Welcome to AH Carl. In Central America the vast majority of "hunting" for birds will be "pass shooting". Meaning, you will be standing in one place as the birds approach you and pass by. If you have Nintendo or access to any type of computer game that has moving birds being shot at involved and practice for the next month you will be a long way ahead. If you have not handled firearms before look up some hunter safety information. I trained a young man a while ago on a sporting clays range that had never touched a shotgun before and he shot incredibly well for a beginner. I questioned him and he said he had never shot anything but a simulated duck and pheasant shooting game on the computer or the arcade. Wii games will let you practice a bit with a simulated "gun". Look this phrase up on youtube. "dove hunting south america" Good luck. Post some pictures of the hunt and maybe a video. Good luck.