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

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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