

Paraguay has been made famous in the hunting world by renown research biologist and hound hunting specialist, Rocky McBride, who is currently the only operator licensed to hunt professionally in Paraguay. His research on the wild cats of Paraguay, especially the jaguar, is
ground-breaking and the most extensive known to science. He has also worked for many years with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to save the Florida panther and in conservation programs for the snow leopard and other great cats.

We offer darting hunts for jaguar, cougar and other wild cats in Paraguay during the months of July and August, in support of Rocky’s research work. Ocelot, jaguarundi and margay are also often treed in the course of these darting hunts. Hunters who fund this research by buying these hunts, will have their photos taken with the cats captured (and released). These captures count for inclusion in the SCI Record Book of Big Game Trophies and for various hunting award programs sponsored by various hunting organizations, including the Weatherby Foundation.

Paraguay has also recently reopened sport hunting for nonresidents. The list of indigenous and exotic game species, which will soon become available in Paraguay, when this legislation clears parliament, is long. Quotas are being debated now. The Hunting Consortium already has exclusive hunting rights to several huge ranches in addition to his own huge property.

Species List:

  • Grey Brocket Deer
  • Red Brocket Deer
  • Capybara
  • Speckled Caiman
  • White Lipped Peccary
  • Collared Peccary
  • Tapir
  • Grey Fox
  • Crab-eating Fox
  • Rhea
  • Water Buffalo

Darting Only:

  • Jaguar
  • Cougar
  • Ocelot
  • Jaguarondi
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