What do you know about Cordoba City?

The hcordoba argentina dove huntingistorical City of Córdoba emerged from the wish to join Upper Perú and the Río de la Plata through what became known as the Royal Road.

Córdoba is the second most important city in Argentina and the main urban development in the central region of the country. Even though it is nestled in a vast valley, it is surrounded by the heights of various mountain range systems that create a unique microclimate. Its average maximum temperature is 24º C and minimum is 11º C in the winter.

This beautiful city is open to tourism not only through its history but also by means of its impressive sceneries, with plenty of eye-catching sites and various surprises for visitors.

The city may be accessed by plane through Pajas Blancas International Airport. Also the local bus station welcomes most visitors coming from all over the country.

Its streets and promenades feature tracks of the ancient colonial architecture mingled with modern buildings. All this is completed with parks and green spaces such as Sarmiento Park, designed in the late XIX century, which manages to supply enough oxygen for this large urban center and its dwellers.
As far as tourism is concerned, the capital of Córdoba and the entire province actually offer hundreds of inexhaustible activities for visitors to feel atsierras argentina pigeon hunting ease. Circuits in the city include the pedestrian promenades joining San Martín Square with the ancient Cathedral, the historical Cabildo, Trejo House and several museums, to name a few.

In the outskirts of Córdoba, various adventure travel activities may be enjoyed, namely 4WD tours, silverside and trout fishing in its dams, mountain biking, paragliding or hiking around one of the
prettiest regions in Argentina.

When the sun sets, the city presents an active cultural atmosphere and nightlife manifested in the theaters that present a wide range of recreational and artistic performances. The typical music style in Córdoba is called cuarteto (its greatest exponents are famous Mona Giménez and the late Rodrigo) and the way it is danced is another icon in our country. Fernet con cola (a drink made with a bitter aromatic spirit and coke), like the natives from Córdoba usually call it, is the typical welcome whose flavor conveys the true feeling of Córdoba.

Córdoba is a city to be felt and enjoyed fully during the four seasons.

 

(Source: www.welcomeargentina.com)

3 Tips for Securing Bass Fishing Baits and Rigs

It’s perhaps something that not a lot of anglers give great thought to, they should. Moving to another spot means stowing rods, but just laying them on the deck of your bass boat and fastening the rod strap isn’t enough. Properly securing your baits not only prevents tangles, but can add years to the life of your expensive rods and reels. Rig Wraps offer a handy option, but also consider these points:
1. Hook Placementwackyrig argentina fishing
Most rods feature keepers on the blank for tucking hooks. If you don’t like the placement and opt for hanging your hook in a lower guide, stick it under the guide foot — never in the eye. Chipping or
scratching an eye insert leaves nicks that can damage line.
2. Say “No” to Salt
Securing hooks on the reel face is a common option, but note that salt-impregnated baits will leach into your reel. Salt corrosion happens quickly, so whether it’s a Texas rig or a jig with a plastic trailer, keep salty baits tethered elsewhere.

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3. Weight Control
Dropshot and other weighted rigs can damage rod blanks when left unrestrained. To tame the constant banging, secure the hook to a keeper, and then tuck the weight under a rubber band wrapped around your rod handle.

With Carolina rigs, secure your hook on the reel handle, reel the line snug and twist the line around the rod to remove all slack. Tuck the taught line behind one of the rod’s eyes to keep it from loosening.
With proper management, you’ll avoid mishaps and keep your baits ready for the next spot.

(Source: BY DAVID A. BROWN. www.outdoorlife.com)

Top 5 Argentine Desserts

Carne and vino aside, Argentina’s gastronomic pleasures also extend to the all-important final course: dessert. Give your taste buds a delectable treat as we explore the mouth-watering desserts on offer!

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As the name suggests, this is indeed a chocolate cake, although quite unlike any other. This ubiquitous sweet treat is a chocoholics dream: a multilayered cake with an Argentine twist. One layer of dark chocolate biscuit is followed by a layer of dulce de leche mixed with a cream cheese equivalent, followed by another layer of dulce de leche, and on and on it goes… The biscuits are dipped in coffee before they are added to each layer, making an already sweet cake even sweeter! Did I mention you don’t even need to bake it?

Chocotorta can be made in a variety of ways, some soak the biscuits in coffee, others in milk, or sometimes even wine; whilst some top the cake off with a layer of icing, others with dulce de leche, or, simply with a final biscuit layer. Whatever chocotorta you come across, you can be sure it will include the staples: biscuit and dulce de leche.

Rogel

postre-rogel-argentina dove huntingNot to be outdone, layer cake number two, rogel, can certainly give the chocotorta a run for its money.

This Argentine classic is a wedding cake (and café) favourite, and rightly so! An equally decadent option, this cake also hinges on the Argentine national treasure: dulce de leche.

This time, you will find it wedged between layers of crispy, paper-thin pastry. Layer upon layer is piled up until you arrive at the centrepiece, a final top layer of decadent whipped Italian meringue. The contrasting textures of crispy pastry with gooey meringue are a total success!

Queso y Dulce (de Membrillo)

Literally translating to ‘cheese and (quince) jam’, this off-beat dessert is the perfect combination of sweargentina duck hunting-queso_dulceet and tart- with just enough sweet. For those of you who are wondering what quince is, it’s a bumpy pear-like fruit which, I have to say, has been largely underrated in the rest of the world – in fact, in 1922, American pomologist (someone who studies fruit) U. P. Hedrick lamented that, “the quince, the ‘Golden Apple’ of the
ancients, once dedicated to deities and looked upon as the emblem of love and happiness, for centuries the favorite pome, is now neglected and the least esteemed of commonly cultivated tree fruits.”

In Argentina however, this is certainly not the case. It is rumoured to have been a favourite of celebrated writer Jorge Luis Borges.

The fruit is cooked and then pureed in a food processor, and, thanks to its pectin-rich flesh, sets as a firm and (handy) sliceable block. Said scrummy block is accompanied by a slice of cheese, either a hard one known as pategrás or a soft one referred to as queso cremoso. An alternative version substitutes dulce de membrillo with dulce de batata (sweet potato jam)

This traditional desert is simple and easy to make, and guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth – if it’s good enough for Borges it’s good enough for us!

Flan

flan_vainilla pigeon huntingPossibly one of the most well-known dessert dishes in Latin America, flan, or crème caramel as it is known in France, consists of a sweetened mix of eggs, milk, and sugar commonly flavoured with vanilla essence, and, as with most things Argentine (I’m starting to see a pattern emerge here…) topped with, you guessed it, dulce de leche.

The flan is topped with caramelised sugar whose sweetness, coupled with the dulce de leche, serves as the perfect counterpoint to the cool, creamy custard body. Requiring only four basic ingredients, it’s easy to see why flan has become a region staple.

Ice Cream

No self-respecting list of Argentine desserts would be complete without an ode to ice cream. It is in Argentina, not Italy, that this versatile and universally recognisable dessert has been perfected, argentina wongshooting helado
although it of course owes its heritage to the wave of Italian immigration of the late 1800s.

The abundance of heladerias (ice cream parlours) in the city is a testament to ice cream’s indisputable status as go-to dessert number one. In fact, ice cream parlours remain open until the early hours of the morning, and, amazingly, it is available on tap 24 hours a day via online delivery.

More gloopy in texture than its Italian gelato counterpart, Argentine ice cream is thought gains its unique texture and creaminess from the high quality of milk afforded by the country’s world-class cattle. Sizes range from a small cup or cone right up to an entire kilo, whilst the varieties are endless, ranging from an entire section devoted to, that’s right, dulce de leche, to chocolate, to fruit. The dizzying selection will make your head spin and the wonderfully exotic sorbets such as maracuyá -passion fruit- are not to be missed either.

 

(Source: By Sabrina Hummel. www.argentinaindependent.com.)

UGARTECHEA CEASES PRODUCTION

Armas Ugartechea, founded in Eibar, Spain, in 1922, has ceased production. Like many gunmakers in the region, the company was known for producing guns by older, small-shop craft methods. Ugartechea became known in the US for a range of side-by-side shotguns that included high-grade sidelocks, but it was especially popular for hitting the least-expensive end of Spanish boxlocks.

No public announcement has come from Ugartechea, and an e-mail to the company was not answered. But John “Buck” Koritko, the largest importer of the guns in the US for nearly 30 years through his company Lion Country Supply, in Pennsylvania, confirmed the end of production.

In early summer Canadian importer Will Bilozir, who has sold Ugartecheas through his business Bilozir Fine Guns, in Alberta, made a similar announcement on his website (bilozir.net). In a phone interview Bilozir said, “We’ve been their exclusive importer in Canada for eight or nine years. We have a personal relationship with Ignacio [Ugartechea] and his wife, and we have visited with them several times.”

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Both importers said they had been told that labor issues and a generally weak economy were the dominant reasons for the closure. Bilozir also noted that, generally, Spanish gunmakers have relied on traditional craft in small, labor-intensive shops and have not modernized their machinery and methods the way Italian gunmakers have. “So the labor costs have become a real problem,” he said.

According to Bilozir, there are approximately 40 finished “stock” guns at the factory, and he is offering a 25-percent discount on previous retail prices to help Ugartechea liquidate the inventory. At press time, those guns were expected in Canada by September and would be sold on an “as-is, where-is, paid-in-full” basis.

Koritko said that Lion Country Supply will not be bringing in any more guns from the maker. He added that, compared to his usual inventory of about 150 Ugartecheas in stock, when news of the closure came, “I had around 100, and they’re going fast.”

In a written announcement, Koritko looked back to his beginnings with the second-generation owner in 1987: “I immediately developed a positive relationship with owner Ignacio Ugartechea and knew his line of handcrafted firearms were a fit for Lion Country Supply. Ugartechea built solid side-by-sides for a reasonable cost. I knew they would be a winner in the American market, and they were!

“We will continue to offer our unbeatable, written two-year warranty on every single one of these great upland classics sold at Lion Country Supply. Warranty repairs are few, because our master gunsmith of 30 years is meticulous and spends a lot of time on each gun.”

Both importers said that they were planning trips to Europe to look for gunmakers that could fill the void left at the low end and middle of the side-by-side price range.

“I’m looking for a reliable maker that . . . can help me keep a gun under $2,000,” Koritko said. “Ugartechea made a hell of a gun for that price. Our meat and potatoes is where I’m going to stay, with good guns that we can stand behind.”

 

(Source: By Ed Carroll. shootingsportsman.com)

TIPS FOR THE TRAVELING WINGSHOOTER

Considering that my job as a shooting instructor, guide and outfitter has taken me around the world, I have been lucky in life. I’ve been able to shoot birds in 14 countries on three continents. Along the way I’ve made a few mistakes and learned valuable lessons—some painful, but all character building! If your dream wingshooting adventure is about to become a reality, the following tips will help you avoid some of the pitfalls I’ve learned from.
So how do you begin to plan this experience of a lifetime?

Pick Your Place, Pick Your Quarry

Do you want to visit Argentina and experience the doves, ducks or perdiz—or all three in one trip? How about driven pheasants in England, pigeons in Paraguay, partridge in Spain or the many species in Africa? Domestically, the possibilities are endless—like pheasants in the Dakotas, grouse and woodcock in New England, and bobwhite quail in the South. The variety of species, hunting styles and landscapes are practically unlimited.

Once you choose your quarry and region, you can begin researching. Check out the advertisements and websites of the destinations and/or sporting agents offering the hunts you’re interested in. Find and read articles and reviews from reputable sources. Contact booking agents or lodges with questions. Use online resources to get feedback from sportsmen who have hunted with particular outfitters, and ask agents and outfitters for references—both good and less so. Time spent researching is worthwhile and will help you make an informed decision.

Consider Your Budget

I am often guilty of having champagne tastes but only beer money. Knowing exactly what you are comfortable spending is a priority. Try to factor in all possible costs so you won’t be surprised at the end. Examples of costs that often go overlooked are hunting licenses, gun permits, tips for guides and lodge staff, shipping birds home and ammunition. The latter is especially important on high-volume shoots where you will be relying on your host for shells. A box of 28-gauge loads may cost $12 to $14, for example, so if you shoot 20 to 40 boxes a day, this can start looking like real money. When you’ve gone through the trouble of getting somewhere and you’re standing under a perpetual stream of doves, that’s a tough time to have a rude awakening about costs and try to stick to a budget.

Plan Ahead

The best lodges and estates fill fast every season, so I recommend booking a minimum of six to nine months in advance unless you can take advantage of last-minute openings. But whether you are a single Gun looking to join a group or a member of a full team, you still need to decide your “date window” and plan ahead.

It is obviously critical that you know the dates of a particular season, but you also will want to know how the weather and shooting change throughout. Ask about peak shooting times, multi-species overlaps, weather during the shoulder seasons and so on.

This first phase of planning should include determining if you want to bring your own guns and how difficult and expensive that may be. Certainly for the shooter with a well-fitted gun or even a bespoke pair, the prospect of shooting a rented autoloader makes a trip less appealing. Check on laws, the import process, permits and fees, and whether your host can arrange for any specialty shells.

Booking, Transport & Permits

I strongly advise that you book airline tickets at the same time you book your hunt. If you are the appointed shoot captain, find out if there are group booking rates available.

If you are going straight to the lodge on arrival, transport is usually part of the package. If you are arriving early or leaving late, hotels and additional transport costs need to be taken into account.

Passports should be valid for six months after your departure date. Early application is strongly suggested for any visitors’ permits or firearms insurance required to take your shotguns to the country of your choice. The outfitter can help you with this as well.

Travel Clothing & Kit

Wise shooters give careful consideration to their clothing and kit, as the clothes worn and accessories used can have a huge impact on comfort as well as shooting performance.

From the ground up. On every hunt, no matter what the terrain or quarry, you spend hours on your feet. Good socks keep your feet dry, prevent blisters and help manage perspiration. Synthetic materials, fine wool and often a combination of both will keep feet warm in the cold and cool in the heat and can help avoid blisters through good fit and shaped construction. Socks treated with an insect repellant like Insect Shield are a good idea in tick country.

A good pair of socks requires a good pair of boots to work well. Boots should provide traction, support, comfort and stability. Buy the best pair of boots you can afford. Modern materials like Gore-Tex and Thinsulate combined with light leathers and synthetics give modern boots the essential qualities that hunters need.

If you are waterfowling, you may need to pack or rent waders. It’s worth considering how bulky waders are and testing them in your intended luggage to see how much space they occupy. When you expect near-continuous rain, mud, and wet grass and brush, the footwear of choice may be rubber boots. Snug-fitting, knee-high boots can offer everything from insulation to a leather lining, all with excellent stability and waterproof protection.

Dressing for comfort and success. You need clothing appropriate for the quarry, country and climate in which you will be shooting. This, too, can best be determined through consultation with local experts. For example, though many choose to wear camouflage clothing for dove shooting in Argentina, it is not essential. Comfortable tan or khaki clothing suitable to the time of year works just as well.

Tweeds are traditional and often “expected” on driven shoots in the UK and Europe, but the weight of the cloth should match the weather—just as upland hunting in the US requires a range of clothing for layering and to match various seasons. Today’s materials designed for professional athletes and sportsmen offer lightweight insulation, breathability, UV protection and fibers that help regulate body temperature in various conditions.

Clothing should allow freedom of movement, but it should not be so baggy that it snags or bunches and impedes your gun mount. Several layers are usually best, as you can add or remove them as necessary.

Get a grip. When it comes to gloves, there is no one pair that does it all. You will need several pairs to match what, where and when you will be shooting. While choices have to match the type of shooting and weather conditions, you always will need gloves that allow good feeling and control for operating a gun safely (e.g., loading, handling, working the safety and pulling the trigger). Even when wearing insulated gloves, you must be able to “feel” the gun and have a good grip for control. Many specialty brands offer a variety of soft-leather and synthetic options. (I like the Mac-Wtips-4-travellers- argentina wingshootinget line of gloves.)

Top it all off. Though a simple clothing item, a good hat is an essential bit of kit. The proper hat keeps your head warm or cool, keeps rain or snow off of your shooting glasses, and protects your eyes from strong sunlight. (Looking from shade into light also enhances your vision.) There are as many choices of hats as there are boots, but never venture afield without one.

Seeing for shooting. Shooting glasses should be compulsory in the field. An errant pellet or other sharp object could hit your eye, especially when hunting in cover, and there is always the danger of being struck by shot fall. So the lens material in a pair of shooting glasses must be able to resist pellet strikes. Glasses must also offer protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. And finally, shooting glasses enhance your vision—and the better you see, the better you shoot.

There are a bewildering number of shooting glasses on the market. Deciding which lens color is appropriate depends on light conditions, types and colors of targets, and the backgrounds against which you are shooting. Choose the lens tint that allows as much light as possible to enter your eyes without causing you to squint. If you are shooting in a murky gloom, then a clear or light lens would be a good choice; if there is bright, blue sky, a medium/dark lens would work better.

Birds fly against varying backgrounds, and you need to choose the lens color and degree of tint that offer the best contrast. The color needs to enhance the birds’ plumage and suppress the background. Purple and vermillion, for example, suppress the background, making the birds pop against a bright sky; yellow and orange lenses block blue light, improving contrast and brightening overcast conditions. Grey is a neutral color that blocks glare while letting you see the birds in their true colors.

To avoid carrying several pairs of glasses, a frame with interchangeable lenses is the best option. The frame should sit high on your face, so that when your head is lowered in the correct shooting position, your eyes are looking through the centers of the lenses. Contemporary frameless glasses allow an unlimited field of view, with no frame to restrict your vision or block or obscure the target. The arms of the frame should have spring temples and curled, cushioned arms to keep the glasses from slipping. An adjustable bridge allows for proper positioning—encouraging airflow and preventing fogging.

Most shooting glasses are available with prescription lenses or inserts, and I recommend shooting glasses made with single vision for seeing clearly at distance.

Hearing the hunt. I write this with the buzz of tinnitus in my ears, the result of shooting at a young age without hearing protection. Long-term, unprotected exposure to shotgun blasts will cause permanent hearing damage.

With the range and variety of modern hearing protection devices, there is no excuse for not protecting your hearing. Choices range from simple foam plugs to custom-fitted electronic digital plugs that allow normal hearing but block out or compress sound above a set maximum. Muffs range from a simple format of complete suppression to the same technology as digital plugs. Many shooters believe that muffs offer better protection, because the muff cushion fully encloses the ear and suppresses the bone vibration that can transfer noise.

I like the freedom that custom electronic plugs allow. I can hear and converse normally with fellow shooters, have enhanced hearing in the field and still enjoy full protection. Such plugs are expensive, but I shoot a lot, and wearing them nearly every day allows me to preserve what’s left of my hearing. (I also have a pair of digital muffs, which double as ear warmers when I’m sitting in a duck blind in a whistling wind and freezing temperatures.)

Storing stuff. There is a great variety of equipment needed in the field, and a suitable bag for ancillary kit and cartridges keeps things readily accessible. This can be anything from a waterproof, zippered Cordura tote to a leather field bag. It should be waterproof, durable and roomy but not too big.

Gun slips and cases. A gun slip is essential for transporting a shotgun in a vehicle. When you are traveling from a lodge to the field, for example, you can use a lightweight canvas case that can be rolled up and occupies little room in your bag. The traditional British slip is made of leather or canvas and has a leather-blocked end to resist the muzzles wearing through and the gun slipping out. Still reasonably easy to pack, a canvas slip that carries a gun broken down may be preferable for extensive car or truck travel, as it is compact and there is no question about safety when the gun is broken down.

For airline travel, though, you need the most rugged, baggage-handler-proof case you can afford. It needs to be lockable with padlocks or TSA-approved locks, and the interior needs to be divided and padded in such a way that guns can be blocked in and prevented from moving. Negrini and Americase make a great variety of models that offer excellent protection.

Care kit. Whether traveling at home or abroad, you need to have a personal first-aid kit. If you are taking prescribed medications, be sure you have a sufficient amount for the duration of your trip. I would advise taking Imodium in case of an attack of “Dehli Belly” as well as bandages and ointments to treat minor cuts, abrasions and blisters. Be sure to include sunblock and insect repellent too. Skin moisturizer can offer protection in the field and restoration for chapped skin afterward.

A multi-tool or pocketknife and pliers are essential, and a gun-cleaning-and-maintenance kit should complete the equipment you will need. A simple gun-cleaning kit can consist of a BoreSnake of the correct gauge, small plastic bottles of solvent and gun oil, a small tube of grease, a silicone cloth and something in which to carry it all. You can find a variety of gun-care travel kits that make a complete and compact package.

Prior planning prevents poor per-formance. Choose a destination, do the research, make a list and put together the essential gear, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your hassle-free dream hunt.

(Source: By Chris Batha. shootingsportsman.com)

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