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 Post subject: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 11:38 am 
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I am planning on doing a dove hunt in Argentina next year. I would appreciate any recommendations for outfitters and any tips on spare gun parts or anything in general. Thanks in advance!




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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 11:40 am 
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H&H outfitters is excellent. They market through “Treck Safaris” out of Miami, FL

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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 2:50 pm 
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Great. Thank you. I will look them up.


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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 3:16 pm 
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A friend of mine has gone several times and although the have their favorite shotguns the elect to use the outfitters guns saying there are too many chances to “loose a gun “ going through the customs process. They also say you are required to buy your shells from the outfitter and the cost can equal the cost of the hunt. Still it is on my bucket list.

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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 7:02 pm 
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The cost to bring your own is about the same as renting when it comes to customs.

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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
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In my case the rental gun was exactly the same gun that I would have taken. I would rent again if I go another time

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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 2:42 pm 
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I wouldn’t take my own guns to Argentina as theft is a major risk. The Beretta S/As that I rented shot fine. I did have a couple of breakdowns but the guns were quickly replaced and, as you’ll find out, a short break in the high-volume shooting was welcome. One recommendation: ask to include pigeon shooting over decoys in your itinerary if it’s an option. It’s a lot of fun and you can still shoot doves between flights of pigeons.

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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:17 pm 
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We finally made it to Argentina and we used David Denies. We stayed at the Córdoba Lodge.
We had an amazing time and the food was unreal. They create meals in the field that were some of the best I’ve had; especially is your a meat eater.
I think the part that will stick with me the most (aside from the volume of Dove) was how hard Guillermo Magnani and his staff worked. From the lodge staff to the field staff your treated like a VIP.
We struggled with the decision to take our own guns or rent. We finally decided to rent and I’m glad we did. It was nice to not worry about my gun, because I know I would have.
They have several to choose from in 28, 20, and 12ga.


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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:05 am 
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Late reply because I just saw this
Taking your gun the last few years has been a hassle and ties you up in the airport for long periods of time. I take a slip on pad to give me the right length for me. Many places have Benelli and Beretta autos for rent. My wife has a Beretta 391 20ga. with a custom stock so we took the stock and put it the rental gun. It worked perfectly and no problems at the airports.


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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:12 pm 
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Just make sure you get to talk to the lodge and some shooters who have recently been there before you book/pay. I got burned on what was supposed to be a week-long Argentina combo hunt (duck/dove/pigeon/perdiz) several years ago that turned out to be a duck hunting trip with one great perdiz hunt and one really mediocre pigeon hunt. We were steered wrong by one of the more prominent hunting outfitters. If I had talked to the lodge directly it wouldn't have happened, as they were not happy when we got there and asked about dove hunting etc. Lesson learned, now we work with the lodge directly and ask for references.


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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:18 am 
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Friend of mine has gone multiple times. He initially took his own guns. But now rents.


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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
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You could probably make a heck of a deal on a trip right now. I went after the ‘07-08 crash and negotiated half price.

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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:58 am 
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I'm interested in this thread as well since I plan to go to Argentina, or less likely Bolivia, next year. That is assuming I have any money left after the stock market ravaged virus pandemic.

I've just started looking at possibilities so any suggestions are appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:29 am 
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Litespeed wrote:
I'm interested in this thread as well since I plan to go to Argentina, or less likely Bolivia, next year. That is assuming I have any money left after the stock market ravaged virus pandemic.

I've just started looking at possibilities so any suggestions are appreciated.

Contact John
https://bestwingshooting.com/

I know him, nice guy, very conscientious who also checks out places before he agrees to book clients

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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
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http://www.argentinasbesthunting.com/
Highly rated with good reports from friends of mine.

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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
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Recently heard from a very reputable source that bird numbers are way down for several of the Cordoba lodges. One in particular that advertises only 10 minute drives to hunt (accurate the time I went there) is apparently having to drive groups up to two hours to get on birds, and the numbers aren't what you expect from a Cordoba high-volume hunt. Sounds like they had a brutal hailstorm in the area that may have either destroyed roosts and/or killed a bunch of birds. One more reason to get and call references that have been to a lodge recently.

If the birds are there, it's an absolute blast.


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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:20 pm 
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Perdiz wrote:
Recently heard from a very reputable source that bird numbers are way down for several of the Cordoba lodges. One in particular that advertises only 10 minute drives to hunt (accurate the time I went there) is apparently having to drive groups up to two hours to get on birds, and the numbers aren't what you expect from a Cordoba high-volume hunt. Sounds like they had a brutal hailstorm in the area that may have either destroyed roosts and/or killed a bunch of birds. One more reason to get and call references that have been to a lodge recently.

If the birds are there, it's an absolute blast.


Could it be that the hail storm destroyed the crops they were feeding on and so the birds just go to other fields now to eat? There are what, supposedly 10,000,000 roosting pairs in Cordoba? It would have been a helluva hail storm to kill that many

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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:51 pm 
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oneounceload wrote:
Perdiz wrote:
Recently heard from a very reputable source that bird numbers are way down for several of the Cordoba lodges. One in particular that advertises only 10 minute drives to hunt (accurate the time I went there) is apparently having to drive groups up to two hours to get on birds, and the numbers aren't what you expect from a Cordoba high-volume hunt. Sounds like they had a brutal hailstorm in the area that may have either destroyed roosts and/or killed a bunch of birds. One more reason to get and call references that have been to a lodge recently.

If the birds are there, it's an absolute blast.


Could it be that the hail storm destroyed the crops they were feeding on and so the birds just go to other fields now to eat? There are what, supposedly 10,000,000 roosting pairs in Cordoba? It would have been a helluva hail storm to kill that many


Very well could be the answer too. Would make sense, wouldn't it? Would also sync with them having to drive 2 hours, as that might put them outside the crop damage area.


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 Post subject: Re: Argentina dove hunting—requesting a recommendation
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:12 pm 
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oneounceload wrote:
Litespeed wrote:
I'm interested in this thread as well since I plan to go to Argentina, or less likely Bolivia, next year. That is assuming I have any money left after the stock market ravaged virus pandemic.

I've just started looking at possibilities so any suggestions are appreciated.

Contact John
https://bestwingshooting.com/

I know him, nice guy, very conscientious who also checks out places before he agrees to book clients


Thank you for the information and link. I'll look over the linked website and give John a call.




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