A Trip of a Lifetime

My phone says it’s time to start a new day. The outside temperature is very warm, which is a prediction for a beautiful day. This time, we have an amazing group of four people, two lovely couples; Gary and Kimber, and Jordan and Kiera.

 

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So, as the day starts, our guests had an early breakfast to start the day the best way possible. They decided to stay at Jesus Maria Deluxe Resort, a place where every guest feels at home.

Once they finished this amazing breakfast, Gary and Jordan prepared everything they needed to go straight to the field, and us, we have our shotguns, cartridges, camping equipment and everything ready for a great day.

Kiera and Kimber, in the other hand, were non hunters, so for them we had prepared many different activities to enjoy their trip in Cordoba.

 

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Talking about our non-hunting activities, we can mention activities from horseback riding to a spa day, going through museum visits, Shopping center visits, wine tasting, and many other things Cordoba has to offer and that you can chose from, depending on your likes.

If you would like to get to know this amazing city, let me tell you a bit of what a City Tour in Cordoba looks like. First we would visit Plaza San Martín & surrounding areas; Cordoba’s central square. Its western side is dominated by the white arcade of the restored Cabildo and close to it there is the architecturally impressive Catedral.

Then, we would continue with the Córdoba’s magestic Manzana Jesuitica. The Jesuit block contains the core buildings of the Jesuit system: the university, the church and residence of the Society of Jesus, and the college. In this area we can also visit some stores or boutiques where you can find our well known leather, nice souvenirs and silver crafts.

After visiting the museums, we are ready to have lunch in a traditional restaurant in the area, preparing ourselves for the one and only Paseo del Buen Pastor and Sacred Coeur Church. There are a couple of hip cafe-bars in the central patio area where you can kick back with an Appletini or two. The attached chapel (which has been desanctified) hosts regular live-music performances to finish a nice afternoon.

 

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We would also go to the city’s best contemporary art museums: The Emilio Caraffa Museum, and Palacio Ferreyra Museum. There you will enjoy paintings, sculptures and a Beaux-Arts mansion designed by French architect Ernest Sanson and built between 1912 and 1916 for Dr. Martín Ferreyra.

Finally, ten blocks away from the Córdoba urban historical shell, we get deep into the renowned Bohemian neighborhood called Güemes to visit Paseo de las Artes (artisan flea market).This area is a meeting place and a hot tourist spot that grows constantly.

So, going back to the hunters now, around 8:30 Gary and Jordan are ready to take the field. This time, we are taking them to a place that is less than 30 minutes away from the lodge. As usual, we are taking them on our comfortable toyotas trucks.

 

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As soon as we arrived, the field assistants are waiting for us. The field is full of doves everywhere and, after five minutes of having started the hunting, I hear the first shot. “Buenoooo” screams the assistant.

From what I can here, they are already having a great time, but now, it’s the time to check if each of our new friends is in a good shooting place.

In terms of shotguns, we like recommending Benelli Montefeltro cal 20 since this are amazing machines that work perfectly for dove shooting. Our guest are very happy about them because the shotguns itself and the cartridges worked very well, and they are happy about the manners of our field assistants and how professional they are, always taking care of every detail.

A couple of hours later, I received the first shooter in the tent. Federico, our chef, is ready to receive him with a glass of wine and a special appetizer, which in this case is a bunch of tasty pigeons prepared as a Taco with a traditional chimichurri sauce or well-known as chimichanga.

 

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After all our guests are at the table, lunchtime started with some fresh pigeon wrapped in bacon onion and peppers, and following, we have some ribs, flank steak, pork, and other meat cuts grilled, and all together making the one and only argentinean Asado, accompanied of course, with Malbec wine.
After lunch, we like preparing the hammocks for a quick nap before the afternoon hunt. Meanwhile, Francisco and Emanuel, the assistants, are checking new positions for the afternoon hunt.

In October, the weather is very good as we are in the spring time, so we have a very pleasant temperature. At 2:30 pm we have the first doves flying, which means it’s time to start.
Our field assistants with each shotgun clean and ready, are already positioned to guide our clients to the shooting area.
After an amazing day of shooting, at 5.45 pm, and after picking up everything they needed, our guest were good to go.
Returning to the lodge, I remember listening to them talking about the memories of the day, happy about every single dove they killed.

Once they arrived to the lodge, the host and their wives were waiting for them to enjoy some appetizers before dinner and, of course, a massage session to ease the shoulders.
Now, knowing that customers are safe in the hands of our chef and staff, I will leave the lodge and prepare everything for another day.

I hope to see you again soon !

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

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Great Beginners

The first day in the van, when I met Patt and Jason, they told me it was their first time dove shooting so I said to them that they are in the best place to learn and practice, always, of course, having fun!

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“Yeah yeah, so we do then; I’ll meet you at the entrance of the field so I do not get in there with my car.- Great J, I’ll call you once the clients arrive in Cordoba’s airport.- Ok, Thanks David.”

That morning I had planned to be at the office in the morning and then meet David at the field entrance, before climbing to the hills, because my car is a little lower than the Van we use to transport groups of more than 3 people.

It was 1.25 pm when I reached the entrance to the field, just a few meters from the main route.

And while waiting I thought, why not? It doesn’t seem to be in bad conditions; I’ll climb. So, the first thing I did was to call David to let him know, otherwise, he would be waiting for me without knowing that I’m already at the field.

So it was then when I went up and left the car just 500 yds from where the camp was. About 15 minutes later David came, went up to the van and introduced me with the group. This time we had visitors from North Carolina: Jeffery, Mike, Patrick, and Jason.

Once in the camp, Filo, our chef,  was waiting for us with a delicious lunch with roast, chorizo (Argentinean Sausage), chicken and pork. I remember standing Jason finished eating and I was tired of sitting after 2 flights (although I also was anxious to meet the famous pigeons of Cordoba). AC-DC still sounded when after a quick lunch our friends started changing, leaving traveling clothes inside the van, in their respective bags. The real purpose of his trip will now begin: Hunting, drinking and having a great time.

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That afternoon Jeffrey Canarian was on one side of the mountain, while the rest would be more ventured into the mountains, being Mike the one at the highest position.

Jason was the first to finish his 20 boxes and Santiago, his field assistant, offered to open another case but, since it was Jason’s first time dove shooting, he had had enough by that afternoon (other than the second day that he would shoot more than 45 boxes).

Then I went to Emmanuel and said to him “Ema, this is Patt, and it is his first time dove shooting… Can you guide him a little please?” and so he said “yes, of course, do not worry J, I will help him” (Ema was going to be Patt’s assistant).

So it was; he took 7 or 10 boxes for Patt to start shooting as if he had already done it several times. That afternoon Patt throw 20 boxes killing a total of 201 pigeons !! Let me tell you something because watching how happy he was is the most rewarding thing about this job: to see our guests being really happy having a great time with his friends. Patt surprised us all, specially the rest of the group, because of the skills he had and how fast he was learning and shooting as he was doing (the second day, he achieved a total of 434 pigeons between morning and afternoon).

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The first day in the van, when I met Patt and Jason, they told me it was their first time dove shooting so I said to them that they are in the best place to learn and practice: you would see (just for the record, if we only take what Patt killed on the second day, it will take you 29 full days on the hunting season in the US to achieve what he did in just one day in Cordoba!) That evening Jason, Mike and Patt returned in the Van with David, while Jeffrey wanted to go with me since that day I had gone with my car.
We chatted for a long time but when Jeff heard on the background the first chords of Daze and Confused, he turned up the volume to the maximum and neither of us could resist it; we started screaming trying to follow the lyrics.
I still remember the face of Jeff surprised when we entered the car to the lodge. We joined the rest of the group and they were all saying thanks appreciating the excellent afternoon they had, because they had found everything above expectations. I remember the words of Jeff in the car: What is this man?, and I replied “This is your lodge, we are gonna stay here, this is gonna be your home for the next few days! And he could not believe his eyes! Too much ! 
The girls at the lodge were waiting for us with some juice and wet towels and after a bite, drinks and a great dinner with more and more drinks in the living room, we went to get some rest.
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On the next day, we had breakfast at 8 am, leaving to the field at 9 (although we expected to do it at 8:30, it was not easy to get them ready for that time). We all went up to the same mountain, but it was a different field. This time Chanqui, the photographer, came with us to document the day with photos and video. In the morning, we hunt near the camp, next to a small lake, where pigeons often go to drink water.
Even though we know that the mornings are way different than the afternoons, they shot a total of about 65 boxes, being Jason the one that did the most with a total of 20.
The dove was flying until late lunch. In fact, when the chef called us to eat, we were still hunting in place. They were shooting two guys together, but we were all there, putting together skills and waiting for lunch since we were just about 30 yds to the camp.
Meat, meat ,and more meat with pears in red wine as dessert. Oh no, that’s fruit, no thanks. Just try it. Pears in wine with cream, ate everything, left nothing.
Jason opted for a nap in the hammock while the rest decided to lay on the grass; Jeffrey was in charge of the music. I could see that the boys had already climbed to prepare the hunting positions, so I calculated that we would climb in about 5 or 10 minutes.
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Once in the hunting positions, I was surprised of how the wind stopped blowing because that morning had been very windy. Sunny but windy. Actually, the afternoon was very pleasant; a little breeze, not even wind.
Patt and Jeffrey were the last to finish that afternoon and I could still see the dove flying on posts while we were in the Van toward the Lodge. Patrick was impressedwith the dish that night: a tasty lasagna with bolognese sauce.
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The next afternoon, Jason and Patt finished the day with the same number! yes, 366 doves each! Jason finished first while Patt was about 6 pigeons to reach him and he still had 10 or 11 cartridges. Unhurriedly, waiting for that best doves, he saw the ones that fit to reach Jason, and knowing that he had 2 chances to catch them, he saw a dove coming in front of him on the distance he liked and missed the first, but then, as soon as he saw the shotgun giving a little more swing and achieving impact with his last round, he reached Jason with 366 pigeons in the same amount of boxes: 30!
That evening all the boys returned to the lodge in order to share the last great night together. 
Good music, drinks, chess, backgammon and more drinks.
I’m gonna miss this guys, we had a hell of a time those days!
Juan Aguiló
Host & Media
Pointer Outfitters

Van Dorn Ready to kill

January was a strong month for all of us at Pointer, and having our amazing friends Erik, Cody, Steven and Shannon from Texas with us was a cool experience that helped to make it all amazing.

 

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This group had flown from Huston on the great and comfortable United Airlines #819 from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Gate E20 to Ministro Pistarini International Airport (SAEZ / EZE), Terminal A (there is another great connection with Copa through Panama or you can even make it through Santiago, in Chile).

United is a major American airline headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It is the world’s largest airline when measured by number of destinations served. It is also a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s first and largest global airline alliance. Regional service is operated by independent carriers under the brand name United Express.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619279Now, our clients are already in Argentina, staying at the Plaza Real Lodge in Villa del Totoral, in the province of Córdoba, and getting ready to start the day.

After having a great and good tasting breakfast at 7.30 am, we leave in our Mercedes- Benz Sprinter van to the field located 25 minutes away from the lodge.

As we get to the field, our whole field staff is waiting for us to welcome our guests on their first time in Argentina. The entire group is completely shocked about the great number of birds on Tuna Roost. Luckily, doves are really active in the afternoons.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619178Big E is a great guy that promises that he will shoot over 1000 birds every day. When you see Big E for the first time you might mistake him for a bodyguard; he is huge! With him, we have Cody and his amazing and unique hair cut. Actually, I think I had never seen something like that before so…  Good for you Cody! You have a very original and handsome look. Then there is Shannon. He is the spirit, like the life of the party. He is always joking and laughing. We had so much fun with him; and we also have Steve, who is quieter, but when he takes a drink, he gets talkative and ironic, but with a great sense of humor.

We must admit that we felt like, with 20 hunters in the field, these guys just melted our shotguns. They have been shooting all the birds in the sky. We can bet it is not going to be their last time!

IMG_GR_testimonials1455620389Once we are at the field, our guests want to try our new Beretta 400 shotguns, as those are a new thing from Beretta. We also have machines like CAL 20 BENELLI MONTEFELTRO, CAL 20 BENELLI M1 and CAL 12 BERETTA A300, very good taken when dove hunting since our clients were amazed for its comfortable way of working after shooting over two thousand shots each day.

By now, they have been shooting 20 gauges ammunition 7, which is one of the best supplies for this dove hunting sport (we also regularly use 7 and ½ or 8 supplies, and the powder charges in our cartridges is 25 grams).

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619647Today, we would like to talk about the Beretta A400 and let you know more about the specifications of this amazing shotgun. Its action is truly revolutionary in the history of the semiautomatic shotgun. Thanks to the proprietary Blink technology, it shoots 36% faster than any other system, meaning that your follow-up shots will always be faster than any high-flying duck, goose or clay target. It is low-profile and light weight (while being super-durable), giving you superior natural pointability. It has built-in rails, so that you can easily equip it with the optics of your choice for turkey season. And its reliable feeding of any type of 12-gauge shell—lead or steel, mild 2 ¾” to hard-hitting 3 ½” magnums—gives the A400 the versatility of a do-it-all shotgun.

Something else that will not fail to impress you about the A400 Xtreme Unico Camo is its finish. The camo pattern is flawless and covers even the corners and recesses that would be left out in a lesser shotgun. But what’s even more impressive about this shotgun is that, thanks to Aqua technology, the steel parts of the A400 Xtreme are highly resistant to corrosion, water and salt-spray, which make this shotgun a champion of durability even in the most extreme hunting conditions.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619507Since it’s summer here in Argentina, we are having three amazing and sunny days next to our chef Federico, one of our cooks and chefs at the field, who is always very aware of the needs of our clients and now is making us taste some Pigeons in Red Wine, Asado (barbecue) and, as usual, Malbec wine.

As mentioned, we enjoyed Trapiche Origen Malbec and Don David Malbec during the days of this group in Córdoba because we always like offering our guests some of the best wines from Trapiche.

Trapiche Winery, set amidst vineyards and located in Maipú, Mendoza, at the foot of the Andes, this Florentine style building from 1912 is an icon of Mendoza’s wine architecture. A blend of past and present, Trapiche winery provides the ideal location for a dialog between tradition and cutting edge technology in the production of premium wines.

Now, let’s talk about Trapiche origenes Malbec. It has this intense red color with some violet hues. You can smell red berries, plum, cherry and chocolate all concentrated. It feels like a juicy mouth with a bit of cinnamon, vanilla and toasted bread with plum jam.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455620102Our dear friend Shannon has a particular taste, the Bloody Mary. While the origin of this popular brunch cocktail is debatable, the Bloody Mary’s staying power leaves no question. A classic bloody Mary is made with vodka, tomato juice, lemon, spices and seasonings. Its creation is often credited to barman Fernand Petiot, who supposedly invented the combination of vodka and tomato juice at Harry’s Bar in Paris in 1921 and refined the recipe in New York in the 1930s, adding lemon, Worcestershire sauce and black and cayenne pepper. This is a vodka-soaked nutritional breakfast and hangover cure all in one. What else can you ask for?

Without further words, let me tell you that, by the end of the day, Erik Van Dorn had made a record using 3 Beretta 400 (which worked perfectly), and shot 3061 doves in 4 Hours and 35 minutes, which was the 90% of that afternoon. He had shot 8621 doves in a couple of days! Amazing! Great shot! (86% was his percentage). We will send you a report in the next few days.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619456Fortunately, the weather was on our side.

The whole Pointer Outfitters staff is waiting to give you the best experience of Córdoba, Argentina.

We hope to see you next time.

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Cordoba Lodges

Pointer Outfitters

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Lets talk about Benelli Montefeltro

January is one of my favorite months for dove hunting. Birds fly in abundance in the area of the hills –the tuna roosts- due to a quite rainy summer. Luckily, the weather was awesome when our guests Gary, John, Dale and Carder came.

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Our daily program is very organized: at 7:30 am every guests are woke up, breakfast is served at 8 and departure is at 8.30 am. We shoot until 12.30 when our star chef Federico awaits us with a tasty tacos of pigeons and, as always, the great Argentine barbecue. After lunch, we hang some hammocks for the nap and at 14:30 we are rested and ready to start shooting again.

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Pigeons are monogamous, that is to say they have a stable partner. Once rigged, the female lays one or two eggs after 12 days. At 4-6 days, the young leave the nest. Pigeons reproduce based on the amount of food, the more food there is, the more number of hatches per year. In Cordoba we have between 3 and 5 reproductions every year. And only in North of Cordoba we can speak of 100,000 pigeons, declared by the authorities as plague.

In the spring and fall it is when they have more reproductive capacity. In the wild they can live about 15 years but in the cities they rarely live more than 5 years.

Pigeons build nests with any material from their own dung, twigs, clips, wires or even other skeletons of dead pigeons.

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Our customers were pleased to use ours new Benelli shotguns montefeltro 20 cal. They are our workhorses and the only weapons that carry on like no other the pressure of Cordoba’s high volume hunting. Million of shells a year!!!

Our customers were 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.

We are known to satisfy the special requests of each hunter who chooses our company.

We have a wide variety of shotguns: Let us talk about the Benelli Montefeltro.

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 Ultra-reliable Inertia Driven® system. An Inertia-Driven® System shotgun is clean, reliable, and adjustment-free.We have them avialable in 12- and 20-gauge, we do not have any with Left hand configurations. We like it a lot the Low-profile rib.

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Notes about this shotgun

The bolt-lock lever performs 3 important functions: 1) It locks the bolt back on an empty chamber. 2) It releases a shell from the magazine. 3) It indicates a cocked hammer, making it obvious by both sight and feel. The bolt-lock lever is conveniently located on the front of the trigger guard.

Chamber pressure is contained by the massive, 2-lug rotary locking head, which locks into the steel barrel extension.

The trigger guard and safety are ergonomically designed, blending style and function.

Our Mercedes Benz vans help our customers to move to the shooting area with the best comfort and relaxation when starting the activity .

We also have great activities for non-shooters. For example, you can organize a day trip to Cordoba or a horse riding in the picturesque hills of Cordoba, or you can even take a shooting lesson.IMG_GR_testimonials1454078393

Our customers decided to stay in our lodge Plaza Real Lodge and to enjoy the spacious private suite rooms, the fire pit and also the pool in these wonderful days of summer, where our manager Silvia and Juan were waiting for them with delicious welcome drinks and an outstanding dinner with the guests.

Thanks to all of you. We hope to see you soon!

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

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Thank you and your team for an excellent time of fellowship and shooting. Special thanks to Sylvia and David for taking us shopping.

Can you send me information on the child sponsorship program I read about in your table book?

Thanks again Pablo

Dale Williams

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The principle in this company is “attention to details”, and that is why they finish all the metal work by hand.

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If you like them and want more info, please check their website: www.vovapen.com