A Thousand Birds A Day

Luckily, all the time we get to have guests like them: fun, joyful and amazing overall. I’m talking about this two groups: The first group was: Ace, Paco, John, Doug and Mike, a group of close friends. And then, the family group was Scott who came with his son Scott Junior, and two good friends of them, Chris and Gregory.

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It was our pleasure to get to know all of them!

Ace’s group arrived at the end of February and they were picked up by a company representative, who drove them directly to a field near Jesus Maria, a picturesque town located north of Cordoba City, for a quick pre lunch shooting session.

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At the field, our guests had a scrumptious asado made by our amazing cook Gabriel Pedersini! After lunch, they all enjoyed siesta in the hammocks. On their first day, the shooting session lasted up until 5.30 pm and then we drove our guests to La Loma Lodge to relax and end an exceptional day with some cocktails and more delicious food!

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On the 18th Scott’s group arrived at Cordoba City. We picked them up from the airport and drove them directly to the field, where Ace’s group was going to be shooting too. This time, I chose a particularly beautiful field near La Para – a peaceful, beautiful town not far from the breathtaking Mar Chiquita Lake.

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The morning shooting session was amazing, our guest got to enjoy plenty of birds. Later that day, we served lunch at the field: of course, asado -because everyone who visits Argentina can’t have enough of our most typical meal- and some roasted bell pepper with egg plus great beer and Malbec wine. Just see for yourself on the video! It surely will make your mouth water.

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After lunch, Paco decided to go back to the lodge because he had a little too much to drink the night before! While there, he was able to rest a little, get a massage and enjoy the stunning view of the countryside.

Meanwhile, in the field, Scott and his father went to the water holes for a different hunting experience and let me tell you, they were not disappointed. On the other hand, Ace’s group went to the Feedlots and they had a great hunt at first, but the wind was blowing so birds started flying a bit higher making the shooting more of a challenge. 

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As a result, Ace’s group split up into two groups and rotated between the fields while competing to see who had the best aim! Needless to say, they had tons of fun. To wrap up the day, I took our guests back to the lodge around 6.30 pm for cocktails, more food and massages since they were exhausted from so much wingshooting. It’s not a joke when we say there are millions of birds waiting for you!

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On their third day with us, we took our guests to La Para again hoping they could reach the 1000 dove mark. Everyone was so excited when Scott (father) was the first one to join the club! And then, on the 20th, John reached the mark too! They were so proud when they got their 1000 dove club t-shirts. Ace did little hunting on the last day because he preferred to relax, so he stayed in the hammocks area just chilling… He was exhausted!

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While Ace decided to unwind, Scott Jr. and Gregory seized the day on the morning of the 21st, before checking out, to go hunt some more on the hills.

There you have it guys, plenty of birds, tons of fun, great camaraderie, breathtaking sights, delicious food and wine… So, what are you waiting for?

YOU SHOULD BE THE NEXT ONE!

Federico Silva

Hunting Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

Another Trip to Argentina and Counting

It’s not surprising to see our guests come back after their first hunting trip to Argentina, we love to see them again. But when we have guests coming back year after year we know that we have made good friends. Rell, Mark, Brad, Tim and David have been coming to hunt with us for more than three years.

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These guys have been friends for more  than ten years, they have been friends since high school in fact and some are workmates too.

We are pleased to know they have chosen Pointer again and we’re excited to welcome them in this first week of February. Our staff and La Loma Lodge are going to witness a great friends’ reunion. This lodge is a beautiful traditional estancia built in 1908. It’s just a 60 minute drive from Cordoba airport, in the town of Totoral and it’s a great option for groups of friends.

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Our dear friend Rell Tipton is the father of Parker. I hold him dear because I was his first field assistant in his first trip to Argentina.

Talking about guns, it’s Rell’s habit to bring his own guns cal 28, his favorite. The rest of the group prefer a bigger caliber, and they choose our Benelli Montefeltroguns. We have a wide variety of shotguns to choose from, such as Benelli and Beretta 391 and 400, over and under shotguns, and our brand new 410.

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Our field manager lets us know that there is a great volume of birds in one of our fields, 50 min away from the lodge in an area called El Bajo. We know that spot will be awesome to challenge our hunters and see who makes it to the 1000 dove club(and more!) We get to this field at 8.30 am and we know why this field was chosen, we see millions of doves flying over a water stream. We know we have a great day ahead.

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When everything is set we drop each hunter off in their spot. Gaby, our cook, has the fire ready in case someone feels like a cup of tea or coffee. The coolers are ready as well, filled with ice and drinks to enjoy together with the hunt. By 11 am we check our hunters at their spots. Mark has already shot 500 doves in two hours, well done my friend! The doves never stopped flying. We know it wont be hard for Mark to enter the 1000 club. Rell has also shot down a great number, he prefers a high-angle, long shot. David, Tim and Brad are amazed by the volume of birds flying over their heads.

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At 12.50 we get the call: lunch is ready! This group already knows that the hunting experience in Argentina also includes delicious food, specially meat. They have specifically asked to have morcilla in every meal. Morcilla is a kind sausage made out of pork meat and blood. It can’t be missing in a good asado. We love it when our guests enjoy the Argentinian food. They drink Malbec Wine and Quilmes beer, our national beer.

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Our field assistants take good care of our guns, cleaning them for the afternoon hunting session. By the time we finish lunch and siesta everything is set for a hunting that I predict will be even better than the one they’ve just had. Mark is the first one to make it to the 1000 dove club! He has secured his Pointer T-shirt we give as a gift when a guest shots down 1000 doves.

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The afternoon does not disappoint. The field where we are hunting today has areas of water and a roost, so the doves never stop moving. They go back and forth to one pace to the other the entire day, until the sun goes down. At 17.30 we realize there was not even a moment when birds were not flying above us.

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Even Rell and Mark, who have been to Argentina in hunting trips many times, are amazed by the amount of birds flying in this field. David makes it to the 1000 doves club, too. We’re all thrilled.

After a long day of hunting and so, so many birds shot down we’re ready to start our way back to the lodge. The staff at La Loma Lodge are waiting for our guests with drinks and snacks, massages if they need one, and whiskey. What a way to finish the day!

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We love it when our guests are still amazed and delighted by the experience, even after coming for many times.

You should be the next one! 

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Please, read the testimonials below and enjoy the experience in our guests own words.

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

Testimonials

Pablo –

Thank you and all of your team at Pointer Outfitters for another great trip to Argentina.

Martin did a great job making sure we were in places with lots of birds to shoot and leading his team out in the field.  Gabby and the fellows served up terrific lunches.  Emanuel, my field assistant, and all of the others took very good care of us and made sure we were having fun. 

The ladies at La Loma Lodge were also great.  They took very good care of us and made sure we always had what we needed.  The food was very good and the lodge was very comfortable.  Also thanks for getting us all set up in separate rooms.  I’m sure none of the other guys would have wanted to listen to me snoring all night.

It was also nice to have a chance to meet Vicky and Cici.  They are very nice and even put up with Rell’s unusual dinner conversation.  Vicky, Cici, Florencia and all the people in the office were very helpful and made sure our trip went smoothly. 

And it was fun to have Juan around for a couple of days.  He makes sure we’re having fun and have lots of laughs when he’s around.

We know that you and your teams worked very hard to make sure we had a great experience on our trip and we appreciate all those efforts.  Thanks to everyone and we’re looking forward to our next trip.

Mark (El Chapo) Bielstein

Pablo- I agree 100% with Mark’s note. It was a trip of a lifetime for me because of the kindness and care of you entire team. You have a great group of people working for you. The experience was awesome. Thank you so much. I will definitely be coming back regularly !

The only thing I would add to Mark’s note was that we enjoyed meeting Silvia on Monday. Thanks again for a great time!

Brad Wheeless

 

Hunting in Argentina for the First Time

January has been amazing so far. We’ve had wonderful groups of hunters and we’ve seen them leave happy to have had the experience of their lifetimes. But January is not over yet and we are ready to welcome a new group. Each group is unique for us and we are always excited to meet them.

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This time is Gary, Adam, Matt, Justin and Cody. It’s their first time in Argentina. They’ve heard about how good hunting is here, but they can’t even start to imagine how much fun they’re going to have.

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It’s summer in our hemisphere and climatic conditions have been good for doves. Water is abundant in streams and rivers. At this time of year we prefer to hunt in hilly areas, what we call Las Sierras, from where we can see a great volume of birds moving towards the water sources during the morning and returning to their roosts in the afternoons.

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Our guests are staying at Jesus Maria Deluxe Resort, a brand new hotel that offers a unique experience.  It’s well-known for its relaxed environment, delicious cuisine, locations in a rural settings, spacious outdoor recreational areas, large accommodating rooms, as well as a spa & gym. This deluxe lodge also includes in its facilities a large swimming pool with a bar and tennis courts. The rooms where our guests are staying have jacuzzis. Can you picture yourself there after a day of hunting? Sure you can!

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Jesus Maria Deluxe Resort is about 50 minutes away from the airport and 40 minutes away from the hunting spots we’re taking our guests this time. During summer some essentials for the field need to be packed, such as mosquito repellent, sunscreen and sunglasses, together with ear plugs and shooting gloves. The volume of shooting is immense and you need to protect your hands.

At about 7 am, a delicious breakfast is waiting for our guests. Scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit and juice are served together with typical Argentinian homemade baked goodies. We want our guests to feel at home and also to experience the local flavours!

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Doves are not shy in Cordoba, we start seeing them as soon as we hit the road to our hunting destination for the day. We drive for about 40 minutes. When we get there the staff has everything ready for our guests. We are all set for a great day of hunting! We offer our guests a good array of guns. This time they prefer semi automatic guns. Pointer has more than 100 shotguns and also we have over and unders cal. 28, 20, 410.  Benelli Montefeltro cal 20 are the guns for the day. Each hunter meets their field assistant. All set, lets fire!

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The hunting spots are carefully selected based on the possibility to shoot from different angles. These places are also comfortable enough to spend a nice day outdoors. At about 12.30 pm our master chef has the famous argentinian asado(BBQ) ready. Cooked at the field, different meat cuts like ribs, flank and steak are grilled to the heat of firewood burning. This is also enjoyed with Malbec wine. Lunch at the field will definitely be a highlight when you retell your experience in Argentina to your friends!

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The last part of lunch is desert and in Argentina we all know what that means: time for siesta! Each of our guests has a comfortable hammock hanging under the shade of our local trees. 30 minutes of relaxation, cool breeze, and the smell of nature.

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By 3.45 pm we see the first birds of the afternoon. Our field assistants have everything ready for the next hunting session. We see a great volume of birds flying back to their roosts in Castro, an area of hills that has high shooting spots that resemble balconies.

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By the end of the day we see wide grins in our guests faces and that can only mean one thing: what a great hunting day!

Justin, the group leader, says he’s having the time of his life. We know that it’s important to be in every detail to give our guests a memorable experience, and we do so because we love our job, we love those happy faces by the end of the day.

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Sore muscles at the end of an intense hunting day are not a problem. We offer 45 minute massage sessions  at the lodge. Our guests are happy to accept the offer and after that they are ready to devour dinner.

The next day is going to be just as amazing as the first, or even better!

We hope to see you around, you should be the next one!

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

It Is All About Doves and Having Fun

In the third week of January we had the pleasure to welcome a great group of people. Colt Power, Van Power and Billy Smith visited us from Texas. They arrived at Cordoba airport at 11.45 am and they had chosen to stay at the Plaza Real Lodge.

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Plaza Real Lodge is one of the best options for dove hunting in Argentina because it is just 80km away from the airport, and located between the airport and the best dove roost of the area.

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Because we want our guests to have the best hunting experience of their lives and have a memorable trip, we plan everything according to the individual characteristics of the group. That’s why after we picked them up from the airport we drove them straight to the field, there was no time to waste. We wanted to start the hunting fun as soon as possible!  The hunting area for the day was towards the west of our province, a place called Los Pozos, located between the hills and the dove roost. There, a delicious lunch at the field had been prepared by our chef. The menu was the most typical Argentinian meal you can ask for: the world’s famous Argentinian asado (BBQ) cooked at the field and Malbec wine. Our lunches at the field are next level. After the first day, all of our guests are anxiously waiting for the next lunch. The skewer is one of the most expected dishes in the field because it is prepared with the doves hunted by our guests that morning. It is really amazing. You should see it for yourself! After enjoying the meal, the group was ready to start hunting. Although a bit shorter than usual, the hunt was fantastic!

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For the next day, the beginning of the hunting activities was planned for 8.30 am. However, the weather conditions were not good in the morning so a change of plans was in order to make the most of the day. We waited 45 minutes at the lodge for the weather conditions to ease while our guests enjoyed a good chat with the guides and locals. After that, we decided to head to the hunting area and we planned an earlier lunch at the field to allow for a longer hunting session in the afternoon. Although the morning hunting was a bit shorter than usual, the improved weather conditions allowed Colt, Van and Billy to have an excellent hunting day. All of them showed their amazing hunting skills!

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The third day started with a clear and bright blue sky, as it is usual in Cordoba during summer. At 8.30 a new hunting day started and by the time we stopped for lunch our friends were amazed by the volume of birds flying over the cornfields. Colt and Van had something in mind: the 1000 club. They wanted to win our 1000 doves t-shirt, so they are very excited to start the hunting afternoon.

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We decided to take  our friends to a different area, the highest point of the hill, where the amount of doves flying was just unbelievable. Here was the best spot for Colt and Van to achieve their goal. Billy was not as focused on the 1000 club as he was on having fun, and the field did not disappoint him!

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Although Cordoba is well known for the volume of doves both shot and flying over the fields, it is something that has to be seen to be believed. Colt, Van and Billy had a very specific request for the next hunting day, which was to go back to the exact same field of the day before. They were not as concerned with the 1000 club as the day before, but they were definitely ready to have fun!

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It’s important to notice that even though the four days of hunting were in the same area, west of Los Pozos, on the way to the town of Dean Funes, the roosts visited were completely different.

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We like providing our guests with the best experience, both at the field and at the lodge. That’s why after every hunting day we welcome them with drinks and delicious snacks by the firepit. And by snacks I mean another typical Argentinian meal, the famous picada. A picada is a plate of assorted delicious homemade cold meats, cheese and empanadas, usually served before lunch or dinner. My mouth just waters to think of this! Hunters can also enjoy a massage to relax the muscles for the next hunting day.

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Unfortunately, an unexpected change in the flight departures made us cancel the last morning of hunting. Colt’s flight had been rescheduled for 9.20 am, which meant we had to leave the lodge at 6.30 am. His dad and Billy had to leave the lodge at 1 pm, so they could enjoy a morning of leisure and relaxation at La Loma Lodge before they left.

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We were sad to see them go, our field assistants will always remember you! We can’t wait to have you back!

You should be the next one!

Federico Silva

Hunting Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

Outstanding Hunting Performance

Matthew May’s group arrived in Cordoba in January. After they got to the airport, we started our way to the lodge straight away so that they could enjoy their day of hunting. Mat, James, William, Jason, Pat, and Trey chose to stay in La Loma Lodge, a great option for groups of friends.

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This lodge is one of our most requested hunting destinations, given that it is located between the two most prized dove roosts in Cordoba. La Loma is a beautiful traditional Estancia built in 1908 by one of the wealthiest families in Argentina. The lodge is located about one hour north of Cordoba International Airport in the town of Totoral.

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For the first day of hunting we drove the group of friends towards the west of the lodge. It was incredibly hot, but our guests were not disturbed by that. They were astounded by the volume of doves and the amounts of shots fired.

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The second day was great, too. Hunting was good in the morning but lunch was even better! Our chef Gaby Pederzini prepared a stir fry of dove and veggies, it was delicious as usual!. We enjoyed it together with a good wine, a must if you visit this country! The day went on to a great hunting afternoon, but the most fascinating experience was to see James eating twelve dove hearts! He really enjoyed each of them! We had a blast!

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During the third and fourth day we traveled to La Para, a great place for hunting. The extremely hot weather made the trip a bit tiring, but the rewards were worth the heat and the tiredness: two of our guests shot more than two thousand doves in a day! Yes, two thousand!  It was the best hunting experience of their lives, needless to say. Pointer gave them a present for their outstanding hunting performance.

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After that we made our way back to La Loma Lodge. They were in high spirits and they spent the evening by the firepit and under a sky full of stars talking about the great hunting of the day. They enjoyed the cool breeze, a relief after the hot days. Awesome food, like empanadas, a typical Argentinian food and awesome drinks after a long day in the field.

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We offer our guests a variety of Benelli and Beretta shotguns and they always exceed our clients expectations.

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Given the great results achieved so far, our guests decided not to go hunting in their last day and stay in the lodge instead. They asked the birdboys and chef Gaby to come to bid them farewell, have a few pictures taken and thank them for their outstanding performance.

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I’m pretty sure this group of friends will never forget the best hunting experience of their lives. It was a pleasure for us to have them and we hope to see them around again!

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You should be the next one!

Federico Guervazoni

Hunting Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunting and Tradition

After the Dallas Show we start a new season. January is a hot month in Argentina, with temperatures of about 35 C. We have had a few days of rain but luckily, the beginning of the season is going great so far. Plenty of birds are coming to the shooting area in Las Sierras. The roads are in a good state despite the rain.

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The abundance of water in our rivers and creeks is good because it makes the birds move around the area.

Our guests are Bruce, Ted, Rick, Delbert and Nathan. They come from Huston, Texas and it’s their first time in Argentina. They’re friends and a great group of people. They are staying in our lodge Plaza Real, located in a great spot for dove hunting. Plaza Real is second to none in terms of facilities and the hunting experience.

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We get to the field at lunchtime and Federico, also called Fefe, our master chef, is ready to let us savor a delicious Argentinian asado (BBQ). Before we begin, we offer our guests ice cold Quilmes beer and dove tacos.

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After that, we are ready to offer our variety of Benelli and Beretta shotguns.

Our clients prefer a light and fast gun, and for that we have the Benelli Montefeltro cal. 20

In this group, two of our guests have specially asked for an over and under Beretta Silver Pigeon. All of them were satisfied by their gun’s performances.

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After a great lunch, we’re ready to begin. Our head guide says well, well, well and we are ready to check the shooting spots.

We see that everything’s going well so our bird boys Emanuel and Tata go for more ammunition. We’re having a fantastic day. By the end of the day, our guests are very thankful to our birdboys for their outstanding work.

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The first guest comes to our camp. He is surprised at the amount of birds shot down and flying over his head, too. After a few minutes, the rest of the group comes. They’re all happy with the results. They can’t believe the amoun of birs flying. Sometimes, they even stop shooting just to see them fly! We start our way back to the lodge where they are going to enjoy a few hours of relaxation. We know that there delicious appetizers and our guest’s favorite cocktails are waiting for them.

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We went to a different field each day, and in all of them our guests enjoyed their distinctive scenery at a great time of the dove season.

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This is a special group because during this time of year a very important folklore and rodeo festival is happening in Jesús María, a town just 20 min. away from our lodge. In this unique festival, the best folklore singers and dancers and the best horse riders compete in the rodeo. This festival has been part of our culture and tradition for more than 50 years and is well known abroad.

Horse and bull rodeo is very popular in Texas, where our guests come from. That’s why we have a VIP place in our festival so that they can have the best views of the show,  and enjoy the best wine and meat from Argentina. Attending this festival is a very interesting experience for our guests since Ted is a rodeo champion himself in Texas and he’s a vet as well, together with Bruce. Our guests were fascinated by the show and they enjoyed the experience very much.

Attending our Doma and Folklore festival is another option for guests coming to Argentina in January. We really hope more and more clients can enjoy our services and our tradition.

Regards,

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

Testimonial

Pablo,

     I’ve been a little busy since I got back but had to take time today to share my thoughts on our hunting experience with Pointer Outfitters. I know Rick, Bruce, Ted and Delbert feel the same. Our trip was purchased through the CCA banquet here in Brenham, Tx. I have always wanted to hunt doves in Argentina and have had a handful of friends that have gone multiple times and I have heard their experiences which was always, you got to go just once you won’t believe it! Not knowing anything about Pointer Outfitters prior to purchasing the trip other than visiting your web site. I know their are quite a few outfitters in Argentina that do these type of hunts as I have heard about several from my friends and most of their experiences were very enjoyable and most talked about all the doves which is hard to explain to people unless you witness it yourself.

     Let me say this, that yes there are many outfitters in Argentina and this was my first experience but there is absolutely no way that you could have a Outfitter with better experience than Pointer Outfitters. Pablo, I have been in the retail and restaurant business for 36 and everyone could learn something from your customer service. The guys who coordinate the daily trips, the bird boys (and I hate to call them that so lets say hunter helpers), the chef we had prepare our meals, the lodge staff from front to back and last but not least Miadell what a wonderful person, she and all the staff made the trip with doves or no doves. You should be very proud of the job Miadell and her guys run your business, I just can’t say enough. I feel I have made some lifelong friends that week. Our hunter helpers were Ta Ta and Gabriel. They were all good but these two guys were amazing and so much fun to be with. I will never forget them. The hunt, the food, the lodging was all over the top but it was the PEOPLE at Pointer Outfitters that made the trip. I told a friend the other day that I have been in 5 star Westin hotels and never got treated like that and did not come there to get waited on like that but everyone did so with such pleasure. You just don’t see that much anymore. So I thank you for a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten and I can’t wait to return to Pointer Outfitters.

God Bless,

Nathan

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Kicking Off the New Year

January is a summer month and vacation in Argentina. The weather is very nice, warm in the mornings getting hotter towards the afternoons. Our friends Tim, Daniel, Dean and Bernard are our first guests to arrive in 2017 and we’re very happy to start a new season.

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Tim and Ben are close friends, they go hunting almost every weekend and they have so many anecdotes to tell that they got us laughing to tears many times! They had been in Argentina before, but it was Daniel and Dean’s first time dove hunting here. Daniel and Dean are UFC fighters, and Dean is a champion himself.

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The Plaza Real lodge has wonderful shooting areas around the tuna roost, just 30 minutes away from the lodge.

Our lodge is located 80 km away from the capital city of Córdoba. Pointer has Toyota vehicles and Mercedes Benz vans to take our guests to destination. We also have more than a hundred Benelli and Beretta guns. We have also just received new cal. 20 Benelli Montefeltro and cal. 28 over and under shotguns.

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The weather is being nice to us in the beginning of this new season, we have great numbers of birds coming to our fields. The amount is not so impressive during the mornings but in the afternoons we get to see millions of doves arriving to their roosts.

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Campo Correa is our most important shooting area, where our guests can shoot more than a thousand doves in a day. Our bird boys are behind all the details so that our guests can enjoy the best shooting areas in the most comfortable settings. Our bird boys, as we usually do, have individual coolers with ice cold drinks and ice for our guests to have the most enjoyable experience.

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Federico, who we call Fefe, is our master chef. He will let you savor excellent dishes, such as dove with mustard sauce and our traditional asado (Argentinian BBQ) with meat cuts you’ve never tasted before. Federico will make sure you enjoy these pleasures with a glass of Malbec wine. After such a tasty meal, a siesta is a must to be ready for a long shooting afternoon, in comfortable hammocks under the shade of talas and algarrobos, typical trees from Córdoba. Our guests enjoy the breeze and the sound of nature.

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At about 15.30 we’re ready to start again and we see many groups of doves coming to their drinking and sleeping areas. We check the shooting spots. We make sure the guests are pleased with the place. Everything is ready for them.

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By the end of the day, the numbers are unbelievable and all the group is impressed by the amount of birds shot. More than five thousand in a day. After such an amazing day, the group is ready to go back to the lodge and relax with a warm bath and a deep massage. We have the best massage therapists and they use different techniques to leave our guests ready for the next hunting day.

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Daniel and Dean are also chefs, so they asked for a pork cooked in the flames of the fire pit. It was amazing! They were delighted by the experience. Our homemade dessert is another highlight of the night. They are made by our pastry chef, Mary.

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In the lodge, the firepit is ready to enjoy some drinks under a sky full of stars. By the end of the trip, our guests are delighted by the experience. They say: This is the best trip ever! The best people ever! The best food ever! Everything was outstanding!

We enjoy having our guests as much as they enjoy the experience. We hope to see you around soon!

Martin Andrada
Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

The Best Way to Start the Year

On the 7th of January, I met an amazing group from New York; Tim Kilgallon and his friends Daniel, Dean and Ben. They arrived in Cordoba on that same day, saturday morning, and I went to the NH Panoramic Hotel to pick them up in the afternoon to accompany them on a walking city tour in Cordoba city.

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One of Cordoba’s main attractions is the Jesuit Block, a series of colonial buildings that has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The Jesuit Block is a city block of buildings constructed by the Jesuits during the 17th and 18th centuries, including schools, temples and residences. Among the more impressive features are a crypt at the underground novitiate temple, the Company of Jesus Church (the oldest temple in Argentina), and Argentina’s first university, which has been converted into a historic museum by the Cordoba National University.

The city’s most important religious building is the Catedral de Cordoba. Its architecture combines neoclassical, romantic and baroque elements fused with indigenous details. The interior design highlights vault paintings and a variety of contemporary adornments.

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Another thing we went visiting was the amazing Paseo del Buen Pastor, a cultural center in the historic district. Modern and functional, it includes a beautiful colonial chapel (Capuchinos) and conserves original pieces such as porticos and columns, combining contemporary and historic elements. It is made up of diverse spaces designed to house art exhibitions along with various galleries, theaters, cinemas, concert halls and dancing fountains that perform a light and music show in the evenings. There are spacious gardens, terraces, plazas and open-air areas for relaxing, surrounded by excellent restaurants and cafes. El Paseo del Buen Pastor is a true delight for art lovers!

Los Capuchinos church, just in front of the Paseo del Buen Pastor, is a true example of Gothic Revival architecture, designed and made by the famous Italian artist and engineer Augusto Ferrari. He brought specialized staff from Rome to build this structure. The interior and exterior are incredibly beautiful!

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So, it was a hot day but they were really happy about our summer weather since snow is the main character in NYC these days.

It was 6 pm and the tour guide started to telling us all about Cordoba’s history, and after an hour of interesting facts, the group was feeling thirsty – but excited still-  so I took them to a beer place called Antares in Nueva Cordoba neighbourhood, to grab some beers before dinner.

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Beers, laughter, happiness, camaraderie, everything was going great. At 8:30 pm we had reservations made for the group to have and amazing Argentine Barbecue in Alcorta Restaurant for dinner.

Red wine, the most important part of the night, appear to delight our clients palad. Let me tell you a little bit of Argentinean Wine.

Aromas and colors of Córdoba’s wines are closely related to the work of both Jesuits and Friuli immigrants that inhabited the province. As in almost all winemaking regions in Argentina, the Jesuits were those responsible for introducing wine in the province, mainly for mass celebration. Our wines’ handwork can be perceived in their intensity, a flavor enhanced by those of pork meats, cold-cuts and cheese from Colonia Caroya, where the largest local winemaking production is concentrated.

Dan and Dean are chefs, so they were really into this part of the day. They told me lots of stories of all kinds of food they’ve tasted around the world, but nothing compares to the meat and wines we have in Argentina, they said.

Dinner time was over and so I took them back to the hotel, so they can rest and relax before starting the hunting trip with us.

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The next morning, Martin, one of our main guides, went to the hotel at 11:00 am to pick them up and take them straight to the field. 

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It was a rainy morning, but Martin managed to escape the storm and arrive to the field right on time for lunch.

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After lunch the gentlemen took a quick nap in the shadow of the trees on the hammocks, had coffee ,and chatted before they headed to their afternoon hunting locations.

Once the afternoon hunt was over, Martin took them to the Plaza Real Lodge so they can relax and have a massage session after such a long day of hunting.

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The football game was on the TV, so they were all watching that. After some snacks, drinks and the game, we had dinner and then went to the firepit, and, a few hours later, we all decided to go to sleep so we can be ready for the day we had ahead.

The next morning we woke up at 7 am and went to the dining room to have an energetic breakfast to be good to go. Martin arrived at 8am with the van and everything ready for us. We got in there and started that unique experience they were really excited to have.

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On that cloudy and hot day we arrived to the field, after escaping from the dark clouds full of water, and the team was waiting for us with everything prepared to hit the hunting spots.

We heard the shots and we knew everything was going great. By the time they finished the morning hunting, lunch was ready.

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Our amazing and professional chef Federico, prepared for us a really tasty lunch. We had the traditional Argentinean barbeque known as “asado”. A light salad composed of cabbage, tomato, and lettuce was our first course. It was doused with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, giving it a sweet tang. Juicy sausage was served next. Then came the pork flank. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and lime juice; it was the perfect consistency of fat and muscle. It is akin to eating a large succulent piece of bacon. The main entrée was tenderloin. Slow cooked to perfection with a moist pink center and a charred exterior. The two textures playing off each other exceptionally. Lastly, chicken thigh and breast seasoned with lime juice, salt, and pepper. For dessert we had Tiramisu. It was light and airy providing a sweet but not overly filling end to our meal.

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The sunny afternoon was waiting for them, so, they took a quick nap to relax a little bit and went back to their hunting spots.

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I don’t think I can really put in words how much fun this group had while hunting here with us. They were having a blast! Doves were everywhere and flying really fast, the challenge was on!

It was my first time hosting a group from New York City, and I have nothing to say but good things about them. An amazing group of people, full of energy and fun, open to other cultures, trying to make everyone to feel comfortable, Tim’s group.

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You should be the next one !

Victoria Fallótico

Host & Lodge Manager

Pointer Outfitters

Generation after Generation

We have reached the last month of the year but our season is not over yet. I arrived at the airport around 1:10 pm on a sunny day with a temperature of 29 degrees, waiting for our friend Mark and his son John.

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Once we were with our guests inside the van, we left the airport ready to undertake trip to the shooting zone that is towards the north of the province of Cordoba, well-known as the “tuna zone”, located an hour away from the airport, where the rest of Pointer’s team is waiting for us, ready to have an amazing hunting day.

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As usual Gaby (number one) is waiting for us with a tasty Argentine lunch, well known as Asado, that includes tenderloin, matambre (a thin cut from Argentina and Uruguay) with lemon, boneless chicken and chimichurri!

After lunch, we like preparing the hammocks for our friend to relax and take a quick nap before the afternoon hunt.

We are ready to go to the shooting zone. It’s already 3:30 pm and we see a large volume of doves reaching the nesting area.

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Our friend Mark visited us for the second time fortunately, and this year he wanted to pass along the experience of dove hunting in Cordoba to his son John.

We double checked that all the shotguns are in great conditions and, once everything was OK and our field assistants were located in the hunting spots, the day started.

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In terms of shotguns, our customers were pleased to use our new Benelli Montefeltro 20 cal shotguns. They are our workhorses and the only weapons that carry on like no other the pressure of Cordoba’s high volume hunting. They were really surprised by its comfort when shooting over 2000 thousand rounds a day. They have been shooting 20 gauge ammunition 7, which is one of the best ammunition for the sport of shooting doves. We also use regular ammunition ½ or 7 and 8 and loads of gunpowder in our cartridges are of 25 grams.

Benelli’s Montefeltro shotgun features a slim, graceful forend, which, combined with an anodized, lightweight receiver, keeps the weight minimal and the swing quick.

It has an Inertia-Driven System, which means that the shotgun is clean, reliable, and adjustment-free.We have them available in 12- and 20-gauge, we do not have any with left hand configurations. We like a lot the low-profile rib.

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At this time of the year, summer is starting in Argentina, so we have a temperature from 20 to 30 degrees celsius and of course, rainy days, so it is important to have very strategic fields for these months, but that never stops us from providing our clients of a good time!

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Once I heard the first shots I decided to go to the sports and see how everything was going up there.

I arrived and I saw that everything was going great. Mark was asking the field assistants for some advice for him and his son, so I told him that it’s very important when you shoot to have a feet relaxed so you are able to move with total freedom to follow the doves, and it’s also very important to have your arms in the right position (lined up) because that will give you a great precision while firing the shotgun .

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After three days of pure shots, the faces of Mark and John showed us nothing but satisfaction of being together in Cordoba.

Their numbers were unbelievable; both of them got really great rates, some days it was more than a 1000 doves ! So we congratulate them by making them part of the 1000 Doves Club!

So, great clients with a great crew, leads to a great trip. They were very pleased with our amazing lodge, La Loma, and with their host those days, Juan, who takes great care of every single client we have, making them feel as comfortable as possible.

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As they said, it was a wonderful trip!

I hope to see you guys next time,

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

A Memorable Weekend

It’s December and we still have a lot of things to do before ending a great 2016 full of work and great new friends. Now, it was about time for Joseph Thomas Bailey (from now on: “Joe”) and Edwin Gilbert Bell (“Ed”) to come and visit us.

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They arrived in Cordoba’s airport on December 1st at 3pm, and then Martin, who went to pick them up, took them straight to the field, where Emanuel, Santiago and Tata were waiting for them with some tenderloin sandwiches.

We don’t like losing too much time for lunchtime on the first day if we have guests going directly to the field at 3.30 or 4 pm, because the priority is to hunt a bunch of doves and then, on the following day, with plenty of time, we would have an amazing argentinian barbecue at the field with the entire camp set out.

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It was raining on the second day when I woke up, so,  after a big breakfast, we decided to wait a couple of extra minutes at the Lodge until the rain stopped for a while.

By 8:30 am. we were in the truck ready for a new adventure. It rained all morning long, but luckily for us, it was an easy rain. It didn’t stop the doves from flying, and,  of course, Joe & Ed from having a great time. 

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When we were close to lunchtime, we decided to go to a nice restaurant 10 minutes away from the the field, that we occasionally use when we have rainy days. Don’t get me wrong, is very unusual to have rainy days here in Cordoba throughout the year. In fact, this was my first time in 3 years of going to the fields that I had barbecue in a restaurant. Anyway, food was great and the place looks like an old 70’s local restaurant. I liked it and even more important, the guys liked it a lot! 

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Once we were back in the field for the afternoon hunt, the storm moved away and we had a great hunting afternoon; Ed killed 856 doves with 49 boxes, while Joe did 611 but with 36 boxes.

It was 6:15 pm when we arrived to La Loma Lodge, where Paola and the ladies were expecting us with some drinks and wet towels. After this, the guys took a long and refreshing shower while I was waiting for them with some appetizer and 2 olives Martini with Joe’s name on it and a long glass of cold beer for Ed. We had a really nice evening and, after a great dinner, we stayed for a while around the fire pit with the great Jimmy “Baby Baby” Reed singing for us and a cup of wine each.

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On the following day we went hunting to the same Hills but to a different field. The morning was very good but nothing compares to the afternoon, since we were closer to an area where doves go back to sleep; the nesting area. Afternoon was separated from the morning with a very neat camp, where Emanuel was cooking some beef (tenderloin), chicken, sausage, pork flank and some dove’s brochette, that Ed & Joe gently killed for us.

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After lunch Ed went straight to the hammocks, same as Joe but with  first having his Cuban cigar. That afternoon we all finished at Ed spot, shouting and having fun with some nice and very difficult long shots, but also with some “easy ones” he missed (you can’t just hit them all!!). Joe was there too; he shot 20 boxes, while Ed did 30.

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Once again, ladies were expecting us with some drinks and wet towels. And, unlike the day before, that night we had LASAGNA!! I love the lasagna that Silvia, our chef at La Loma Lodge, prepares for us once a week.

That night was really short, since we were all tired and our friends were a little sore from a great hunting day: empty shells everywhere! Before we all got asleep, we thought about the plans for the next day and so we decided to take a free morning and then go straight to the field for lunchtime and do some shots in the afternoon.

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And so we did. That afternoon Ed shoot only 4 boxes and he gently invited me to take the shotgun. I didn’t start very well but after a few shoots I was getting lucky and started hitting them very often. We were having a blast and I remember Tata saying: Ok, let’s open a box and see how many birds can you get with 25 shells. The final number was 19 from 25. But it was not the numbers what really brought me joy that afternoon, I really enjoyed watching Ed smile as he watched Tata and me shouting and laughing and how “stupid crazy happy” we can get when we start shooting doves. The funniest one was the one I shoot and ended up on top of my foot!

Joe, on the other hand, fired 20 boxes. There was no reason of picking up more shells, these two 75 years “old” gentleman’s (they don’t look old at all!) did a total of 3384 birds shooting up 5575 shells between both of them. I whish I have that energy at my 60’s!!, if I’m lucky to live long enough.

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Last day arrived and it was time to take these two great new friends to the airport. Francisco was the person in charge to take them there and so, at 11am, I introduced him to our friends. We had a soft appetizer and once we gave us our final greeting, they got into the truck leaving to Cordoba’s airport, while I, on the other hand, was turning on the air conditioner, putting some great “Asleep at the wheels” music and started driving back to Bs As.

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It was a great time…a memorable weekend! 

Juan Aguiló

Host & Media

Pointer Outfitters