Red Stag Patagonia – San Martin de los Andes, Neuquen Province
Region: Patagonia, Neuquen Province.
Location: The estancia is located in the Collon Cura region in the province of Neuquen, 40 miles from San Martin de los Andes. Hunters fly from Buenos Aires to Bariloche or San Martin. Guests will be collected from the local airport and driven to the lodge.
Season: The season runs from the beginning of March to mid-April.
Red Stag Patagonia hunting lodge is located on a 100,000-acre family-owned estancia in the high desert foothills of the Andes. Situated in the province of Neuquen, approximately 40 miles southeast of San Martin de los Andes, the ranch is a two-hour drive from Bariloche and San Martin airports. The surrounding landscape is characterized by lush green valleys irrigated by small creeks, set against a backdrop of high peaks. It is these rich pastures that concentrate the game, in particular the red stag that come here to feed. Aside from the stag, the area is inhabited by a wide variety of animals such as guanacos (a type of llama), choique (ostrich), wild boar, puma, fox and much more.
The red stag hunting season coincides with their mating season (or "rut") known in Argentina as the "brama". The vast estancia is entirely free-range hunting and hunters will usually see many different herds of deer throughout the day. A pair of hunters will be accompanied by a guide who has an intimate knowledge of the terrain. Guests will move to the chosen hunting grounds by a combination of trucks and horses and then progress on foot for the hunt itself.