John Duncan reports from La Guaysacate Lodge, Cordoba
By John Duncan
Having worked with Alex and Zeke Hayes (H&H Outfitters) for a number of years, we were thrilled to hear they were building a new lodge, which, rumour had it, would eclipse anything else on offer for the ultimate dove shooting experience in Argentina.
These rumours were only enhanced when I met several people during the last UK season who had already sampled the Guayascate experience.
With this knowledge, I put together a team of ten like-minded souls for a trip in February. After a hassle free flight via Paris, we arrived into Buenos Aires where we were met by our ground operators, Alex and Leticia Kostovetsky. Their efficiency and attention to detail was, as always, second to none and our transfers and requests were handled with ultimate ease.
Having spent a couple of days in Buenos Aires, we then took the short flight to Cordoba where we were met by H& H’s representative, Mauricio who was to look after us for the next four days. Mauricio was a legend - nothing was ever too much trouble.
The drive to the lodge from the airport was about 1½ hours, allowing plenty of time for the excitement to build up. As we arrived our first impressions were that we had arrived at one of the most spectacular shooting lodges in the world.
We were each shown to our unique, beautifully decorated bedroom, (of which there are 10 in total) which are all en-suite. After lunch we headed to the field for an epic afternoon of shooting. With the lodge being situated in the hills, our travel each morning and afternoon were only half an hour and we returned to the lodge for lunch and a well-earned siesta.
We shot for a further two days where we experienced every kind of shot – it was like having shot driven grouse at Leadhills, fizzing partridges at Drynachan and high curling pheasants at Castle Hill all in one week and at a fraction of the cost.
La Guayascate is truly one of the best hunting lodges in the world and the only problem will be getting a slot in the future as it’s sure to be in hot demand.
Please remember that it costs no more to book trips to our overseas destinations than it does to book directly so we can take away the hassle factor for you as well as being best placed to give you our unbiased opinion on when to go and what to do.