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Junin Red Stag Hunting Report – Season 2011

In a word, The 2011 Red Stag Season in Patagonia was for the first time in a couple of years, “normal.” In 2009 and 2010, we had summer-like weather well into March. This pushed the beginning of the roar and mating season into to late March and April. Last year by late February and early March we started to see nice cool days that moved a lot of deer around, and by the second week in March the roar started in full swing–lasting until mid-April. During these two months and early May, we estimated that we had more than 4000 head of red deer on the ranch, with a lot of nice bulls. Every day clients were glassing for herd after herd looking for nice Stags. We expected a great 2012 hunting season, and our ranches have not been affected by the Puyehue Volcano and it ashes. The deer population on our property remains abundant and healthy!

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Chile Red Stag Hunting Report – Season 2011

The 2011 Red Deer season in the Central Valley of Chile was very good, as we have come to expect. With a good, strong rut during most of March and early April. The big bulls showed up in the valleys and open fields by late March. Some monsters never came down during the day and stayed most of the time in the deepest woods up the mountains, coming out only at dark for a few hours. Those big guys will be at the estate this next 2012 season and unless nature culls the herd, they will be around again. These Stags are not easy to hunt, but they are the biggest 100 % wild Red Deer in South America, comparable only to the those that live in the darkest forests of Eastern Europe. (we don’t include New Zealand in our consideration, since almost all the big stags there are killed behind high fences) The “Fundo” (Ranch in Chile) is looking great and green this spring with lots of food for the game. We harvest very few stag each season, only old mature bulls that have finished their reproductive life. Hunts at this property are very limited, so we advise to book well in advance if you are interested in this one in a lifetime trophy hunting opportunity.

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Tupungato Red Stag Hunting Report – Season 2011

2011 was a pilot season for our Red Stag Hunting Program in Tupungato, Mendoza. 2012 will be the first full operating season when we will host hunters throughout the complete whole season. Our guest hunters all shot beautiful stags last season, and two of the best stag were taken with arrows. Everybody had a great time and loved the ranch and the region. Tupungato offers a unique option to combine world class big game hunting with breathtaking horseback rides in the foothills of the highest peaks of the Andes, wine tours, trout fishing, birdwatching for Condors and endless other activities Mendoza has to offer. Also it is very easy to combine a hunt in Tupungato with the best dove shooting in nearby Cordoba. There are daily flights connecting Mendoza with Cordoba. The fall in Mendoza is beautiful and hunting for Red Stag with peaks of over twenty thousand feet in the background is a totally unique experience.

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Los Crestones Red Stag Hunting Report – season 2011

Many clients that traveled to Los Crestones for bird hunting this winter, dedicated one or two days to hunting big game. All of them left the lodge with good trophies. We also had some other guests that came specifically to enjoy what the area also has to offer! The best Black Buck and Axis Hunting in the world! Crestones offers the unique opportunity to enjoy great bird hunting and big game hunting out of the same lodge, at the same time and with the special luxury service that all the David Denies lodges have to offer.

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