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Stuart Williams is one of the most experienced wingshooters in the world. He has made sixty wingshooting trips to Argentina and forty to Mexico. He has shot driven pheasants in England and Scotland, in Denmark and Hungary , Italy and the Czech Republic. He has shot driven red-legged partridges in the rough hills of Spain and driven guinea-fowl in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He has shot ducks in the Danube Delta of Romania and the Volga River Delta of Russia and the Nile Delta of Egypt and on the lakes of Kashmir, India, and geese in the volcanic uplands of Iceland and the Canterbury Plains of New Zealand and in Zululand, South Africa and in the high Andes of Peru and the extreme south of Chile.. He has shot doves in Uruguay and Peru and Morocco and in the Cauca Valley of Colombia, back in the days when it was the world's number one dove-shooting hotspot. He has shot decoyed pigeons in Uruguay and Paraguay. He won the Argentine National Field Shooting Competition the only two years it was contested. He has published three books on wingshooting previously, including BIRDS ON THE HORIZON: A Book of International Wingshooting Adventures; and WINGSHOOTING ARGENTINA, volumes I and II, in addition to hundreds of articles. Stuart's interests are not limited to bird shooting. He is an erudite and sophisticated gentleman, with degrees from Yale and the University of California. He has traveled in fifty-five countries and has a serious interest in money and investments and opera. He has a passionate devotion to the music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Mozart. Stuart is a member of Mensa and holds Advanced Master ranking in the Photographic Society of America, from which he also holds the titles of Ascended Master, Pluperfect Master, and Ineffable Master.

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O Stuart Williams is one of the most experienced wingshooters in the world. He has made sixty wingshooting trips to Argentina and forty to Mexico. He has shot driven pheasants in England and Scotland, in Denmark and Hungary , Italy and the Czech Republic. He has shot driven red-legged partridges in the rough hills of Spain and driven guinea-fowl in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He has shot ducks in the Danube Delta of Romania and the Volga River Delta of Russia and the Nile Delta of Egypt and on the lakes of Kashmir, India, and geese in the volcanic uplands of Iceland and the Canterbury Plains of New Zealand and in Zululand, South Africa and in the high Andes of Peru and the extreme south of Chile.. He has shot doves in Uruguay and Peru and Morocco and in the Cauca Valley of Colombia, back in the days when it was the world's number one dove-shooting hotspot. He has shot decoyed pigeons in Uruguay and Paraguay. He won the Argentine National Field Shooting Competition the only two years it was contested. He has published three books on wingshooting previously, including BIRDS ON THE HORIZON: A Book of International Wingshooting Adventures; and WINGSHOOTING ARGENTINA, volumes I and II, in addition to hundreds of articles. Stuart's interests are not limited to bird shooting. He is an erudite and sophisticated gentleman, with degrees from Yale and the University of California. He has traveled in fifty-five countries and has a serious interest in money and investments and opera. He has a passionate devotion to the music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Mozart. Stuart is a member of Mensa and holds Advanced Master ranking in the Photographic Society of America, from which he also holds the titles of Ascended Master, Pluperfect Master, and Ineffable Master.


Sinalopato Duck & Dove Club

Pintails

Airboats roared back and forth and up and down, putting great swarms

floor. Out in front three dozen decoys moved back and forth in the wind. It was

of ducks to flight. A wave of about 100 redheads sailed by, then turned and

the perfect stratagem for shooting ducks.

banked against the wind, and settled on the water about 100 yards away.

A large flock of redheads came in and settled about 120 yards out. Then

Gradually they swam into the decoys, whereupon the birdboy shouted and

followed another flock, which settled beside the first flock. Then a third flock,

put them to flight, and I put down four birds with

then a fourth, then a fifth and so on until there were at

two shots. Then another wave sailed in well within

least 1000 redheads, perhaps 1500, on the water. Then

range, and I put down four—mirabile dictu—with the

someone in another blind fired a shot, and they got up

first shot and one with the second. Soon another pass

as one with a great roar of wings and flew all over and

of 6-8 birds blew by from the left, and I killed three

around me, whereupon I put down two—and the gun

birds with two shots. Things kept up like this for an

jammed!! Even so, this event alone made the whole

hour, and during that special time I could hardly miss.

morning’s effort worthwhile.

Some birds fell at long distance, but my hard-working

The scene changes. This time I am shooting with Col.

birdboy retrieved them all. Some of them were in

D. L. Weener, a great devotee of firepower and the

water so deep he had to swim.

inventor of the immortal phrase: “While there’s lead in the air there’s hope.” He

I was shooting from a natural blind hacked out of dense mangroves on the

has accompanied me on hunting and shooting trips worldwide and is a fellow

edge of a large lagoon. I stood on a large wooden pallet, which provided a solid

member of Game Hogs Galore.


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Bobby Balderrama, owner/operator of Sinalopato, proudly poses with a nice bag of ducks on one of his airboats.


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Birdboys put out a spread of decoys -including at least one battery- powerered, or Mojo, decoy-adjacent to each blind.


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All duck hunting guides are skilled callers.


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I shall never forget that last delightful hour: riding up

wanted to hunt into the darkness, and we had to

rises they pointed singles almost continuously.

on the front of the truck with waves of cool, delicious

collect them using the headlights. In fact, we shot

I counted 35 points and undoubtedly missed

air washing over me; the dogs quartering back and

the last covey rise in the light of the high beams. We

some. Many times all three dogs were on point,

forth, pointing every few minutes; birds bursting into

finished the day with 143 birds picked up.

sometimes pointing the same bird, usually three

air on all sides; shotguns roaring out their peremptory

That may seem like a lot of birds, and it is, but

different birds. Sometimes they moved forward

orders to cease from flight; and long tongues of

consider that the average life expectancy of a quail in

simultaneously side by side and precisely in

flame leaping into the thickening darkness. The dogs

the Tamaulipas brush is only 1 ½ years, so even very

step. It was a sight to gladden the heart of any

A well-trained black lab has just retrieved a pintail drake, a sight to gladden the heart of every serious duck hunter.

intensive shooting by the few hunters who go down there

true lover of great dog work. In the cool fragrant

doesn’t even replace natural mortality. It’s not hunting

gloom of evening birds roared up and away, and

that determines quail populations in Tamaulipas. It’s

shooting and shouting filled the air with a joyous

rainfall and the availability of food and cover.

cacophony. It ended all too soon, as good things

In the spring and summer of 1992 Tamaulipas

always do, when we could no longer see to shoot.

received the heaviest rainfall it had seen in many

The dogs were still pointing in the darkness, and

years, and quail populations exploded. I hunted quail

hated to quit.

that December out of El Tejon with David Gregory, a

That evening I saw some of the most elegant,

prominent booking agent, and David McBee, a dog

disciplined, exhilarating dog work I hope to see in

handler known as the Maximum Manipulator of the

this world or the next: tails rigidly erect, mouths

Mutts. I could fill many pages with the incidents of

tightly shut, bodies quivering with excitement like

that hunt, but I will confine my attention to the last

a high tension wire, leaning toward the bird with

hour of the last day, which was the best.

head well extended, honoring and backing with

David McBee put down three pointers in a weed

perfect teamwork, all beyond reproach.

field of about 60 acres surrounded by dense thorn

Tamaulipas! What wonderful memories that

brush and cactus. In the final hour the dogs moved

name evokes! I hope to make my pilgrimage down

just five very large coveys, but between the covey

that way for many years to come.


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A hunter retrieves the first duck of the morning on a hunt with Dial Dunkin.


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Epigrafe


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Epigrafe


Pintail

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Epigrafe

Epigrafe


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Epigrafe


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Whitewing Doves


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Dr. Tim Rand(l.) and Skip Taylor scout for doves along the edge of a sesame field.


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Birdboys transport decoys and guns to the blinds in preparation for a morning's duck hunt. Birdboys put out decoys, as seen in the photo to the right , and finally all is ready for a great morning of sport.


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Fulvous tree ducks are very abundant on Lake El Salto and the marshes around Mazatlan.


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One of Carlos' well-trained golden retrievers eagerly fetches a duck.

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