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Upon your return to the U.S., the Customs authorities frequently require you to have proof-of-ownership of your firearms. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you take a copy of the purchase receipt, or register your guns with U.S. Customs (personal effects form 4457) prior to your departure from the U.S. This can be accomplished at your international departure city airport. If you plan to bring guns, we recommend you bring two. For chokes, we suggest improved/modified for double guns and modified for single barrels. Screw-in chokes can provide flexibility. Make sure your guns are in good working order before you leave. This is high-volume shooting out in the country and away from gunsmiths. Take extra parts for repair if you have them. If you bring guns keep in mind that all firearms must be transported in lockable hard cases and the firearms must be disassembled. We also suggest a lightweight, storable soft case to carry guns into the field.







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Reciprocity Fee

Argentine Immigrations collects a "reciprocity fee" from U.S., Canadian and Australian visitors (it is called a "reciprocity fee" because Argentina only charges it to citizens of countries that charge a similar fee to their foreign visitors).

Argentina is now requiring all tourists from the U.S., Canada, and Australia who arrive into Argentina by airport, land, or cruise ship to pre-pay the reciprocity fee via the Internet prior to arrival and provide a printed copy of the receipt showing payment upon arrival.

To pay this fee, please visit the following site:
https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

Steps:

Register as a user via the "Sign Up" button located be- low the log-in area
Pay the fee online (the fee is now $160 US dollars and is subject to change, your payment will automatically be converted and sent in Argentine Pesos depending on the conversion rate that day)
Print proof of payment document and bring it with you to present to Immigration upon arrival

Note: The reciprocity fee is valid for 10 years. They began collecting this fee at the international airport in Buenos Aires in December of 2009, so if you have travelled through Buenos Aires since that time and have already paid the fee, you have a sticker in your passport and will not need to pay it again until the 10 years expires. If you are paying the reciprocity fee online for the first time, you won't need to re-pay the fee again for your next visit. But, please note: you will need to keep a record of your client code and return to the Argentine Taxes website and print out another receipt for each future visit.


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Wake up calls

Will be at 6 PM Check with your guide if we will return for lunch to the lodge or not.

Gear to take to the field

Hat, green or camo jacket, ear protection, eye protection, gloves, gun soft case, gun chokes, sun glasses, sun lotion protection, shells bags, recoil pads and light jacket.

Phone calls

Can be made with calling cards, Att 0-800-222-1288 or 0-800-555-4288, MCI 0-800-222-6249 and Sprint 0-800-666-1003.

Massage service

Is available. Reservation in needed.

Beverages in the field

We provide water, sodas and beer. They will be in a cooler in the trucks. Ask your bird boy anytime you may want something. Please, we hate to say this, but remember we are handling guns with a lot of people around and we have to be very careful, so please take care with the drinking.

About tipping

Tips are always expected, but we encourage our guest to do it only when a well done service was offerd. Regular tips for bird boys is $ 25 per day per hunter. Another $ 25 per day per hunter will cover guides, drivers and house staff. So you may expect to spend $ 50 day in tips for our hunts. They can be pay at the end of the trip to the head guide.

Gun cleaning

Is available. We clean the gun twice a day. Check with head guide for this service.

Gun rental

Sierra Outfitters have excellent shotguns available to rent. Models available include new Beretta and Benelli autos in 20 and 12 gauge, medium to high-grade Berettas in 20 gauge.

Airline scheduling

Many excellent carriers, such as American, Delta, United Airlines, Lan Chile, Aerolineas Argentinas and Varig offer flight service to Argentina from Dallas, New York, Miami, Atlanta, or Los Angeles with connections to BA and Salta. All of the flights depart the U. S. in the evening and arrive Argentina early to late morning the next day.

Shooting limits

Bag limits in most provinces of Argentina are very liberal- on some species that are considered "plagues" there are no limits. The dove shooting in Salta is in this category, and as such, there are no limits. Hunters generally shoot from 1,000 to 4,000 rounds a day, sometimes more, depending on conditions and personal inclination. It is legal to bring doves back to the U.S. for personal consumption, but keep in mind that you may or may not succeed in actually getting them through U.S. Customs, depending on the whim of the particular Customs officer (or their misunderstanding of the regulations). If you plan to bring home birds, please be sure to take your own cooler, as they are not easily purchased in Argentina and they are of inferior quality.

Currency

The official currency of Argentina is the peso.

Electrical current

220 volts; a standard converter and European adapter for two-pronged plugs should work fine.

Gratuities

Gratuities for hotel and field staff are not included in the hunt cost, and we suggest $60 per day per shooter in cash as a general guideline. This will be distributed by the outfitters to luggage handlers, pick-up boys, and lodge staff. Camouflage caps, shirts, or other shooting-related items are also appreciated by younger bird boys as an extra tip.

Time

When we are on Daylight Saving Time here in the U.S., Argentina is Eastern Time plus one hour (it's later in Argentina). The remainder of the year they are Eastern Time plus two hours.

Language

Spanish is the national language, although English is spoken in most shops and restaurants.

Restaurants

In the stylish Puerto Madero area near the downtown Yacht Club, we suggest Cabana Las Lilas for steaks and mixed-grill, Katrine for Mediterranean/Italian, and Dique Cuatro for international cuisine. In the Recoleta (an upscale area near the Alvear Palace with good shopping and sidewalk cafes), we suggest Lola for Mediterranean, or for French, Au Bec Fin.
Keep in mind that Buenos Aires is a dynamic dining environment-even with these recommendations, it is still wise to ask your transfer agent or hotel concierge to make recommendations or assist with reservations for any restaurant. You should plan on eating a little later than you may be used to in the U. S.-many Argentines don't eat dinner until 10 p.m., and most restaurants do not begin serving dinner until 8:30 p.m.

Shopping

Most shops are open similar hours as Buenos Aires. There are two excellent choices for antiques, arts and crafts and handmade goods. The Craft Center Los Dominicos is a refurbished convent which features 200 stalls, located at Avd. Apoquindo 9085; and the Mercado Central downtown is a large market with lots of seafood cafes and local color. For higher-end shopping, Alonso de Cordoba Street has many elegant clothing and gift shops, along with wine stores and imported goods.
Get to the airport plenty early on your day of departure. You will have spent a lot of money on the trip, so start off on the right foot. Carry some bills in small denominations for tips, airport meters, snacks, etc.
Check the expiration date on your passport. Some countries require that the passport is valid for as much as one year from your date of entry. And, again, take a photocopy of the photo page of the passport, in case you lose the original. The copy will greatly facilitate the process of securing a new one.
Plan for rain. Always take a raincoat (in hunting colors) and always take it with you on each outing. It's amazing how many wet hunters have a nice dry raincoat in their guestroom at the lodge. If it doesn't rain, they make an excellent outer shell for cool mornings.
Pack sensibly. Try to use soft-sided luggage and take only as much clothing as you will need. Always take your passport, airline tickets, medications, camera equipment and valuables in a carry-on such as a backpack or small valise.
Bandannas are a good idea for protecting your neck against the sun, and they work well as an emergency headcover if you misplace your hat and need to protect your slightly- balding head.
Bring two pairs of sunglasses.



SHOOTING LIMITS/GAME TRANSPORT

Bag limits in most provinces of Argentina are very liberal- on some species that are considered "plagues" there are no limits. The dove shooting in Salta is in this category, and as such, there are no limits. Hunters generally shoot from 1,000 to 4,000 rounds a day, sometimes more, depending on conditions and personal inclination. It is legal to bring doves back to the U.S. for personal consumption, but keep in mind that you may or may not succeed in actually getting them through U.S. Customs, depending on the whim of the particular Customs officer (or their misunderstanding of the regulations). If you plan to bring home birds, please be sure to take your own cooler, as they are not easily purchased in Argentina and they are of inferior quality.



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