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Dear Wingshooter:

Welcome to the second issue of our 2012 Wingshooting Connection Newsletter. We will cover a wide range of topics including wingshooting tips, lodge reports, great videos and photos, as well as the latest company news. Enjoy!

  the David Denies Staff  
  Doves and Pigeons  
  Duck Hunting Season has begun!  
  Crestones Season Opener  
  San Juan Season in full swing  
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Cordoba Shooting Reports
Cordoba keeps surprising shooters season after season. Each month is special and different. And this past March was one of the best in recent years for dove shooters. + info
Jacana Loge Report
Jacana recently opened its doors for another fantastic duck hunting season. Species not frequently seen at this time of year have turned up to our staff's and client's surprise. + info
First 2012 hunting Report
The 2012 season began two weeks ago and we can safely say we have it all. Cold weather has been edged out and we're experiencing warm temps fuelled by strong winds from the north. + info
Mixed Bag - Uruguay
We started the season at San Juan Lodge with high numbers of perdiz in our expanded hunting areas. This year we're hunting more than 15 ponds, and our chocolate lab Gardel is a veteran retriever, ready for action. + info
  Cordoba Shooting Reports  
  Dove Shooting Report - La Dormida and Pica Zuro lodges

March was one of the best months in recent years. After the shooting season finished in the US and UK, we were busy with guests who found amazing volumes of birds in soya fields and local water holes. Friends such as the Wamplers from Kerville and the Hinojosa party were able to share some great days with us.

Most years birds leave their roosting areas and spread around the flatlands, where farmers harvest corn, soybean, and sorghum. But this year we had great early-season hunts in the hills of Macha, especially close to the river areas where birds made a momentary roosting area. I remember an exceptional shooting day with the Oschman party from Germany. The other area that produced numbers was a sorghum field 15 minutes from La Dormida. Just a dream!

Weather was cooperative. Cool mornings and sunny days with consistent temperatures stabilized bird behavior. So far this season we've had no frost, but some birds already started their migration to the flats. We are expecting a great autumn hunting season. Recent scouting reports show plentiful food close to roosting areas and our lodges.

Comparing quantity and quality, March hunts left the majority of our guests feeling extremely satisfied. The Europeans found the high-flying birds they were after and our American guests bagged amazing numbers.

It's been a pleasure serving all our guests and delivering the high quality lodging and hunting David Denies strives for. We appreciate the comments about our lodge staff, including Cate (manager of Pica Zuro Lodge) and Jack (Manager at la Dormida Lodge).

Don't forget about our Montaraz pigeon shooting lodge, about an hour from Pica Zuro Lodge and La Dormida. It's a great combination to your trip for those who appreciate the added variety. The season there goes from May to early August.


  Pablo Aguiló
Guide – Manager
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  Montaraz Pigeon Shooting Report  

Montaraz pigeon hunting started on May 1, with several improvements at lodge headquarters. New manager Cristian Reartas and his wife Elisa have raised the quality of this unique Argentine estancia, with a ramped up a la carte menu, remodeled living quarters, garden, swimming pool bar, and a stocked wine seller. Non-shooters have enjoyed visits to the Sister Theresa Foundation, horseback riding on Peruvian walking horses, golf, and time spent in our shop.

Hunting has also been excellent. If the birds didn't fly in the morning they did in the afternoon. Hunting days begin at 7:30 a.m. in the fields, where two shooters and one assistant occupy each blind. Field assistants provide shells, mark and count birds, and serve refreshments. Decoys are situated before shooters arrive. Depending on what field we're hunting, we use a selection of robot pigeons, carousels, and steady plastic pigeons. When the shooting slows down, guides and field assistants set new decoys with dead pigeons. This is a proven magnet for any pigeon that flies near the blinds.

For those who've never hunted over decoyed pigeons, the experience is similar to ducks but in milder, drier weather. The gauge of preference is a 20, with size 7 shot. Your longest shot will be about 45 yards. Limits are highly attainable, especially when you bring you're A-game to the field. Depending on preference, lunch is served in the field or back at the lodge for tasty barbecues in our "open asador."

The warm weather we've experienced as of late has diminished the potential of our local alfalfa fields. Instead we've been concentrating on productive feedlots and sorghum fields. This should change soon with the first cold-front.


  Horacio Dartiguelongue
Cordoba shooting manager
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  Jacana Loge Report  

We've received four groups of hunters since the Jacana season started two weeks ago. The majority were repeat clients and left very satisfied with the early-season hunting. April is generally a difficult month to hunt ducks in Argentina because of high water conditions that can deter the ducks from settling. Drought conditions during December and part of January turned the corner in February and March.

The rain filled our ponds, but was more than needed and we saw localized flooding. It rained more in two months than we generally see over the course of eight. In addition to water levels and how they affect ducks, food is equally important. The corn, soybean, and sorgum harvest has been delayed by weather, but we expect more ducks in the weeks to come when cold fronts from the south will push the migration north in search of warmer climates and food. We're currently shooting over rosys, which is uncommon for this time of the year.

Generally these ducks show up from June onwards. Rosys are divers and like the deeper water they're finding this season. Another duck we're seeing regularly is the Brazilian teal—one of the thirteen species of ducks we shoot at Jacana, but one of the least likely to encounter in regular years. They are frequenting our saturated areas due to the lack of water in northern regions of the country. All in all, these factors mean that the best is yet to come.

  Charlie Lanusse
Jacana Lodge Shooting Manager
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  First 2012 hunting Report  

Our first guests experienced unusually hot days—not the typical duck or perdiz hunting weather we're used to. Despite that, groups enjoyed great hunts—easily bagging their limits. Dove shooting has also been fantastic at all of our local roosts. Guns averaged 15 boxes during relaxed afternoon shoots.

We recently received 4 inches of rain in less than 48 hours, which has helped create endless new ponds and lagoons to explore. This rain plus a cold front that followed the storm lured large flocks of ducks into the area, including the first sightings of Rosy Bills jetting in from the north.

These changing conditions should produce exceptional duck hunting through the season


  Sebastian Casado
Los Crestones Lodge Manager
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  Mixed Bag - Uruguay  

We started the season at San Juan Lodge fully booked, with high numbers of perdiz in our expanded hunting areas.

Our dogs Maja, Perla, and Demon are doing great and really showing their experience. The days have been warmer than normal, but we expect cooler weather in the weeks to come.

Ducks are already showing up in the ponds, including resident species and migratory birds. This year we're hunting more than 15 ponds, and our chocolate lab Gardel is a veteran retriever and ready for action.

The amount of doves in our local roost is always an amazing sight. This year is no different and we're conducting early morning warm-up hunts to take advantage of the big show!

Bernardo and Mercedes continue to host satisfied hunters from across the globe as they've been doing for years. And Chef Lucas has been in charge of the delicatessen, producing daily surprises for our guests. His creative culinary touch, especially when it comes to the different species hunters bring to the lodge, is a don't miss.

  Meche & Bernardo Barrán
San Juan Lodge Managers
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