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.

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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.

 

A Guide to Family Vacationing in Argentina

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One of the things that’s makes Argentina one of the world’s top tourist destinations is the variety of things that there are for visitors to do here.  Ordinarily, a person would have to go to several different locations to experience such a variety of activities, witness and behold so many different settings and intermingle with people from many different backgrounds. Tierra del Fuego Argentina is perfect for families that wish to engage in a variety of activities and environments from steamy jungles, to the great Pampas grasslands to Patagonia to the mysterious Tierra del Fuego.  At Argentina Birdman we are proudest of the big game opportunities the country provides but there are many other things for families to do and experience here.  There are malls, beaches, amusement parks, shops, and tours which stretch throughout this beautiful country.

Argentina offers a multitude of places for families to visit and things for families to do.  For families who will be visiting Argentina we suggest these sites and activities.

  • Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales: Children love dinosaurs and this natural science museum has an impressive collection of prehistoric animal remains that will fascinate children of all ages.
  • Bioparque Temaikèn: For observing live animals in their natural habitat, there is this nature reserve which teaches children about the environment, different ecosystems and biodiversity.  It is approximately 50km from Buenos Aires.
  • Miramar – No family vacation would be complete without a visit to some of its beaches for relaxing, people watching, water sports and other activities.original_Coastline-Miramar Argentina
  • Parque de la Costa: One of the largest amusement parks in South America, Parque de la Costa is packed with rides and plenty of activities for children to enjoy with their parents.
  • Ranches: There are many ranches in Argentina that provide horseback riding for kids but also full board accommodations for the family.

Finally, Argentina is one of those rare vacation destinations that can accommodate everyone from families that are on a small budget to luxury minded travelers.  Accommodations at some ranches, for example, can cost as little as $30 a day.  One the other hand, 5 hotels in Buenos Aires can cost upwards of $300(USD) a night.  Argentina also has delicious and reasonably priced cuisine.  For example, families can enjoy all-you-can-eat parrilla (barbeque) from between $10 (USD) and $20 (USD) in many mid-priced restaurants.  A higher class meal in a fancier restaurant can typically cost between $20 (USD) and $40 (USD).  In the end, this variety plus reasonable prices is why Argentina is such a popular tourist destination not just for hunters but for their families as well.

The Terminology of Fly Fishing

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argentina-fishing-travel-3As anyone who has ever been fly fishing can tell you it is a truly addictive sport.  It places traditional fisherman out of their comfort zone by challenging them to learn to cast in a totally different way.  Another challenge that it posses for participants, apart from mastering the skill itself, is learning the language that goes along with it.  Here are some commonly used words and phrases used by fly fisherman that beginners should familiarize themselves with.

  • Back Cast – This is a back and forth casing motion of the rod and line that lets you place your fly where you’d like.  The back cast is the part of the fly cast when the fly line goes behind the caster.
  • BeadheadA beadhead is a fly with its head right behind the hook eye.  Beads come in materials such as brass, nickel brass and ceramic.  Some beads help a fly to sink but others are floaters.
  • Clinch knot – this is a knot widely used for attaching a hook, lure, swivel or fly to the leader or line.
  • Disk drag – A disk drag is a device used on expensive fly reels that creates resistance on the line as a fish pulls it out.  This resistance often slows and tires the fish.  This resistance is created by the pressure between two disks (hence disk drag).  The result is a line this is less likely to break.
  • EddyAn eddy refers to a section of water that is relatively calm compared to other parts of the water.  The place where two streams converge is an example of where an eddy might occur.
  • Headwaters – These waters are an upstream section of a river before the main tributaries join it.  Typically, it is smaller in width and flow than the main part of the river.

In addition to the above words and phrases, fly fishermen also employ more colorful words and phrases to describe particular aspects of fly fishing.  Here are some slang terms and their meanings.

  • BarneyA Barney is an angler who claims to be all knowing but in fact can’t get hung.
  • Drive ByA drive by can either be a fish that hits a fly but doesn’t stay on or it can be a fast, sloping river that provides only one chance spot as you float by.
  • Darrells – Bait fisherman who kill fish are called Darrells.
  • Dope-on-a-rope – This is the name given to a guy who monopolizes a single spot by dropping an anchor on it.

Yes, fly fishing in Argentina can be truly addictive.  However, the challenge involved in mastering this type of fishing can be made easier when one knows the meaning of the words and phrases commonly associated with it.  At Argentina Birdman we can guarantee that you will kick your fly fishing adventure off to a great start.

 

Wing Shooting Tips and Tricks

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A skilled hunter stealthily tracks his prey, quietly takes position, slowly aims his weapon, patiently takes his time and waits for his prey to be at its most still and then – takes the shot.  From there, the prey either falls immediately or runs off and a final round of tracking begins.  This is the case for shooting prey that eventually comes to a rest before the kill.  For wing shooting the dynamics are a argentina wing shootingbit different.  Wing shooting requires superior coordination, target acquisition and the ability to make quick decisions that are totally different from acquiring and bringing down a target that is stationary.  That is why knowing how to do it can be a great addition to any hunters set of skills.  Shooting only stationary (or relatively stationary targets) can masks errors in technique and gun handling not to mention other skills required to be a proficient hunter.  Wing shooting – that is the shooting of birds in flight – test and improves a hunter’s hand/eye coordination, reflexes and judgment.  Here are some tips and tricks to help you excel in one of the trickier aspects of hunting.

  • Safety first:  Always wear protective ear and eyewear when hunting.  Also make sure to leave your action open and your gun unloaded until you are ready to shoot.  Argentina wing shooting is an exhilarating sport and we require that all our clients observe all precautions while hunting in this country.
  • Position yourself correctly – elevate elbow: Just as shooting stationary targets, improper alignment when it comes to wing hunting can mean the difference between a hit and a miss.  Keep your head on the stock while pointing and firing.
  • Analyze flight path and shot position:  Study the habits and flight patterns of the birds you wish to hunt.  Often birds will fly with a slight curve, rise, angle or drop.  Watch until the target gives you the best opportunity to take your shot.  Only practice can enhance your ability to anticipate correctly and adjust to the animal.
  • Point, don’t aim:  Focus on the target instead of the gun barrel.  Aiming slows your swing.  Wing shooting is all about reaction.
  • Make sure your gun is properly fitted:  Be sure that your gun fits so that it shoots where you look.  Take your gun to a competent fitter if you are dissatisfied after testing it.

Argentina dove hunting presents an excellent opportunity for hunters to develop their wing shooting abilities plus it helps farmers in the country who consider doves to be great pest.  It is not big game hunting but is can be just as rewarding and some hunters have been known to bag hundreds of birds on a trip.

Trout Fly Fishing Tips

We just recently wrapped up another great Trout fishing season and if you missed out this year-start your planning now for next year. If you don’t understand the joy of Trout fishing in Argentina-let me tell you about it!Argentina-fishing-travel-3

Several times each year the expression on my dog’s face is priceless. Champ watches me with his head tilted to one side and stares quizzically trying to make sense of his master as he stands in the yard and – with his favorite fly rod – practices fly casting techniques. All this takes place until I can once again take time off to catch trout in the lakes and rivers of Patagonia. (That is the non-invisible kind.) My dog’s expression of bewilderment is shared by those who do not appreciate the experience of fly fishing for trout in Argentina. You have to experience it to get it. Well for those who do appreciate this Zen-like experience here are some tips to remember when fly fishing for trout in this gloriously unspoiled region.

Equipment: Obviously the first step is to have a good rod that is suited to the kinds of areas you will be fishing. For small, brush-lined streams try a 6 to 8 foot rod. For big rivers a 9 foot rod may make more sense since they are offer easier line control. In short, buy the best equipment you can reasonably afford.

Take your time and stalk the trout: This is where amateurs are separated from pros or to put it more succinctly where the boys are separated from the men.

Get into position: get into a good spot for a natural drift of the fly.

Learn to swing your fly while it is wet: Cast across and downstream. This way you allow the fly swing across the stream. This resembles the way darting minnow move.

Stay outside the tunnel of visibility: Submerged fish have a different perspective when viewing objects above the water’s surface. This is due to the refraction of light. Approach trout from behind or stay low.

Read the water speed: Trout feed in currents that run approximately 2-6 cubic feet per second. A good assessment of the water’s speed could mean the difference between an area that is fishable and one that is not.

Yes, as priceless as my puzzled dog’s face is, it cannot match the beauty of the unspoiled lakes of Patagonia or the gaping maw of a rainbow or brown trout. Purchase reliable equipment, practice casting and learn all you can about reading the waters and the fish in them and your experience fishing in Argentina is sure to be as memorable as mine are. At Argentina Birdman we invite you to try some of the most famous lakes and rivers for trout fishing in the entire country. Come alone or bring a party.

 

Tips for a Successful Deer Hunt

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In the contest between man and nature, deer have centuries worth of instinct as prey animals on their side. Their entire life is about eluding predators using the natural instincts nature gave them. On the other hand, humans are many centuries removed from their hunter instinct, from having to go agstagainst a wild adversary. We have technology and they do not but big game hunting – especially for red deer – is not about technology. It is about out thinking your prey and finding again what was lost from inside of us when mankind moved out of the forest and wilderness and became ‘civilized.’ In order to help maintain the advantage as a hunter and help you with Argentina big game hunting, here are some tips to more successfully stalk, corner and bring down your prey.

Tactics

Go Slow: Move slowly and practice staying still for long periods of time. Decide how much time you want to spend waiting for or stalking prey while you are Argentina red stag hunting.

Try judging the deer’s pace: Before stalking your quarry, try to determine its pace, what direction it may be heading in and whether it is feeding or simply walking.

Don’t give up: When stalking wounded quarry you may run into difficulties when following blood trails. For example, the trail may end suddenly with no hint of the prey in sight. At this point stay calm, look for smaller spots of blood and if necessary get on your hands and knees to continue tracking.

Don’t Poke: When coming up to an animal you have shot and that you believe may be dead, don’t prod it with your rifle. It may still be alive and charge you. Instead, throw a rock or branch at it to judge its reaction. This strategy is much safer.

Equipment: The Right Tools for the Right Job

I said before that Argentina big game hunting is not about the technology. That is not correct. It is not entirely about the technology but having the right equipment does matter to some degree. Here is a basic equipment list that should help you.

Rifle: Always be sure to have the correct caliber depending on the animal are trying to bring down. For red stag hunting a .260 or 6.5×55 would be the minimum caliber for bringing down this prey.

Binoculars: Buy the strongest, best pair you can afford paying special attention to durability (water proofing, etc), comfort and resolution.

Ammunition: Use soft point bullets like the Hornady Interlock.

Knives: A drop point knife is a very effective knife for dressing and skinning dear.

Backpack: Since some parts of Argentina are fairly remote you should be equipped with lights, a stove, matches and flint, rope, a tent fly, sleeping bag, food, a first aid kit and GPS – at a minimum.

Yes, with the proper preparation, knowledge and equipment you should be able to compensate for what we all lost when we moved indoors from the wilderness – the instinct and ability to hunt our prey. Argentina Birdman can put you in contact with a wide variety of red deer, black buck antelope, buffalo, wild sheep, goat and others animals on Argentina’s ranges and can give you the support you need and provide you with the hunt of a lifetime.

Argentina Wing Shooting First, Peninsula Valdes Second

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Your Argentina wing shooting trip is booked and you are getting excited, but something feels like it’s missing. So you go down the list: Travel arrangements? Check! Excursion booked with Argentina Birdman? Check! Your best buddies are on board? Check! So what feels like it’s missing? Well, we have a suggestion…

Sure, a six day Argentina bird hunting adventure is exciting enough on its own; but if you’re flying all the way to Argentina already don’t you think it’s worth it to stay another week or so to check out some of the other sights too? Well we do! As you may have noticed, our last couple of blogs have been suggestions on other places to visit while you’re here in Argentina and today we are going to follow suit with yet another suggestion. So take a load off and let us tell you all about the "argentina wing shooting"Peninsula Valdes:

The Peninsula Valdes is a must-see highlight for any trip to Argentina. This beautiful formation along the Atlantic coast of Argentina offers some of the most amazing sea life and wildlife anywhere in the world. This peninsula has formed two natural inlets that provide shelter to many different types of wildlife including the Southern Right Whales, elephant seals, Magellenic penguins, and many more.

For many people, it’s the Orca Whales that draw them to this magical wildlife reserve. There are only two pods of Orcas in the world who have learned how to purposely beach themselves in order to hunt; and one of those extraordinary Orca pods just so happens to patrol the shores of the Peninsula Valdes. Come at the right time of year and you can witness this incredible act of nature in all of its glory.

While tourist season spans a rather large range—September through March to be exact—if you’re looking to experience all the biggest marine life events the best time to go is between September and the end of November. The later end of the year is when all big events usually take place.

Now that you’ve realized just how amazing Argentina actually is go ahead and give the airline a call and extend your trip. Whether you’re into big or small game hunting, Birdman will take you on the excursion of a lifetime; combine that with whatever else you decide to do with the rest of your stay and you are guaranteed to have the best vacation of your life.

Big Game Hunting and Wine Tasting in Mendoza go Hand in Hand

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If you think a hunter can’t also thoroughly enjoy a nice glass of wine then you are sadly mistaken. We have had many-a-visitors come take an Argentina big game hunting excursion with us or sign up for a little Argentina duck hunting trip and then spend the second half of their vacation cruising around the Argentina wine country in Mendoza. And let me tell you, a little hunting followed by a little wine tasting makes for the perfect getaway!

If you’re thinking about putting together a little hunting and wine tasting excursion of your very own, Argentina Birdman is here to help. First, schedule your hunting trip with us and then read on for more info on Argentina wine country…

First things First, you need to know where to go; well, Mendoza is the most important wine region in Argentina, so we always recommend you go there. The city boasts the beautiful backdrop of the Andes foothills on the western edge of Argentina. You’ll enjoy taking in the beautiful scenery just as much as you enjoy the delicious wines that you will surely sample.

Prior to the 1990’s Argentina wine was far from internationally known; but once they began to compete in the international market, Mendoza quickly became a force to be reckoned with. Although Malbec is the grape that put Mendoza’s name on the map, recently wineries in this beautiful region have been working tirelessly to prove that Argentina can actually produce a plethora of delicious grapes.

It should come as no surprise that the rise of the wine industry brought along with it a boom in the hospitality and tourism industries. You’ll find everything from quaint little inns to five-star luxury hotels; local eateries to celebrity chef owned restaurants; tastings at small family owned wineries to half day tours and tastings at large, upscale wineries with miles upon miles of vineyard. Mendoza, Argentina truly has something for everyone.

Finally, I’d like to leave you with a couple winery suggestions; the following are some of my personal favorites in the region…

El Lagar Winery in Lujan de Cuyo is run by one of the most unique winemakers in the world, Carmelo Patti. Patti creates incredible artisan wines out of his garage-like winery. The best part abe3da083771fefd9d984ecd323772c96dout this gem of a winery? If not out traveling, Carmelo Patti himself will greet you with a big smile, show you around the winery and chat your ear off for hours. Visiting El Lagar Winery is a truly unique experience you won’t want to miss out on.

Bodegas Lopez Winery in Maipu. This historical winery was founded in 1898, well before the Malbec boom, by Spanish immigrant Jose Lopez Rivas; it is currently run by the fourth generation of Rivas’. This vast, beautiful property dbodegas-lopez-de-herediaoubles as both a winery and a well-preserved museum. You can take a general tour for free, but I would say the exquisite tasting is worth the small fee.