How to prepare for the perfect hunt?

Here are some steps you should take and tips to bear in mind to prepare for a hunt.

Finding a good outfitter is the first step for an excellent, successful Argentina hunting experience. Every hunter is different, so you need to find the outfitter that best matches your tastes and needs. Ask your hunter friends, seek recommendations and make a thorough research before choosing.  Hunting is an exciting sport, but a successful trip doesn’t just happen by chance or at a moment’s notice. A hunting trip takes plenty of thought, planning and preparation. The preparation generally requires more time than the hunt itself. Planning your hunt seems a bit scary, and it can be confusing to know where to start. But, on the other hand, it makes you start enjoying and anticipating your hunting trip much earlier than the actual departure.

At Terra Pampa, all our guides are highly trained and have a deep knowledge of the land, and they all have been working with us for many years. We provide complete services, lots of field experience and all our employees are very friendly, attentive and  

Make decisions. Choose what species you want to hunt. Choose where you want to hunt, whether on thick forest or open grasslands or the surroundings of a lagoon or marsh., or all of those.

Choose how you want to hunt. Whether you are going to hunt with a rifle or a bow, it is important to know the distance you will be shooting. Also, get acquainted with the environment to be prepared for it and practice your shooting in advance. In Terra Pampa, many of the hunters favor renting a gun at the ranch due to the difficulties of travelling with guns and ammo. We always test the guns before the hunt, to ensure they are in optimal conditions and are sighted to your eye, and that you get to know the trigger well.   

Terra Pampa is one of the best lodges with the finest hunting, more varied grounds in South America. We provide all the luxuries and services of modern life. However, even though Terra Pampa provides first class hunting, at the same time it is pure hunting, in as pure an environment as you can imagine. When you get out on the fields, you forget about comfort, treats or luxuries: it is a fresh, challenging experience of man in nature. It cannot get more authentic, true hunting than that. 

Carefully study the game you’ll be hunting and its environment. Learn about their habits, their behavior and usual locations, so you know what to expect.

Get in shape: You don’t have to be an athlete to have a good hunting. But your ability to find and stalk good, worthwhile game could be significantly impaired by a deficient physical condition. Get in the best shape you can. Improve your cardio, build strength and resistance and train your balance and endurance. Put yourself in uncomfortable outdoor situations and practice ways to push through them. Practice shooting your bow or gun with a slightly elevated heart rate. It will come in handy when your finger is on the trigger and your pulse races with the excitement of the hunt. Most of the best hunts may demand trekking along tough, unmarked ground for miles, uphill and downhill, across sparse open or thick forests and watery terrain, crouching, crawling and even lying on the ground in wait to approach a promising target. We all know that true hunting involves a great deal of luck. But, as in life, you can always help luck. The farther you walk and the more resilient you are, the better chances you have of finding a good trophy. 

Read about the most current state regulations. Even though in Terra Pampa we take care of all permits, licenses and compliance with every regulation so that your hunting in Argentina flows easily, you will benefit from reading the legal framework of an exciting Patagonia hunt. 

Double- check that you have all the appropriate clothing, gear and gadgets for the climate and the environment. 

Sight-in your rifle, adjust your bow, pattern your shotgun, calibrate your handgun.   

Deciding what to take on a hunting trip can be a little tricky. You should try not to be overloaded, but you can’t leave anything you may need behind either. The best way to avoid this is to make a checklist of the hunting gear you’re going to bring on your trip: it can save you lots of pain later on. Imagine arriving at your destination and finding out you forgot your arrows or your favorite hunting knife. Develop a hunting checklist and check it twice. Go over your checklist with your outfitter so as to adjust your checklist to the specific hunting environment you will find. A good example is: you won’t need gaiters when you come to our lodge. At Terra Pampa, we provide our hunters with raw leather gaiters which protect their legs from the very prickly rosetas (coastal sandbur), whose spikelets can be very annoying and painful. Raw leather gaiters are quite light and effective, and much better than standard plastic gaiters you find on the market, which make quite a noise as hunters walk, crouch or drag on the ground. 

Play with your weapons: this is usually against the rules, but there are exceptions, and this is a major one. You should handle your hunting rifle (or bow) until all its functions become automatic. Load and unload the gun, cycle the action, set and release the safety and pull the trigger until you can do everything by heart. When the actual shooting arrives, your rifle will be part of your body. Even if you use a weapon provided by your outfitter, as in Terra Pampa, where we have a whole menu from which to choose, you should find the time to get familiarized with your weapon.

Sharpen your skills at the shooting range before your actual trip. To be confident enough to take an effective shot in the field, you’ll need to practice in advance. Ideally you should train as much as time allows, for when you get to the hunt itself, you will not want to spend ‘hunting time’ at the range. At Terra Pampa we have a great shooting range where weapons are calibrated.

Get to know your scope. You should train for two things prior to your trip. First, how to set your scope for the stalking- walking part, whether on low or a little higher power. Then, practice finding a far-off object with your eyes, then lifting your rifle and finding it through the scope. This is very important for the time you get to the actual hunt.  

Practice shooting positions. Prone is the best for shooting, sitting is quite good and standing is the least desirable. Bear in mind that you may sometimes have to change from prone a to sitting position swiftly and as silently as you can, or stand up quietly to try a close-range shot. So, these shooting positions and the use of different dead-rests for each should be practiced often and, in several ways, ideally carrying a weight similar to the actual weight you will be carrying on the field. Needless to say, this training must be done way before you embark on your actual hunting trip.   

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