She is Good

Larysa had surprised all of us! She is good! She knows what she is doing! She is very professional and also a very good shooter.

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As a woman she is very emotional and we all know that hunting or shooting doves in Argentina is very emotional. You need to be in a good mood, happy and focus to keep shooting good after so many shots!! She had some ups and downs, but I will never forget the first evening when at the end of the day the volume of doves was just insane! To many birds, and she hunted quickly and very effectively. She was moving her foots positions and swinging the gun amazingly good. All of us were having fun in the field. Larysa is the person that makes real the TV show “Larysa Unleashed”.

I remember when we started thinking about it some months ago. We have met with LarysaIMG_GR_testimonials1430466129 at Las Vegas SCI. It was nice to talk with her and some other friends in the hunting business and we quickly got to the decision we should do video images for a TV program in one of the best lodges for mixed bag hunting and fishing in Argentina.

We run one great hunting lodge in San Javier; Santa Fe province, for big volume of ducks, unlimited doves, amazing perdices, exotic snipes (or becazines) and also fishing or fly fishing for Argentinian Golden Dorado. The delta we fish at San Javier lodge had other exotic fish like Piraña, Surubi, Pacu, and Rayas.-

Larysa had arrived to the country a couple of weeks earlier than our meeting and before coming with us to San Javier she did some video images at Rincon Lodge for red stag and big game.

IMG_GR_testimonials1430466297We had two hunting days planned with Larysa and the cameraman August, a great guy and very professional. Juan Aguilo joined us as a second camera and photographer. Martin and Fabian were the guides in charge in the field and Federico and Ricardo had taken care of great food and comfortable accommodations at San Javier.-

We had two amazing days with a lot of action fishing and hunting. We have hunted ducks and doves, and we have fished different species of fish at this beautiful marshland. Her attitude was amazing, always in a good sense of humor, happy, ready for any hunting program, enjoying our meals and drinks, and having fun with all our staff members. What a great couple of days.-IMG_GR_testimonials1430466424

She is good! Lets hope she will be back! Lets hope we could do another TV show as good as this one and take her to some of our other hunting lodges. We hope you will enjoy this video.

Happy hunts

Pablo Aguilo
Director

Pointer Outfitters

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One Lodge 4 Species

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There are good places to go shoot all over around the world. Dakotas are famous for up land pheasants, Georgia is famous for quails, Spain for red leg partridge, UK for driven pheasants and partridge; but not many places as San Javier Lodge are famous for hunting four different species in the same Lodge.

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The San Javier Lodge is located 100 miles north from Santa Fe City airport, that is two and half hours’ drive to arrive at paradise. Normally hunters make and overnight flight to Buenos Aires and spend a day in this wonderful city, visiting Recoleta, New Port and Famous cemetery; some other enjoy Tango or just go to restaurants like “Las Lilas” for a great Argentine barbecue. The following morning they take one hour flight to San Javier where our main guide will be waiting for them at the airport.

The species shoot at San Javier are: amazing ducks, unlimited doves, unique perdiz and challenging snipe. The season goes from early May to late August and normally people come for 5 nights to enjoy this wonderful Lodge.

Duck Hunting

Duck Hunting

In this report, we would like to talk about how was the hunting in July and August 2014, and we will talk about our friends from Texas and Louisiana, that came this season and had a great time with. We hunted great ducks with Lance and Eric and all the chaps the first evening. We lend some camo Cabelas waders to some of our friends, and we hunted at the “cañadas” on mainland and the islands in the San Javier Delta.

The experience to go by boat to the wildlife delta area, early in the morning and the great feeling of nature alive have no comparison in any other duck hunt in Argentina. The sounds of the engine of the boats, the slow wind in the early mornings, sometimes the moonlight over our heads, and the crew ready to go hunting with all decoys, shotguns and equipment. One of the first things our guests realize, is that here in South America we call the ducks with different sounds than in US. For calling the ducks we use electronic calls and also some handmade callers that our field assistants make with empty shells. When the ducks start coming to the blind is a unique experience, all that wildlife coming to us, and we are waiting with our shotguns loaded and ready to go. One record was in less than 15 minutes! Two people hunted 60 ducks in less than 15 minutes!!! Amazing! What a great day.

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Dove Hunting

Dove Hunting

The second day we hunted doves. We were close to the roosting area and birds were flying in a really lovely way, both in the morning and afternoon. The terrain in San Javier is not as hilly as Cordoba, but in spite of this difference, dove hunting could be as good as the best places in the country. Normally when we go dove hunting we spend all day in the field and we do a barbecue like “Cordoba Style”.  It is very important to set good blinds to be covered so doves will not see us till they are over our heads. This season 95% of our guests shot Berettas Urika 12 and 20 gauge for the doves in San Javier.

We hunt snipe in the same way we hunt the ducks, that is in the islands of the Delta and we normally walk in teams of two hunters and a guide. Snipe is a very challenging shoot and no many hunters are used to it. It could be frustrating sometimes trying to get a half dozen snipes. So far Alistair was one of the best shooters.

The popular hunt in San Javier is the perdiz. Everybody loves to walk behind the dogs waiting for the unpredictable flashes from the perdiz. This bird is like a quail, but is normally alone or in pairs of two. The dog points the bird and wait for the hunter to get closer, then the bird flashes and our guest should be ready to shoot. Jay, Joe, Richard and Eric had enjoyed it a lot in our last season. You could see some pictures below.

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We would like to thanks to more than a 100 guys that have chosen us for wingshooting in this 2014 season. We would like to let you know that we will be working in the interior design of the lodge for next season and we would like to surprise you with some new improvements that will make San Javier even better.

Be sure NOT to wait to last minute for making reservations, because 2015 seems to be a great season and we have already had reservations. By early next year probably there will be very few options to come shoot at this great lodge. We stay tuned.

Happy Hunts

Pablo Aguilo

Director

Pointer Wingshooting

Pheasants Forever

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Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization formed in 1982 as a response to the continuing decline of upland wildlife and habitat throughout the United States. Pheasants Forever, and its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, have a combined membership of approximately 130,000 throughout North America.

Pheasants Forever began in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1982 as a response to the decline of pheasant numbers in the state; the result of substantial losses of habitat suitable for pheasants as farming practices intensified. “Pheasants Forever” was created to return those grassland acres back into wildlife habitat.

Dennis Anderson wrote an article in 1982 about the state of grassland habitat in Minesota. After the article appeared in the “Saint Paul Pioneer Press”, he received lots of phone calls and written letters from people concerned for the state of upland habitat and upland gamebird. And that is how the organization was formed. In 1983, Anderson and some friends held the first banquet of Pheasants Forever.

This organization works on different areas like “Wildlife Habitat Projects”, in which they have benefited more than 5.3 million acres across the US, today open to public hunting. “Habitat Conservation Advocacy” is other area in which federal farm conservation programs allow them to manage nearly 50 million acres for wildlife habitat. “Pheasants Forever” has also developed several programs to promote education and public awareness among the youngest. The most renowned is “No Child Left Indoors” in which the organization took part of a national movement to reach a generation of young people fixated on electronics and get them outdoors.

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If you would like to know more abour this organization, visit the website:

http://www.pheasantsforever.org/

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Duck Hunting List by Josh Graham

If you are planning a duck hunting trip to Argentina, this is a very helpful list of gear and equipment you may need during your trip.

1- Duck Calls

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Duck calls are essential items in a duck hunting supply box. At a minimum, you need a good, all-purpose reed call that does the most basic duck sounds. In Argentina we sometimes use electronic calls; either way you do not need to worry about this since our field assistants take care of duck calling.

2- Blinds

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In order to shoot ducks, you need them to fly much closer than other birds. The trick is to hide yourself as much as you can. There are many kinds of blinds: permanent, portable, for lakes or rivers, for flooded grain fields, etc. Depending on where are you going to hunt, is the blind you need. At Pointer Wingshooting, our field assistants set the blinds early in the morning and have everything ready for you.

3- Decoys

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These man-made objects resembling a real duck are very useful for duck hunting. Fake ducks usually floated on bodies of water to encourage real ducks to land. When ducks see the decoy, they decide that the body of water is safe, and land on it. This is something you do not need to think of, we will have all the decoys set for you. 

4- Camo Clothing

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Camouflage is a very important factor to succeed in duck hunting. A camo wader and a camo jacket or sweater are enough. You can either bring them or rent them here; he have great camo waders.

5- Waders

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Ducks are waterfowl birds, which mean that in order to hunt them, you probably have to be near or in the water. So, waders are very useful if you do not want to end up soaking wet.

6- Guns and Shells

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For duck hunting, we recommend a 12-gague shotgun. The Benelli’s Performance Shop Cordoba could be a really good option. If you want to come to Argentina, you can bring your own guns or rent them here. We offer you 12 and 20 gauge Benelli Montefeltro and Beretta Urika 390 and 391.

7- Retriever

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If you are a duck hunter you probably know that you need a retriever of some kind to go into the water and get the ducks. The most common retriever is a dog – spaniel, labrador and weimaraner are some options. In Argentina, retriever dogs are not commonly used; instead, your field assistant will colect all the ducks when the shooting is finished. 

Can you think of more supplies for duck hunting? These are all I could think of. 

Best,

Josh Graham – josh@pointerwingshooting.com

Benelli Performance Shop Cordoba – 12ga

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The Benelli Performance Shop Cordoba is a Bolt Action shotgun that shoots 12-gauge ammunition. With a maximum capacity of 4 rounds, the Benelli Performance Shop Cordoba holds an average amount for shotguns of the same caliber. 

Inspired by the high volume dove shooting found around Cordoba, Argentina- Benelli engineers designed the “Cordoba” as a lightning fast hunting shotgun with all the advanced features of a serious sporting clays shotgun. 

The ComforTech stock cushions the blow and increases recovery time making the Cordoba possibly the fastest field gun ever built. 

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  • Action: Semi-auto
  • Caliber: 12ga
  • Max Shell Length: 3″
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs
  • Magazine Capacity: 4+1
  • Barrel Length: 28″
  • Overall Length: 49.6″
  • Choke: Briley color-coded, screw-in Spectrum extended chokes: LM & SKEET.

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What do you think about this great shotgun? Have you tried one before? We definitely recommend this 12 gauge shotgun for dove and also duck hunting!

 

 

Less than a month for Duck Season!

Well, as you know, in Argentina duck season starts in May, and that means that in less than a month we will be shooting some ducks!

The population of ducks in Argentina is very large and you can hunt 22 species near the Parana river, which is one of the most famous places for duck hunting. In some older posts, I have written some info with pictures of some of the species we hunt here. These that follow, are some others you can find in this beautiful country.

Red Shoveler Duck

Red Shoveler Duck

The Red Shoveler is cinnamon in color with dark spots, and a green speculum. The head and neck are grayish. They have a large dark spatula shaped bill.  It is a denizen of large coastal lagoons, lakes, and estuaries.

Rosybill Pochard Duck

Rosy Billed Pochard Duck

They are named for the drakes large, rosy colored bill that has a knob at the base.  They nest on the ground among vegetation and lines the nest with down.

White-faced Whistling Duck

White Faced Whistling Duck

This species has a long grey bill, long head and longish legs. It has a white face and crown, and black rear head. The habitat is freshwater lakes or reservoirs, with plentiful vegetation, where this duck feeds on seeds and other plant food.

Southern Wigeon Duck

Southern Wigeon Duck

Also known as the Chiloé Wigeon, this bird is indigenous to the southern part of South America, where it is found on freshwater lakes, marshes, shallow lagoons and slow flowing rivers. It breeds primarily in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. It is an omnivore, feeding predominantly on aquatic plants and grass, and occasionally coastal algae.

Black Headed Duck

Black Headed Duck

It is a small dark duck, the male with a black head and mantle and a paler flank and belly, and the female pale brown overall. They live in swamps lakes and marshes in North Chile, Paraguay, and North Argentina, feeding by dabbling on water plants and insects.

If you want more information about duck hunting programs, please visit our website

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Duck Season

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In less than 60 days, the duck season will be officially open in Argentina! But before that, let me tell you about some species we hunt here.

-Cinnamon Teal Duck

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Cinnamon Teal Duck

The adult male has a cinnamon-red head and body with a brown back, a red eye and a dark bill. The adult female has a mottled brown body, a pale brown head, brown eyes and a grey bill. Their breeding habitat is marshes and ponds.

-Chiloe Wigeon Duck

Chiloe Wigeon Duck

Chiloe Wigeon Duck

This bird has an iridescent green-blue cap on its head, and a bluish gray bill with a black tip. The cheeks and forehead are white, the eyes are dark brown, and there is a white auricular patch. It is found on freshwater lakes, marshes, shallow lagoons and slow flowing rivers.

–Yellow Billed Pintail Duck

Yellow Billed Pintail

Yellow Billed Pintail

It has a brown head and neck. The bill is yellow with a black tip and a black stripe down the middle. The tail is brownish and pointed. Nests are formed on the ground and lined with grass and down. They hide their nests in vegetation close to water.

-White-Cheeked Pintail Duck

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White Cheeked Pintail

It is mainly brown with white cheeks and a red-based grey bill (young birds lack the pink).  This duck feeds on aquatic plants and small creatures obtained by dabbling. The nest is on the ground under vegetation and near water.

There are almost 20 species of ducks in Argentina, and 13 are commonly hunted. These are just a few of them. Have you ever hunted ducks in Argentina? If you have, you must know what I am talking about when I say that is an amazing experience!