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Dear Wingshooter:

Welcome to the second issue of our 2013 Wingshooting Connection newsletter. This is the time of the year when all of our lodges are working in full swing. This season, the hunting has been spectacular so far for each of the species that we pursue and hunters are leaving back home overwhelmed. Keep on reading to find out how each lodge started off the season and details about the shooting.

 
  The David Denies Team  
     
 
LOTS OF DUCKS & PERDIZ
   
MIXED BAG SEASON
   
PIGEON HUNTING
   
CORDOBA DOVES
   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS FROM CORDOBA
Buenos Aires Lodges Reports
We know we were lucky with the pre-season. All conditions were on our side to receive this new season with epic hunting. The lagoons and the pastures seem to be in the perfect point to ensure consistent hunting for ducks and perdiz.+ info
 
PIGEON SHOOTING AT ITS BEST
Cordoba Hunting Report
Pigeon hunting at Montaraz is in full swing. This season more than ever, many groups have proved how good the combination of high volume dove shooting with pigeon hunting is. Two different types of shooting, different strategies and challenges. A program that becomes more popular each season.+ info
 
     
PIGEON HUNTING
Cordoba Hunting Report
Pigeon hunting at Montaraz is in full swing. This season more than ever, many groups have proved how good the combination of high volume dove shooting with pigeon hunting is. Two different types of shooting, different strategies and challenges. A program that becomes more popular each season. + info
 
CORDOBA DOVES
Shooting Report
Joaquin, lodge manager at La Dormida lodge, tells us in his report how the shooting is doing at Cordoba during this time of the year and what you can expect of a typical day of high volume dove shooting while you are staying at our lodges. + info
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
  LOTS OF DUCKS & PERDIZ
 
     
     
  JACANA LODGE  
  Duck hunting report - By Charlie Lanusse  
     
 

The volume of ducks we are shooting is very high, after having an extremely rainy spring in many of our shooting areas and another rainy autumn, especially in April. The water level is very high but still slightly under normal levels. Most probably the ducks had 2 hatches this year and many species stayed in our area. We are shooting a good mixed bag of ducks, including rosys which is not very common in this time of the season. The weather has been very warm allowing us to have lunch outside on the porch most days. The predominant ducks we are shooting include both kinds of tree ducks, ( white faced and fulvous) and among the four species of teal, the silver are the most abundant. Rosys are also being seen in big numbers. With the coming of a cold front from the south we expect to see more pintails, widgeons, and bigger numbers of Rosys on their migration heading north.

Most of our blinds are buckets so hunters can be dry and enjoy comfortable shooting; we are also using boats to carry our guests to the blinds at times, especially people that have problems walking in the mud.

 
     
  Last available spots:
Jun 23-27 – 2 guns
Jul 1-6 - 4 guns
Jul 6-10 – 4 guns
Jul 27-31 – 6 guns
 
     
  For more information about Jacana Lodge, please click here  
     
  LOS CRESTONES LODGE  
  Duck and perdiz hunting report - By Sebastián Casado

 
  The Los Crestones season kicked off in early May with warm weather and outstanding duck and perdiz hunts. By mid-month the first big cold front arrived and helped drive more and more ducks into the area.

Rosy bills arrived earlier than usual and by May 15 huge flocks had settled into several of our hunting areas. Perdiz hunting is also good due to prolific hatches and plenty of cover. The cold weather will make hunting even better as morning frosts thin the pastures, making it easier for the dogs to work. Dove shooting remains consistent, with guns burning an average of 12 boxes during evening shoots.

All told, we’re having the best early season since Los Crestones opened its doors to intrepid hunters three years ago. Our big game hunting has been exceptional thanks to leasing a couple of great new ranches. And our first big game hunters this season scored three beautiful black bucks.
 
     
  Last available spots:
Jun 25-30 – 4 guns
July 20-31 – 6 guns
 
     
  For more information about Los Crestones Lodge, please click here  
     
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
  MIXED BAG SEASON  
  Report from Uruguay - By Bernardo Barrán  
     
 

San Juan and San Pedro lodges are currently experiencing one of the best hunting seasons on record thanks to perfect weather this spring, summer, and early fall. Perdiz numbers remain strong, with hunters easily bagging their limits without having to walk marathon distances. As for ducks, the pintail migration has just begun, joining resident teal and white-face tree ducks.

Perdiz numbers remain strong, with hunters easily bagging their limits without having to walk marathon distances. As for ducks, the pintail migration has just begun, joining resident teal and white-face tree ducks. With no shortage of shooting opportunities, happy guests are burning through shells at a fast rate!

San Juan and our new lodge, San Pedro, continue to work together harmoniously. So far we’ve hosted several groups simultaneously at both lodges and delivered perfect hunts alongside attentive customer service and exceptional cuisine.

This season you’ll notice we have a few new dogs after recently retiring seasoned veterans such as Dali, Emma, Nike, and Pluma. Dali’s puppies are showing their great genetics, all fighting to be “Top Retriever” of the litter.

Finally, we’ve updated the shotgun stock with Browning over-and-unders, as well as Benelli and Beretta semi-autos.

Forecasts show good weather for the rest of the season. And with the number of birds we’re seeing in the fields, expect more great wingshooting to come.

 
     
  Last spots available:
Jun 24-27 (6guns)
Jul 2-6 (2 guns)
Jul 18-22 (4 guns)
Jul 25-Aug 1 (6 guns)

 
     
  Read more about our mixed bag hunting programs:  
  To learn more about San Juan Lodge, please click here  
  To learn more about San Pedro Lodge, please click here  
     
     
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
  PIGEON HUNTING  
  Pigeon hunting - By Facundo Maso

 
 

Pigeon season started in Cordoba on May 1.

A month before the kick off date, we already had everything lined up for the first pigeon-hunting group to MONTARAZ, including steady decoys, carousels, and robo-pigeons.

Feedlots have also been delivering excellent hunts. And the decoy patterns we use here are different, revolving around wind direction and sun position. So far all shooters are getting their limits, minus one slow morning when the pigeons simply did not cooperate until the temperatures warmed up in the afternoon.

The gun of choice for many hunters is the 12-gauge. But personally I prefer a 20-gauge, which helps you get on target faster and swing effortlessly. Staying still is a no-brainer, but one of the more common errors committed by shooters who are new to Argentina pigeon hunting over decoys is waiting until the birds are within only a few feet of the decoys to shoot. This technique is less productive since your shot string does not have a chance to mature within the best possible kill zone.

Weather has been great: chilly early in the morning and comfortable during the rest of the day. If you don’t want to spending a day traveling between lodges, the combination of shooting 3 days of high volume doves and 2 days of decoying pigeons is a perfect combination. Our dove lodges Pica Zuro and La Dormida are one hour from Montaraz Lodge. So you can shoot doves in the last morning and then challenge yourselves with the acrobatic pigeons.

Typical days at Montaraz include a 7 a.m. wakeup call followed by breakfast and then a short drive to the fields. There you’ll be taken to a blind, where all decoys, guns, and shells are ready for action. Many shooters are amazed by the way a pigeon can be decoyed in. They compare them to the ducks, but obviously on dry land. One more thing for consideration: The pigeon shot takes some practice but following you instinct is usually the best bet. For the best pigeon shot, wait for the bird to come into the decoy pattern, mount your shotgun, swing through the bird in one movement, then squeeze the trigger. Don't move until you’re ready to shoot or you’ll spook the pigeons before they come into range. Remember, better hunters shoot more pigeon than better shooters….

Hope this report helps everyone for their next visit with us. Take care, sincerely…

 
     
  Horacio Dartiguelongue
Cordoba Manager
 
     
  For more information about Montaraz Lodge, please click here  
     
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
  CORDOBA DOVES  
  Shooting report - By Joaquín Dartiguelongue  
     
 

Hello everybody, it’s Jack (Joaquin) again, the lodge manager and shooting guide at La Dormida Lodge. Some of you may have already met me. Some of you are going to meet me. And if none of those are you, it’s time to plan a visit so we can get acquainted.

May is always a busy month. The harvesting season is ending for soybean and corn. Doves are entering the fields. Lots and lots of birds. And we had great weather—38 degrees F. averages in the morning and around 72 in the afternoons.

Normally the program is simple. For instance, wake up at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, leave for the field around 8, and return when you’re ready. But May is different. This time of the year, early morning shoots (and late afternoon) are the best for targeting temporal roosts around local watering holes. So sunrise is primetime to be out, awaiting the big flocks.

These high volume shoots last for about an hour and a half. Then the pace steadily slows. After a fine lunch and a deserved siesta in hammocks, the afternoon shooting starts, and begins picking up again around 4:30, with hunters burning through boxes of shells and finishing the day fully satisfied. Back at the lodge, it’s time to decompress with a relaxing message or soak in our outdoor hot-tub. Then it’s appetizers and drinks at the bar followed by a 5-star dinner. But wait, there’s more!

In my opinion one of the best attributes of La Dormida is the communal fire pit, where guests gather nightly to share their stories. It’s here where the party starts, where you can enjoy every moment with your friends outside your regular world. And let me tell you, reminiscing around the fire under a massive, star-flecked sky… well, those moments are priceless.

I’ll finish with this: “Life is good, but this is the only one.” I hope to see everybody soon at La Dormida, where exceptional dove shooting awaits you.

Regards,

 
     
  Joaquin Dartiguelongue
Manager La Dormida Lodge
Shooting Guide
 
     
  For more information about La Dormida Lodge, please click here  
     
     
   
   
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