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Argentina Dove Hunting #2464079 07/29/11 06:21 PM
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Has anyone here had the opportunity to go on one of these types of hunts? If so I would like to get feedback on your experience, which outfitter you went with, would you ever go back and what might be somethings to look for or look out for when it comes to these packages? Give any details you feel are worth noting. I am interested in the idea but before ever paying prices like that, would like to be sure it was something worth paying for.



Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: spacemanzero] #2464451 07/29/11 08:51 PM
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Good question, I've been wondering the same thing. Hopefully somebody will chime in.


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: Featherduster] #2464470 07/29/11 09:00 PM
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Riverside La Paloma Lodge

fly through Santiago and rent the lodge's guns (Beretta 391 20 gauges)

a case of shells (500) per hunt is very do-able, so plan accordingly on the cash you bring to pay out when you're done

enjoy


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: burntorange98] #2464508 07/29/11 09:14 PM
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Hunted with Paco Riestra in '07.
www.pacoriestra.com

Flew direct from Dallas to Buenos Aires and then to Cordoba.
Burned nearly two cases every hunt. Two hunts a day.

Use their guns as you will wear them out. Had to swap out new Berettas about every hunt as the O-rings metlted.
Take good shooting glasses, hearing protection, golf gloves (left and right), good hat and sunscreen.

Meals are fantastic. Incredible beef and wine.
Most costly item is the shells. (where they make their money)
For this trip, try and not worry about the cost; relax while you are there and soak it all in.

Go ahead and pay for the personal DVD. Still watch it today and get chills.

Awsome. Definitly a bucket list check-off.

An amazing trip.


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: Littledog] #2464516 07/29/11 09:16 PM
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Keep in mind their winter is our summer. Best times are our late spring early summer.


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: Littledog] #2464977 07/30/11 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted By: Littledog
Hunted with Paco Riestra in '07.
www.pacoriestra.com

Flew direct from Dallas to Buenos Aires and then to Cordoba.
Burned nearly two cases every hunt. Two hunts a day.

Use their guns as you will wear them out. Had to swap out new Berettas about every hunt as the O-rings metlted.
Take good shooting glasses, hearing protection, golf gloves (left and right), good hat and sunscreen.

Meals are fantastic. Incredible beef and wine.
Most costly item is the shells. (where they make their money)
For this trip, try and not worry about the cost; relax while you are there and soak it all in.

Go ahead and pay for the personal DVD. Still watch it today and get chills.

Awsome. Definitly a bucket list check-off.

An amazing trip.

Man, that is a real tease. grin I will go some day!! Think I wanna go to Canada first. up


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: Guy] #2465141 07/30/11 02:26 AM
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Canada ducks and geese is a great trip also but keep in mind it's still duck hunting. Hunts there are only as good as your guides scouting efforts and even then the weather . . driving rain, no wind, to much wind, etc can still mess things up . . even in Canada.

From what i saw and have heard from others, the Argentina dove hunting is alot more dependable. Havent heard of a bad Argentina dove hunt.

Been on some not so great Canada hunts.


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: Littledog] #2465216 07/30/11 02:48 AM
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Originally Posted By: Littledog
Canada ducks and geese is a great trip also but keep in mind it's still duck hunting. Hunts there are only as good as your guides scouting efforts and even then the weather . . driving rain, no wind, to much wind, etc can still mess things up . . even in Canada.

From what i saw and have heard from others, the Argentina dove hunting is alot more dependable. Havent heard of a bad Argentina dove hunt.

Been on some not so great Canada hunts.

Good point!


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: Guy] #2465235 07/30/11 02:53 AM
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You can also shoot some different ducks in Argentina, anybody do duck/dove combo hunts? Not sure if they are in the same area or what...


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: Guy] #2465264 07/30/11 03:02 AM
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Originally Posted By: Guy
You can also shoot some different ducks in Argentina, anybody do duck/dove combo hunts? Not sure if they are in the same area or what...


Good friend has been on the combo hunt. Too bad his dog ate his mounts when he moved! He has to make a second trip now. cool


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: Txduckman] #2476072 08/03/11 02:27 PM
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more specific on the questions:

What are the most important things to look for in the Outfitters offerings?



Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: spacemanzero] #2476575 08/03/11 06:13 PM
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Some things I'd check out:

1. Shells. Some outfitters run "specials" with "first 1000rnds free", etc. I would plan to shoot an average of 20 boxes per hunt. Calculate the total cost of shells you will pay with each outfitter.
2. Guns. What is the rental rate? Replacement guns when you melt the first one? Are 20ga available (my preference for down there)?
3. Location. What is the transportation cost and how will you get to each the lodges you are considering? Air transfers? Does the outfitter pick you up? Six hour bus ride? etc.
4. Accomodations. Does the outfitter have a resident chef and maid service? How does the lodge look? What are the sleeping arrangements - bunk house for six guys or private air-conditioned rooms?
5. Hunt location. Will you be hunting within 30 minutes of the lodge or 2hrs ?
6. Bird boys. Will each hunter have his own assigned bird boy(s)?
7. "Other" charges. Gotta love it . . those added in little charges that you dont find out about until checkout time.


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i havent been to but on tv, the doves come in like rain


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: chital_shikari] #2477734 08/04/11 01:51 AM
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Also check to see how far the hunting is from the lodge.

Some places you will drive an hour or more to the fields, eat lunch and take siesta in the fields between hunts. Can make for a long day.

Other places the hunting is minutes from the lodge or on the same property as the lodge. Much more convenient.

We went to Los Chanares a couple of years ago and it was phenomenal!

Overall, an Argentina dove hunt is worth it and is something I will do again when my son is old enough to go.


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Just wish you could bring birds back to the US with you; one outfitter said Yes, the others said No.

Saving and spending that kind of money, I would definitely would want to bring an ice chest of birds back to enjoy throughout the year.


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Here's a nice video of Tom Knapp hunting in Argentina:
http://www.randywakeman.com/ArgentinaDoveKnapp.htm


Re: Argentina Dove Hunting [Re: burntorange98] #2478963 08/04/11 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted By: burntorange98
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Riverside La Paloma Lodge

fly through Santiago and rent the lodge's guns (Beretta 391 20 gauges)

a case of shells (500) per hunt is very do-able, so plan accordingly on the cash you bring to pay out when you're done

enjoy


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I have been once and planning to go back with this outfitter. The group I went with had been once prior. The lodge is only a couple miles from the fields you will be hunting. Mr. Sier owns the roost and you hunt according to the wind. The lodge is extremely nice and the food was outstanding.

Everything is negotiable. Our package included 2500 shells and I bought more at $11 per box. You can shoot as many shells as your pocket book can cash. They do offer combo hunts with either red stag or ducks.


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