Certain areas of Argentina produce some enormous red stags, the height of the season for which is March and April. True, the best way of guaranteeing a huge head is in a fenced area (several thousand hectares in size), but for those that want natural stalking more akin to stalking in the highlands but with subtle South American differences, several estancias are opening their doors for this purpose.
Huechahue lodge is one such place that has traditionally been a riding lodge but has now also opened its doors to stalkers. Not surprising really, for years now the English owner has employed a stalker from Scotland during the rut to keep the stag numbers down and guests can now ride out on a working estancia, helping gauchos go about their daily business, stalk-cull stags with the help of a professional stalker and fish on the famous Collon Cura river, all from the comfort of this charming lodge in northern Patagonia.
For more dedicated stalkers and the trophy hunters, other estancias provide various options suitable for differing fitness levels and needs. For the more adventurous, there are ride-out lodges where ground is covered on horseback before the stalk itself. Some estancias have the Argentinean equivalent of bothies for guests to sleep in allowing several days on the hill looking for trophies, while others provide for the less adventurous, more genteel approach!
For those that find the asados and relaxation of a shooting or fishing trip hard to resist, an exertive stalking trip has to be the perfect complement!
Please call us for further details on individual lodges.