About Us

About Us

A brief history …

When Black River Outfitters was founded in 2004, brothers Juan Pablo and Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Portela had their dreams realized. Now thirty four years old, the Portela twins were born in Montevideo, Uruguay but moved to the Rio Negro countryside when they were only four years old. The two grew up hunting, fishing and playing polo in Young, UY, a small farming village, and came to know the area and their quarry well.

The brothers parted ways to attend university: Pablo moved to Switzerland for three years where he earned a degree in hotel management before traveling the world to gain experience in the hospitality industry at an international level. Brother Nacho chose to stay closer to home where he attended Universidad ORT Uruguay in Montevideo to study business administration. Like Pablo, Nacho also traveled the world after he completed school.

Eventually the two returned home to Uruguay and decided to open an elite level mixed bag hunting and fishing operation in the fields, ponds and rivers which they grew up hunting and fishing and knew so well. With old-fashioned hard work, dedication to service, attention to details, and a keen knowledge of arguably the finest mixed bag wing shooting real estate anywhere in the world, the Portelas developed Black River Outfitters and haven’t looked back since.

For nearly ten years now, Nacho and Juan Pablo have owned and operated Black River Outfitters. With world class wing shooting in South America as the Portela Brothers main goal, Black River Outfitters now operates multiple lodges in Uruguay and Argentina. Now clients of Black River can choose the wing shooting program that best fits their hunting desires. For a first-class bird hunting experience in South America, look no further than Black River!