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.

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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.

 

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.