Nothing but Celebration – Part I

Brad Meyer’s group arrived a Monday at 8.30 am to Cordoba’s airport where David was waiting to take them straight to the field. That morning the highway was quiet because it was a holiday in Argentina for San Martin death’s anniversary. José Francisco de San Martín y Matorras (25th February 1778 – 17th August 1850) was an Argentine general and the principal leader of the successful struggle for independence from Spain by the southern nations of South America.

Celebrated on the third Monday in August, this holiday commemorates the death of José de San Martín since he is regarded as the most important Argentinian founding father, who liberated not only a part of Argentina but also helped liberate Chile and Peru along with O’Higgins and Bolívar.

So, after an hour and a half of driving, they got to the camp and had lunch with another group of 8 people that had arrived 3 days before them and were leaving the next day. Right after lunch and a quick pause to get everything ready, David took them to the hunting spots, where the field assistants were waiting.

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I wasn’t lucky this time because I couldn’t be that afternoon with the groups, but the guides told me that, since it was not windy and doves were constantly flying, it was an unforgettable afternoon hunt, mostly for someone that is in Argentina for the first time, knowing that Cordoba is the best place for dove shooting.

That night I went to the Lodge to introduce myself to the group and to spend some quality time with them. We had pasta for dinner and then we went to the fire pit to enjoy that beautiful night, but just me and Steve were the only ones left after a couple of hours, since the rest of the group was really tired after 24 hours of non-stopping activities and, of course, because of all the traveling.

The next morning, the group decided to stay at the lodge and relax a little bit. It was 10 am and everyone was ready. Some had scrambled eggs with bacon, others chose fried eggs with bacon, a cup of black coffee and a glass of orange juice. And then it was 10.30 am when I saw Martin arriving to the lodge with the Van to pick the leaving group up and, after him, I saw Facundo arriving too, looking for me and the group to take us that and the rest of the days to the field in a white Ford for 10 people._MG_4768.jpgThat afternoon we hunted in the hills, on a field located 30 km northeast from Villa del Totoral, town in which Plaza Real Lodge is placed. Totoral, as we call it here, is a town in the province of Córdoba, Argentina. It has 7,110 inhabitants per the 2001 census, and is the head town of the Totoral Department.

While I was climbing the hill, I found the first hunting spot in which there was Brad with Juan, his field assistant.

After 10 or maybe 15 minutes, we decided to move him to a different spot because, even though doves were flying great, they were unfortunately doing it too high and on a high speed because of the wind.

I kept walking, and I saw David and Juan in the second spot, cutting some branches to make a better spot for Brad, place in which doves were flying up on the flush of the mountains and coming across Brad, waiting for them around 20 to 45 yards away.

After a little while, Brad gave me his shotgun and invited me to hunt a bit with him. I’m not going to lie, it was super fun, and I still remember when not only one, but two doves came closer to us trying to land on a branch in front of us and I just could not resist the temptation and that’s how, from one moment to the other, laughter and feathers appeared.

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I gently gave the shotgun back to Brad and, after I thanked him for inviting me to spend a moment with him, I left to check how the other guys were doing.

I walked something about 80 yards and found Steve. I asked Santiago, the field assistant, how was the afternoon going on this spot so far and, before he could even answer, I saw a group of fifteen doves approaching us. Steve killed 3 in a row, and missed other four for just a centimeter.

I decided to stay for about 25 minutes with Steve and Santiago to see how everything was going there. Then, I started walking uphill and I found Ricky and Emanuel on this amazing hunting spot of the afternoon since doves were flying low and slow. Ricky killed 345 doves that afternoon!

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At the top of the hill I remember I saw Shane, who was hunting with his field assistant, Facundo. After 15 or maybe 20 shots, we realized that doves were passing just behind a tree that was not too big, but really dry, so we offered Shane to take a little break of 10 minutes and to grab an ice cold beer while we cut down some of the branches of that tree.

So that was how I climbed that tree and Facundo told me which were the branches that were bothering Shane. I stayed 15 more minutes with them and then I went down the hill where the last hunting spot was.

That was the biggest of them all, and it had the advantage of being in the shadows and, even though doves were not flying straight, they were doing it from right to left and the other way around, but don’t get me wrong, it was full of doves still!

To be continued…

Juan Aguiló

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Why to let Pointer Outfitters run your ground transportation

Pablo

I wanted to say thank you again, we all had an incredible time. Your people took excellent care of us, both at the lodge and in the field.
You have some great people working for you.
When I set this trip up for our group we used Rianna, whom you recommended, to set up out travel.
She did a wonderful job and we had no issues. We stayed at Loi Suites in Buenos Aires, which was a very pleasant hotel. The only issue we had with the entire trip was transportation that Loi Suites setup for us. They set up a private car with a driver that spoke English for us to go around town. The driver did not speak ANY English, and when it was time to pay the bill he charged us way more than the fair exchange rate for pesos to American dollars.
He was also late picking us up.
When we left your place and flew back into Buenos Aires they had setup a private car to take us to the other airport, that driver was about 45 minutes late as well.  I am telling you this for your reference for your future customers.
I would advise your customers to let you take care of everything so that they do not have similar issues.

Thank you again for such a wonderful time.
When you have time, please send me more info on the red stagg hunts.

Thank you again
Take care

Terry Basinger

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Non-stop from Miami to Cordoba

On July 4th, the new service from Aerolineas Argentinas which joins together directly Cordoba and Miami have started to operate.

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The flight was presented by managers from the company in the Sheraton Hotel, in the city of Cordoba.

This new non-stop service is operating twice a week, on Saturdays and Sundays. The departure is from International Airport Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella at 11.05, and the arrival to Miami (USA) is at 19.05. The return flight is on the same days. It departs from Miami at 18.40 and arrives to Cordoba at 04.30.
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The service is carried out with Airbus A-340/300.

This flight is also connected to Mendoza since the complete route is Mendoza – Cordoba – Miami – Cordoba –Mendoza.

While Cordoba has its own reputation as the world capital for dove shooting, Mendoza is know for its amazing wines and vines, which are among the best of the world. And you can have the opportunity to enjoy hunting in the best dove roost of Cordoba and tasting wines in the unique Mendoza in the same trip.Park-Hyatt-Mendoza-Hotel-Casino-And-Spa-Olive-Tree-Vineyards-Andes

For more information about mendoza check our blog: http://www.pointerwingshooting.wordpress.com/category/mendoza/

Buy your tickets in: www.aerolineas.com.ar/es-ar

Pablo Aguilo,

Pointer Outfitters.

Hunting was simply unbelievable

We recently joined Pablo and his crew at Pointer Outfitters for a five day hunt in Cordoba. We were a group of nine that included my twelve year old son, my brother and his eleven year old son, and other longtime friends.

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I can’t speak highly enough about the quality of the trip and the service provided in the field and at the Lodge. The accommodations were fantastic and very comfortable. From the greetings by the Lodge staff with cold towels, refreshments and appetizers upon arrival back from the field to the outstanding food and service, the stay at the Lodge exceeded my expectations.

The hunting was simply unbelievable. Martin and his field staff did a great job putting us on large volume hunts every day. This was my second trip to Cordoba and my first was with a different outfitter. I can truthfully say we did not see the volume of birds on the first trip that we did on this one with Pablo and Martin. It was unreal. The guys put on a great lunch every day in the field and were very accommodating. I can’t say enough about the guides and their attention to the boys. It was only through their constant care and attentiveness that my brother and I were able to truly enjoy the hunt without worrying about them. Safety in the field was foremost and they were very well taken care of.
In closing, I can’t recommend Pablo and Pointer Outfitters highly enough to any wing shooters that might be considering a trip to Cordoba. If you want high volume dove and pigeon shooting, plus a few ducks, this is the place to come. We will definitely be back soon.
Mark Otis
Humble, Texas

Useful Arrival Information

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  • We will do our best to accommodate early arrivals, but please note we cannot guarantee the availability of your hotel room when arriving on early-morning flights, since regular check-in time at most hotels is usually around 3:00pm.
  • Valuable items, such as passports, tickets, surplus cash, should be left in your hotel safe during day tours. For the rest of the time we suggest the use of a money–belt, and to always keep a watchful eye on your wallet and camera while you are in public places.
  • Although the tap-water in Buenos Aires is drinkable, we suggest that you buy bottled water.
  • Banking hours are from 10:00am to 3:00pm and shops are usually open until 8:00pm. Please note that the only official currency in Argentina is the peso ($). The $ signs stands for pesos, while USD, US$ or U$S signs represent American dollars. If you need to change your own currency into pesos we suggest doing it at banks, exchange bureaus or at your hotel. Do not exchange any money with people on the street because it is illegal. Please remember that you will be asked for your passport when you do this transaction.
  • Tipping is not compulsory, but it is customary and we encourage you to do so if you feel the service has been satisfactory. Some guidelines could be:   Per full day tour an average of U$S 20 is suggested as a tip for your local guide, and U$S 10 for your driver. For half-day tours, U$S10 and U$S 5 are appropriate for guide and driver respectively. Transfer guides and drivers are usually tipped at a rate of U$S 5. Tipping for luggage handling at hotels is usually U$S 1-2 per person. At restaurants a typical gratuity would be 10% of the total. Taxi drivers do not usually expect tips but is customary to round up the fare.
  • Bargaining is not a common practice at shops or restaurants, prices are usually fixed except for flee markets and handicraft flees. Taxis always charge the fixed price shown by the meter, located on the right hand side of the car.
  • Please do not pack any valuable items, such as camera equipment or binoculars, in your checked bags. For your flights within Argentina, you may use a small padlock for your checked baggage. Please always remember to carry a supply for your prescribed medications in your hand baggage.
  • Airlines require passengers to check-in three hours prior to departure for international flights, and two prior to departure for domestic flights. Pick-up times for transfers have been therefore scheduled taking this requirement into account. We will confirm your flights, and if there are any changes we will inform you accordingly, only in the cases you take transfers with us.images

Pablo Aguilo

Pointer Wingshooting

Bodega Luigi Bosca

Familia Arizu has been working in the national wine-producing industry for over img_historia_3567564100 years. Currently led by its third and fourth generation, Bodega Luigi Bosca is one of the few wine-producing places that remains in the hands of the founding family throughout the decades, and has become the paradigm of the national wine.

The pillars on which they have managed to consolidate their experience have been their international expansion, their prestige based on their know-how passed on over the years, and the constant and homogeneous quality of the wines, and a permanent search for excellence through innovation, dynamism, and state-of-the-art technology.

Bodega Luigi Bosca is not only just one of the wine producing premises with the highest share in the local market of premium wines, but their labels are present in the five continents and it reaches more than 50 countries in the world. Today they produce 8 million bottles of wine out of which 60% is sold abroad, mainly in the United States, Canada and Brazil.

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Bodega Luigi Bosca has seven vineyards of their own in the province of Mendoza, located between 1,150 and 780 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.), whose vineyards are watered with pure meltwater coming down from the Mountain Range. Their phytosanitary health is the best.

The different varieties planted in these vineyards were brought from Europe during the last decade of the XIX century. Therefore, today’s vines are the result of selection from the best of those old family vineyards that went through a very slow acclimatization process to the lands of Mendoza. During this period, several crossings and changes were favored, strengthening the unique and personal character of these vineyards.

Luigi Bosca. Tradition, genuineness and elegance are the three foundations upon which the wide line of white, red and sparkling wines making the Luigi Bosca line are based on. The flagship brand of the winery conceals its centenary history in each bottle, and offers varietal alternatives for the different situations and moments of consumption. True to its tradition, the Arizu family has thoroughly understood the secret of the vine and the terroir of Mendoza, reflected in each bottle from a timeless collection of wines that are noble, elegant and with great tipicity.linea_productos1

Finca La Linda. Youth and expressiveness are the characteristics which best describe the Finca La Linda line, the current collection of young wines from the Bodega Luigi Bosca. Its pioneering spirit encourages us to discover each variety of grapes grown in Mendoza’s terroir, and also to find those unique short moments that are worth enjoying intensively. Finca La Linda wines are defined as having personality, style and the purest and sheerest expression of its varietal and blends.

Pointer Wingshooting invites you to visit another exceptional winery in one of the best vineyards of Argentina. Do not miss this unique chance.

Pablo Aguilo

Pointer Wingshooting

Traveling outside of the U.S. – Temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or ammunition abroad for hunting purposes

What is the process for a traveler temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or descargaammunition abroad for hunting or sports-related purposes?

Current export regulations issued by the Department of State require travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the United States. CBP is aware of issues that travelers are having with the implementation of this regulation and is working to ensure that no traveler attempting to legally take their firearm out of the country experiences significant delays or incurs additional cost. Because of these issues, we are temporarily suspending implementation of the regulation as we work with our government partners to modify the AES system to make it more user-friendly for individual travelers. In the interim, CBP will continue to follow their long standing practice of issuing and certifying a Certificate of Registration (CBP Form 4457). During this time, when a traveler contacts CBP to register their firearm for export and reentry, CBP will:

  • Complete a CBP Form 4457 to ensure a problem-free return to the U.S., and Provide a fact sheet about the regulation and how to comply in the interim.

If you need to complete a form 4457in the course of your travel, please give yourself enough time to do so, 2-3 hours is a good estimate. You also have the option of registering in advance at a CBP Port of Entry. Once the CBP 4457 is completed, it can be used repeatedly for that particular firearm.

CBP advises travelers to become familiar with the import requirements of the foreign country(s) that they may be traveling through or visiting. Those countries may have more restrictive laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms within their countries. For many countries that do allow the temporary importation of firearms, the CBP Form 4457 is required for entry of a U.S. owned firearm into their country. (Canada does not require it, but it does facilitate the temporary importation. Be sure to become familiar with Canada’s import requirements.)

Please note, if you are taking ammunition, and there is a possibility you will not use it all and would like to re-import it, your 4457 should reflect the kind of ammunition you are departing with.

Upon returning to the United States, the traveler will make a regular declaration regarding the personal effects and goods that they are carrying and ensure that they declare any firearms and ammunition. To satisfy the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives requirements for the re-importation of a firearm please refer to 27 CFR 478.115(a). The ATF regulations allow for the use of the CF 4457 upon re-importation, and does not require an approved import permit (ATF-6), provided that CBP is satisfied that the firearm was previously exported from the United States and is now being returned. To establish such proof, a bill of sale, receipt, copy of ATF Form 4473, household effects inventory, packing list, or registration on Customs Forms 4457 or 4455 may be used, if the registration form is completed prior to departure from the U.S. For military personnel, a properly executed Department of Defense Form 12521 signed by either the serviceman’s commanding officer or an authorized Customs officer may be used. The acceptability of such proof is within the purview of the Customs officials at the port of entry.