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Bienvenidos a Argentina...

Postby jayclarkie » Wed May 14, 2014 4:11 pm

Time well spent. Our group of four shot 7294 birds over four days worth of shooting. I ended up shooting 68% and shooting 2089 birds and 123 boxes of shells. My shoulder was glad we used 20 gauges!

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the entrance to our lodge, El Palomar

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our bunkhouse, not sure who the lady above the door is, but she seemed to bring us luck.

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the grounds and it's two resident retired hunting dogs.

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the lounge area, lots of dirty jokes and stories about the good ol days got dished here.

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the main dining room, and scene of me putting on about 10 lbs.

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the outdoor chill spot, complete with cauldron/fire pit.

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typical lunch fare.

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when it wasn't raining, we'd enjoy a meal outside.

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my field guide, Leo, saying 'queso'.

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halfway through a typical shoot.

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when I needed a smoke break, I'd let Leo pop a couple.

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my pops showing me how it's done.

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here's my brother gettin his.

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a little action shot.

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another of my pops.

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these bad boys were everywhere.

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sometimes they scrapped over the feast.

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an ice cold Izenbeck and a post shoot chill session.

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our host Oscar helped us get two limits of perdiz in about two hours.

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all three Clark boys had a hell of a time.

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the old-timers enjoying a cold one before the long journey home.
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Re: Bienvenidos a Argentina...

Postby jayclarkie » Wed May 14, 2014 4:14 pm

Believe it or not, the incoming group we had lunch with on our last day was from Albuquerque!
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Re: Bienvenidos a Argentina...

Postby TexasMallard10 » Wed May 14, 2014 4:56 pm

That's awesome man great pictures! Completely jealous
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Re: Bienvenidos a Argentina...

Postby STICKLER » Wed May 14, 2014 4:58 pm

That's outstanding jay! Thanks for sharing...
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Re: Bienvenidos a Argentina...

Postby Slack Tide » Wed May 28, 2014 6:50 am

So after all was said and done....what do you think you spent on that trip door-to-door....?
Everything, flight, BS, the place, booze, incidentals......
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Re: Bienvenidos a Argentina...

Postby Slack Tide » Wed May 28, 2014 7:19 am

As I understand it, our game limits stem from international agreements on global duck populations. So for example, we are inundated with Black Duck here in NY but can only shoot one because the global numbers are down.
I'm curious about the impact on global numbers that adventures like yours have. Almost 8000 birds between you and that's one party at one place for one week....
Do the "generous limits" places like this boast amount to "don's ask - don't tell?" or is this really all factored in to global conservation.
All that being said, don't get me wrong...I'd love to go.
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Re: Bienvenidos a Argentina...

Postby jayclarkie » Wed May 28, 2014 8:58 am

well, it wasn't cheap..that's for sure. here's a little cost breakdown...

Actual "hunt" for four guys was 4000, so 1000 each, purchased at a DU Dinner...actual retail around 10K for group of four.
Flights to Cordoba...1600 each
Tips for guide, staff, etc...500
Gun rental total...300
Licenses...260
Shells...1600
Argentinian Reciprocity Fee...160
Souvenirs...200
Meals during travel...100

Total...$5720.00

You could save a few hundred here and there by bringing your own gun, and the shell bill is totally up to how much you shoot. You could also not bring back any souvenirs, and not have dinner and drinks on the way down and back. Also, the reciprocity fee is a one time thing that lasts for 10 years....so, if you really wanted, you could probably be out the door for 5k.

As to the impact of hunts like these...i think it's very little. There's approximately 35 million doves in the Cordoba Province, which is roughly half the size of New Mexico. The doves hatch 3-5 times per year, so even with many hunting lodges operating, the population of doves in the province continues to grow. Our guide gave us the figure that around 25-30% of agricultural crops are destroyed each year by the doves, and they are considered a pest, which is why there is no limit on the number that you're allowed to shoot. The government has started looking at the impact of all the lead shot being used, and if they ever end up banning lead, i would imagine the cost of hunts like this would increase dramatically. Apparently the bulk of the guide's profits come from the resale of the shells. Our guide orders roughly 10,000 boxes per year, and already has paper thin margins, so a cost increase to his largest revenue stream would take quite a toll.
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Re: Bienvenidos a Argentina...

Postby Slack Tide » Wed May 28, 2014 9:41 am

Very informative, thanks...
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