I promised to give you a brief hunt report as soon as possible after our return to the States. We returned home on Wednesday afternoon as scheduled with no problems either going to or coming home from Cordoba.
As expected, the accommodations were most comfortable and enjoyable in every way. The food and personal service were exceptional.
With respect to the shooting, to both my surprise and delight, it was better than I have ever enjoyed before. As you know, Alice and I were observers and our grandsons were the shooters. Prior to departing Kentucky, we had agreed that regardless of the volume of birds available each boy would stop at 1,000 birds per day. Frankly, I had little hope of attaining this lofty goal even for one day. The actual results were as follows:
- Tom Monarch, Age 17, Day 1 – 1010 birds; Day 2, 1010 birds; Day 3, 1010 birds
- Clay Monarch, Age 15, Day 1 – 1010 birds; Day 2, 1010 birds; Day 3, 1010 birds
Each day, I let the boys shoot 10 extra birds each just in case their birdboy had incorrectly counted a kill which should not have been counted.
Tom shot a total of 157 boxes which amounts to a success rate of 78%. (Note: Alice let Tom finish an open box of shells after our official limit of 1010 birds was reached.)
Clay shot a total of 158 boxes which amounts to a success rate of 77%.
All in all, the trip was wonderful and if you ever need a reference, please do not hesitate to use me.
Just returned from Argentina. Well, I’m now a believer, there really are that many doves and the shooting is that great. The lodge, Sierra Brava, was terrific. The management and staff are attentive to every detail. The food at the lodge and in the field is truly gourmet.
I booked the trip through Rick after viewing the Southern Outfitting website. Immediately after sending a note from the webpage explaining that I had a few questions, my phone rang. Rick and I discussed different lodges, cost, what to bring, gun options (rent/bring), and I believe even the weather! I was immediately impressed with Rick’s professionalism and desire to tailor the trip to best suit my son and myself. After booking, Rick maintained contact (e-mail or phone) to insure there were no loose ends. He answered all my questions and added personal advice based on his experiences. Rick left no stone unturned in insuring that my son and I had the trip of a lifetime.
Sierra Brava was incredible! It was better than I could have ever imagined! My only regret is not staying longer.
The staff met to our every need. They even made me fresh tomato juice when I asked for tomato juice. And fresh squeezed orange juice every breakfast… the food was some of the best I have ever had and I am a real foodie! We even got live music on the last night, it was incredible. My bird boy Diego really helped improve my shooting! The bird boys watch carefully and can tell you exactly where you are hitting and what you need to do. The bird boys were great they were professional and very fun to be around, just great people! The birds just flew and flew, we didn’t see huge flocks but there was always something flying to shoot at. We will have great memories that will last a life time
Rick at Southern Outfitting went above and beyond our exceptions with many aspects. He made planning and preparation a breeze. He was always there to answer questions!
Thanks for an awesome trip!
First, Cordoba Argentina is an extremely beautiful and amazing place with great habitat for wildlife! The Sierra Brava Lodge and its staff and guides were incredible! They truly went all out and treated us like royalty while at the same time made us feel like family. The guides/bird boys especially went above and beyond to assist us with every need before, during, and after each hunt! They quickly became like our best friends by the end of the trip! Everyone at Sierra Brava truly was committed to making every guest’s experience unforgettable.
Additionally, Rick Collins of Southern Outfitting was very professional and knowledgeable in all his interactions with us. His description of the land, food, lodging, guides, and quality of hunt, was spot on as he has experienced it himself first-hand. You might pay a little more for this hunt due to its location, but it is truly, definitely, worth it and we plan on doing it again! We would say to anyone still yet unsure…”You are going to love the experience of hunting with such a first class Outfitter and Lodge”! Five-Star service for sure!!!
Many grateful thanks for the memories,
-Bryan and Katie Lane
Thank you and Jim for putting together a hunt that I had expectations for that were exceeded by ten times. It was not a hunt, but an experience and memory that will last the rest of my life. I am playing the movie of this trip over in my mind continually like I am still there and I wish I were. The personalities that Jim put together could not have been more compatible. My great friend, Pete was also blown away by this trip. Thanks to Rick and Southern Outfitting for putting together such an awesome trip. The memories will last a lifetime.
It sounds like everyone’s responses are similar to how I feel. It was a wonderful trip and I hope to make again. Good to see old friends, to get to know some of the guys I had only met a few times and getting to know those I had never met.
Rick, there is no doubt that you found your calling and did a great job. Cosby and I had a wonderful extra day in Buenos Aires but John had the better idea and is staying till Saturday.
Thanks for putting together a great trip.
We had a fabulous time at Sierra Brava. The collection from the bus station went perfectly. On arrival I was pleasantly surprised to find they had allocated us two bedrooms and the whole “pool house” to ourselves.
As you know the location of the lodge is beautiful. This was all beyond our expectations. The service was five star from start to finish and the food was incredible and plentiful. The friendly chef cooked everything from scratch. Even the bread and pasta were homemade! The wines were delectable…… I only wish I could have drunk more!
The hunting absolutely lived up to Will’s expectations. I think it’s safe to say there is nowhere else like it in the world. He was very pleased to be able to join the 1000 club alongside 3 Texans who were also shooting that day. Topo, Zeke, and the team made a great show of awarding them their 1000 caps in their own humorous way at dinner which was a lovely and memorable touch.
For me personally though, I would like to especially commend and thank every member of the staff for the way in which they not only welcomed Oscar (our 4 year old) into the lodge, but made a huge effort to include and cater for him every step of the way. Obviously this is not a young child’s sport, and I think I expected that at best he would have the run of the pool while Daddy was shooting and that would be that. How wrong was I? From the chef who catered for him with special kid friendly details without even being asked, to Zeke and Topo who befriended him, played with him, constantly enquiring if he or I needed anything while Will was shooting, arranging for us to attend the field lunch and then bring us back to the lodge, even thinking to present him with his own cap when Daddy got one. Special mention also goes to Martin, Will’s bird boy, who sat through various shoots re-loading Will’s gun with one hand, and holding Oscar with the other! I honestly cannot thank them enough!
Our overall experience was fantastic and Will is already planning for his return trip. I think he has his sights set on that 2000 board! Many, many thanks for your help in the organization and your ever prompt replies to my numerous emails. We would recommend your services and the Sierra Brava lodge without a moment’s hesitation.
-Caroline, William and Oscar
My interest for Argentina Dove hunting started many years ago, and after saving all the articles and compiling info on outfitters and lodges the time finally came to make it happen talked to many people, some huge companies and famous lodges, all offered great hunting and famous Argentine cuisine but nobody offered the time, personal service and knowledge so important to planning a trip like this until I contacted Southern Outfitting and Rick Collins! What a breath of fresh air! Honesty, integrity and follow-ups in more than a timely fashion! Unbelievable knowledge of the area, lodges, people, fun factor etc. If Rick says he’ll do something, count on it! That is very important to me and frankly the reason we decided to go with Southern Outfitting.
Absolutely no regrets.. Thanks again Rick!