Hunting Report 8752

Hunter Information
Hunter Name:John Crowley
Contact Information:Po Box 40 | Alfred | ME | USA | 04002 , ; Phone: 207-450-0083 Email: erraticacres@msn.com
Hunting Experience:Seven big game hunts in Africa, 9 dove/pigeon hunts in South Africa and Mexico. Numerous (50 plus)big game and bird hunts in North America.
Physical Condition:57 yr old male in good to exc cond.
Date and Time of Hunt
Weapon Used:Rifle
How Hunt Was Conducted:
Date of Hunt:06/29/2012 to 07/08/2012
Place of Hunt: - Argentina - 16
Hunting Area:Catamarca, Tucuman, Santiago del Estero
Outfitter, Guide and Booking Agent Details
Outfitter (or safari company):Argentina Doves Unlimited ; , ; Phone: 011.54.9.2945.548353 Email: argentinadovesunlimited@gmail.com Website: www.argentinadovesunlimited.com/
Personal Guide (if any):Rance Rathie
Booking Agent (if any): ; , ;
Trip Arrangements (if self-guided):
License Required:
Game Description
Major Game Animals Taken:Dove; Pigeon; Duck; Perdiz
Game Sought But Not Taken:; ; ;
Game Conditions Comments:Rance refunded the 'mixed bag' fee for the Perdiz hunts as they were not productive. I did not request the refund and did not expect it.
Service Ratings
Quality of Outfit:ExcellentGuide/PH Ability:Excellent
Condition of Camp:ExcellentCondition of Equipment:Excellent
Quality of Food:ExcellentTrophy Care:N/A
Name of Airline:AA (International) and LAN (in country)Airline ServiceGood
Airline Comments:Flew AA BOS to Miami and on to BA. The return was through JFK and they are not gun friendly. A real nightmare!! Don't fly with guns through NY or NJ!!!
Costs
Hunting Fees:$495 per day Amount:$3465.00
Trophy Fees:Amount:$0.00
Permits/Licenses:minimalAmount:$0.00
Commercial Airfares:Amount:$1895.00
Charter Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Other Costs:fee for single occupancy and $13 per box for shells plus 'meet and greet services in BA, Argentine gun permit, excess baggage. 7 days hunting including tips, shells, airfare, $10,000Amount:$4640.00
Total:$8105.00
Summary Remarks
Problems of Hunt:none
Highlights of Hunt:Rance has been in Argentina for 13 yrs and has the premier fly fishing lodge in the country. He is branching into the bird hunting business with Doves Unlimited. He is focused on what makes your hunt work for you. Every day was tailored to what I like for terrain and type and volume of birds. The decoyed pigeon hunt was not to be missed! Everyone knows there are plenty of doves in Argentina but the varied terrain in the NW really offer the best dove hunting I have known.
Equipment Recommendations:Pay attention to time of year. Most mornings were between 26-28 deg F
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend?yes
Why?I have been on too many hunts where you see the same property over and over. In seven days of morning and afternoon hunting I never repeated a spot unless I asked to go back. Really a first class operation!!
Important Notes
Notified Outfitter?N/ANotified Personal Guide?N/ANotified Booking Agent?N/A
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, booking_agent or guide?N/A
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?
Additional Hunter Comments and/or Outfitter/Booking Agent Rebuttals