Found! An Interesting Hunt For Puma and Boar


Published: April - 1999

Argentina has become quite well known among big game hunters in recent years as a place to go red stag hunting. But this South American nation has much more than stags to offer. The game list here runs the gamut from wild boar to puma - to water buffalo and sika, axis and fallow deer. What occasions this mention is word reaching us of a promising wild boar and puma outfitter in the province of San Luis, which is smack dab in the center of Argentina. The company is called Turismo Aventura, and they have put together a wonderfully inexpensive package hunt that sells for only $4,000. That includes all hunting costs for a five-day period, all lodging, meals and ground transportation - plus round-trip air transportation on Aerolineas Argentina from Miami to Cordoba. There are no additional trophy fees.

Turismo Aventura is operated by the Silvera brothers, Sebastian and Maximillan, both of whom speak English well. They conduct their hunts on a 10,000-acre ranch in the countryside that is mostly flat, with some rolling hills, lots of thick brush and some very big old trees. The hunting methods employed will not suit some North American hunters, but they are standard in that part of Argentina and completely legal. The boar hunts, for example, are conducted entirely at night with the assistance of powerful spotlights, and sometimes with the help of a uniquely Argentine breed of dog known as the dogo Argentino. This dog is a mixture of bull terrier, mastiff, and a couple of other breeds, which in combination produce about the ugliest mutt you will ever lay eyes on, but one that is unequaled for tenacity, ferocity and fearlessness. These dogs are unusually hunted in packs of three or four. When they attack a boar, one seizes it by the scrotum, and another sinks its fangs into its nostrils thereby immobilizing it. Hunters close in and shoot at very close range, sometimes with handguns.

When dogs are not used, the boars are simply spotlighted at night as they feed in the fields. Boars in that part........(continued)

 
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