Tips for Curing a Gun Shy dog

It is common knowledge to most people by now that a dog’s hearing is much keener than a human’s. In fact, the range of a dog’s hearing is estimated to be between 40 to 60,000 Hz while a human range is between 20 and 20,000 Hz. This means that dogs have a difficult time with loud noises. This is why they often hide during thunderstorms or when fireworks are being set off. But how do you handle a dog that you wish to take hunting with you that is even more sensitive to loud noises than other dogs? Discharging your firearm is sure to send it cringing in fear. However, this does not necessarily have to be the case. You can train your dog to overcome its gun-shyness whether this fear was acquired or not. Here are some of the best ways to cure your gun shy dog of this fear.

  • Get them used to loud noises: Start by making loud noises around your dogs of increasing intensity. Then, try to link these noises with a positive event such as feeding time. The goal with this exercise is to slowly train your dog to associate loud noises with something positive. Caution: Do this gradually since you do not want to traumatize your dog.
  • Slowly introduce loud sounds in the field: In order to further have you dog associate loud noises with pleasant events, take it hunting with you. Make progressively louder noises as it chases rabbits and birds, etc. This will increase your dog’s confidence around loud noises.
  • Get help from a professional hunting dog trainer: There is no shame in needing outside help when it comes to ridding a timid dog of gun shyness. An expert will be able to help gauge your dog’s level of gun shyness and trace it to specific causes. Trainers will be able to help put you on the track to enjoying the wonderful sport of hunting with your best friend.dog

The point to all this is that just because your dog is gun shy initially does not mean that it cannot be overcome. You still may have an excellent hunting dog in the making. It just takes patience, planning and perhaps even professional help. Who knows? Before you know it you may even be Argentina bird hunting with your dog as soon as this summer. Dove hunting in Argentina is an excellent way to bond with man’s best friend.

5 Common Fly Fishing Errors

“The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning.”
~ Theodore Gordon

The above quote is from the man many consider to be the father of American dry-fly fishing. Fisherman and writer Theodore Gordon, more than the typical angler, knew that fly fishing is part art and part science. One may feel that he or she can intuit good fly fishing but practice and guidance from others are the best ways to achieve proficiency when fly fishing in Argentina. They are also the best ways to catch more fish. So, with that in mind we would like to list some common casting errors and tell you how to go about fixing them.

  • False casting too often: False casting too much can spook fish which can make you far less productive. Limit your amount of false casts by allowing the rod to fully load on your back casts. This will result in a faster line speed and enable your fly to shoot forward.
  • Tying bad knots: Learn to tie knots. A properly tied not will decrease the chances that a trophy will elude you. Read guides, watch videos and practice, practice, practice.
  • Double-hauling improperly: Double haul fly fishing is a crucial skill to learn and develop for those who desire to fish in saltwater. The mistake many make here is that they leave their hauling hand at their hip prior to casting. As a result of this, the angler finds himself mostly pulling against slack. The trick is to haul hard enough into the backcast that the line will have some momentum flying through the guides in a backward direction.
  • Fishing the wrong spots: In order to become a productive fisherman you have to learn to detect where fish hang out the most. This takes practice and the ability to read the water and scan for fish.fly fishing
  • Casting with a limped wrist: Many anglers roll cast in a style that is designed for wooden rods. Today, with graphite rods beings more common, this style of angling is inappropriate. The solution here is to adopt the Spey caster’s “dynamic roll cast” or “Single Spey” technique. A video which shows that technique can be found here.

The important thing to remember is that the quest to master fly fishing is an ongoing journey. Even the experts fall prey to these mistakes and others. However, if you are open and honest with your abilities you will be one step ahead of your peers. Join your peers at our compound for fly fishing and Argentina wing shooting this year.

Tips for Taking Great Hunting Pictures

Whether they are used for tracking and surveillance or to capture images of your latest trophy, cameras are an essential part of the hunt. They help you gain actionable intelligence on your prey and help you to create a lasting memory of your experience. Unfortunately, some hunters – especially novices – tend to overlook this helpful tool. Hunters who are setting up for trail pictures sometimes hastily throw a camera on a tree and hope that deer will walk past. Hunters who are taking trophy pictures often do so in the same haphazard fashion. By taking your time and following these steps, you will generate better trail and trophy photos creating a lasting and more enjoyable scouting experience.

For Better Trail Cam Shots

  • Mount the trail camera securely: Your trail camera should always be mounted securely so that the lens is unobstructed and so that it has the maximum protection against the wind, rain, etc. Also, make sure that the camera is at the desired height.
  • Maximize the camera’s placement: In order to increase your odds when you are Argentina red stag hunting, look for bedding areas or fresh scrapes near prime food sources. This method might mean weeks of waiting but it will pay off in the end if you choose these areas wisely.
  • Use black flash trail cameras: LEDs work but they may be noticeable at night and can make photos appear washed out. Incandescent lights create a flash that might scare away deer and other animals. Try using black flash trail cameras to take clear nighttime photos. They have lower illumination and are not as easily seen by animals.

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  • Take lots of pictures: Take your time and take plenty of pictures of your trophy in order to be sure that you get the one(s) that you want. Try different poses, angles, distances etc and be sure to check your camera’s settings frequently.
  • Use a camera tripod: A tripod will help you to create blur-free photos and protect your valuable investment at the same time. There are many lightweight, compact tripods on the market that are reasonably priced. Most of these are designed with features such as multiple leg angle positions, etc.
  • Respect the animal: Take some time to clean the animal and to present it in a way that showcases its beauty. If its tongue is protruding, put it back in. If it is bloody, clean this with some water and a micro fiber cloth. If the animal has large antlers, be sure to stress this in your pictures.

Finally, whether you are Argentina waterfowl hunting or stag hunting, you will want to create memories that best capture your experience. You will also want to gather intelligence on your prey before committing yourself to the hunt. Follow these tips and you will able to do both.

Dove Hunting Tips

Many people think of doves as being somewhat innocuous but for farmers, these birds are a major nuisance. Doves are granivorous. This means that they rob farmers of the food they need to feed livestock and to grow crops. For hunters, these acrobatic, fast flying birds make excellent prey due to their high sensitivity to their surroundings. This is why Argentina wing hunting provides an excellent opportunity for hunters to test their mettle and at the same time provide a service for the Argentinian farmers who are menaced by these birds. It takes skill, the right equipment and some degree of luck to successfully hunt these flying pests. We can’t provide you with the luck you’ll need, but we can offer you the following tips for improving your Argentina dove hunting.

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  • Use the right choke: Using an improperly adjusted choke will negatively affect your shell/bird ratio. In other words, you will waste ammunition, which is an unnecessary expenditure of time and money. Carefully adjust your choke – usually with a screw – to match the distance your shots will likely be from the target(s).
  • Pick a good spot: Position yourself near a field or pond in order to maximize your exposure to the birds. Doves are also attracted to areas around power lines. Pick a clearing and be patient.
  • Stand in the shade: Keeping in the shadows hides your visibility from these birds and it also helps you remain cool while you wait for them to fly overhead.
  • Wait until doves are within range to mount your gun: Doves have extremely keen eyesight and can quickly change course when they see movement. If you mount too early doves will see this and it will rob you of the opportunity to properly adjust your choke.
  • Bring your dog: Doves are small and can be difficult to find. A good hunting dog’s keen nose will help you claim your trophy
  • Exaggerate your lead: Overshoot the bird by at least six feet or more and remember that 1 inch of barrel movement equals about one foot of distance for flying prey.

 

In short, dove hunting doesn’t provide trophies for hunters in the way that hunting for larger game does, but it is a sport that challenges and excites hunters nevertheless. It is also an activity that in Argentina helps farmers by decreasing the number grain-eating pests they have to contend with. See you on the hunt.