Argentina is well known for the quality of its wing shooting options and the massive volume of dove; but it is also famous for the fantastic pigeon hunts that guest can enjoy in the best regions of Argentina. These regions include northern province of Córdoba, San Luis province, and the Eastern province of Salta.
Pigeons are more evasive than regular eared doves. They can see hunters further than dove, and if they notice a reflex in your gun or a movement, they will probably fly away. In this hunt, covering your shooting spot is very important, that is where our machetes come in handy! We prepare the blinds with tree branches and limbs from nearby trees and vegetation; or we set up our artificial camouflage blinds, depending on the hunting area.
March - August
Patagioenas picazuro is a brown bird with white dashes on the back of its neck and darker brown wing patterns. It is similar in appearance to the Spotted Dove.
The Spot-winged Pigeon (Patagioenas maculosa) is a species of bird in the columbiade family.
For an amazing Pigeon hunt, it is not all about the blind, decoys are also a key issue. Robotic pigeons help a lot, even the ones that move artificial wings or those that have four or five plastic pigeons circling around a carrousel. Dead pigeons on the ground also help to attract more birds to your blind.
Our pigeon hunting experience tells us that semi-auto 20 or 12 gauges are optimal for this type of shooting. We can also consider over and under guns in the same gauges. Ammunition is in-between 6 to 7 and the shells can contain anywhere from 28 to 32 grams of gunpowder.
Pointer Wingshooting strongly advises you to come and enjoy this amazing adventure with us. You can also choose to combine pigeon hunting with dove or duck hunting in a great mixed bag shooting!
The pigeon hunt starts at 7:00 am with a hearty breakfast. Around 7:30 am we take a short drive in our comfortable Mercedes Benz Vans to the shooting field. The distance to the field is typically between twenty and forty minutes. After the morning shoot, we go back to the lodge for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, we depart at around 3:00 pm for the evening shoot. Schedules may change depending on the time of the year.
In the pigeon field you will be assigned a personal field assistant for every two hunters. The assistant will provide you with shells, guns and soft drinks in your shooting spot. The field assistant will prepare your blind, count your birds and shells, and carry some stools to the field for you. In the evening, when everybody finishes the shooting day, we will return to the Lodge.
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We welcome you to the best pigeon hunting you will ever experience!
Regarding food, pigeons love olive trees, sunflowers, peanuts; and other crops like corn. Normally around midday these birds rest over high eucalyptus trees, carob or olive trees. Pigeons live near big feedlots which are located in the north of Cordoba, San Luis, and Salta. These provinces have large cattle ranches. Weather conditions and water increase the development of their nesting areas.
Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. This short note is intended to make them even safer by emphasizing the basics of safe gun handling, storage, and by reminding you that you are the key to firearms safety.
Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction. Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot. This is particularly important when loading or unloading a firearm. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur as long as the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction.
Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually In Use. Unload your gun as soon as you are finished. A loaded gun has no place in or near a car, truck, or building. Unload your gun immediately when you have finished shooting.
Don\'t Rely On Your Guns Safety. The safety on any gun is a mechanical device, which, like any such device, can become inoperable at the worst possible time. You should never handle a gun carelessly and assume that the gun will not fire just because the safety is on.
Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Beyond It. Do not shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to strike. Be sure that your bullet will not injure anyone or anything beyond your target. Firing at a movement or a noise without being absolutely certain of what you are shooting at constitutes disregard for the safety of others.
Use Correct Ammunition. Using improper or incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun and cause serious personal injury. It only takes one cartridge of improper caliber or gauge to wreck your gun, and only a second to check each one as you load it. Be absolutely certain that the ammunition you are using matches the specifications that are contained within the guns instruction manual and the manufacturers markings on the firearm. Be aware not to use smaller ammunition in the gun you are using, this could cause a major accident.
If Your Gun Fails To Fire When The Trigger Is Pulled, Handle With Care! Occasionally, a cartridge may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If this occurs, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your face away from the breech. Then, carefully open the action, unload the firearm and dispose of the cartridge in a safe way.
Always Wear Eye And Ear Protection When Shooting. All shooters should wear protective shooting glasses and some form of hearing protection while shooting. Exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing. Adequate vision protection is essential. Shooting glasses guard against twigs, falling shot, clay target chips, and the rare ruptured case of firearm malfunction.
Be Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions Before Shooting. Before you load your firearm, open the action and be certain that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine. Be sure the barrel is clear of any obstruction. Even a small bit of mud, snow, excess lubricating oil, or grease in the bore can cause dangerously increased pressures. This can cause the barrel to bulge or even burst on firing, which can cause injury to the shooter and bystanders.
Don\'t Alter Or Modify Your Gun, And Have Guns Serviced Regularly. Firearms are complicated mechanisms that are designed by experts to function properly in their original condition. Any alteration or change made to a firearm after manufacture can make the gun dangerous and will usually void any factory warranties.
Learn The Mechanical And Handling Characteristics Of The Firearm You Are Using. Not all firearms are the same. The method of carrying and handling firearms varies in accordance with the mechanical characteristics of each gun. Since guns can be so different, never handle any firearm without first having thoroughly familiarized yourself with the particular type of firearm you are using, the safe gun handling rules for loading, unloading, carrying and handling that firearm, and the rules of safe gun handling in general.