Alex’s group arrived in Cordoba a day before coming to hunt with us because they wanted to stay one night at the Sheraton Hotel in Cordoba City and then, the next day at 8am, a truck from our company went to pick them up and take them directly to the field for the morning hunt.
They had time to hunt for around 2 hrs and a half before the Chef called us for lunch.
A few glasses of Argentinean wine, pork, sausages and lots of meat followed by an amazing tiramisu for dessert, separated the morning from the afternoon and after a little nap in the hammocks, Alex, Matt, Tim & Katie went to their respective positions that afternoon , which are never the same as in the morning.
That evening was incredible, according to Alex and Matt, something that had never seen in their lives and it is very difficult to explain; you have to see it to know what it is like.
Once we arrived to the lodge, Alex and Matt had a massage session, so an hour later, they joined us in the living room with Katie and Tim who were taking a few glasses of wine accompanied by delicious salami, cheese and chips.
Half an hour later, at 7.45pm, another truck from the company came to lodge with another excellent group which was supposed to go to the field right after arriving, but their flight was delayed 5 hours so they went directly to the lodge. Federico and I helped to put all their luggage down, show them their rooms and then, once they were feeling a bit more comfortable, at 8.30pm the nine of us got together to have an amazing dinner of pork, vegetables and ice cream as dessert.
The next day we went to hunt up in the hills, about 35 minutes away from the Plaza Real Lodge.That morning the dove flew a little higher that other days due to strong winds, in large quantities, but not close enough as they did on the afternoon. Jay killed more doves than the others that afternoon and, of course, he was the one that used more cartridges. Jay managed to pass the 1000 pigeons with a total of 611 in the morning and 534 afternoon. Les shot all the boxes that had planned for that afternoon in just 35-40 minutes. Alex shared the position with Katie, who was looking very concentrated sticking a lot of pigeons.
On the highest point of the hill, I met Matt and Gaby, his assistant. Since it was the highest point of the mountain, the view was just amazing. Going down the mountain, on the other side, I first found Jay and Ronnie and, about 200 yds diagonally, at the same height, was Corey and Fran. That afternoon began ahead of schedule and with no time to nap out because we had planned to hunt around 1.15pm, since a clear storm was coming to kick us out the field soon. And so it was. Luckily, all came to end when we were putting our things back inside the truck to return before the water began to stick on the glass and roof of the truck. It was time to leave. And once at the Plaza Real Lodge, we took a shower and again, accompanied by good music, had a few drinks with a funny talks until again, at 8.30pm, the girls at the lodge called us to the table, to enjoy dinner; ham and cheese crepes and chicken with baked potatoes as a main dish – which some ate a second plate- .
Once we finished eating, we went to the fire pit to take a last glass of wine accompanied by some cigars and background music.
The next day, the original plan was to go to hunt in the flatlands, but the rain of the previous evening precluded some roads so Federico wanted to go hunting in the mountains again, but, of course, to a different field; because the same field is never used two times in a row except we are talking about an emergency.
On the third day, there was not even one cloud in the sky, and doves, as we are used to, were flying amazingly, even though it was really windy. That afternoon, we were meeting a new group that had just arrived and who were staying in a Lodge that was close to ours (I join them in their third day, after saying goodbye to my new friends, half of them from Dallas and the rest from Mississippi).
So it was Thursday, the fourth day for the guys from Dallas, and the third for the guys from Mississippi. We left the lodge at 8:30 am towards Jesus Maria after a delicious breakfast: coffee, juice, eggs with bacon and some yoghurt. That day we were hunting in the flat lands, and most of the guys liked it a lot because it was more like to what they are used to; watching the dove flying from far away.
The day was amazing, no wind and a lot of sun with some clouds without getting hot. The morning was very good and for lunch and we were 14 people, since a group of 5, who was staying at La Loma Lodge, would be added.
After an incredible lunch and a few glasses of wine, we returned to the field to start hunting in the afternoon. Some were wagered well along the river while others would be on different sections in the middle, some reaching 2-3 meters high. They were finishing the hunt, until finally at 5pm, they all were back in the camp telling anecdotes and enjoying a last glass of wine before returning to the Lodge to get a refreshing shower.
That night, they took their last drinks and smoke their last cigarette around the fire pit, as the next day everything was already arranged to take a group in the morning to Cordoba, while the other was going to hunt one last morning and then return to Cordoba, with first stopping by the lodge to get their things, take a shower and get comfortable to leave.
Those were 5 amazing days, being once again the best part of this job; the friends that you make over time.
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