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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The Best Hunting Experience

A new group came and we are very happy to have them here with us. They arrived in Buenos Aires and decided to spend a night there before coming to Cordoba. After a 45 minutes flight, they arrived in our beautiful city, in which we were waiting with our van to take them to La Loma Lodge, located 50 minutes away from the airport, in north direction.

 

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Once we got to the lodge, Chris, Jason, and Allen, are ready to start the hunting.

At 7.30 am they are woken up by Paola, the lodge manager, telling them that their breakfast is ready. Scrambled eggs, bacon, yogurt, coffee, tea, cereal, everything you need to start the day with energy.

Before leaving to the field, we told them about the zone towards we were going for our hunting day. At this time of the year, we have great fields located only 25 minutes away from La Loma lodge. We prepared our Mercedes Benz truck to make our guests feel as much comfortable as we possibly can.

Arriving to the field, we saw all our staff waiting for us, ready to help our new friends and make them feel at home. Gaby, Fran, and Ema are ready to start the day.

 

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We like recommending our guests to use shotguns like Beretta 400, a new release from Beretta, Benelli Montefeltro cal 20, and Beretta Urika cal 12, which were the most used these past days since those shotguns are perfect for dove shooting.

Our shooting zone on this time of the year shows us the biggest amount of doves around the prickly pears and on other fields that we strategically have, in order to see millions of flying doves.

As usually, our guests have two shotguns each, which are constantly reloaded by our professional field assistants that are always aware in case anyone needs something.

 

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At around 12.30pm it’s time to finish the morning hunt. Some of our new friends had a great morning achieving great numbers, close to their target; the 1.000 doves club !

Now, it’s time to talk about the one and only lunch at the field. Our chef, Fede, has many specialties, but the best ones that he likes preparing at the field, are the doves in red wine, doves with exquisite herbs, and, as a main dish, our traditional Asado accompanied with the best red wine of Argentina; Malbec.

We like bringing to our guest the best thing on the market, and this is not an exception in terms of wineries. Just in case you did not know, let me tell you a little bit more about Argentine wines.

Known for its plump dark fruit flavors and smoky finish, Malbec wine offers a great alternative to higher priced Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. However, there’s more to Malbec than just value. The main fruit flavors in a glass of Argentine Malbec are blackberry, plum and black cherry. The nuanced flavors offer milk chocolate, cocoa powder, violet flowers, leather and, depending on the amount of oak aging, a sweet tobacco finish.

 

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So, after a very special lunch, our customers got very anxious since they are seeing many birds returning to roost. Apparently, I thought, we are going to have a good afternoon with many birds coming to our roosts.

Pointer Outfitters huge staff is waiting for you to make you feel at home and to provide you with the best hunting experience ever.

You should be the next one !

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

 

An Unbelievable Trip

This group came in October, which is my favourite month of the year for wingshooting. They are a very particular group since it is their first time in Argentina and in our luxurious Lodge, Estancia La Paz.

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We recommend our guests using guns like Benelli Montefeltro cal 20 and our new units from Beretta 400, as well as Beretta Silver Pigeons Over and Under, and Beretta 391, since those are really light and with a high performance when you shoot. These are really fast shotguns for shooting as many doves as we have here on our fields.

Just in case you did not know, we are located in northern Cordoba, place that has many fields and highlands filled with doves. In our case, we like taking our guests to the lower part of this zone, since doves are flying close to the rivers and that works great for us.

So, as I mentioned before, I really like October because it’s the most recommended month for wingshooting. The weather is amazing, doves are everywhere, everything is perfect.

Even though this year the corn harvest was a bit delayed, and doves stayed a little longer in the hills, they are already nesting on a particular zone that is strategic for dove shooting, with some inner roads that make everything easier.

We also count on a professional field staff that is always taking care of your needs, making your trip an amazing experience.

Our guests Paul, Michael, Brad, and Danny choose to stay in one of our favourite Lodges; Estancia La Paz.

This places is a traditional estancia that exisists since the nineteenth century, and looms large in Argentina’s history, as it was the place chosen by the President Julio A. Roca to spend his days off. Through this legacy, Pueblo Estancia La Paz, became a unique development that combines history, nature, and style.

 

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Nestled in the heart of the Sierras Chicas in Cordoba, Argentina, Estancia La Paz is conceived as the best urban accommodations available, featuring comfort and services offered by luxury hotels.

This beautiful Estancia rests on 501 hectares, of which 268 are parks and nature reserves, and the remaining 232 devoted to a Residential Area.

Another thing that is worth mentioning, is lunch time at the field. Our cheff prepared some doves in red wine with sauted vegetables, dove tacos with Tabaco sause and, of course, as a main dish he made traditional Argentinean Asado with many different cuts of meat, always accompained with red Malbec wine from such great wineries as the ones Argentina has.

After three days of non-stopping wingshooting action, our new friends, before leaving the country, decided to do a city tour around Cordoba City, a great option to get to know this beautiful and full of history province.

We hope to see you guys again soon.

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Pointer Outfitters

Dancing with Doves

The protagonists of this adventure were Mike and his son Wind, and Howard and his sons Andrew and Adam. This amazing group came from Arkansas.

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I met the Johnsons and the Wiecherns back on the lodge after their second day hunting and I must say that they all had a great smile on their faces when they get off from the van. It could only mean that the trip has started in the best way possible: anincredible dove shooting.

On the third day the fathers’ and sons’ group decided to take a break of so much shooting and I accompanied them through a city tour in Cordoba. They spent a great day going around our South American culture.

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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 cen-tral 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.

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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, pre-paring 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 de-signed 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

In this case, I decided to start the tour a bit different than how we are used to doing it.

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First we visited the old winery “La Caroyense”, located in the town of Colonia Caroya just 48 km on the road to the City of Cordoba and fully integrated into the Argentine enological-tourist circuit; there they tried several types of local wine and Mike decided to take with him a box of the premium production. Lunch time! The best Italian restaurant in the city was waiting for us with pasta and pizza, and Andrew enjoyed eating both at the same time! After lunch they walked through the streets of Cordoba to get to the cathedral in the central square, and then right to the shopping mall. To end the tour and before getting back to the lodge, the flea market receives us with dozens of stands where they bought beautiful handmade jewelry to the artisans.

The day was over so we arrived at Plaza Real Lodge for a relaxing shower and a delightful dinner, ready for another day of dove shooting.

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I had the pleasure to spend some great days with these two families. I must say that these gentlemen made me feel really comfortable and we all had lots of fun together.

I hope to see them again soon!

 

Florencia Pezzollo

Operation manager & host

Pointer Outfitters.

 

Four Incredible Shooters

When I arrived to Plaza Real Lodge, located 80 km from Cordoba city and between the best dove roosts of the area, to meet these friendly gentlemen, they were already having a great time. This is something impossible not to do if you are in Cordoba and shooting doves with Pointer Wingshooting.

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I found exhausted but happy faces after a long day at the field. All of them had takenmassages the first evening so they could feel reborned to enjoy spending some time next to the fire pit and then, of course, the amazing dinner we are used to having at Plaza Real. Our menu has a variety of options featured every night. We offer sirloin, pork, chicken, pasta, and salads. There is also a spectacular dessert every night.

Massages at the lodge are the best option to relax after a tough day smoking thousand shells. It allows your body to be at 100% through the entire trip. Some guests choose to have one at their arrival, others before leaving but most of them choose to have one every day!

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Matt, Patt, Hudson and Brent enjoyed the wonderful weather. After some cold days the weeks before, there was not even a cloud in the sky during their shooting trip with us. Cordoba offered them the best climate for an outstanding experience. The sun made it feel as spring while we still are in winter over here and that helped birds to flew endlessly throughout all the hunt.

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On the third day of shooting all eyes were on Brent. Why? He shot 2000 birds in just one day! Isn’t that crazy?! This gives you an insight of the amount of birds that fly in Cordoba. It has its own reputation as the world capital for dove shooting. The Northern area of the Province of Cordoba is a paradise for wing shooters coming from the United States and Europe. The Eared Dove population is more than 50 million birds.

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Lunch time was here. For every group that comes hunting with us, we like setting up a tent and preparing the famous Argentinean barbecue. You will immensely enjoy the cuts of meat pre-pared, accompanied by our well known Malbec wines. We have two options as far as red wine is concerned, Malbec and cabernet sauvignon, which are the perfect accompaniment to the meat served in the field.

After such a long day of hunting, laughter and great achievement, Brent deserved a prize, so Pointer gifted him with a beautiful leather shell pouch.

These gentlemen really enjoyed their hunting trip in Argentina and they have promised to come back. We hope they do because we really appreciate to have people like this with us!

 

Florencia Pezzollo

Operation Manager & Host

Pointer Outfitters.

 

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Testimonials

Pablo and Florencia,

Thanks for a great experience, outstanding service and a lifetime of memories! I look forward to doing this again with you and your team.

Matt Plitt.

 

Pablo,
 
It has been several weeks since I have returned from out hunt with Pointer Outfitters, however I think about it all the time. It was truly an awesome experience.  This was the first week of dove hunting here in the US and there is no comparison.  I am very blessed and fortunate enough to say that I have been to the dove hunting capital of the world. 
 
I have been on several hunts, but your operation sets the standard.  I was very impressed with every aspect of your hunt.  Your guides did an outstanding job and the staff at the lodge were superb.  It was truly an awesome experience and I hope to share it with my sons when they get old enough to be able to physically do it. 
 
Hudson Brown

Jeff and His Group Are Back

Three generations of Brady together; Grandpa Tim, Jeff & Tim junior. They came to Cordoba a few days ago with four of their good friends.

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It was a seven people group staying at La Loma Lodge which is perfectly situated between the two most prized dove roosts in cordoba, the La Loma experience offers superb shooting year round. It is a 60 minute drive from the airport; close to Totoral city on national road number 9.  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. Situated next to the biggest dove roost in argentina, the rides to the fields are a convenient 10 to 40 minutes).

I remember it was a saturday morning when I got into the truck and went to the airport to pick John and Randy up, that were coming hours before the rest of the group. Their flight was coming from Chile, arriving at 12.09 am.

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The original plan was to have lunch at an excellent restaurant in Jesus Maria and then go straight to the field, so we would more time to be hunting that afternoon, but the timing was not as we expected to be so, since they were coming from Chile, they had to stop at Aduana – which took them several minutes- and it wasn’t till 1.10 pm that I could finally meet John and Randy (well known as “Randy 2 steps” after inviting one of the girls at the lodge to dance). Once we were inside the truck, and after talking a little bit, I told them that we had two options; stop at one restaurant half way the field to eat the best Argentinean barbacue, taking us a couple of hours, or to eat some snaks in the truk on our way to the field in which we would hunt that afternoon.

The decision was unanimous, the dove was their priority this time, because I remember Randy telling me that this was his fifth trip to Argentina, so he was sure they were going to have amazing lunches at the field the next days.

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The clock was ticking 2.45 when we met David at the field, waiting for us with beef sandwiches and some french fries. I could also notice, while we were having our lunch next to the truck, that Guillermo and Nicolas were our field assistants that day, and David, in the other hand, was going to be in general charge of the field those five days with this group.

That first day, doves were flying as usual, Randy and John were happy to be sharing some action and a couple of beers with us.

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After an amazing afternoon, we decided to go to the lodge and, once we got there, we took a shower and had a tasty dinner.  Music, laughter, happiness and friendship. Randy showed us which one was his favourite country song to dance and it was then when he invited Soledad to dance with him, saying that he will show us “the way it must be done”. Soledad, Paola and another 4 girls are the ones in charge of running the lodge, so they treated us like if we were kings. 

IMG_GR_testimonials1472178583.jpgOn the second day, we had the whole group together so we had breakfast early in the morning and then at 8.15 am went directly to the high lands of cordoba, where doves are really active at this time of the year. After 35 minutes of driving, we got to the hunting spots. That morning was individual hunting. The day was perfect; just a few clouds on the sky and a little bit of wind. As usual, David was waiting for us with the camp already set and, also, with lunch almost ready. Meat, chicken, and pork, of course accompained with doves in red wine with vegetables.

After lunch, John decided to take a quick nap, while the rest of the group decided to sit down the sadows of a tree and share stories and anecdotes of that morning.

At the very moment we saw the doves flying again, we all went to the hunting spots, but this time, we were in groups of two, with the field assistants, of course.

That day was amazing; Jeff Douglas was on fire ! I remember watching from another shooting spot that all the doves were falling close to him !! In the other hand, Tim, John, and Randy were at the top of the mountain so everyone was on great positions.

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At the end of the day, we went back to the lodge and ate some appetizers with drinks around to the fire pit. 

The third day was unbelievable! There were doves everywhere! They were flying high and low, in a short distance. From right to left and from left to right. It was an afternoon of huge groups of doves flying towards us; completely insane!

Music was playing while doves were falling one by one. That same afternoon, Tim junior was about to be a part of the 1.000 Doves Club! – in fact, he shot more than 1.000 birds! -.

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That afternoon was so, so good, that the decision of staying at the lodge the next morning, was unanimous.

So that’s how it was, the morning of the fourth day we woke up, had a super energetic breakfast, as we are used to in La Loma Lodge and spent the morning just relaxing. At 1.30 pm we got inside the van to go straight to the field.

Since we had lunch before leaving the lodge, there was no need in setting up the camp.

This fourth day was different; our new friends decided that they wanted to start a competition, so that’s what we did.

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Field assistants, clients, everyone was in. All the guides, along with their clients, were competing on the same hunting spot (in general, competitions were done when they are hunting between them four).

We were a total of 19 people on the same hunting spot, since David was making a team with Pablo who came to visiting us that day, and I was taking Grandpa’s place. 10 shots per person and every client shooting with its field assistant.

Finally, Francisco, one of the field assistants, won the first place, shooting 10 over 10. In the other hand and as I said before, I was replacing Grandpa and I could luckily hit 6 shots. Our team was the winner!

Now the best part comes; of course Francisco took the first place home, but what the guys didn’t know was that there was also a prize for the last place! Everyone was laughing at the idea of having last place prize, but it was a really original thing to do since the guys had never received a prize for being last !

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After having so much fun, the last day of John and Randy was here. They wanted to stay at the lodge relaxing and getting ready for the flights and so did the group, because they wanted to spend John and Randy’s last few hours left  together.

Those days were amazing. I feel super lucky to had been able to meet such a nice group! They where full of joy, so I hope to see them again soon, in dallas at the DSC in January or here, in Argentina, “the bottom of the world”.

Juan Aguiló
Host & Media
Pointer Outfitters.

Seventeen Amazing Friends

We are at Cordoba airport waiting for a special group of 17 people that came to stay at Plaza Real Lodge, located at 80 km from Cordoba City.

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The flight arrived on time and our clients were all ready to go directly to the field and have the one and only Asado Argentino for lunch. They are very excited because they know that, after lunch, the hunt begins.

We decided to take this group to one of the best hunting fields we have; Campos Bajos.

When we talk about hunting, we like talking about the amazing Beretta 400 and 391 cal 230 shotguns, since those are super light, with a high level performance and, because of the great number of doves that Campos Bajos has, you really need a shotgun like this, that is fast and light.

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This group is composed of 17 gentleman, friends and work mates. John Tudor (the big boss), Tracey Tam, John Voltz, Nathan Goutro and Darrell Brown, among others, came to Cordoba to hunt with us.

This is a great huge group, in which you can see the friendship and the enthusiast. Plaza Real was ready to welcome this incredible group and to take care of them during their entire trip.

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When you arrive to Cordoba’s airport, we like asking you if you would like to take a massage session before or after dinner once you get to the lodge, since we know that, after such a long flight, you must be exhausted.

The massages service is something super heartwarming. Even after a long day of hunting, the best way to end the day, is taking a massage and then going to sit next to the fire pit with your friends or family and enjoy the nice company.

At dinner, there is nothing like good Argentinean food; abundant, tasty, unique.

The next day – and actually every single day with this group-, in terms of the shooting, everything was very productive. They shot an unbelievable number of doves, individually and as a group. They shot over 42457 doves!

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When you shot so many doves, you need a great recoil shield to absorb the energy from your gun. We like recommending the Past Recoil Shield – Model 310010 so you can concentrate on your shot, not the shot to your shoulder from your gun. This heart-shaped recoil shield provides maximum recoil suppression and coverage by absorbing and spreading out the recoil energy from your gun. Extends protection to upper arm.Helps prevent the unintentional development of bad shooting habits caused by heavy recoil. Foam pad absorbs and spreads out recoil energy from the shot, and it’s a heart shaped recoil shield that works for right- or left-hand shooters.

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Our staff is always ready to give all our clients the best attention, in the lodge and at the field, that’s why our guests are amazed by the attention, and also, by the unbelievable number of doves Cordoba has.

We hope to see you guys again soon.

Martin Andrada

Head Guide