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  Dear Wingshooter:
Welcome to the 1st issue of David Denies Wingshooting Connections 2012. We bring you news from news about the Safari Club International’s (SCI’s) Show in Las Vegas, a tip for ducks from Douglas Larsen, the Cordoba dove shooting monthly report, and a lodge report at Jacana.
 
     
  the David Denies Staff  
     
 
 
The February 2012 Safari Club International’s Show in Las Vegas

Calling South American Ducks

Cordoba January & February 2012
Dove Shooting Report
Jacana Duck
Shooting Lodge Report





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THE FEBRUARY 2012 SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL’S SHOW IN LAS VEGAS
By Douglas Larsen
Our longtime clients are often surprised when we tell them the annual Safari Club Convention and Show is our favorite event of the year. + info
 
 
CALLING SOUTH AMERICAN DUCKS
By Douglas Larsen
Twenty or more years ago the word on the waterfowling street was that you couldn't call ducks in Argentina. Guides or lodge managers told visiting "gringos" that the ducks didn't call, or that, "some of them whistle"! + info
 
     
CORDOBA JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2012 DOVE SHOOTING REPORT
By Joaquin Dartiguelongue
Regarding this time of the year, speaking as a shooting guide from La Dormida Lodge, most of the time it is pretty hot (average 85-90 at midday) and lately we have had little rain. + info
 
JACANA DUCK SHOOTING LODGE REPORT
By Charlie Lanusse
Jacana Lodge is getting ready for 2012 duck season starting in April 15th. We are in the middle of our summer and the weather has not been very friendly so far.
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  THE FEBRUARY 2012 SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL’S SHOW IN LAS VEGAS
 
  By Doug Larsen  
     
 

Lions, Elephants, Bears..... Doves and Ducks too.

Our longtime clients are often surprised when we tell them the annual Safari Club Convention and Show is our favorite event of the year.

Most wingshooters and anglers associate Safari Club with, well..safaris. True, this giant of a non-profit organization is focused on big game hunters and conservation causes that are largely in Africa and other worldwide big game destinations. But the Safari show is such an enormous gathering of sportsmen each year that wingshooting outfitters are a large part of the program, along with everything else that goes with hunting and shooting, from optics, to travel, taxidermy, clothing and accessories of every kind. At the Safari show, you could buy anything you can possibly imagine, from a custom double gun, to a mink coat, a four-wheeler, ostrich skin boots, new binoculars, or a duck hunting trip to Jacana Lodge--it's all there!

The David Denies crew, with Horacio Dartelongue, Charlie Lanusse, CEO Fernando Carreras and other staff made the long trek to Las Vegas for four days in early February, and they were greeted by record crowds(over 20,000 per day) on the trade show floor at the Mandalay Bay. In past years the Safari Club show has been in Reno, Nevada, but the change to Vegas brought new faces and many repeat guests to the David Denies booth in 2012. Many shooters booked trips to La Dormida, Jacana, and San Juan lodges-and we sweetened the pot a little by offering "show specials." In keeping with the "Vegas" theme, the David Denies booth also offered a prize wheel -- spin the wheel after making a donation to our favorite charity
(www.daviddenies.com/GivingBack.aspx) and win discounts, a free gift, or even a free trip. Thanks to our sponsors, Final Approach, Boyt/Bob Allen, Sitka, Benelli and Browning for their support.

If you are not in Cordoba dove shooting with us next January 23-26, make plans to attend the 2013 Safari Club Show, which will go back to Reno, Nevada. We'll be there, in the middle of all the action!

 
     
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  Douglas Larsen
Director, David Denies USA
 
     
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
  CALLING SOUTH AMERICAN DUCKS  
  By Doug Larsen  
     
 

Twenty or more years ago the word on the waterfowling street was that you couldn't call ducks in Argentina. Guides or lodge managers told visiting "gringos" that the ducks didn't call, or that, "some of them whistle".

It turns out that nothing could be further from the truth. Those of us who love to call ducks in North America will understand the sounds being made by the southern ducks, and we can imitate them. The most popular duck, the Rosy Billed pochard, growls or purrs like a canvasback. This call can be replicated by anyone that has ever used a call for diving ducks. The Rosy bills respond to very aggressive calling, and will often turn to a call they hear. Southern or Chiloe' widgeon produce a rolling trill whistle, and a multi-purpose whistle will make that call effectively. The brown pintail and all the species of teal in Argentina will all come to a whistle, so on your next trip, feel free to bring your calls along and try it out. Unlike the heavily pressured ducks in North America, where over calling and loud calling can often make wary birds shy off your decoys, the ducks in Argentina are lightly pressured, and you can get away with some mistakes and still get birds to pile into your decoys. But you won't need your mallard call, none of the ducks in the south will respond to your ringing highball, but it might give your guide a chuckle!

 
     
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  Douglas Larsen
Director, David Denies USA
 
     
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
  CORDOBA JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2012 DOVE SHOOTING REPORT  
  By Joaquin Dartiguelongue  
     
 

Hello everybody,

Regarding this time of the year, speaking as a shooting guide from La Dormida Lodge, most of the time it is pretty hot (average 85-90 at midday) and lately we have had little rain.

That affected all of the farmer’s crops. However, we just recently got a couple days of hard rain, which saved everything from drying out.

We still are shooting in the hills, a few flats, and a water hole, and because of the lack of rain, the water areas are the best place for the renowned high volume dove shooting. So, if some of you are planning to set a personal record, this is a great time to do it. A normal day would be temperatures of around 60˚F in the morning and 90˚F on average in the afternoon. As you can see we are using very light shooting gear (see picture), and to make it cooler we sometimes shoot from the river, haha. Some guys will do whatever it takes!

The morning usually starts at around 8.30 with the departure from the lodge, we shoot till 12:30, stop for lunch, and after lunch we set up some hammocks for a nice relaxing siesta.

After the siesta which usually ends at around 3:00pm we start shooting again until you want to call it a day or the sun goes down. We don’t have a set time to return the lodge, that schedule depends on you. Once you get to the lodge-plunge into our people and the staff will put a drink in your hand immediately.

Now speaking as the manager of La Dormida Lodge, I would like to tell you that we are here to serve and present you with excellent food, wines, massages, etc. We have a very nice fire place outside that you can enjoy while drinking an excellent wine, talking to your friends, smoking fine Cuban cigars and looking at the stars (see picture).

Pica Zuro Lodge has also been doing great under the well organized Cate Smyth. There are now in the process of finishing some refurbishments, the exterior and interior walls of the Lodge have been repainted, they have also purchased and installed some new water heaters, have redone some of the plumbing and now some rooms also have low energy consuming heat panels to keep the Lodge at perfect temperature during those chilly winter days.

We are here waiting on you! Please come and I guarantee you and your friends are going to have fun, also I want to thank everybody that came and made all this happen.

Kind Regards,

 
     
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Joaquin Dartiguelongue
Manager – Guide
La Dormida Lodge
David Denies Wingshooting

 
     
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
     
  JACANA DUCK SHOOTING LODGE REPORT  
  By Charlie Lanusse  
     
 

Jacana Lodge is getting ready for 2012 duck season starting in April 15th. We are in the middle of our summer and the weather has not been very friendly so far.

It has been extremely warm and dry and is affecting our crops production not only in our area but in most of South America. We are going through a “Niña” climatic phenomenon which means less than average rainfalls for our area. The good news is that the forecasts are saying that the situation will change from February onwards. As every year the key month will be March. The corn production will decrease in more than 40% and the soybean will run the same situation if it doesn´t starts raining soon.

Meanwhile at Jacana we are fixing and putting all our hunting gear ready for our incoming guests. We are painting decoys, fixing decoy bags, repairing stools, testing our guns, fixing buckets, doing some maintenance to the lodge, buying new gear for our staff.

We have a very faithful clientele that have already booked our lodge for the 2012 season so we are anxious to meet them again in a couple of months.

Editors note--Jacana and the region received over 10 inches of rain in the first two days of February--perfect for the ducks. One more good rain in March and the water levels will be ideal for the season.)

Best regards

 
     
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Charlie Lanusse
Jacana Lodge Manager

 
     
   
   
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