The Nutritional Value of Duck

In China and other parts of Southeast Asia, duck meat is an extremely popular food. That is because of its rich, savory flavor. However, in America we eat an average of only about 3/4 pound of duck annually per capita, compared to 55 pounds per person for chicken. So why isn’t duck a more popular meat in North America? It may be in part because duck is hard to find in most supermarkets. (This is not a problem for hunters.) It also may be that there are many myths surrounding the nutritional value of duck. As many of our visitors who go Argentina duck hunting and Argentina wing shooting can attest to, duck can be a healthy and tasty alternative to many kinds of fowl.

 

Fat Facts about Duck

One thing that turns many people off automatically to the idea of eating duck is that it is known to be higher in saturated fat and cholesterol than chicken and some other kinds of poultry. While it is true that duck has higher levels of saturated fat than chicken, its healthy omega 3 fats levels are equivalent to chicken. Moreover, you can control the amount of fat present in the duck you eat by watching how you prepare it. For example, to make sure the duck you eat is as lean as possible, cook it skinless. Also, be sure to trim away all visible fat before preparing your duck.

Nutrition Facts about Duck

As far as vitamins and minerals go, duck stands shoulder to shoulder (or wing to wing) with many other kinds of fowl. Duck is high in minerals such as selenium and zinc. It is also high in B vitamins such as pantothenic acid (B-5), B-12 and B-1. B-5 and B-12 both support a healthy nervous system. A single serving of duck supplies 32% of the RDA for B-5 and 17% of the RDA for B-12. Duck also has high iron content. Iron is essential for boosting the body’s energy levels and in the production and maintenance of healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Finally, duck is high in protein. A 3.5 ounce serving of duck (with the skin removed) contains 18 grams of protein. Protein supports the immune systems and it also helps keep your skin, tissue and bones healthy. So you see, ducks make much more than simply good mantle pieces. They are a tasty and healthy alternative (or supplement) to other kinds of poultry.

A Guide for Handling Hunting Dog Injuries

We’ve written before on this blog about the risks that hunters face in the field. We’ve talked about the most common types of injuries and given you some pointers that will hopefully help you to avoid injuries. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t also provide you with some tips on preventing and treating injuries to our four legged hunting partners too. We are referring to dogs. They, of course, don’t have the rationale or intellect to help them avoid injuries in the fields so it is up to you to protect and treat man/woman’s best friend while you are Argentina bird hunting. Here are some helpful pointers to help you take care of your dog in the field.

  • Bring a dog first aid kit: Amazon, as well as many other retailers, sells dog first aid kits that help you to treat your dog in the event the/she is injured while on the hunt. Be sure that your kit contains at a minimum bandages, Benadryl, Neosporin or other antibiotic, mineral oil, a sticky, stretchy wrap and super glue.
  • Watch for overheating: Of course, dogs do not sweat and thus cannot cool themselves as efficiently as we humans. Let your dog rest if he starts to pant excessively and always provide him with plenty of water during those long hunts in hot weather.
  • Check your dog’s feet and nose regularly: Check the terrain in the area in which you will be hunting for sticker bushes, cactuses, etc. In particular, look for swelling on the dog’s paws and for excessive licking. Finally, if your dog is bitten by a snake, be sure to take it to a veterinarian immediately.

Treating Injuries in the Field

Of course, it is sometimes necessary to treat your dog’s minor injuries while you and he/she are in the field. Here are some tips for treating minor injuries in the field and major injuries until a veterinarian can be reached.

  • Cut paw or foreign object in foot: In the event your dog has a foreign object in his/her foot, remove it immediately. After this, clean the wound with an antiseptic and apply antibiotic salve. Finally, apply a bandage to the dog’s foot.
  • Waterborne disease: Every dog owner knows that dogs are not very discriminating about the water source from which they choose to drink. This means that they may get sick when drinking from puddles containing giardia and cryptosporidium and the like. Keep your dog well hydrated to prevent it from drinking from stagnant water sources. If your dog shows signs of sickness, take him to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Barbed wire or serious cuts: For these kinds of wounds apply pressure immediately to control bleeding. After that, clean the wound with antiseptic and antibiotic ointment. Finally, wrap the wound in a bandage or by gluing or stapling it shut.

Your Argentina duck hunting trip will be a much more enjoyable experience once you have peace of mind that your best friend is well protected against injury. Look out for your best friend just as he/she looks out for you.

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Common Hunting Accidents and How to Avoid them

When it comes to hunting, there is a goal that ranks even higher than tracking down and bagging an elusive prey animal. That goal is safety. Unless the proper precautions are taken to ensure a safe experience, hunting can at the least be unproductive and at most be fatal. That said, some injuries and accidents are bound to occur on any given hunting trip. That is why we at Argentina Bird Man stress the importance of knowing about and therefore managing the common types of injury that occur during Argentina dove hunting and hunting of any kind.
Treestand Accidents: Mounting a treestand is an excellent way to gain an advantage when hunting deer. Unfortunately, falls from treestands are common during hunting season. Depending on the height involved as well as other factors, these kinds of falls can result in injury and even death. Always be sure to properly mount your stand and to use the proper equipment when hunting off the ground.
Accidental shootings: Some people made light of the story from several years back when former Vice President Dick Cheney shot a friend in thargentina wing shootinge face during a hunting trip. However, there is nothing funny about this all too common occurrence. Be sure that you properly acquire your target before firing your rifle. Also, consider taking hunting safety courses as an extra precaution.
Weapon Malfunction: As opposed to an accidental shooting, weapon malfunctions occur when you have properly acquired your target but for some reason, your weapon fails. Accidents of this kind can be caused by a number of things such as blocked barrels, wrong ammunition, gun wear, bad arrows, unclean guns, etc. Such incidences can also result in injuries or even fatalities. Be sure that you have received proper instruction in the use of your weapon and that it has been serviced prior to the hunt.

Heart attacks, strokes, etc: Hunting can be a physically challenging sport whether you are hunting large game or you are dove hunting in Argentina. Lifting, climbing, trudging through mud or water is often involved and calls for a certain level of fitness. Be sure that you are in good physical condition shape for hunting.

Animal attacks: No hunter should lose sight of the fact that as he hunts his prey, his prey can turn on him at any moment. It is also possible to be attacked by other animals when hunting as well. For this reason, hunters should always be aware of their surroundings and be prepared for the unexpected.

Finally, by taking the proper safety precautions you can reduce the chances of injury or worse on your hunting trip to Argentina. Taking precautions to remain safe makes the hunt more enjoyable and productive and can even save lives. Good hunting and we will see you in Argentina.

Dove Hunting Tips

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Many people think of doves as being somewhat innocuous but for farmers, these birds are a major nuisance. Doves are granivorous. This means that they rob farmers of the food they need to feed livestock and to grow crops. For hunters, these acrobatic, fast flying birds make excellent prey due to their high sensitivity to their surroundings. This is why Argentina wing hunting provides an excellent opportunity for hunters to test their mettle and at the same time provide a service for the Argentinian farmers who are menaced by these birds. It takes skill, the right equipment and some degree of luck to successfully hunt these flying pests. We can’t provide you with the luck you’ll need, but we can offer you the following tips for improving your Argentina dove hunting.

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  • Use the right choke: Using an improperly adjusted choke will negatively affect your shell/bird ratio. In other words, you will waste ammunition, which is an unnecessary expenditure of time and money. Carefully adjust your choke – usually with a screw – to match the distance your shots will likely be from the target(s).
  • Pick a good spot: Position yourself near a field or pond in order to maximize your exposure to the birds. Doves are also attracted to areas around power lines. Pick a clearing and be patient.
  • Stand in the shade: Keeping in the shadows hides your visibility from these birds and it also helps you remain cool while you wait for them to fly overhead.
  • Wait until doves are within range to mount your gun: Doves have extremely keen eyesight and can quickly change course when they see movement. If you mount too early doves will see this and it will rob you of the opportunity to properly adjust your choke.
  • Bring your dog: Doves are small and can be difficult to find. A good hunting dog’s keen nose will help you claim your trophy
  • Exaggerate your lead: Overshoot the bird by at least six feet or more and remember that 1 inch of barrel movement equals about one foot of distance for flying prey.

 

In short, dove hunting doesn’t provide trophies for hunters in the way that hunting for larger game does, but it is a sport that challenges and excites hunters nevertheless. It is also an activity that in Argentina helps farmers by decreasing the number grain-eating pests they have to contend with. See you on the hunt.

What You Need to Know About Red Deer

There are few prey animals that pose a greater challenge to hunters than red deer. That is why visitors from all over the world come to our facility. Our visitors come to have their patience, skill and effort rewarded with a prize, velvet covered stag. Our visitors also enjoy the excitement of matching wits with an animal that is constantly aware of its environment and forever on the lookout for predators. The advantage that deer have over us is their keenly honed senses. Our advantage over them is that we are able to learn as much about them as possible or as Sun Tzu said we are able to “know the enemy.” Odds are that your Argentina red stag hunting at our compound can be successful if you know as much about your quarry as possible. Here are a few facts about this challenging creature that may aid in your efforts.stag

 

  • The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species.
  • Males can weigh up to 750 lbs but average about 600 lbs in the U.S. Adult females typically weigh up to 190 lbs.
  • A stag’s antlers shed typically every spring. Females do not have antlers and are born with spots.
  • The antler’s themselves are living tissue which contains blood vessels.
  • Red deer can live up to 25 years although the average life span is 16 years.

Red Deer Behavior

Here, the hunter’s greater knowledge of his opponent becomes useful. Practical information that can aid in the hunt can be utilized by knowing the habits and behavior of the red deer.

  • Red Deer tend to avoid high altitudes and rugged terrain opting instead for open forests.
  • Red Deer tend to feed on short grasses
  • Red deer have an excellent sense of smell, eyesight and hearing. Hunt into the wind and seek all available cover when stalking.
  • Older males (usually 8 yrs or older) will usually keep harems of up to 20 females (or hinds).
  • Males will often attempt to mate many times with a single female in the harem before it successfully breeds her.
  • In summer, red deer will mainly feed at dawn and dusk and rest during the day. During the winter most of their day is dedicated to foraging for food.
  • Males use roars in order to gather their harem (or hinds) and to display dominance. These vocalizations can often be heard in the late evening.

Finally, the challenge posed by red deer is one that many of our visitors say is worth the time and dedication it takes. The most successful hunters are those who take the time to study their prey and know it better than it knows itself. Our visitors also enjoy the excitement of matching wits with other animals on our Argentinean compound such as water buffalo, wild boar, Fallow Deer and Black Buck Antelope.

Tips for Hunting with Deer Scents

According to wild life experts, a deer’s nose has 297 million olfactory scent receptors. We have 5 million. Your dog has 220 million. For this reason you can say that deer are – in a way – lead by their noses. They use it when trying to find and attract mates, for foraging, for marking their territories, for detecting predators, etc. This is why every hunter must eventually master the use of scents, and lures and other attractants if he is to take advantage of this ultra-keen sense of smelling that makes humans look rather pathetic in comparison. At Argentina Bird Man, where our visitors are able to go Argentina red stag hunting, we would like to offer the following advice on the optimal use of scents.

 

Buck Urine: When bucks are in a rut they become particularly territorial and are actively on the lookout for what they perceive may be other male interlopers on their turf. There are a number of places on and offline to purchase quality urine. Use the urine in scent bombs around your stand, in scrapes and in high-traffic travel corridors.

 

Doe Urine: Just as males go into rut, so too do females. Doe urine entices male deer but it also puts them at ease perhaps enough to stop by your stand. For best results, hang several scent bombs with doe urine from saplings and on shrubs around your stand.

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Doe-in-Estrus Urine: Use doe-in-estrus urine as an attractant within two weeks of the rut. Use it liberally on your stand and around your setup.

 

Tarsal glands: These glands – which are located on the inside of the hind leg at the knee – contain strong pheromones that give deer information about other individuals such as sex, age, health and dominance. The procedure for removing one for use as an attractant can be found on several sites including here.

 

General Usage Tips

 

Timing is everything in the use of scents for attracting deer. During Pre-rut use doe and dominant buck urine. Use doe-in-estrus urine during the rut. Finally, use curiosity scent (doe urine mixed with a food smell for, example) post rut. Remember also that the best scents will not help if you are ill-prepared for the hunt in others ways. There is no magic bullet (no pun intended) when it comes to attracting deer. It takes experience, planning, the right equipment and frankly a good amount of luck. Our Argentina big game hunting facility can supply you with the game; it’s up to you to supply the rest. Good luck and good hunting.

Tips for Cooking Venison

Venison is a greatly misunderstood food source. It is perceived by hunters and non-hunters alike as being too gamey or exotic tasting to be sustainable. However, most veteran hunters know that venison – properly prepared – can be tastier than beef, pork or chicken and is an excellent source of protein as well. Not only that, but venison is lower in fat and cholesterol and higher in vitamin B6, B12, and Omega 3 fatty acids than other meats. So how do you properly prepare this delicacy so that it does not come off as gamey and unappetizing? Here are some tips for properly preparing venison so that you optimize its flavor.

 

Pick your prey wisely: Old deer can produce quality venison but they rarely produce the best tasting meat. Aim for a young, crop-fed deer if your aim is to eat your prey. Younger deer are an excellent source for steaks.

 

Start in the field: If you plan on eating your kill, you should begin preparing it as soon as you bring it down. Immediately begin dressing the deer in order to remove any possibility of tainted meat. Carefully remove the sinew, membranes and other connective tissues holding the various muscle groups together.

 

Storage: Store the carcass as soon as possible. Ideally this means refrigerating it in a cooler that is 34 – 37 degrees with 88 percent humidity in order to age your deer meat.

 

Properly age the meat: Venison should also be aged for a period of 10-14 days after being dressed out. This will reduce gaminess and result in better tasting venison.

 

Add fat: Deer fat is not tasty. In order to enhance the flavor of venison, remove it and add to it beef or pork fat when you are grinding it.

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Marinate the meat overnight before cooking it: In order to further remove any gaminess, marinate your venison overnight in Italian salad dressing or follow one of the many marinade recipes that can be found elsewhere on the Internet.

 

Don’t attempt to cook like beef: Venison is much leaner than beef. There is much more muscle fiber and connective tissue. When braising venison, cook it low and slow between 131 and 149 degrees.

 

If all these tips aren’t enough to motivate you to come to our facility, then consider that deer is only one of the prey animals we offer at our Argentina big game hunting preserve. Other game that is in abundance here includes black buck antelope, buffalo, wild sheep, goat, et al. So whether you hunt for sport or whether you intend to eat your game, we have Argentina red stag hunting and many other types of hunting including an abundance of bird species.

Best Hunting Dog Breeds

They say that thousands of centuries before dogs were domesticated by man that the two used to be competitors in the hunt, each fiercely seeking out the same prey. Today, centuries later, man and dog form a symbiosis that is unbreakable especially during the hunt. For man it is a time to bond with his best friend and for both it is the chance to revisit something primal inside of each – the challenge of pursuing one’s prey. But the simple fact is some dogs are better suited for the hunt than others. Here is a list of the best dog breeds for hunting.

Labrador Retriever: By far this is the most common type of hunting dog. Labs are perfect for hunting waterfowl in particular due to their love of water; their double coat and a thick tail, which helps them, maneuver and balance themselves better when moving. Labs are also among the most intelligent breeds of dogs making them easy to train. The one disadvantage to labs is that they are prone to developing hip dysplasia at some point in their lives.labrador-805838_1280

English Setter: Excellent at pointing and retrieving small game, setters are hard working and almost poetic in their movements. The disadvantages to this breed are that they have reputation for being strong-willed and mischievous. Moreover, they require frequent brushing to maintain their coat.

Rhodesian Ridgeback: This breed, which first came into existence around the 19th century, was first used to keep lions at bay while hunters stalked other prey. Today, they are used to hunt big game.

German Wirehaired Pointer: A great all around hunting breed, German Wirehaired Pointers have a calm temperament, a thick coat and a strong nose. All of these qualities are assets when Argentina bird hunting at our property or for hunting any other kind of game.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever: These stout, muscular dogs are excellent for hunting winter fowl as they can easily retrieve prey from icy waters. The one disadvantage to them is that they may be somewhat difficult to train due to their natural tendency towards willfulness.

Vizsla: Hungarian in origin, this breed has a strong hunting instinct and an especially keen sense of smell. On the downside, they tend to be a bit stubborn making training them a challenge.

Yes, a well trained dog is an indispensable asset for hunters of any kind of game. But as you can see no one breed is perfect. That being said, when it comes to hunting dogs to paraphrase George Orwell “some hunting dog breeds are more equal than others.” Come to our facility in Argentina to bond with your friend and satisfy the pri
mal urge in both of you to create a challenge you will both remember and enjoy.

Tips for Training Duck Hunting Dogs

One thing that makes dogs so lovable is how completely spontaneous they are. They live their lives very much in the moment and in a way that many humans wish they could. And it is this spontaneity itself that endears them to us. However, these qualities are not so enjoyable in a hunting dog. In fact, they are outright counterproductive and dangerous to the dog, the owner and to other hunters. Hunting dogs need to be disciplined, obedient and reliable or they are no good on the hunt. That is why it is so important to begin training your dog early so that it can accompany you as you go duck hunting in Argentina. Here is a guide for training your dog to be the perfect duck hunting partner.img_0426

Train your dog to be obedient:  Obedience is the first and most important quality a hunting dog can have. The key is to begin training your dog when it is puppy so that you will always be able to get its attention immediately. There are a lot of distractions out there as you hunt and having a dog that is able to focus is important to its safety and well being. If necessary, enroll your dog in obedience training classes in order to supplement your own training.

Drill your dog on basic commands:  The most important of these commands is retrieve, come and stay. When retrieving, your dog needs to understand that it is to bring the object back to you immediately.  When coming the dog needs to understand how to not be distracted. Finally, you dog needs to understand the stay command as doing so can save its life while you are hunting or at home.

Don’t be afraid to use the training resources that are available:  There are many hunting dog training videos out there that can give specific training tips. They cover all the issues above plus they also delve into exploiting a dog’s breed when training it for hunting, whether or not to use an electric collar, common mistakes duck hunters make, etc.

Don’t forget that at Argentina Birdman we offer not only the best in duck hunting but also big game hunts in Argentina as well. For thirty years our facility has been not only providing a plethora of duck, dove and pigeons for hunters but we have also been outfitting our guests as well. Our private duck marshes have duck species such as Rosy-billed Pochard, Red Shovelers, Brazilian Speckled Teal, Silver Teal (Cappuccino Teal) , Cinnamon Teal, White-cheeked Pintail, Yellow-billed Pintail, Black Bellied Tree Duck and Chiloe Widgeon.

Tips for Wing Shooting with a Bow

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One thing in common that all hunters have is that they love a good challenge.  That is, after all, the entire point to hunting in the first place.  One of the ultimate tests for any hunter is wing shooting and an even greater challenge is wing shooting with a bow.  A seemingly impossible task, wing shooting with a bow is achievable and hunters do it every day but much practice is required before one becomes proficient.  Here are some tips for those who wish to undertake this ultimate hunting challenge.

Argentina wing shooting provides plenty of different species for you to hunt but first you need to hone your technique so that you do not waste time or ammunition during the actual hunt.

Practice with clay targets:  This is the closest you will get to simulating birds in flightArgentina wing shooting until you actually encounter them in nature.  Begin with a machine set at a medium setting that throws targets at a 45-degree angle.  Eventually increase the speed of the targets.

Use the right equipment:  Wing shooting is probably more a matter of training than it is about equipment but still the right tools are important.  Buy a recurve – a bow that curves forward at the ends, which straighten out under tension when the bow is drawn – or a longbow that you can handle quickly and safely.  Next, use cedar arrows that are ‘FluFlu’ fletched.  These will better help you control in-flight arrow speed.‘FluFlu’ fletched

Keep your eye on the bird:  At all times – just as when shooting with a rifle – keep your eye on the bird.  Track him constantly when he is in flight and then smoothly release your arrow.

Remember that wing hunting difficulty is species specific:  For example, pheasants are quicker on takeoff than guinea fowl.  Ducks, as another example, can be more difficult to hit with a single arrow than other birds.

Focus:  Watch where the bird is heading more than the bird itself.  Train your eyes to follow the birds flight path and hand eye coordination will improve with time.

Yes, wing shooting with a bow presents one of the ultimate challenges that a hunter can face.  It takes practice; practice and even more practice in order to take on this task and conquer it as few other hunters do.  At Argentina Birdman, we provide a full range of different bird species that will challenge your newly acquired skill in the beautiful wild setting of Argentina.  Follow these tips, take one of our tours and you will not be disappointed during your next hunting trip.