Argentina - Duck Hunt

Author: Vicki Ash
Posted on August 1, 2017

We got home from teaching in Montana on Monday July 24, 2017 and quickly unpack and washed clothes as we were headed for Argentina early Wednesday morning.  After going to Argentina all these years, we have found the best way to get there is to go from Houston to Panama City, Panama then on to Cordoba, Argentina.  Total flight time is about 14 hours and you get into Cordoba at 1:30 am but go to lodge and sleep till 11, then up and hunt but this year we had planned to go in early and do a duck hunt to get more ShotKam videos of ducks for the website.  So off we go to drive the 5 ½ hours to Tomas Frontera’s Vera Cruz Duck Lodge and it was worth the trip.

 The lodge is on a river off of the Paraná River and it is beautiful.  We came to duck hunt but there are other things to do also, like fish for Golden Dorado and Piranha  (who knew you would fish for them as I thought they were fishing for you), hunt for Perdiz, dove, or pigeons or swim in the pool or just go and sit down by the river and enjoy the birds singing.  It’s August in Houston and beginning of winter for Argentina so it’s a good time to get out of the heat and come on down.

 

The duck hunting was challenging, as we had to wade in water and mud up to our knees then stand in the mud and muck to shoot.  The staff at the lodge took very good care of us and worked with and around the abilities of our party.  We are not as young as we used to be and I for one was not used to walking in the muck, but we all made it and had a great time and shot a lot of ducks so be on the lookout for that on the Knowledge Vault real soon.

 Gil and I shot together and the first morning we walked not too far in the mud to a small john boat and our guide polled us to our spot.  We actually shot from the boat that he had pushed us up on the ground and plants on top of the water.  As sunrise came and we were looking right into the sun, the birds came to our guide’s calls as we were standing in the boat.  We didn’t make any sudden moves, as the boat would rock a bit.  Not being a duck hunter, this reminded me of a tournament we went to in 1985 for the New England Championship and one of the stations was a boat on a pond.  You had to get in and sit in the boat and shoot your targets from a sitting position.  That was the last time I had been in a boat to shoot anything.  We had a good morning and our guide got out of the boat and wadded in the water to pick up all the ducks.  We found out 2 days later that one of our group went to the boat and when the guide went out to pick up some of the birds, some of them had been eaten by the Piranha that were in this water, probably a good thing to not know when we were there.

 The second and third days were just as good only the mud and muck was deeper, but we shot a lot of different types of ducks.  There are at least 8 different species of ducks and I think we shot at least one of each.  The Cinnamon Teal and regular Teal were just beautiful and the neon colors on their wings was gorgeous.  There were big duck and smaller ducks so that made it even more challenging.  ShotKam preformed great and we got some good footage and it also showed us where we were when we didn’t hit the bird.  Oops you never miss on video.

 Now its Monday morning and we are in the van for the 5 ½ hour trip back to the dove lodge for the next 3 ½ days.  We will be meeting up with the rest of our group that wanted to do dove and pigeon hunts, so check out next week's blog to see what fun things we learned about dove hunting.

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